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Books and Reading: LITFEST

LITFEST Timetable

Tasneem Chopra our Litfest Dinner Speaker

Tasneem is Chairperson of the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights (AMWCHR).  In 2013 she successfully curated the highly acclaimed Melbourne component of the ‘Faith Fashion Fusion‘ exhibition at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum, following the showcase at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum. Also, in 2013, Tasneem was invited to present at TEDxMelbourne where she spoke to the issue of defeating stereotypes.

Tasneem made her writing debut, authoring a chapter “How I happened” in the anthology “Coming of Age: Growing Up Muslim in Australia”, published by Allen and Unwin.   She has also written feature contributions for The Guardian, The Herald Sun, The Age, Crikey and several online editorial platforms. In 2013 she was the subject of an in depth profile in the October edition of the Melbourne Review.

Tasneem will join us on August 3rd at the Litfest Dinner.

Book Fair - Grange Hill

On Wednesday 2nd of August the Kids Bookshop will be in attendance in the Grange Hill Library with a wonderful selection of beautiful books for sale.  

2.30 to 4pm

Discounts will be offered.

Complete Works Theatre Company Performances


Year Seven and Year Eight

Game of Loans


Year Nine Short Story Competition


Year Nine Short Story Competition

Year Ten Creative Writing Competition

Winners announced at the Litfest Dinner


AUSLAN Song - Year Five

Year five will be learning the language of AUSLAN.

By the end of the session they will be able to sign a song.

Complete Works Theatre Performances

Year Ten - Macbeth

Nova Weetman will be conducting writing workshops with Year Six

Clare Renner - judge of year nine writing competition

Clare Renner is a Senior Advisor in the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT. Clare manages the Professional Writing and Editing Program and the Professional Screenwriting Program. An award-winning teacher of creative writing, she believes strongly in learning through practice and enjoys working with both emerging and established writers.

Clare has also written over 25 books of her own and as a freelance reviewer and critic, she has published articles and reviews in a range of journals and magazines. 

Clare is the judge of our year nine creative writing competition.

Year 11 Literature - Othello Workshop

Year Nine - Media - Visit from the Kids Content Producer AFL


Tye Cattanach, AFL Content Producer for the AFL will visit the year nine

media class to share her experiences with media and marketing.

Umbrellas Umbrellas - Grange Hill

Enjoy our Umbrella story tent and participate in Umbrella related activities.

Year Seven - Gen Writers Panel - Celebrating our authors

In period 2 on Wednesday the 26th of July four of our wonderful Gen authors will come together for a special Litfest event.

Three of our teachers, all published authors in a range of different areas, Christine Paraskeva, Ann Rennie and James Gilchrist, will be interviewed by Julia Petricevic, teacher librarian and picture book author.

All of year seven will attend what proves to be an informative, interesting and enjoyable event.

A Minute With......Competition

In the style of the book Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls we would like everyone to create an A Minute with page.  Write a little about smeone important to you.  Perhaps someone from under your love umbrella or someone you admire or are interested in.  A few words and an illustration.  

Collect a template from the d'Houet library

Enter at the d'Houet library - there will be prizes!

Whole School Read! - Under the Love Umbrella & Workshops Prep to Year 4

To celebrate stories as a community we want everyone in the college to either read, or have read to them, the picture book Under the Love Umbrella by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys.

Our theme for Litfest Under Our Story Umbrella is inspired by the book and the author and illustrator will be visiting the college during Litfest to run workshops with our prep to four students.


Story Night - Grange Hill

On Tuesday the 25th July from the 6.00pm

Jackie Kerin will entertain us with stories. 
Wear your pajamas, bring your teddy.
All Welcome!

SLAV/Kids Bookshop Reading Forum Series - Professional Learning Event

Readers, Stories, Literacy: A Forum for Learning and Discussion

  • New books to share
  • Speaker: Dr Pam Macintyre on engagement for literacy achievement
  • Sharing of strategies on reading engagement
  • Guest author: Susannah McFarlane

Literary Afternoon Tea

During Litfest the Genazzano bookclubs and the our guests from the Xavier book clubs will come together to celebrate books and reading. Following afternoon tea in the d'Houet library we will listen to Katrina Lehman, Senior Editor from Penguin Random House who will share with us her work and answer questions.

Fundraising for Indigenous Literacy Foundation - Book Sale or Swap

We have trolleys full of old and donated books for sale or swap 

All funds raised go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

$1.00 to swap an old book of your own for something on the trolley

$2.00 to buy a book from the trolley

​All throughout Litfest in both the d'Houet and Grange Hill Libraries. 

Complete Works Theatre Company Performances

Year Nine - Romeo and Juliet


Under the Gen Umbrella - Library Prefect's Litfest Treasure Hunt

Come along to the d'Houet library and participate in the litfest treasure hunt created by our Library Prefect.

Under the Gen Umbrella Treasure Hunt

Nicki Greenberg on her take on Gatsby

Nicki Greenberg will work with our two year eleven literature classes.  She will explore her graphic novel interpretation of The Great Gatsby as the students are studying Fitzgerald's text this year.


Literature Jeopardy Quiz - d'Houet Library - Lunchtime Thursday 3rd August

Harry Potter Jeopardy Quiz - Lunchtime Friday 28th July

Match the Book to the Teacher Competition - Grange Hill

Recitation Competition - August 2nd


Come along and recite something that you have learnt off by heart. It can be a poem or a story or a piece of writing.

Prizes and the admiration of the crowd!

Complete Works Theatre - Year Twelve - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof


A Story in Emoji Competition

The exmple above is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Come in to the d'Houet library and enter our Emoji story competition.

The task is to represent the plot of the story in emoji.  There will be prizes for the most interesting and creative.

Keep it brief. Cover just the main ideas that set the story apart.  

31st July Harry Potter's birthday - Movie showing


d'Houet library