Writers inspire kids

AUTHOR Belinda Murrell's great-great-great-great-grandmother Charlotte Atkinson was the first published children's author in Australia.

Recently the author of the Sun Sword trilogy and The Ruby Talisman shared her family history and inspiration for writing with children at Galston Public School as part of the National Year of Reading.

In a coup for the school nine authors — members of The Children's Book Council of Australia — addressed pupils at the school about their books, the industry and their love of reading.

Librarian Jean Saxby said the day aimed to foster a love of reading and books.

"We love our literature at our school," Mrs Saxby said.

"I can see how much pleasure children get from reading and how much it helps them improve in their other subjects."

The 230-pupil school has about 11,000 books in their library.

Aleesah Darlison, author of the Totally Twins and Unicorn Riders series, said she loved encouraging children to read.

Other authors included Wendy Blaxland, Jan Latta, Antonette Diorio, Yvonne Low, Wendy Fitzgerald and Jill Bruce.

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