Event: Writer Overnighter
Writer Overnighter is a rare opportunity for children to meet an Australian children’s author and combine it with a sleepover inside the Powerhouse Museum! Capture the sights and sounds of the Museum after dark in an all nighter designed for fun, inspiration, storytelling and storymaking.
Our Writer Overnighter guest children authors have been:
2012 Michael Pryor
2011 Morris Gleitzman
2010 Anna Fienberg
Writer Overnighter is an annual event of the Sydney Writers Festival.
Writer Overnighter 2013
Come along for a night of writing about INVENTIONS with the author of Australia’s Greatest Inventions and Innovations, Christopher Cheng.
Have you a crazy, zany invention, maybe one like Wallace’s wonderful inventions? Something that will make life for you, your parents – or maybe the world – a little easier. Then tonight’s writing fun, all about those inventions, is just for you! And if you haven’t thought of an invention then don’t worry. You will have one by the time you have finished Writer Overnighter!
At our Writer Overnighter you will:
- Write up your invention, how to build it and what it does,
- Have it published, and
- Place it out there for all the world to see.
So bring along your INVENTIVE and WRITING brain and have some FUN!
Your ticket includes dinner, liquid nitrogen icecream and breakfast, entry to Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention exhibition as well as all listed activities. Don’t forget your sleeping bag, pillow and a torch!
Perfect for children aged 8–13 years. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.
For those adults and children who are unable to stay the night with us inside the Museum we now have a discounted “talk and dinner” option.
For full details about Writer Overnighter are available to download in our FAQ:
Writer Overnigter FAQ [PDF 467Kb]
2.30pm Arrival and registration
3.00pm Explore Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention exhibition
4.45pm Make a Gromit activity
5.45pm Setting up sleeping gear
7.00pm Meet Christopher Cheng plus activity
8.30pm Liquid nitrogen icecream
9.00pm Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit film screening
10.30pm Bedtime preparation
Event concludes for “talk & dinner” guests
11.00pm Lights Out
6.30am Early Risers activity
7.00am BBQ breakfast or cereal
8.00am Event concludes
Please note program is subject to change without notice.
About Christopher Cheng
Christopher Cheng is the award winning author of more than 40 children’s books in print and digital formats including the picture books One child and Sounds Spooky, the historical fiction titles New Gold Mountain and The Melting Pot and the non fiction titles 30 Amazing Australian Animals and Australia’s Greatest Inventions and Innovations. He is co-chair of the International Advisory Board for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a recipient of the Lady Cutler Award for Children’s Literature.
About Australia’s Greatest Inventions and Innovations?
Hills Hoists, Vegemite and the Victa lawnmower – everyone knows they’re Australian inventions, but what many people don’t know is that we also have Australians to thank for the invention of Wi-Fi, for the Betacheck Blood Glucose Monitor, for dual-flush toilets, for spray-on skin for burns victims and for baby safety capsules.
These are just a few of the inventions created by clever Australians trying to solve problems. Now, with the help Christopher Cheng and the PowerhouseMuseum, all Australians can read about them in this inspiring new book. Discover our nation’s most ingenious inventions, read about their makers, and learn how to turn a bright idea into a useful creation.