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On Monday, an interview with me was published in the Herald Sun newspaper – apparently on the cover of the ‘Learn‘ supplement! As I’m in WA at the moment, I had to get one of my kids to save a copy for me. I’ve been too busy doing workshops with creative young WA writers to track down a Fremantle newsagency that carries Melbourne newspapers. The interview and the accompanying photo were taken in the State Library of Victoria – very topical as we were talking about Melbourne as a Unesco City of Literature.

The Herald Sun is running a City of Literature Junior Writing Competition and have invited me to be one of the judges along with Herald Sun editor-in-chief Bruce Guthrie and journalist/author Les Carlyon. There’s $10,000 up for grabs for the school of the winning entry as well as other perks for young writers in Grade 3 to Year 10.

I can’t wait to see how the kids interpret the theme and what are their visions of Melbourne. Living in a City of Literature means celebrating a culture of books and stories and I can’t think of a better way of doing that than encouraging young Victorian writers to share their stories.

Entry forms will be in this Sunday’s Herald-Sun.

Kirsty is an Australian author of books for children and young adults.

“Books are windows into other ways of being.”

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