Monthly Archives: July 2012

Playing Snakes and Ladders at Mundubbera

Cherie chats to Mr Snake BlueMOST people run if they see a snake slithering their way but Cherie Curtis stopped for a chat when she was greeted by two bright serpents at Mundubbera today.

The snakes, Mr Yellow and Mr Blue, are part of a huge Snake and Ladder mural painted on the cement at Mundubbera, 372 kilometres north-west of Brisbane.

“Mr Blue said lots of children play games with them, especially on sunny days when it isn’t raining,” Mrs Curtis said.

The ladders in the mural, however, refused to comment. “It appears they help writers climb to the top of their game, but they’re not always as straight with children as they should be,” Mr Yellow said.

   “…I wrote about a dingo pup stealing my chocolate…”

While at Mundubbera, Mrs Curtis also visited the town’s lovely Library and Art Gallery. “I loved the Island exhibition – Rachel Koster is brilliant,” Mrs Curtis said. “There was an interactive display where visitors could write about their own island experiences so I wrote about a dingo pup stealing my chocolate bar when I visited Fraser Island – that’s a true story.”

Mr Blue and Mr Yellow shared their favourite riddles:

Q: How do snake families say good-night?
A: With hugs and hisses.

Q: Why did Cinderella Ladder dislike her mother?
A: Because her mother was a step-ladder!

Q: Why did the dragon take a ladder to the bar?
A: Because he heard that drinks were on the house!

Q: Why did the thief bring back a stolen ladder?
A: Because police had threatened him that further steps would be taken if he didn’t.

Q: What do you get if you cross a snake with building blocks?
A: A boa constructor!


Writing Classes launched in Bundaberg


Children and teens across Bundaberg will soon be able to sharpen their writing skills and push their imaginations to the limit with the arrival of Creative Writing Classes at the Bundaberg Regional Library from August.

A love of dragonsCreative Dragons workshop presenter Cherie Curtis taught creative writing classes to local children in 2007 and 2008 and said she was pleased to bring these lessons back to Bundaberg.

“Creative Dragons helps children and teenagers take their writing to the next level, whether it’s improving their wordsmithing, enhancing story structure or just thinking outside the square,” Mrs Curtis said.

“When I was employed by the Queensland Writers Centre to teach writing to children, we had a lot of fun and learnt a lot of interesting and important lessons. I’m looking forward to all that fun and creativity again.

   “…Some of my students are working on their own novels…”

“Some of my past students are now working on their own novels – and the rest are better skilled at English and writing, which comes in handy for all those assignments at high school and university.”

Creative Dragons will host creative writing classes for kids (Grades 5 to 7) and teenagers (Grades 8 to 10) at the Bundaberg Regional Library, starting in August. Children’s classes will run from 3.45pm until 4.40pm, while teen classes will run from 4.45pm until 5.40pm.

Places are limited so please book as soon as possible by emailing Mrs Curtis on cherie (at) quietdawn (dot) org.

Private classes are also available.

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