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‘Tomorrow, When the War Began’ author, John Marsden, visits Saint Stephen’s College

Senior Saint Stephen’s College students welcomed world-renowned Tomorrow, When the War Began, Australian writer John Marsden as part of Book Week (August 22).

Mr Marsden is a teacher, writer, Principal of two schools in Victoria and author of many award-winning books for young adults including the seven volume Tomorrow, When the War Began series.

Head of Information Services, Rebecca Horry, said the visit was exciting for both students and staff.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for our students to hear John Marsden speak and we feel very fortunate that he has been able to make time in his schedule to come to the Gold Coast,” said Ms Horry.

“He spoke to our Year 9 students, who are studying his novel Tomorrow, When the War Began. They are currently writing their essay responses to his novel, so his visit was perfectly timed to allow them the opportunity to speak in-depth about the novel with the author.

“In addition to spending time with our Year 9 students, Mr Marsden conducted a writing workshop with a group of Years 9 to 11 students, as well as a session on symbolism in text with the Year 11 cohort who are studying Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

We were very fortunate to host Mr Marsden as part of Book Week. He has sold millions of copies of his books, both in Australia and internationally, and has won every single writing award in Australia for young people’s fiction. In 2006 he was honoured with the Lloyd O’Neil Award for lifelong services to the Australian book industry, and his books have been translated into 11 languages.”

“What an honour and experience for our students – a lifelong memory that I am sure will encourage their love for literature.”