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30 June 2022

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The State Library of Western Australia will host the ‘Festival of Words Autocue Pop Up’ this school holidays, giving young people the opportunity to read and present from an autocue.

Catholic Education WA will organise the autocue challenge, from 11 to 15 July, to provide children with a simulated broadcast experience to practice reading and presentation skills with production experts and an autocue.

The event is part of the Premier’s Reading Challenge, which has returned for the first time this year after an eight-year hiatus, for all West Australian schools and students from kindergarten to Year 10.

“The Festival of Words Autocue Pop Up provides students with a simulated broadcast experience, allowing them to practise reading and presentation skills with production experts whom each have 30 years’ experience working with talent and autocue.”

Simone Warden, CEWA Head of Marketing and Communications

Participants are encouraged to read and log at least 12 books before 9 September to be eligible to go into the draw to win prizes.

CEWA Head of Marketing and Communications Simone Warden said the autocue challenge was an opportunity to hone reading, presentation and delivery skills to an audience.

“The Festival of Words Autocue Pop Up provides students with a simulated broadcast experience, allowing them to practise reading and presentation skills with production experts whom each have 30 years’ experience working with talent and autocue,” Mrs Warden said.

The festival will offer a mix of immersive story times, with hands-on activities, Zine workshops, a Bananagram Alley and TikTok challenge for older students.

The Festival of Words Autocue Pop Up will run from 11am until 1pm from 11 to 15 July.

To view the schedule for the Festival of Words or book a strictly limited ticket, visit: Festival of Words – Premier’s Reading Challenge (premiersreadingchallenge.wa.edu.au)

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