By Shelley Topp
Have you ever wondered what to pack for a trip to Mars, James Norcliffe’s “How to Write a Poem” workshops at the Trevor Inch Memorial library in Rangiora today might be just the ticket.
Workshops begin at 10am and 1pm and are part of the Waimakariri libraries’ exciting “How To Festival” which began in Rangiora on Monday this week.
The festival is being held to coincide with the Term 3 school holidays which also began last Monday.
James is a poet, writer and tutor at Christchurch’s School for Young Writers.
He is also author of “Packing a Bag for Mars”, a book written to help and encourage children to write poems. Waimakariri Libraries learning connections co-ordinator Jason Clements said other workshops for children at the festival included “How to Make Music”, How to Build a Video Game”, and “How to Create a Star Wars Lego”.
For adults there is a “How to Date Again” workshop which will be run by life coach and clinical hypnotist Sahera Laing at the Kaiapoi library tonight.
This workshop will cover how dating has changed in recent years and how to overcome fear of meeting people. The festival opened last Monday with the first of three “How to Make a Video Game” workshops at the Rangiora library.
The second one was at the Kaiapoi library on Tuesday and the final one was held at the Oxford Library on Thursday.
The first of the Lego workshops started in Rangiora on Thrusday, with another session at Kaiappi next Thursday, October 6.
“House of Bricks will be bringing 50,000 pieces of Lego for children big and small to get the opportunity to build and create as they choose,” Jason said.
At the video games workshops gamers will have the chance to bring their video game ideas to life simply by drawing.
“Pixel Press Floors is changing the way we experience mobile games by letting anyone be the creator, publisher and player of their own video game,” Jason said.
“With this creator platform you can literally draw your own video game, no coding required.”
At the end of the workshop each participant will have their own video game creation live and playable worldwide by other Pixel Press Floors players.
Music lovers will have to wait until the end of the festival next week for their fun with three workshops.
The first will be at the Kaiapoi library on Monday (October 3), the second at the Rangiora Library on Tuesday, and the third at the Oxford Library on Wednesday.
“Jim Cullinane, from Kahuna Education, will show ‘How to Make Music’ using digital tools in Songlabs,” Jason said.
“Songlabs are hands-on, music making workshops for primary school kids using the Garageband App on the iPad.”
Children will work in small groups to learn the basics of song writing. They will also learn to record, mix and share their own songs.
For more festival information contact Waimakariri Libraries on (03) 311 8901.