Chris Collin

Chris Collin

Queensland

Speaker type

  • Author
  • Storyteller / Performer
  • Virtual visits
available for virtual visits

Chris Collin specialises in fun and interactive workshops and presentations for all ages. For detailed information, please refer to the links on the right hand side of the page under the applicable age category, however please note that they are all adaptable to suit all ages unless noted otherwise.

Chris performs his highly engaging author presentations at libraries, schools, early learning centres, day care facilities, special schools, business groups, public events and literary festivals all over Australia and internationally. His role is to bring fun (and funkiness!) to the world through his books and highly engaging presentations; designed to encourage readers of all ages to 'read for the joy of reading!'

His first book Funky Chicken: A Bushy Tale of Crocs and Chooks was released in March 2013. This title is in the Australian curriculum (Qld C2C) and was shortlisted for the 2014 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards. It is also in the Premiers Challenge Reading book list in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

His second book A Bug Called Doug was released in March 2013. This title is in the Qld Premiers Reading Challenge book list and was long-listed in the 2015-2016 ISLN (International School Library Network) Awards. This is a reader’s choice award which makes it extra special!  With it's many cross-curriculum applications, this book is widely used in schools and early learning centres around Australia.

Chris’ latest title, Funky Chicken: Chooks in Space was released in 2015 and was voted winner of the 2016 SPA (Speech Pathology Australia) Book of the Year Awards. This title is also in the Queensland and Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge book list.

Chris is a competent presenter and performs his interactive author presentations at libraries, schools, early learning centres, day care facilities, special schools, business groups, public events and literary festivals including Voices on the Coast and the Gold Coast Writers Festival. His role is to bring fun (and funkiness!) to the world through his books and highly engaging presentations, designed to encourage readers of all ages to 'read for the joy of reading!'

PROFESSIONAL  ASSOCIATIONS

  • Member of the Australian Publishers Association

  • Member of the Children's Book Council of Australia

  • Member of the Queensland Writers Centre

  • Member of SCBWI - Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

  • Member of Book Links (Qld) Inc

  • Voluntary Role Model 'Books in Homes' Primary Program

  • Presenter for Speakers Ink Literary Agency

  • Artslink Qld 2015 Youth Program Out of this World Author Presentation, Terms 3 and 4

 

Funky Chicken Dance Fotor

 

Writing workshop for 2 sessions with maximum 30 children in years 4 to 6

Session 1 – Creative Idea

  • Chris will narrate one of his books, asking the group to after determining who wants to be an illustrator or author, each student in the group is given a badge marked ‘author’ or ‘illustrator’.
  • We then split the class into groups of 5 or 6 with a mix of authors and illustrators.
  • Each group selects a ‘lucky dip’ item from 3 bags – bag 1 is the setting, bag 2 is a character and bag 3 is a random object. So for example the setting could be the moon, the character could be a cow and the random object could be a hat. A story about a cow who is on the moon and somehow involves a hat!
  • That group will develop a story that needs to include each of these components and the group will outline a plot, challenge for the character and a resolution.
  • The first session ends with each group outlining their story and one story is selected which will become the focus of session 2.

Session 2 – Rhyming verse

  • The class is split into two groups; authors and illustrators who will sit on either side of the class.
  • The mission is for Chris and the class to transform the story selected at the end of the first session into a rhyming story. In the case of the example we might end up with the cows hat floating into space and how he or she gets it back! While Chris and the authors are putting the rhyming story together, the illustrators are drawing their own illustration based on the character and setting. This is going to be a wonderful challenge for us all and really brings out the creativity and an insight into the challenges of writing in rhyme where you have to tell the story, maintaining the rhyme and rhythm. It will be a lot of fun and I believe will be highly engaging for the participants.  This is even a workshop that could be taken to high schools and adult groups.
  • Time permitting, we’ll end the session with a song from one of my books and we can all let our hair down singing and dancing to one of my songs.
  • Students keep their badges and will have them signed by the author.

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Rhyming Verse Workshops for two sessions with maximum 30 children in years 5 to 6

Option 1 - The Brain Strain Rhyming Verse Workshop

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Author in Normal Mode

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Author in Brain Strain Mode

Session 1 – Create the Plot

  • Using PowerPoint, Chris will show the group his rhyming style and how he gets the ‘bounce’ in his stories
  • After determining who wants to be an illustrator or author, each student in the group is given an ID card marked ‘author’ or ‘illustrator’.
  • We then split the class into groups of 5 or 6 with a mix of authors and illustrators.

middle strip

  • Each group selects a ‘lucky dip’ item from 3 bags – bag 1 is the setting, bag 2 is a character and bag 3 is a random object. So for example the setting could be in outer-space, the character could be a cow and the random object could be a car. A story about a cow who is on the moon and somehow involves a car!
  • Each group will develop a story that needs to include each of these components and the group will outline a plot, a challenge for the character and a happy resolution with a good outcome (hopefully!)
  • The first session ends with each group outlining their story which must include the character, setting and object selected at the start of the session. Once the stories have all been outlined, one story is selected by the group to be the focus for session 2.

Session 2 – Turn the story into a rhyming verse!

  • The class is split into two groups; authors and illustrators who will sit on either side of the class.
  • The mission is for Chris and the class to transform the story selected at the end of the first session into a rhyming story. In the case of the example we might end up with the cow’s hat floating into space and how he or she gets it back! While Chris and the authors are putting the rhyming story together, the illustrators are drawing their own illustration based on the character and setting. This is going to be a wonderful challenge for us all and really brings out the creativity and an insight into the challenges of writing in rhyme where you have to tell the story, maintaining the rhyme and rhythm. It will be a lot of fun, highly engaging and is guaranteed to bring out the creativity in the participants! This workshop can be applied to high schools and adult groups as well.
  • Time permitting; the session will end with a song from one of Chris’ books where the students can all let their hair down singing and dancing.
  • Students keep their ID cards to have them signed by the author.

Option 2 - The Funky Chicken Rhyming Verse Workshop

  • Students will be given an understanding of Chris's rhyming style with an emphasis on the importance of rhythm and meter and making the story bounce! For the workshop the students will create their own rhyming Funky Chicken adventure and finish the session by illustrating a scene from their own story. This is heaps of fun and guaranteed to get the creative juices flowing!

Chris also performs workshops for Junior Primary students and inspirational talks and workshops for adults too. Contact Speakers Ink for more details.

Testimonials

  • Chris was very animated and friendly. His sessions were great including actions, puppets & singing.

    Australian International School, Malaysia - March, 2017

    Australian International School, Malaysia - March, 2017
    Chris Collin
  • It was fantastic fun. The Teachers have said it was the best we've had this year!

    Chris held the audience's interest and there was great audience participation. We would definitely recommend Chris to other Schools.


    The International School of Kuala Lumpur - March, 2017

    The International School of Kuala Lumpur - March, 2017
    Chris Collin
  • Chris exceeded my expectations. Booking an unknown author from interstate is always a bit of a gamble, but Chris’ professionalism and knowledge of his craft were outstanding. The teachers and boys from the ELC were most impressed!

    Chris Collin - St Peter's College, SA - October 2016

    Chris Collin - St Peter's College, SA - October 2016
    Chris Collin
  • There were so many elements to Chris’ presentation. It was great fun for staff and students. I was particularly impressed with how he managed this large group of grade 1’s and held their attention!

    Chris Collin - Moreton Bay Regional Libraries - August, 2016

    Chris Collin - Moreton Bay Regional Libraries - August, 2016
    Chris Collin
  • It was great to have an author present their books/stories. We will use this production and books when teaching narratives.
    Great response from all students. They listened with interest to the stories. Joined in the singing and performance (play).
    Children thoroughly enjoyed this production.
    The children thoroughly enjoyed the performance. Relevant to the curriculum and following up by purchasing the books and puppets to put them on our poetry and literature unit.
    The students really enjoyed the presentation. It was entertaining as well as informative and has brought the books alive.


    Chris Collin - 2016 (QMF) Youth Touring Programme - 2016

    Chris Collin - 2016 (QMF) Youth Touring Programme - 2016
    Chris Collin

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