Chris Collin

Chris Collin

Queensland

Speaker type

  • Author
  • Poet
  • 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, including the Brisbane School of Distance Education's E-Kindy Program for 2019.

Chris’s next book,  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.

The new Funky Chicken Instalment – Funky Chicken: Mission InCROCible is out now. On a rescue mission like no other, Funky Chicken returns in his wildest adventure yet! Join our feathered hero with friends, old and new, on their tropical trek through the great Australian wilderness! This delightfully funny tale, told in rich rollicking rhyme, will have the reader in stiches and may provoke the idea that friends can be found in the most unlikely places!

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!'

The birde is the world’s first interactive media player for pre-schoolers and is being launched in Australia, NZ and Singapore this January and February. Chris is so proud to have the Funky Chicken audio book as part of the start up bonus bundle - joining The Wiggles, Sesame St, Thomas the Tank Engine as a content provider for this amazing new media player!


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

 

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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.

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  • 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.

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Testimonials

  • Chris was one of the absolutely superlative presenters at our literature carnival this year. As a group, they expanded the students munitions of creativity and were very well received by all staff. Their presentations were highly engaging as they were diverse. Students had a full immersion into the world of the writer, storyteller and illustrator. I personally wish to express my gratitude to their unbounding energy and galvanising a week of learning and fun into the minds of our students and teachers.

    Belmont State School - August 2018

    Belmont State School - August 2018
    Chris Collin
  • Chris presented to our students and teachers from Prep to Year 3. He was well organised.
    Chris varied his presentation to suit the year level and engaged the students with his story-telling, songs and puppetry skills.


    Genesis Christian College - August 2018

    Genesis Christian College - August 2018
    Chris Collin
  • Chris was great, staff and students really enjoyed the sessions. As an organiser he was easy to work with, had him sign our Author’s Wall

    The Southport School - August 2018

    The Southport School - August 2018
    Chris Collin
  • Staff and students thoroughly enjoyed the presentation. Students loved his enthusiasm and animation he conveyed through the use of puppetry.

    Dalby State School - July 2018

    Dalby State School - July 2018
    Chris Collin
  • The feedback from the two groups was very positive. The program was differentiated for the older students. The students clearly enjoyed the opportunities to participate in the presentation and the visuals enabled all students to participate. The flow of activities were a great pace to hold the students attention.

    Bundaberg Special School - July 2018

    Bundaberg Special School - July 2018
    Chris Collin
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