Nadia Sunde

Nadia Sunde

Queensland

Speaker type

  • Author
  • Storyteller / Performer
  • Motivational

ntroducing Nadia Sunde - Author, Songwriter, Comedian, Storyteller, Performer, Motivational

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Nadia Sunde is one of Queensland’s most celebrated and beloved children’s theatre writers, songwriters and performers. An internationally and nationally awarded songwriter, she is also the author of three published picture books, an early childhood music and literacy educator with over 25 years-experience, and a former ABC radio presenter. Nadia has written eight children's theatre shows for 0 - 8-year-olds, including a commission for the Commonwealth Games, and was recently commissioned by the State Library of Queensland and the First 5 Forever program to write five original songs inspired by their book series - Stories for Little Queenslanders. Her song ‘SHOOSH!’ is currently a finalist in the children’s category of the International Songwriting Competition. Nadia uses her skills as a professional performer and educator to engage children in vibrant and interactive workshops full of stories, songs and loads of laughter. She effectively uses drama, comedy and music as tools to activate children's imaginations, creative curiosity and confidence.

“Nadia Sunde is the most intuitive performer / storyteller / singer that I have had the pleasure to meet. The kid’s shrieks of laughter were a delight to me and the teachers, and all done with a sock and a teapot! She bonded with the kids and the staff. Nadia, Houdini like, got a child who does not speak, to become a part of the storytelling. His teacher and I couldn't believe what we were seeing. She's the benchmark that everyone else needs to aspire to. The staff and I want her back.” Andrea Anderson, Teacher Librarian, Seven Hills State School.

Nadia has presented at the Auckland Writers Festival, Sydney Writers Festival, Perth Writers Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival, Newcastle Writers Festival, Brisbane Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Mary Poppins Festival, Somerset Storyfest, Voices on the Coast and many other wonderful festivals, venues and events across Australia.

 Awards

* 2015 Queensland Music Award Winner - ‘Outstanding Achievement - World Music Category'
* 2015 / 14 / 13 Queensland Music Award Winner - ‘Children’s Category’
* 2014 / 13 / 11 International Songwriting Award Winner - ‘Children’s Category’
* 2014 Gold Coast Creative Industry Award Winner
* 2013 APRA Art Music Awards - ‘Queensland Performance of the Year’ - The Dream of Zedkat Nabu

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  Click here to listen to Nadia's new children's song Shoosh   

Music & Story Play

Nadia's latest initiative is  Music & Story PlayThis initiative supports Early Years Professionals and parents with the confidence and tools to deliver quality music, literacy, and dramatic arts learning experiences to children aged 0 - 6 years old.  The online platform offers lesson plans, downloadable music, books, and training.music and story play

 

AVAILABLE WORKSHOPS:

Twinkle Just Won’t Go To Bed! - Preschoolers - Year 2

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN NADIA COMES TO VISIT:

 A highly interactive, joy-filled, 45-minute session featuring: music, movement, storytelling,language and literacy extension, and guided story play embedded with Abecedarian principles.

Nadia arrives with her best friend 'Twinkle', an adorable toy mouse. But before she can begin her author session, Twinkle needs to settle down for his morning nap. He usually loves a book before sleep and today's book is all about rocket ships!

However ... when the book is finished, Twinkle just won't go to bed. He'd rather play a game instead!

Nadia knows just what to do! She takes a look inside pocket number 1 of her magic 'nap' sack - a whimsical sack full of fun ideas that sometimes help Twinkle get to sleep. Inside the pocket she discovers ... a rocket ship! WHOOSH!!!

Today, the pockets of the magic nap sack are full of outer space inspired props, and when Nadia and Twinkle discover jetpacks that can fly them to the moon, they blast off on an imaginary adventure with their newfound friends - discovering moon cheese, banango trees and other wondrous delights!

* Nadia’s newest book ‘Twinkle Just Won’t Go To Bed’ is due for release in June 2022. It is recommended that educators read the book aloud with their children prior to Nadia’s visit and listen to the downloadable songs on Nadia’s website.

Educators receive:

  1. Detailed teacher notes outlining links to the EYLF, Australian Curriculum and AQS Quality Areas.
  2. A detailed music and story play lesson plan to use following Nadia’s visit.

Suitable for:

Preschoolers - Year 2

Duration:

45 minutes

Topics covered:

• Literacy and language development

• Numeracy

• The power of imagination and play-based learning

• Collaborative storytelling

• Focussed listening

• Music

• Dance

• Movement

• Nurturing children’s self-identity as an active learner

Curriculum Outcomes

• EYLF Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity

• EYLF Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

• EYLF Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

• Literacy - Listening and speaking interactions

• Literature - Experimentation and adaptation

• The Arts - drama, dance and music.

TESTIMONIALS:

Nadia’s engaging storytelling and songs brought such immediate warmth and joy to the room and had the children and adults alike transfixed. The story of Twinkle the mouse eventually getting to sleep after an epic space odyssey was both sentimental and perfectly lighthearted, with lots of laughs and learning too. We LOVED it. - A Davidson-Farnworth, Elanora Library, 2021

 

 

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Testimonials

  • It was so wonderful to have Nadia back for Book Week this year. The Collectors experience for our Prep to Year 2 students was magical. The students were so engaged from the activities prior, right through to visit from Sprig and Magnolia on the day. The Harry Potter show was extremely entertaining for our older students. Both shows allowed for student participation and lots of fun, while at the same time ensuring the students were well-managed. Thank you again, Nadia!

    Whites Hill State College - October 2020

    Whites Hill State College - October 2020
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  • Our students were filled with joy and delight when the The Collectors came to visit. Sprig and Magnolia, aka Nadia Sunde and Melissa Redman, are perfect foils for each other. Sprig explodes with exuberance and humour while Magnolia balances this with serenity and calm. Their message of care for nature is embedded in every aspect of the program, from the pre-performance letters, the performance itself, and then children visiting Little Leaf Village website where they can send an email, view photos, listen to stories and songs, and even get a recipe from Magnolia's Kitchen. The children have been so excited with the replies. The Collectors are real in the eyes of a child, up there with the Tooth Fairy and Santa.... but better. I will definitely invite them back.

    Seven Hills State School - August 2019

    Seven Hills State School - August 2019
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  • Nadia's sessions with our students were amazing! She catered to the three different age groups beautifully, with each group being thoroughly entertained. Not only were they entertained with theatre, song and hilarity, the student's were managed in a way that meant there were no issues with student behaviour. She set clear expectations and then off she went on a marvellous adventure of storytelling and humour. I have never seen our students as engaged and happy as they were during Nadia's show. We would definitely recommend her to other schools and we will be getting her back here at our school in the future!

    Whites Hill State College - August 2019

    Whites Hill State College - August 2019
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  • Nadia engaged the students and they enjoyed her humour. Nadia was able to adapt to the wide range of age groups from Kindy to year 6. The teachers appreciated her focus on using "imagination"

    St Francis Xavier Primary School, Ballina - March 2019

    St Francis Xavier Primary School, Ballina - March 2019
    Nadia Sunde
  • Currumbin State School were more than impressed with Nadia's innate natural ability to engage 7 year olds. It's not an easy task to stimulate engagement, creativity in teaching students to love POETRY but Nadia was brilliant. Her power in truly connecting with a young audience was MAGICAL!

    Currumbin State School - February 2019

    Currumbin State School - February 2019
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