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Mat Larkin Story Talks

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10 September 2020

Mat Larkin, author of popular children's book The Orchard Underground, dreams up wondrous worlds and colourful characters on a daily basis.

In a series of bite-sized videos, Mat introduces us to his weird and wild characters and teaches us how to generate creative ideas and embrace our own vast imaginations.

Each video ends with a rich literacy activity to encourage kids to let their ideas flow. Designed to activate and inspire young writers, this series is perfect for remote learning and as a fun school holiday actvity.

Story Talks is suitable for children aged eight to 12 and features Auslan interpretation.

The Story Talks series is supported by Gandel Philanthropy.

Pauline Gandel Children’s Quarter, also supported by Gandel Philanthropy, is a purpose-built space for children and families to read, learn and play, with an associated program of activities.

Watch Mat Larkin Story Talks


Part 1: Normal World & amazing world! Mat talks about how his childhood inspired his book, and how cue cards and drawing maps help him to keep track of the complex worlds he invents.

Part 2: Inner weirdo. Mat discusses the wonders of weirdness, and how his characters work together to make his writing spot on.

Part 3: Find your funny. Mat helps us hack into the world around us to find a funny bone and make it our own.

More to explore

  • Watch Story Talks programs with children's favourite authors including Sally Rippin, Nat Amoore and more!