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THURSDAY APRIL 10 2014 19 V2 - NTNE01Z01MA Territory children's author Nick Bland will appear at the Wordstorm Top End Writers Festival and discuss how his picture books have been placed in a digital format Bland bringing worlds to life in digital realm NICK Bland wakes every morning and admires the beauty of his Wagait Beach home, but his stories involve pirates and bears. The Territory childrens author says he creates books for an international audience but loves his Top End lifestyle. Bland will speak to attendees at the upcoming Wordstorm Top End Writers Festival about his experience transferring his picture books to digital. He has started a company in Melbourne for the new enterprise, which is called Wheelbarrow. It helps to create picture book apps for smartphones and tablets, as well as other things. I decided to make the move into digital when I travelled to New York and saw every second bookshop shut ting down, he said. Then I came home and saw the likes of Angus and Robertson shutting down, too. Bland became inspired by the innovators in the area. He decided to become part of the new era of publishing. Now Blands company is seeing success, with author Shaun Tan releasing his new book Rules of Summer with Wheelbarrow. The book is also No.1 in the app store. Bland said digital publishing had many benefits includ ing crossing borders. There are huge benefits for learning in language, he said. While youngsters can often be seen playing with game apps, Bland said that educational apps and books still hold weight. Joining Bland at the Wordstorm Top End Writers Festival will be The Slap author Christos Tsiolkas. Other attendees include poet Omar Musa, rock journalists Bernard Zuel and Mark Mordue as well as cartoonist Pat Grant. The festival, which was launched officially last night, will revolve around so-called Seven Deadly Themes. Themes will include interactivity, transmedia, digital writing experiments, dialogue between Aboriginal Australia and the non-Anglo migrant cultures, where journalism is going and the world of graphic novels. Wordstorm Top End Writers Festival runs from May 29 to June 1. For more information visit wordstorm.org.au There are huge benefits for learning in language Deckchair delight is back again FILM buffs and casual cinema-goers alike will rejoice at the return of the beloved Deckchair Cinema. The seasonal outdoor movie house located next to the sea is launching its 2014 season on Wednesday. With the new line-up of movies comes a new general manager, with Darwinite Hannah Brodie-Hall, who has a background working with Tourism NT. Its a really exciting program, she said. The public reaction to the program has been very positive, its a good mix of films including some that have been nominated for Oscars. Launching the Deckchair program will be new Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis. It stars Osaac Isaac, who played Jose Ramos Horta in Balibo, a film much appreciated by Top Enders, as well as Justin Timberlake and John Goodman, with music by T Bone Burnett. Inside Llewyn Davis tells the story of a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Other titles to be shown in coming weeks include a tribute to actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died earlier this year. Magic realism flick Synecdoche, New York as well as claymation family film Mary and Max will be shown, both which star the Hoffman in very different roles. The latter title is directed by Australian Adam Elliot. The trials and tribulations of Russian music activists Pussy Riot will be told in the documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer. Its pretty topical after the Winter Olympics, BrodieHall said. Popular flicks American Hustle, The Railway Man and Tracks will also be screened for those that missed them at the mainstream cinema. Deckchair Cinema Opening Night, Wednesday, April 16, 7.30pm, $16 For more info visit deckchaircinema.com.au Groups antics prove Habit-forming FLIPS, tumbles, jumps and circus tricks will wow audiences at a new independent show debuting at Browns Mart Theatre later this month. Newly formed group the Creatures of Habit will showcase their circus skills as part of a performance kicking off on April 23. The group is made up of artists from across the Top End who take part at Corrugated Iron Youth Arts. One of the organisers, Aimee Gray, said the group trains three days a week to hone their skills as well as practising the show itself in the lead up to opening night. Ms Gray said the show would be a display of circus based around a story of apocalyptic destruction. It looks at the different habits humans have in the wake of devastation, she said. Ms Gray said that the Creatures of Habit formed as a response to the lack of circus in the Top End. Theres not enough performance opportunities in Darwin, so we thought wed put on one ourselves. Creatures of Habit, Browns Mart Theatre, preview night April 23, $15, regular season April 24-27, $25 concession, $30 adult WHATS ON IN APRIL *$5 @ 5pm Happy Hour, monday - Friday *2 WEEKS TO GO* SATURDAY 26TH - THE ROcK cYclOnE KITTO GOES Off fOR OnE lAST SHOW AT THE HUmpTY DOO HOTEl On SAT ApRIl 26 bEfORE HEADInG bAcK TO EUROpE. DOnT mISS THE ExplOSIOn! IT WIll GO Off.....! HUMIDITY MR WILSON Live @ 5pmLive @ 7pm Kitchen Open 10am - 9pm, 7 Days with great Daily Specials. Sunday Sesh
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