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Summary

From multi-international award winning Advertising Copywriter to Author of the much-loved word play books Has A Book Got A Spine? and Can You Crack Them? – Erica’s love of the English language is contagious. School & library workshops have both kids and teachers shouting out in uncontainable glee at the quirkiness of the English language. Both books challenge the mind to think laterally and are recommended for mainstream children as well as the gifted, kids with autism, dyslexia, and ESL students. Whilst these books have universal appeal and are loads of fun, they are at the same time excellent for literacy and language development.
Erica Bentel's YA novel A Big Circle of Friends is a contemporary fast-paced anti-racism, anti-bullying novel, which she has been busy adapting into a play for high schools and performing arts academies, and is now ready to workshop!

Biography

ERICA BENTEL BA (Eng. Hons), is the author of:
*Has A Book Got A Spine? (2006)
*Can You Crack Them? (2012)
*A Big Circle of Friends* (2013)
***All three titles on the WA Premier’s Summer Reading Challenge recommended reading list.
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Erica regularly does workshops with all three books (from Kinder through High School) – having also previously presented at the:
* 2016 Sydney Jewish Writers Festival
* 2016 Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival
* 2015 Rosalie Writer’s Festival
* 2013 & 2014 All Saints’ Literary Festivals for Children And Young Adults
* And through 2017/8 at Yanchep Beach Primary, created and delivered a program to instil a passion for reading throughout the school.
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Before life as an author, Erica had a career as an Advertising Copywriter scooping Gold, Silver & Bronze Awards in Cannes, London and New York for her Creative Print, Radio and Television work.

Relevant qualifications

Academic Qualifications
• BA (Eng. Hons) 1984, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
• BA (Majors in English & Industrial Psychology. Sub-major in Drama and Film) 1983, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Recent experience

* 2016 Sydney Jewish Writers Festival + 2016 Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival
* 2015 Rosalie Writer’s Festival
* 2013 & 2014 All Saints’ Literary Festivals for Children And Young Adults
* 2014 Guest Author for Book Week in Kununurra – including visits to Wyndham & the remote community school in Kalumburu.
* 2013 – 2019 Run interactive workshops for Ngala’s Literacy program through the Child and Parent Centres.

Publications

A BIG CIRCLE OF FRIENDS

A BIG CIRCLE OF FRIENDS

Publisher: Bentel Family Trust

Publ. date: 2013

Genre: Young Adult fiction – Anti-racism, anti-bullying, social inclusion

CAN YOU CRACK THEM?

CAN YOU CRACK THEM?

Publisher: Bentel Family Trust

Publ. date: 2012

Genre: Children's Word Games (AGES 6 - 106)

HAS A BOOK GOT A SPINE?

HAS A BOOK GOT A SPINE?

Publisher: Bentel Family Trust

Publ. date: 2006

Genre: Children's Picture Book – Word Play (AGES 3 – 9)

Get in touch

Email [email protected]

Website http://bigcircleoffriends.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Author/Erica-Bentel-Author-883565238429699/

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