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Here’s a free kick for the school holidays: a morning of footy talk and fun at the Wheeler Centre.
Alicia Sometimes and Nicole Hayes are writers, broadcasters and mad football fans. They’re two voices from the cult Outer Sanctum Aussie Rules podcast and the authors of a new book for kids, The Footy Girl’s Guide to the Stars of 2017. The book is a must-read for young footballers, profiling some of the brightest stars in the new Women’s League.
They’ll be joined by Collingwood recruit Emma King who, at 22, is one of the club’s leading stars, a member of the AFL Players’ Association Women’s Advisory Committee – and, outside the game, a qualified architect.
What were the weirdest facts Alicia and Nicole learned when interviewing the players? Which female footballers will be the legends of the future? What’s it like to play in the Women’s League, and what were some of the best plays of its first season?
Sporty kids of all ages are welcome for this free hour of footy fandom.
Alicia Sometimes is an Australian writer and broadcaster. She has performed her spoken word and poetry at many venues, festivals and events around the world. Her poems have been in Best Australian Science Writing, Best Australian Poems, Overland, Southerly, Meanjin, the Age, ABC TV's Sunday Arts and more. She is a co-host of the Outer Sanctum podcast (ABC podcasts and radio).
Nicole Hayes is an award winning author and podcaster, and part of the The Outer Sanctum podcast. She has written non-fiction and fiction about footy, including The Whole of My World, a Young Adult #MeToo AFL novel; and both From the Outer: Footy Like You’ve Never Heard It (2016) and A Footy Girl’s Guide to the Stars of 2017, in collaboration with Alicia Sometimes. This year, Nicole and co-writer Adrian Beck will launch a new kids’ footy fiction series, called Little Legends. She spends way too much time shouting at the Hawks on the telly, but you’d know that if you followed her on Twitter.
Emma King, 22, is one of Collingwood Football Club's marquee players for the inaugural AFL Women's League season. Raised in Perth, she graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Design (Architecture) in 2015. She's a member of the AFL Players Association Women's Advisory Committee.
Immersion in literacy is one of the most important factors in determining the outcome of a child’s future – and nurturing a love of books and reading is part of that. Also, kids plus books and writing equals fun. We’re delighted to be presenting a series of events for the younger readers in your life: Wheeler Kids. Roll up and enjoy!