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Digital Schools Talk with Randa Abdel-Fattah – Available 10.30am 25 Oct until End of Term 4 (Early Stage 1, Stage 1, Stage 2)

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Available until end of Term 4. Join much-loved author Randa Abdel-Fattah on Int. Children’s Day to talk about her book 11 Words of Love – for children from all backgrounds about the many ways we love.


Premiering 25 Oct 10.30am

Presented on International Children’s Day, join us as we meet much-loved author Randa Abdel-Fattah to talk about her new book 11 Words of Love – a book for children from all backgrounds about the many ways we love. Celebrating International Children’s Day we introduce topics of love, refugees, diverse backgrounds and diversity of languages. This will be a heart-warming and gentle talk, with added interactivity designed specifically for early-stage 1 and stage 1.

Presented by Sydney Opera House in association with Hachette Australia and NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge, Department of Education


BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Sydney Opera House


About Randa

Randa Abdel-Fattah is a Palestinian Egyptian Muslim writer, academic, former lawyer and the multi-award-winning author of 11 books published in over 20 countries, including multiple translations, stage productions in the US and Australia, and a graphic novel series. Randa has been nominated for Sweden’s 2019 and 2018 Astrid Lindgren Award, the world’s biggest children’s and young adult literature award. Randa is also a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University and her recent book is Coming of Age in the War on Terror.


About 11 Words for Love

A moving and joyful book for children from all backgrounds about the many ways we love, from award-winning author Randa Abdel-Fattah and acclaimed illustrator Maxine Beneba Clarke.

There are eleven words for love, and my family knows them all.

A family flees their homeland to find safety in another country, carrying little more than a suitcase full of love.

As their journey unfolds, the oldest child narrates 11 meanings for love in Arabic as her family show, and are shown, all different kinds of love in their new home, and they also remember the love they have for their homeland and for those left behind or lost along the way.

In the Arabic language, there are over 50 words describing the degrees of love. That’s 50 stories, 50 life-worlds. This lyrical and heartwarming book takes you on a journey through 11 of these Arabic expressions for love.


Event Details

Date & Time

  25-Oct-2023    All Day   + Google Calendar  + iCal Export

Event Type

Live Event - Scheduled

Delivery Platform

Youtube Recording


35 Minutes





Main KLA, Strand, Sub Strand

HSIE » Geography » People and Places (Stage 1 - Year 1 and 2)

Other KLAs

English » Making meaning through responding and composing » Reading and Viewing

Creative Arts » Visual Arts » Appreciating (Visual Arts)

Will This Event Be Recorded?


Available to watch on-demand 25 Oct 10.30am until end of Term 4 2023

If you have any questions regarding the recorded content please contact the provider.

Name: Creative Learning

Phone: 02 9250 7770

Email: [email protected]

Joining The Event

Technology and Materials Requirements

This incursion will be streamed via YouTube only. The link will be emailed to you in advance.

1) Book your virtual excursion using the form on this site
2) A confirmation email will be sent to you from DART Learning
3) A confirmation email with further information and confirming the YouTube link will be sent to you from Sydney Opera House at least one day before the event.


Pre Event Requirements

This talk includes a card-making activity in the final 5 minutes of both the short and long version of the talk.

Randa will encourage your students to express their love for a friend or family member by making a card. You’ll need some paper, pens/textas, glue and crafty bits to design your cards – you can pause the video during this section or do it at the end of the talk/another time convenient to you.

If you have any queries please contact the provider

Name: Creative Learning

Phone: 02 9250 7770

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/learn/schools/primary-school.html/#digital

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