Author shares his love of literacy

Book signing at Petrach's Bookshop with Scotch Oakburn College and Summerdale Primary School pupils, Jessica Turner, Geremie Antypas, Jessica McCallumSmith, Spencer Hayes, Nicholas Mayne, Abraham Scott, Jordyn Hayes and Williams Scott with author Justin D'Ath. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

Book signing at Petrach's Bookshop with Scotch Oakburn College and Summerdale Primary School pupils, Jessica Turner, Geremie Antypas, Jessica McCallumSmith, Spencer Hayes, Nicholas Mayne, Abraham Scott, Jordyn Hayes and Williams Scott with author Justin D'Ath. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

THE award-winning children's author of the Lost World Circus and Extreme Adventures book series, Justin D'Ath, visited Launceston schools yesterday.

The Victorian-based author spent time with students from both Summerdale Primary School and Scotch Oakburn College, discussing his books, characters and how he writes.

He later launched his latest book and the last in the Lost World Circus series, Animal Planet, and attended an after-school book signing session at Petrarch's Bookshop.

D'Ath has been a semi-regular visitor to Tasmania since he launched the Extreme Adventures, Devil Danger, in 2009, which is based in Tasmania.

D'Ath said he met many children who were keen writers and wanted to be authors in the future but it was sad that if they didn't learn that appreciation for a book from a young age, they may never.

He said although all his books were available electronically, very few children read e-books.

"If kids have electronic devices they do other things, like play games," he said.

"I think it would be very hard to start off as an author and get your foot in the door these days because there are less publishers and they're selling less books."

D'Ath believes technology has advanced so quickly in a short number of years that society is still to catch up and doesn't know how to cope.

He said literacy levels would probably plummet because of it.

D'Ath said he was working on another book that would hopefully be made into a series, depending on his publisher.

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