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Randa Abdel-Fattah

Digital Schools Talk

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

Book a session from 25 October - 19 December

Term 4, 2023
Click here to book this event. Watch the premiere on 25 October or watch on-demand until 19 December/end of Term 4.

This digital program is available on demand from 25 October - 19 December. Watch at any time, from the comfort of your classroom.

Suitable for Stages ES1-2

This program is recommended for Years K – 3 

This event is free for Australian schools

All digital programs are free to Australian schools and can be viewed via Youtube or our website. Terms and conditions apply. Fees apply for all international bookings.

This program runs for approximately 45 mins

Schools should be dialed-in 15 minutes prior to the commencement of the session to test camera and microphone. Program duration is a guide only and may be subject to change.

Curriculum links

  • Identity
  • Migration
  • Cultural diversity
  • Storytelling
  • Creative writing in English, 
  • Visual Arts
  • Geography
  • History

A heartwarming and gentle talk about the ways we love

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.

Randa Abdel-Fattah is a Palestinian Egyptian Muslim writer, academic, former lawyer and 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 Awards, 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.

11 Words for Love is 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 to 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.

If your students have a question they would like to ask, you will have the opportunity to record it and send it in for Randa Abdel-Fattah to answer on the day. Questions must be sent no later than 1 June 2023. Further instructions on how to do this will be sent to you upon booking.

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

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Frequently Asked Questions - Non-interactive Programs

What equipment do I need?

All you need is an internet connection! Schools can connect through Youtube in an internet browser however works best for your students (as a classroom or on individual computers.)

The viewing link will be emailed to you in advance of the event. 

If you require technical assistance with your video conferencing facilities, contact your schools’ tech support or alternatively contact our Creative Learning team on 02 9250 7770.


How do I book?

Click on the link for your preferred session time. If it is the first time you have used DART Connections you will be required to set up a username and password. 

Please note that DART connections is the booking platform for all of our sessions and you will need to book here even if you are not a NSW or DET school.

Once your booking has been confirmed, our team will be in touch with relevant dial in details and to address any technical questions you may have.


What if I can't book in for the session I want?

Our on-demand program, including performances, workshops and talks, are available for a minimum of 10 days after the premiere. This gives you greater flexibility to watch at a time and date that’s convenient to your class.

What if I need to change or cancel my booking?

You don’t need to do anything! If you can no longer attend our on-demand program of events, book in for another on-demand event at a time that suits you better.

If you would really like to attend outside of the event dates, please contact the Creative Learning team on and we will try our best to accommodate you

How can I prepare my class for their session?

Once your booking is confirmed, our Creative Learning team will send you an email with all the details to prepare for your session. 

To ensure your students get the most out of the experience, a Teachers’ Resource Pack is available for most programs. We recommend using these resources in advance of your digital excursion.

For the Digital Talks Program, your students can record their questions for the speaker and send them to us in advance of the talk. The details of how to do this will be emailed to you by our Creative Learning Team. 

How many students can I have participate in the one group?

As the program is non-interactive, you can book for as many students as you like - a whole school booking of 500 or a single home learner - all are welcome and can be accommodated!

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