Sydney Writers' Festival presents Family Day on Sunday May 28 at Walsh Bay, where a world of bookish fun and adventure awaits our youngest generation of passionate readers.
In her first festival appearance, Lauren Child will spill the details on her beloved characters Charlie and Lola, Ruby Redfort, and Clarice Bean. All-round favourite Andy Griffiths returns to the festival with mad ideas, trippy tales and maybe even some teasers for the next installment of his Treehouse series. Tickets for each: $25/$15/$70 (family ticket) available online or at 02 9250 1988.
The main family area at Pier 4/5 offers a range of FREE programming for youngsters under 12. Beloved U.S. writer Kate DiCamillo, author of classics like Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tale of Despereaux and Raymie Nightingale will talk about how stories connect people. There will be activities guided by talented actor and now children’s writer Richard Roxburgh; word hunting adventures with Nick Earls; reading with Maxine Beneba Clarke. Illustrators will flex their drawing muscles and fight pen-to-pen in our illustrator battle rounds. There’ll also be a trip into the magical world of Harry Potter with Professor Frankie Falconette, discussions around Roald Dahl’s infamous book baddies with the folks from the ABC’s Short & Curly podcast, and On the Spot Stories with James O’Loghlin and Matthew Martin who will instantly whip up and illustrate a tale with help from all the kids.
In the Bangarra Backyard, there will be interactive activities with illustrators Allison Colpoys, Kat Patrick and Nick Earls, storytelling in the Storytime Clubhouse with a mix of authors and illustrators, a colouring wall featuring the delightful Charlie and Lola, and the Crinkling Press Room for those burgeoning reporters and reviewers, along with a host of crafts and workshops including the Casula Powerhouse Robot Lab with James Foley and activities with The Travel Bug creators Ben Gilmour and James Gulliver Hancock.
Pier 4/5 & Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay
Range of free and ticketed events
(02) 9256 4200 or visit SWF website