Next year, a literature and arts festival for schools and families will open a whole new chapter of storytelling and illustration for Western Australia’s students, teachers, and children of all ages.
From 9 to 13 May 2018, Scribblers Festival will bring to Perth authors and illustrators from all over the world. They will gather in and around The Goods Shed cultural space at Claremont Station.
Their mission? To engage, inspire, empower and transform young minds through reading, writing, art and creativity.
Stars of the inaugural program include British illustrator and former UK Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, Melbourne writer and comic illustrator Nicki Greenberg, English poet, performer and children’s author A.F. Harrold and American novelist and screenwriter Jesse Andrews.
The festival, conceived by cultural non-profit FORM with the Town of Claremont, is in two parts. Primary and secondary schools can sign up for three days of targeted sessions and activities, while the final two days of the festival, falling on a weekend (including Mother’s Day), will offer a free program of family activities.
“Encouraging children and young people to think outside of the box means teaching them to solve the problems of the future,” said Festival Director Katherine Dorrington. “Through the experiences Scribblers Festival will bring to the community, we hope to offer the gift of thinking differently, imaginatively and independently; and also to show parents, carers, families and educators that this gift can be nurtured through the natural aptitude the younger generation has for experimentation, fun, and play with words,” Ms Dorrington said.
Scribblers Festival feeds into the wider educational focus of FORM’s Creative Learning program, with the ethos of contributing to more engaged, motivated, and skilled individuals and thereby healthier and more thriving communities. “We’re creating a festival that is accessible to many, a festival that places storytelling at the heart of cultural life and can demonstrate to children and families the value of art and literature,” Ms Dorrington said.
Festival Manager Maria Alessandrino said the festival, as well as offering the schools-focused program and the family weekend (including a special Mother’s Day event), would also offer a workshop series, hands-on activities and live art, with Chris Riddell, Nicki Greenberg, A.F. Harrold and Jesse Andrews just some of the celebrated authors, illustrators and creatives confirmed in the lineup.
The full festival program will be released in March 2018.
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