Russ the Story Bus

Russ the Story Bus appearing in 2016

Who is this Russ?

Presented by Sydney Writers’ Festival, Russ the Story Bus is a creative space where children can browse a library full of the latest children’s books, choose a book to take home, listen to a story or hear authors and illustrators talk about their craft.

Russ has been visiting schools since 2014, making this his third road trip to Western Sydney as part of our annual Children’s Festival of Moving Stories.

But what’s all the fuss about Russ?

The thing is, Russ is no ordinary bus. With his exterior covered in artwork by leading children’s book illustrator and author Shaun Tan, and his interior designed by an award-winning architectural firm, he’s actually pretty fancy. The other thing is, Russ has a belly full of books for children of all ages and he needs to lighten the load by giving some away. Oh and another thing, school visits from Russ are FREE, include an author talk by a leading Australian children’s writer or illustrator, and up to 30 students can visit Russ at a time.

So where is Russ going?

Russ is hitting the road, visiting primary schools in Greater Western Sydney every weekday in November and for the first time primary schools in regional NSW during December.

All visits are FREE and run for two hours including an author talk.

Russ the Story Bus Western Sydney schedule

Blacktown and Parramatta
Monday 31 October – Friday 4 November

Penrith and Fairfield
Monday 7 November – Friday 11 November

Liverpool and Bankstown
Monday 14 November – Friday 18 November

Campbelltown and Camden
Monday 21 November – Friday 25 November *

View a listing by suburb for Western Sydney, here.

Regional NSW schedule

Monday 28 November

Tuesday 29 November

Parkes and Forbes
Wednesday 30 December

Thursday 1 December

Monday 5 December

Wednesday 7 December

Thursday 8 and Friday 9 December

Okay, how can I get Russ to my school?

If you’d like Russ the Story Bus to visit your school fill out an ONLINE BOOKING FORM.



Please return your booking form by mail or send by email to Sydney Writers’ Festival by 30 September 2016.

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Postal Address:

Sydney Writers’ Festival
Level 3, 10 Hickson Road
The Rocks NSW 2000 

Bookings will be processed in the order they are received. Bookings close on 30 September 2016.

Meet Russ The Bus Exterior Illustrator

Internationally celebrated children’s author and illustrator Shaun Tan grew up in Perth, Western Australia. His books include The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, Rules of Summer and The Arrival. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer and a concept artist for the films Horton Hears a Who and Pixar’s WALL-E, and he shares an Academy Award® for his work on the animated short film based on his book, The Lost Thing. He has also been awarded the Dromkeen Medal for services to children’s literature and the Astrid Lindgren prize. 

Meet The Authors – Western Sydney

Dub LefflerDub Leffler

Dub Leffler, a Bigambul man, is the author and illustrator of Once There Was a Boy. Dub has worked in animation, film, muralism and the performing arts; he has also illustrated over 20 publications. He has taught illustration in Australia and internationally and has collaborated with Shaun Tan, Sally Morgan and Banksy. Dub and his family live on beautiful Guringai country in Horsfield Bay, where he is illustrating his first title for the National Library of Australia.

Katrina NannestadKatrina Nannestad

Katrina Nannestad grew up in country NSW. Her adult years have been spent teaching, raising boys, perfecting her recipe for chocolate-chip bickies and pursuing her love of stories. Her books for young readers include Olive of Groves, Olive of Groves and the Great Slurp of Time, The Girl Who Brought Mischief, When Mischief Came to Town, and the Red Dirt Diary series. Katrina now lives near Bendigo with her family and an exuberant black whippet called Olive.

TonyWilsonTony Wilson

Tony Wilson’s latest picture book, The Cow Tripped Over the Moon was awarded Honour Book in the 2016 CBCA awards. He’s written more than a dozen titles aimed at both adults and children, Emo the Emu, The Thirsty Flowers, The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas and Stuff Happens: Jack. Tony is a father of four, from Melbourne, who turned to writing and the creative arts after a brief stint as lawyer. In a distant century, Tony won the ABC travel documentary series Race Around the World.

Meet The Authors – Regional NSW

Judith RossellJudith Rossell

Judith Rossell is a writer and illustrator of maze and puzzle books, picture books and novels, which have been published in 16 languages. She has written 12 books and illustrated 80 including Bogtrotter, by Margaret Wild. Recently, her picture book Oliver was published by Harper Collins in New York. Her illustrated novel Withering-by-Sea, won a number of awards, and the sequel, Wormwood Mire, will be published in November. She teaches writing at RMIT and the Australian Writers Centre, and has a cat the size of a walrus.

Tony FlowersTony Flowers

Tony Flowers is an internationally acclaimed illustrator and artist. His drawings are loved in Japan for their detail and humour and he has won an award in the US for his street chalk art. He has illustrated 16 books with author Nick Falk, including the popular Saurus Street, Billy is a Dragon and Samurai Vs Ninja series. Tony has a Master’s degree in visual communication and is a current PhD candidate at University of Canberra, studying Visual Literacy. Tony lives in Canberra with his family.

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Illustrations sourced from Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan© 



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