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FANTASTICAL TALES
Young adult fantasy is riding high. The benefit for writers and their publishers is that the genre crosses the generation gap, reaching large audiences. Kate Forsyth, S.D. Gentill and K.B. Hoyle speak with Judith Ridge about listening to our inner child and our desire to read fantastical tales as adults and children. Supported by The Writer's Coffee Shop (TWCS).
Sunday May 26, 10-11am, Philharmonia Studio. Free, no bookings.

FUN AND GAMES WITH LIBBA AND JUSTINE
Venture inside the dark, supernatural underbelly of 1920s New York with Libba Bray’s The Diviners, and the strange world of vampire dating with Justine Larbalestier’s Team Human. Libba is a New York Times bestselling author and recipient of the Michael L. Printz award for excellence in young adult literature. Justine is an award-winning Australian YA and fantasy author. Her last book, Liar, won the WA Premier’s Book Award and the YA Sisters in Crime Davitt Award. Both authors discuss their work and what it’s like to make stuff up for a living, with US literary agent, Barry Goldblatt.
Sunday May 26, 10-11am, Pier 2/3 Club Stage. Free, no bookings.

STORYTELLING FOR YOUNG AND OLD: PATRICK NESS AND CARLOS RUIZ ZAFÓN
Patrick Ness and Carlos Ruiz Zafón started their writing careers publishing novels tagged as ‘young adult’. But the line between adult and young adult fiction is now blurred. Join them as they discuss their books with Judith Ridge, and ponder whether storytelling transcends age limitations.
Sunday May 26, 11.30am - 12.30pm, Pier 2/3 Club Stage. Free, no bookings



 


ALL DAY ACTIVITIES INSIDE THE BIG TOP FOR LITTLE PEOPLE


Erth bring their lovely little elephant friend for children to say hello to. There's painting of murals and drawing dinosaurs with Tony Flower, prizes to be won with 'Measure Your Height In Books' and colouring-in competitions. In the reading corner, they escape into a world of their own imagination with teh delightful puppetry of R.A. Spratt's Nanny Piggins as well as many other stories to be enjoyed.

For ages 3–15. A special thanks to Hachette, Hardie Grant Egmont, HarperCollins, Random House and Walker Books.

When: Sunday May 26, 10am - 3.30pm. Check scheduled times for individual events below. 
Where: Pier 2/3 Big Top, Walsh Bay



FESTIVAL SHUTTERBUGGING
Time to investigate the Festival with Sydney Story Factory! Festival-goers aged 10-15 years set out with cameras and pens to discover a few secrets about what's going on down at teh wharves, and then create their own personal zine. Presented with Sydney Story Factory.
Sunday May 26, 10am - 12pm and 12:30-2:30pm, Pier 2/3 Big Top. Free, registrations essential, 9250 1988.

DANCE WITH DINOSAURS!
Giraffes can't resist the trees . . . I love sandwiches . . . but who stole the cheese? Go wild in the Big Top for Little People in a romping, stomping reading of Dinosaurs Love Cheese, with wonderful children's author Jackie French.
Sunday May 26, 10.30am - 11.15am, Pier 2/3 Big Top. Free, no bookings.

DREAMING STORIES
The Big Top for Little People becomes a meeting place for four stunning storytellers. Nardi Simpson, Kaleena Briggs, Richard Green and Lucy Simpson share stories from the dreaming. There will be dancing, singing and drawing - children will be enchanted and entertained while learning about our local history, our local stories and our local dreams. On National Sorry Day, we celebrate Indigenous storytelling.
Sunday May 26, 11.30am - 12.30pm, Pier 2/3 Big Top. Free, no bookings.

THERE IS A MONSTER UNDER THE BED WHO FARTS
Author Tim Miller and illustrator Matt Stanton engage the audience with a lively reading of their book, There is a Monster Under My Bed Who Farts, and demonstrate how to draw the Fart Monster step-by-step.
Sunday May 26, 11.30am - 12.30pm, Pier 2/3 Big Top. Free, no bookings.


 


 

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