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Family Day at Sydney Writers' Festival



Head down to the Big Top for Little People at Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay for Family Day this Sunday


FAMILY DAY: EXQUISITE GENRES WITH THE SYDNEY STORY FACTORY 

Over four one-hour sessions participants will race against the clock to create a collection of collaborative genre stories. Each session will develop the scenarios created by previous groups and the complete stories will be posted on the Sydney Writers’ Festival blog for all to read. Sydney Story Factory tutors will guide young writers (10-14 years) through the perils of collaborative fiction and assist as they fill their stories with characters and calamities.

The Sydney Story Factory is a not-for-profit writing centre for students 7-17 years old, dedicated to supporting students with their writing skills. Its aim is to improve students’ writing skills, nurture creativity and help students find a home in language. All workshops are led by an SSF Storyteller, with volunteer tutors offering students close, personal attention. Programs target marginalised young people and those from Indigenous and non-English speaking backgrounds, but are open to everyone.

Sunday 10am-2pm, Free, bookings essential 9699 6970

 

CRAFTAMANIA

Get messy! Get Creative! Get into our crazy craft area! There will be workshops and colouring in and heaps of fun activities to make and do ALL DAY. Try the picturebook workshop in the morning with Sydney artist and children's illustrator, Georgia Perry. Or join the creators of Alphabetical Sydney in the afternoon to create your own poster that turns into a book! Limited spaces on arrival so get in quick! (All ages).

Sunday 10am-3.30pm, Free, no bookings

 

INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN

Every girl needs a role model, either real or fictional. Join writers Eliza Sarlos, Cornelia Funke and Jacqueline Harvey as they tell you about the amazing women who inspired them to become the people they are today. Maybe you’ll find a heroine of your own? (Ages 8+).

Sunday 10.30-11.00am. Free, no bookings

 

FAMILY DAY: MORNING TEA WITH YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS

Buy a cupcake and sit down for a beautiful morning tea with your favourite authors and illustrators. When else will you ever get to ask Inkheart and Ghost Hunters author Cornelia Funke as many questions as you can fit in between mouthfuls of cake? Or get to tell Jacqueline Harvey that you are the NUMBER ONE Alice-Miranda fan in the world? Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime chance to sit down with some of the best authors and illustrators in the whole world including Ursula Dubosarsky, Jane Godwin, Gus Gordon, Eliza Sarlos, Deborah Kelly and more. Who knows, maybe they will even sign a book or two . . . Your friends will be so jealous! (All ages)

Sunday 10.30am-12pm. Free no bookings

 

FAMILY DAY: STORYTELLING ROOM

Pull up a cushion, snuggle in and let your favourite picture-book writers read you their stories. The storytelling room will run all day so drop in at any time to listen to authors reading their books aloud. There’ll even be a dress-up box so kids can have a ball acting out the best bits from the books. With Deborah Kelly, Jane Godwin, Ursula Dubosarsky, Gus Gordon, Damon Young, Hilary Bell and Antonia Pesenti. (Younger children).

Sunday 10.30am-3.30pm. Free, no bookings

 

ILLUSTRATOR BATTLE ROUNDS: PREPARE TO DRAW!

It’s big. It’s bad. It’s tough. It’s the greatest drawing showdown this side of the harbour. Yes, it’s Illustrator Battle Rounds. And there can only be one winner. Watch on in awe as local illustrators race each other and the ticking clock in a live draw-off. Andrew Joyner, Tom Jellett, Georgia Perry, Christopher Nielsen, Chris Nixon, Andrew Cranna and Gus Gordon: Prepare to draw! Hosted by Oliver Phommavanh. (All ages).

Sunday 11.15am-12pm. Free, no bookings


FAMILY DAY: YOUR LIFE AND OTHER STUFF YOU MADE UP!

How can you use all the odd, boring, funny stuff that happens to you and turn it into excellent super cool stories? Find out with author Tristan Bancks, who loves to make stories out of his own life. Like the time his sister made him eat Vegemite off her toe (Yuk!) or the time he had his appendix removed just to get out of school detention. (All ages)

Sunday 12.15-12.45pm. Free, no bookings

 

FAMILY DAY: IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT THE FUTURE!

When most people think about science fiction, they think about weird futuristic worlds full of alien creatures and super technology. But actually sci-fi is often about the things that we're afraid of in the world RIGHT NOW. Acclaimed children’s author John Connolly takes you through the wonderful worlds of science-fiction. Be warned: he will be playing some super cool movie clips! (Ages 8+).

Sunday 1-1.30pm. Free, no bookings

 

FAMILY DAY: COMEDY STORYTELLING HOUR

Remember when you farted during maths and hoped nobody noticed, but they all did? How embarrassing - for you! But what about that time you pulled a prank on your best friend and everybody thought you were hilarious? Come along and kill yourself laughing at the ridiculous things Tristan Bancks, Damon Young, Oliver Phommavanh and James O’ Loghlin have done to crack up themselves and other people. You’ll be laughing with them - or at them. (Ages 8+).

Change from printed program: Sandi Toksvig can no longer attend Family Day: Comedy Storytelling Hour. Damon Young is now participating.

Sunday 1.45-2.45pm. Free, no bookings 

 

FAMILY DAY: LEARN TO DRAW LIKE CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS!

For the first time in Australia, join Dav Pilkey, writer and illustrator of the bestselling Captain Underpants series, for a super-awesome adventure of Draw-a-Rama!! Learn step-by-step how to draw his world-famous characters from his much loved series. Have you drawn your Underpants today? Paper and pens will be supplied, just bring your creativity and your underpants! Limited spaces. (All ages).

Sunday 3-3.30pm. Free, no bookings




 

 



 


 

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