Scribblers Festival Family Program 2021
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8 - 9 May 2021
Subiaco Arts Centre

Scribblers Festival Family Program 2021

8 - 9 May 2021 Subiaco Arts Centre

Scribblers Festival is an annual festival of literature and arts for young people.

Celebrate the magic of storytelling with the whole family and enjoy FREE activities all weekend long, including some special treats for Mum on Mother’s Day. Join 26 children’s book authors, illustrators, and creatives from across Australia at Subiaco Arts Centre for a weekend packed with story battles, LEGO Masters, Book Doctors, Teen Podcasters and so much more. Activities will take place in and around Subiaco Arts Centre grounds, with booking required for sessions in the Main Auditorium and Studio. All sessions listed here are free but require booking – see below. Download the entire Family Program here to see the whole story!

Be sure to follow @scribblersfest on Facebook and Instagram for updates, inspiration, and how to get involved!


Main Auditorium Sessions


The Art of Collaboration | Saturday 10:00am - 10.30am, All Ages
There’s a special kind of magic that can happen when you put a writer and an artist together - just ask Jane Godwin and Anna Walker. The Melbourne based writer and artist have created eight children’s picture books together, telling enchanting and timeless stories about what it is to be young. Join Jane and Anna as they share some of the joy of creative collaboration.
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Meet R.A. Spratt | Saturday 11:00am - 11.30am, Ages 7+
From the world’s most glamourous flying pig, Nanny Piggins to super sleuth Friday Barnes, R.A. Spratt is an expert at creating quirky and hilarious characters that kids love. So where do her zany ideas come from? And how does she make kids laugh out loud? Don’t miss this opportunity to get inside the mind of one of Australia’s funniest writers and hear tantalizing tales about some of her most popular characters.
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The Hunt for Lost Treasure | Saturday 12:00pm - 12:30pm, Ages 7+
Imagine a magical world where lost things - and people - are found! When adventurous twins Jake and Marisol sneak out to explore a lighthouse, they discover an alternate world where what’s lost is found. Introducing best-selling writer Amie Kaufman, and her new middle-grade series, The World Between Blinks is a charming novel full of mystery and adventure.
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Intersections Between Magic and Science | Saturday 1:00pm - 1:30pm, Ages 8+
A reluctant sorcerer’s apprentice, Wednesday would rather spend her days studying science than magic. When her grandpa is captured, she must embrace her magical heritage to save him. But where does science fit in a world made of magic? Science communicator Cristy Burne and computer programmer Denis Knight discuss Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows, the first book in their epic new series.
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The Art of Collaboration | Sunday 10:00am - 10:30am, All Ages
There’s a special kind of magic that can happen when you put a writer and an artist together - just ask Jane Godwin and Anna Walker. The Melbourne based writer and artist have created eight children’s picture books together, telling enchanting and timeless stories about what it is to be young. Join Jane and Anna as they share some of the joy of creative collaboration.
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Little Jiang | Sunday 11:00am - 11:30am, Ages 7+
Mei Ling Pang has always suspected that she attracts misfortune, but when a zombie with fangs starts following her around, she has no doubt. Meet Little Jiang: summoned from his grave by the villainous Dr Heckyll, and now creating unwitting havoc in Mei’s home town. Can Mei stop her new fanged friend and turn her fortunes around? Author Shirley Marr and illustrator Katy Jiang put a modern twist on an ancient Chinese legend.
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Draw The Super Sidekicks | Sunday 12:00pm - 12:30pm, Ages 8+
Enter the world of superheroes and super villains with cartoonist and New York Times bestselling Australian author Gavin Aung Than. Gavin’s long-time obsession with superheroes led to the creation of his hilarious series Super Sidekicks. Put pen to paper with Gavin as he teaches you how to draw Australia’s coolest superheroes and gives you some tips about how to create your very own.
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The Hunt For Lost Treasure | Sunday 1:00pm - 1:30pm, All Ages
Imagine a magical world where lost things - and people - are found! When adventurous twins Jake and Marisol sneak out to explore a lighthouse, they discover an alternate world where what’s lost is found. Introducing best-selling writer Amie Kaufman, and her new middle-grade series, The World Between Blinks is a charming novel full of mystery and adventure.
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Studio Sessions

Other Worlds | Saturday 10:00 - 10:45am, Ages 12+
Amie Kaufman introduces worlds that exist between magic and technology, Cally Black explores alien societies, and Will Kostakis and Rebecca Higgie use the modern world as a portal into fantasy, history and a little bit of magic. Join these authors as they share how they transport readers into different realms, discuss the complexities and freedoms that come with pushing boundaries, and reveal how they stay true to their characters and themselves.
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The Different Arts of Storytelling | Saturday 11:15am - 12:00pm, Ages 12+
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a spoken word artist, using words to tackle diversity and visibility; Yuot A. Alaak uses his writing to share his personal experience as a refugee; and Campbell Whyte spent more than a decade using art to craft the world of his graphic novel series Home Time. These storytellers discuss their different narrative approaches, and the personal cost and reward of sharing your story with the world.
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Do You Believe in Monsters? | Saturday 12:30pm - 1:00pm, Ages 8+
When you’re half-monster, half fairy the world can be a little confusing. In The Monster Who Wasn’t, T.C. Shelley introduced us to the adventures of Sam and his group of grumpy gargoyles. Now the brilliant Western Australian author invites you to join Sam on the next leg of his voyage of discovery - secondary school - in the second installment of her weird and wonderful monster series, The Werewolves Who Weren’t.
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Across the Risen Sea | Saturday 1:30pm - 2:00pm, Ages 9+
Set in a post climate change world, Bren MacDibble’s Across the Risen Sea traverses oceans to explore friendship, family and connection to place. The dynamic storyteller shares her tale of a close knit community that exists peacefully - until the day a group of strangers arrive. Exploring the intersection between the natural and manmade realms and the impact humans have on the planet, Across the Risen Sea is vivid and original.
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BFF? Is Maddie in the Middle? | Sunday 10:00am - 10:30am, Ages 8+
Friendship, ethics, and growing up: big topics are skillfully handled by award-winning writer Julia Lawrinson in her new coming of age novel, Maddie in the Middle, which asks, what would you do to protect a friend?
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Taking Flight | Sunday 11:00am - 11:30am, Ages 5+
The smallest of things can thrive, all we need is a little imagination, patience and belief - a truth that lies at the heart of Fremantle writer Meg McKinlay’s beautiful picture book How to Make a Bird. In this delightful exploration of creativity from a favourite local storyteller, Meg shares her own creative process, following an idea from the very start to the moment it takes form in the world, and encouraging you to do the same.
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Violet's Wonderful World of Nothing | Sunday 12:00pm - 12:30pm, All Ages
Have you ever wondered if nothing is real? What exactly is nothing? Where does it live? Violet is a little girl who’s always thinking about everything, until one day she starts thinking about nothing. And once she starts, she just can’t stop! Join Violet’s creator Fiona Burrows to find out whether Violet finds the answers to satisfy her larger-than-life curiosity.
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Animal Tales | Sunday 1:00pm - 1:30pm, All Ages
Helen Milroy is Australia’s first Indigenous doctor, the 2021 Western Australian of the Year and a descendant of the Palyku people. Crafted in the Australian Aboriginal tradition of teaching stories, her books encompass stars, whales, birds and bugs, but the themes of strength and friendship shine the brightest. Join Helen in celebrating the wonderful characteristics of Australia’s native fauna.
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Please note:
  • Mobile telephones and electronic devices are to be turned off during the performance.
  • Cameras, video cameras and tape recorders will not be permitted without the consent of the promoter.

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