Published by: Scribblers Festival | 28-Feb-2018
INAUGURAL SCRIBBLERS PROGRAM LAUNCH REVEALS LINEUP OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE STARS FOR MAY FESTIVAL. A brand new festival celebrating storytelling is bringing 24 nationally and internationally celebrated children's book authors to Perth this May, including literary luminaries Chris Riddell, A.F. Harrold, Jesse Andrews and Leigh Hobbs.
Alongside dedicated programming for schools and families, the inaugural Scribblers Festival program, which will be released on Thursday, March 1, features a teen podcasting caravan, a poetry-reading train conductor, and creative workshops spanning live cartooning to collective cartography, to haikus upcycled from castoff books.

Festival Director Katherine Dorrington said the festival was a collaboration between FORM and the Town of Claremont exploring the impact storytelling can have on helping children navigate the world.

"We want to ignite and nurture a lifelong love of reading," Ms Dorrington said, "for children to experience the wonder of meeting their favourite storytellers, to sit spellbound as they breathe life into their words and make their characters dance off the page."

The Festival will include three days (9-11 May) of school-specific programming to be hosted by Scotch College. A weekend for families (12-13 May) will include a Mother's Day Market, and starting 1 March, a Golden Feather Treasure Hunt will engage children from across Western Australia.

Scribblers Festival is the only festival of its kind in Western Australia. It is the natural evolution of a dedicated two year pilot program developed by FORM, trialing creative learning in primary schools and steered by internationally recognized creativity expert Paul Collard, who will make a special address at the launch event of the Scribblers Festival Program.

"With a focus on visual literacy, students will learn how we make meaning from words and images with hands-on activities, conversations and discussions with visiting authors and illustrators," Ms Dorrington said. "The schools programming will also include an evening of professional development for teachers to discuss these topics directly with participating industry professionals."

In the spirit of the festival, Scribblers is holding the Golden Feather Treasure Hunt - a special literary competition leading up to the May launch date. Feather bookmarks will be hidden in participating libraries' children's and young adult books throughout Western Australia, encouraging kids to visit their local libraries. Among the hidden feathers are a handful of special golden feathers which, when found, will earn a major prize for lucky readers.

FORM's project space, The Goods Shed in Claremont will serve as the hub of Scribblers Festival, with branch-off workshops and talks at the neighboring Claremont Lawn Tennis Club, and marquees outside both venues.

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