Adelaide Festival of Children's Books

Adelaide Festival of Children's Books


Posted 2017-10-05 by Haydn Radfordfollow

Sun 22 Oct 2017

For over 55 years Adelaide's festivals have excited audiences with renowned theatre productions, world famous musicians, artists, dances, sensational visual arts displays and acclaimed writers. We have been thrilled with our free literary, six-day Adelaide Writers' Week offering book lovers a unique opportunity to hear, meet and be delighted by established and merging authors from around the world.

Adelaide can now feel proud it has another major South Australian achievement to celebrate - the first book festival for children - the Adelaide Festival of Children's Books.

This two day festival will be held at two venues. The first day, Sunday, 22nd October, 2017 will be at Carrick House. It is a festival especially for children to give them the opportunity to meet some of the top children's authors and illustrators. The different events will offer children the opportunity to learn about what inspires writers and illustrators to create such lively stories and memorable characters.

On Monday 23rd October, Flinders University will host over 600 children from primary schools around the Adelaide region. The students will be given the opportunity to listen to authors and illustrators talk and also to take part in some interactive sessions.

As part of the inaugural Annabel Digance MP, Assistant Minister to the Premier, will be opening this festival on Sunday, 22nd October from 10 am.

**WHERE: Carrick Hill, Stables Lawns - 46 Carrick Hill Drive,

WHEN: Sunday, 22 October, 2017 - 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

ENTRY FEE: $3 per person - (Children under 2 years FREE)

BOOKINGS: Not required

On Sunday at Carrick Hill, we will be holding a gold coin donation for 3 year old Jaxon, who has just been diagnosed with a rare type of blood cancer. We will also have 'Jaxon's Table' where you will be able to buy a book for Jaxon, write a message and get it signed. And on top of this we will donate the profit from the book you buy. **

The day will include talks for children and adults by some of South Australia's most successful and best known children's authors and illustrators. The program will also include activities and book signings. The day will be a high profile event with the aim to encourage children to read, write and illustrate. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

It is amazing how a small crazy spark of an idea can turn into an amazing something.

The idea of was conceived by Mike and Becky Lucas, owners of Shakespeare's Bookshop at Blackwood, on a sunny afternoon as they enjoyed the heritage house museum, garden and grounds of Carrick Hill. Mike, a well known children's author, was conducting a poetry workshop.
He looked around and remarked, "Wouldn't it be great to hold a Writers' Festival here?" It then occurred to both of them, "What about a Children's Festival? There are similar children's book festivals interstate, but not one being held here in South Australia."

The tranquil beauty and cultural heritage of Carrick Hill is a perfect location for authors and illustrators to talk on a sunny day. From that initial idea, Mike and Becky contacted a team of authors, illustrators, literary professionals and dedicated volunteers to help grow the idea into a reality.

Becky said, "We received a massive response from people who wanted to help."

"In addition, Flinders University thought it was an amazing idea and joined as a partner and host for the second day. So there will be an educational side to it with a day especially for schools."

Mike added, "We decided to have the Sunday at Carrick Hill for the general public where families could attend and the children could meet the authors and illustrators.The majority of authors and illustrators will be South Australian. All of them have shown their whole-hearted support."

What about the writers and Illustrators?

There will be talks and activities from South Australia's top children's authors and illustrators. New York Times bestselling authors Sean Williams and Garth Nix will be launching their latest book, Have Sword, Will Travel.

On Sunday 22nd October from 10 am there will be a gathering of popular authors and illustrators working on activities with children books.

Illustrator, Sally Heinrich, who is published around Australia and Asia is well known to children for her colourful vibrant illustrations and detailed lino prints. She has illustrated more than twenty books as well as writing and illustrating her own picture books, novels, non-fiction information and activity books.

Children can join Sally in making a simple relief printing block to print illustrated postcards. Or the children can take away their own pencil rubbing from one of the lino blocks used to create Sally's most recent book, One Step at a Time, which was written by Jane Jolly and was an Honour Book in the 2016 CBCA Picture Book of the Year Awards.

Andrew Joyner is an illustrator and author of numerous children's books, including Too Many Elephants in this House by Ursula Dubosarsky and The Swap, by Jan Ormerod. He also wrote and illustrated the Boris chapter book series, about a winsome and adventurous warthog. His books are now published in more than twenty five countries and his forthcoming titles include his authorial picture book debut, The Pink Hat, about a young girl, a pink hat, and the Women's March.

The Sydney illustrator, Matt Shanks will be along to talk about his new book, Koala Bare ( written by somebody called Jackie French... where do I know that name from?)

Jared Thomas and Nahum Ziersch will be talking about their new Game Day! series of books, which explore the power of belonging and culture. In 2015 Calypso Summer joined the International Youth Library White Raven list because of their universal themes and exceptional artistic and literary style.

Jared Thomas' writing includes Songs That Sound Like Blood and the Game Day series co-written with NBA star Patty Mills and illustrated by Nahum Ziersch. Nahum's love of sport has inspired him to work closely with national and local sporting clubs and organisations. He has also produced many background designs and game artwork.

**will be held on Sunday, 22nd October at
Carrick Hill.

On Monday, 23rd October at Flinders University, there will be a special day for
schools only.**

You can find more information about the activities planned for children at the on facebook too.

For all you young readers and budding authors and illustrators out there, come along and meet the people who put the words and pictures on the books you love, and learn how you, too, can one day… Who knows just what you might achieve?

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