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Shoalhaven Readers' & Writers' Children's Festival 2019

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A children's program of ADVENTURE not to be missed
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Launched last year, this is no small or ordinary Children's Readers and Writers Festival. With ADVENTURE as its theme, all events at the Festival will be held at the Shoalhaven City Library (Nowra),10 Berry St, Nowra and Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, 12 Berry St, Nowra.

Part of the ongoing and exciting process of building Nowra and Shoalhaven as a hub for the arts and creativity, this Festival will be held on Saturday 27 July 2019 from 10am to 3pm (Fundraiser movie the day before - see below). Filled with illustration and writing workshops with bestselling, award-winning authors and more, you'll find individual events for the 27th of July on the Facebook page.

You can also head to the website for the program of all Sessions and workshops and more. Why not make a weekend of it with the family and head for Nowra, the gateway to the South Coast's quaint villages, coastal plains, 100 beaches and the stunning white sands of Jervis Bay.

Prior to the Festival there's a Schools Program Movie Night Fundraiser on Friday 26 July 2019 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm at Roxy Cinema, 41 Berry St, Nowra. Get your $25 tickets HERE. This fundraiser helps raise money for the Shoalhaven Readers' & Writers' Festival Schools Program, so show your support and help raise money for next year's school author visits.

This special screening of The Public will also have a meet and greet with bestselling children's author rockstar Jacqueline Harvey. This is a film about how an act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold. It's written and directed by actor Emilio Estevez and stars Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling and the director.

If you're a fan of Alice-Miranda, Clementine Rose or Kensy & Max then the Children's Tea Party with Jacqueline Harvey is for you. Get your tickets ($5-$15) to this event HERE. It'll be held on Sat 27 Jul 2019 from 3-4.30pm at The Dog & Monocle, 82-84 Junction St, Nowra. Dress up as your favourite character on the day and you could win a prize for being the best dressed.

Your ticket includes high tea ($15 per child) for the kids and just tea or coffee ($5 per adult) for the adults. Please note that all children must be accompanied by a paying adult. A ticket is required for all guests due to capacity limitations. If you have dietary restrictions, email by Wed 24 July and let them know.

Expressions of Interest are also being taken for 2020. If you'd like to be a part of this amazing Festival as a sponsor or in any capacity, they'd love to hear from you. This Festival has been sponsoring author visits to four local schools as part of their ongoing commitment to bringing the joy of books, reading and writing to the young members of the local community. Your help in attending the fundraiser movie as aforementioned will help increase the number of schools, authors visit each year.

This year's authors will be visiting schools around the region on the Friday (26 Jul) and be part of the Festival on the Saturday (27 Jul) as follows.

10-11am @Shoalhaven Regional Gallery - An interactive workshop with published illustrator Cheryl Westernberg (kids aged 8-12) - Tickets $20
11am-12pm @Nowra Library - Become a Human Lie Detector with author Jack Heath (kids aged 8 plus) - Tickets FREE BUT MUST REGISTER to secure your spot.
12-1pm @Shoalhaven Regional Gallery - A L Tait Writing Workshop; the 10 keys to a great story - Tickets $20
1-2pm @Nowra Library - Jacqueline Harvey Author Talk about inspirations and motivations to write, and her writing journey. Be sure to dress up as one of Jacqueline's wonderful characters for your chance to win a prize - Tickets FREE BUT MUST REGISTER to secure your spot.
3-4pm @The Dog & Monocle - Children's Tea Party with author Jacqueline Harvey. Dress up as one of the characters from her book. Tickets $5-$15 are limited so get in quick.

There are so many reasons to attend this Festival and the special Fundraiser Film Event. It's for a great cause, nurtures the younger set of our community, a fun night out with family and friends at the cinema and at the Festival, and you get to meet best selling authors Buy a ticket in the raffle for a chance to WIN over $300 worth of books. What's not to love!

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Why? Shoalhaven Readers' & Writers' Children's Festival 2019
When: Saturday 27 July 2019 from 10am to 3pm
Where: Shoalhaven Library (Nowra), 10 Berry St, Nowra, NSW and Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, 12 Berry St, Nowra, NSW
Cost: Free Entry but MUST REGISTER for Events and more
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