Byron Writers Festival’s Kids Big Day Out is just around the corner and it’s pulling out all stops with five hours of non-stop book-loving action for all the family! With interactive author and illustration presentations and free drop-in workshops, it’s a day to be inspired, get creative and set your imaginations on fire.
On Sunday 4 August one marquee at the main festival transforms into a giant storytelling arena with hosts Shep Huntly and Simi Genziuk. Meet local author Zanni Louise, sister-act duo Georgia and Zoë Norton Lodge, illustrator Tony Flowers, childhood fave Alison Lester, Bundjalung artist Bronwyn Bancroft, Australian Children’s Laureate Morris Gleitzman, poet Maxine Beneba Clarke, and best-selling fantasy-writers John Flanagan and Isobelle Carmody.
Meet the Author book signings will follow each session. Books will be on sale or bring along your children’s well-loved copies for their heroes to sign and make them even more special.
In addition, kids can create their own stories in the StoryBoard StorySpace; the famous StoryBoard bus and tipi village come alive with free drop-in workshops for aspiring young writers. Activities include self-portraits with a twist with Misa Alexander, circus stories with Simi Genziuk, Story Safari with Tristan Bancks, and Absurd Illustrations with Tony Flowers.
The Kids Big Day Out Pass admits one child (6–12 years) and one accompanying adult to the Festival site on Sunday 4 August for $40. Additional children are $20 each, and preschoolers are free. The new Sunday Family Pass admits one child (6–12 years) and two adults to the Festival site on Sunday 4 August for $120. Additional children are $20 each, and pre-schoolers are free. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult at all times.
For 1-day or 3-day passes, head to byronwritersfestival.com/tickets.
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Now more than ever our world needs writers, environmentalists, poets, commentators, politicians, and artists who together can shape stories of hope, courage, and change. At Byron Writers Festival 2019 we proudly bring more than 140 writers together to create a program brimming with diverse voices.
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