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There are three programs to choose from.  The School Program offers free sessions for students from Years P-7. Each program consists of children engaging with three authors and illustrators in venues in Ipswich, Qld or at Woodlands of Marburg. Schools apply to attend and are notified of their success.

The Adult Program will be held 19-20 October at State Library of Queensland. The two day conference for writers, illustrators, teachers and librarians promotes excellence in children’s literature. Primary and Middle Years teachers will gain an insight into the stories behind some of our best book creators with ties to how literature supports aspects of the Australian Curriculum. The festival aims to offer quality, affordable workshops and master classes and the opportunity to obtain feedback on pitches, manuscripts and portfolios. There will be key panel sessions with editors, agents, authors and illustrators and focused sessions with book creators.

The Family Program offers sessions after school in Ipswich Central Library from the Monday to the Thursday from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. They are designed to suit all ages and can extend on sessions held during the day. There are also two sessions for parents and one for the general public.

Three fold brochure pdf

All Family Program sessions bookings at Ipswich Library

Drawing / Illustrating the Easy Way with Mark Wilson and Sarah Davis book here

Mindfulness with Peter Carnavas and Megan Daley book here

Raising Readers – How to Nurture a Child’s Love of Books? (Ipswich Girls Grammar School) with Megan Daley for parents book here

Choose Your Own Stories with George Ivanoff book here

Cartooning and Bringing Your Characters to Life with Jules Faber and Heath McKenzie book here

There’s a Bear in the Backyard and Down by the Sea with Emma Middleton and Lisa Shanahan book here

How to Nurture a Child’s Love of Books?  The First Five Years with Megan Daley at Springfield Library for parents book here

Tales from Around the World with Frané Lessac book here

Music and Storytelling with Valanga Khoza book here

Celebrating StoryArts with Valanga Khoza 6:00pm book here

Program Details


Free sessions where school students will meet authors and illustrators, attend performances, take part in workshops and more.

Download Program (PDF)View online (ISSUU)


The family program sessions are after school 4:00 – 5:00 pm Monday to Thursday in Ipswich Central Library with some extra parent sessions at Springfield and Ipswich Girls Grammar.

Download the program and check the Programs page for booking links.

Download Program (PDF)


This year’s adults program will be run by Book Links at the State Library of QLD on 19 – 20 October. Please see the Book Links website for details.

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