This weekend there are more treats in store for young readers. We’re taking you to Writer’s Week at the Adelaide Festival for the Kids Day 2-10yrs (Saturday 2 March) and A Day for Middle and YA Readers -Tweens and Teens (Sunday 3 March). Both of these days are filled with free events, games, craft and parades and the line-up of authors and activities is beyond exciting!
Make sure you take a look at the full program for details on times and locations but here are the highlights and they are fantastic, so make sure you take note so there are no disappointed little readers…
When:Sat 2 Mar, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Where Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden, King William Road Tickets free
Younger Readers are spoilt for choice on Saturday with wildly popular and award-winning children’s authors Phil Cummings, Jacqueline Harvey, Tamsin Janu, Andy Joyner, Eddie Woo and Anna Walker amongst other legends taking part in Storytime. Don’t miss Its Rhyme Time and Story Trove’s inventive world of story-telling through live performance and creative play.
They can also visit Nest Studio who help little artists express themselves by creating a forest out of cardboard boxes, publishing a story about a lost hen. As well, they can print some original lines of poetry or make an official Writers’ Week bookmark.
If they are always ready for action, then maybe Evelyn Roth’s Nylon Zoo is just the thing! Evelyn is bringing an echidna to the Gardens and kids can put on a costume and be part of the parade of animals, before climbing into the belly of the echidna for a story.
This is just a taste of what’s on offer so be sure to take a look at the website and download the program for more details.
The excitement doesn’t end there as on the Sunday they have a day for the older readers to get face to face with their favourite authors and be inspired and challenged.
What:A Day for Middle and YA Readers (Tweens and Teens):
When:Sun 3 Mar, 10am – 4.30pm
Where: Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden, King William Road Tickets free.
Older readers certainly won’t miss out with a Sunday celebration of reading just for tweens and teens. There will be music, spoken word performance and events from Australia’s best authors including Children’s Laureate Morris Gleitzman, bestselling fantasy and science fiction author Garth Nix, award winning Zana Fraillon along with the amazing Richard Yaxley and Sean Williams. There will also be a DJ from 10am, Henna body art, giant Jenga and other games all day.
The sessions will challenge teen readers – Morris Gleitzman will be in conversation about Australian politics, global activism and why young people’s voices need to be heard. Garth Nix will consider what makes a writer, write a particular kind of story? He’ll also discuss the influences and experiences from childhood onwards that set him on the path to become one of the world’s leading authors of fantasy and science fiction and Zana Fraillon author of The Bone Sparrow and The Ones that Disappeared, will open eyes to the reality of child slavery and displacement.
They are bound to come home passionate about not only their reading and writing but how they can change the world! Adults are sure to also enjoy these events although you may be told to make yourself scarce – they are teens after all!