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The Sound of Picture Books FREE event - Sun 24 Feb

Posted 5 months ago by Nicole Clarke

We thoroughly enjoyed presenting The Sound of Picture Books to Perth Festival Writers Week audiences again in 2019. It was great to see so many people there!  Stay in touch with upcoming events by finding us on Facebook or joining our mailing list on our website home page.


We are again delighted to be a part of the Perth Festival Writers Week, with The Sound of Picture Books proudly taking centre stage at the Octagon Theatre, UWA on Sunday 24 February, 2019.

Join us for a fun family-friendly performance of Parachute presented by The Literature Centre, in partnership with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) and Yamaha Australia. The presenters are author Danny Parker and illustrator/composer Matt Ottley. 

Unique in Australia The Sound of Picture Books,  features WASO’s superb string quintet, Yamaha's Alf Demasi on piano, Matt Ottley’s illustrations shown on a large screen and story narration by Danny Parker. Matt will demonstrate his illustration and composition techniques and Danny uses humour to explain to children how he writes exciting and engaging stories. Audiences of all ages will be captivated!

Come along to one of two FREE performances at 11am or 12.15pm

No bookings or tickets necessary but do put it in your calendar now.  All ages are welcome.



About Parachute       

Written by Danny Parker.  Illustrated/composed by Matt Ottley.  Published by Little Hare Books.

This delightful Australian picture book is an endearing tale of a boy, Toby, who copes with his fears by wearing a toy parachute. He doesn’t feel safe without it. He wears it everywhere he goes because he feels that it will protect him from all the things he is scared of. One day Toby’s cat Henry gets stuck up a tree. Toby is scared of heights but he knows he has to help Henry. One day a courageous act leads him to do without it...

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Here is what others had to say;

"Music combined with narratives makes for a wonderful experience. I love to draw so I found Matt inspiring and Danny is so engaging and entertaining it is hard not to walk away loving books." - L.Sanderson

"It was well organised, great venue. The performance was very good." M.Gibbings

"It was lovely to see the book brought to life with music and film. Children enjoyed seeing it and hearing the instruments". - G.Hopetown-Smith

"Please keep doing this as I thought It taught the children so much, especially writing a music score and how all the instruments came together at the end. I learnt so much - how important the illustrator is, how simple a story can be and most importantly, the characters." - A.Watkins


A contribution to the Sound of Picture Books has been made by the Gabby Arts Legacy Trust.  Our thanks!