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The Sound of Picture Books - Unique Performances

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FOR SCHOOLS.... We were delighted to host so many schools here at our Centre, and to be looked after superbly in 5 Perth and Bunbury schools. These innovative performances for school groups will return in September 2019, with our amazing authors, illustrator, composer and musicians.  

The picture books featured in The Sound of Picture Books 2019 school performances are by illustrator/composer Matt Ottley and authors Valanga Khoza ( author of Dumazi and the Lion ) and Kirli Saunders ( author of The Incredible Freedom Machines ).  The finer details regarding these September dates and session times will be released soon.  

FOR THE PUBLIC.... 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.  Choose from one of two FREE performances of Parachute (by Danny Parker and Matt Ottley) at 11am and 12.15pm.  No bookings or tickets necessary but do put it in your calendar now.  All ages are welcome.  For more information about the Perth Festival and Writers Week visit their website here

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The Sound of Picture Books performances in 2018 are at our Centre in Fremantle and at the following schools who are delighted to be hosting our cast and staff - Churchlands Senior High School, St Mark's Anglican Community College, Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School, Carey Baptist College and Comet Bay College.

We've again seen huge demand for our performances.

The Sound of Picture Books Flyer


The Sound of Picture Books 4-7 September, 2018

The Literature Centre, in partnership with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Yamaha Australia, is proud to present The Sound of Picture Books.

Our unique multi-modal workshops this year offer two very different performances.  One featuring The Incredible Freedom Machines by Kirli Saunders and Matt Ottley and the other Home and Away by John Marsden and Matt Ottley.  All performances are tailored to the age groups attending and feature WASO’s superb string quintet, Yamaha’s Alf Demasi, Matt Ottley’s illustrations shown on a large screen and narration by Kirli Saunders.  Matt also demonstrates his illustration and composition techniques.  Audiences of all ages will be captivated!

All enquiries to The Literature Centre - phone 08 9430 6869 or email 

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

In conjunction with our Yamaha Australia partnership, we also thank Australian Piano Warehouse for their assistance.  


The Incredible Freedom Machines                  

Written by Kirli Saunders.  Illustrated/composed by Matt Ottley.  For primary students, we are offering the delightful performance of The Incredible Freedom Machines.  In this story of exploration and breaking boundaries, a young girl uncovers her very own freedom machine – a vehicle that carries her to all kinds of wondrous places. This book and performance suitable Pre-Primary to Year 6 students.

Links to the Western Australian Curriculum: Literature (in particular Responding to Literature); Language; Literacy; Visual Arts; Personal and Social Capability; Critical and Creative Thinking


Home and Away

Written by John Marsden.  Illustrated/composed by Matt Ottley.  Don’t miss the opportunity for your secondary students to experience the performances of this powerful and thought-provoking book.  Home and Away is a compelling and confronting story of one Australian family as they suffer the hardships and terrors of war.  Forced to flee Australia, they set out to find a new and safe home in a distant land. This book and performance suitable Year 7 to Year 12 students.

Links to the Western Australian Curriculum: Literature (in particular Responding to Literature); Literacy; Critical and Creative Thinking; History; Personal and Social Capability; Intercultural Understanding and Ethical Behaviour


Cost: $12 per student.  Parents/teachers accompanying classes are free.  Other adults $12 each.

 Bookings via The Literature Centre

Phone: 08 9430 6869  | Email:   

Address: The Literature Centre, Old Fremantle Prison Hospital, Corner Knutsford Street and Hampton Road, Fremantle WA


The Sound of Picture Books 10, 13 & 14 September, 2018

We're also excited to take The Sound of Picture Books "on the road" to 3 schools in September - Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School, Carey Baptist College and Comet Bay College.  Students and teachers at these schools will experience Parachute, Tree and Home & Away.  

Our thanks to the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. 

We'd also like to acknowledge a contribution to The Sound of Picture Books by the Gabby Arts Legacy Trust.  

In conjunction with our collaboration with Alf Demasi from Yamaha Australia, we appreciate the support of Australian Piano Warehouse to transport the stunning Clavinova by Yamaha.