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See Us in the Perth Festival 2020 Program - The Sound Of Picture Books and Literature & Ideas in Fremantle

Posted 10 months ago by Webmaster

Thank you to everyone who attended these two performances on Sunday 23 February. Our biggest crowds yet with around 950 children, parents, families and literature lovers in attendance! See our Facebook page for photos of Dumazi and the Big Yellow Lion in action. 

Literature & Ideas in Fremantle also saw around 320 people over 4 nights hearing from a remarkable group of authors, so entertaining and giving of insights into they process,  books and future releases. Thank you to all who came along and enjoyed time at our Centre. 


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In association with Perth Festival, we're proud to be performing and presenting these exciting FREE events!


The Sound of Picture Books - Sunday 23 February, 2020

Join us at the free family fun day at the University of WA for The Sound of Picture Books - featuring Dumazi and the Big Yellow Lion and experience a picture book come to life before your eyes - and ears! 

Illustrator and composer, Matt Ottley, and author and musician, Valanga Khoza, join West Australian Symphony Orchestra's string quintet and Yamaha's Alf Demasi for an event that is always a Festival highlight. This unique and engaging performance brings narration, live music, imagery, dance and demonstrations of music composition together to create a little magic. Matt and Valanga co-present the captivating story of Dumazi and the Big Yellow Lion while the musicians perform music synched to the illustrations from the book on a large screen.  Audiences last year loved the energy and creative insight during these fabulous multi-modal presentations.  

Time and Location

Sunday 23 February, 2020

Two sessions to choose from: 10.45am & 12pm 

Duration: 45 minutes

Venue: Octagon Theatre, University of WA - 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009

NO BOOKINGS REQUIRED.  Just attend on the day, all ages welcome.

For enquiries phone The Literature Centre on 08 9430 6869.  



Literature and Ideas in Fremantle - 17 to 20 February, 2020

FREE Author Evenings at The Literature Centre across four wonderful nights in Fremantle.  

6pm for 6.30pm start each evening. (Gate opens 5.45pm)

Venue: The Literature Centre, corner Knutsford St and Hampton Rd, Fremantle.   

See the schedule below and check out all the details on Sisonke Msimang, Barry Jonsberg, Dervla McTiernan and Alan Carter on the Festival's website, with 'how to book info' HERE.


Tickets: Are free but bookings are essential via the Perth Festival website (suggest search by author name to find it). Registration/ticket information will need to be shown on mobile or printed to show at the gate.

Waitlist: Should sessions 'book out', please email the Centre to join a waitlist in case of cancellations closer to the event. Email your details, including mobile number and names of attendees, to  You will only be contacted if space becomes available. 

Parking: Street parking nearby or limited free parking may be available on the grass along Hampton Road near our gate - be early! For enquiries phone The Literature Centre on 08 9430 6869.  


Monday 17 February, 6pm - Sisonke Msimang - Insights into Memoir and Biography


Tuesday 18 February, 6pm - Barry Jonsberg - H is for Happiness 

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Wednesday 19 February, 6pm - Dervla McTiernan - Encore! Crime Between the Pages 

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Thursday 20 February, 6pm - Alan Carter - Crime Close to Home

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