The Sound of Picture Books back this November!

Published on Thursday, 1 July 2021 at 4:21:00 PM

Now in Term 4! 

The Literature Centre, in partnership with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Yamaha and Australian Piano Warehouse, is proud to present The Sound of Picture Books.  These unique multi-modal performances are tailored to the age groups attending and features seven superb WASO musicians, Alf Demasi on piano, Matt Ottley’s composition and Tina Wilson’s illustrations shown on a large screen as she superbly narrates. Audiences of all ages will be captivated!  

See the new November flyer for The Sound of Picture Books HERE

Feature Book

A new feature book suitable for primary students with the session tailored to suit audience groups from Kindy to Year 6. Afloat in Venice is an engaging adventure story. Monkey can't wait to use his new camera in Venice... but along the way, he discovers something more precious than sight-seeing! Don't miss this heart-warming story about the value of friendship. 

Praise for a recent student workshop in Tina Wilsons' home state, about Afloat in Venice:

"Tina's workshop was thoroughly enjoyable! Staff and students alike were engaged and enamoured by her creativity. The fusion of art, digital technology, music and the written word was inspirational."- Rosalind Kingsford, Library Manager & Technology Officer, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Alstonville, NSW.

Afloat in Venice - Written/Illustrated by Tina Wilson with knitting by Joan Wilson. Music composed by Matt Ottley.




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

Cost: $12 per student. Parents/teachers accompanying classes are free. Other Adults: $12 per person.

Time: Students must arrive 15 minutes prior to performances. Times below. Duration: 1 hour. 

Suitability: Morning 9.30am sessions tailored Kindy/Pre-Primary. 11.15am sessions tailored Year 1/2/3. 1.00pm sessions tailored 4/5/6. Please contact us to discuss any unique class or homeschool group situations.

Dates & Sessions For Schools: Feature book for all sessions Afloat in Venice - 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 November 2021

Tailored performances* daily at 9.30am (Kindy/Pre-Primary), 11.15am (Years 1/2/3) and 1.00pm (Years 4/5/6)**

  • Year levels suggested with these times only - will tailor to the audience.  Contact us with your preferred time.
  • Wednesday 17 November two sessions only 9.30am and 11.15am.

Book your spot now! Drop us an email to or call 08 9430 6869.

New FREE Community Session

All ages performance for the public! Afloat in Venice - 10am, Saturday 20 November 2021

Meet the cast including live musicians, hear the story, feel the music!

Bookings essential. Please book tickets for adults and children attending, for seating purposes. 1 hour performance.

Link to Eventbrite for free tickets here

BOOK LAUNCH! After the show, guests are welcome to stay for Tina Wilson's official book launch at the Centre 11.30am. 

Please Note: These events may be subject to change or restrictions due to Government COVID-19 health advice.  


Hear what others had to say about previous performances of The Sound of Picture Books:

Music combined with narratives makes for a wonderful experience. I love to draw so I found Matt Ottley inspiring and Danny Parker (Parachute author) 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. MGibbings

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 for their ongoing and generous support of this unique performance experience.

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