Experience The Sound of Picture Books

POSTPONE ANNOUNCEMENT - This program will now be postponed until November due to COVID and border restrictions.

Key presenters Tina Wilson and Matt Ottley live in northern NSW.  A condensed program will only be possible, 2 weeks to 1 week with only Fremantle performances. New session dates currently being scheduled are 16-20 November, 2021. We will be in touch with all schools and individuals booked to re-book for November or offer a refund. Our apologies for the inconvenience this has caused. 

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!  

Fremantle sessions 16-20 November at The Literature Centre  |  Fremantle flyer 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.

Afloat in Venice


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

Cost: $12 per student, weekdays.  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 can be tailored to Kindy/Pre-Primary.  11.15am sessions may be tailored to Junior Primary.  1.00pm sessions often tailored to Upper Primary.  Please contact us to discuss any unique class or homeschool group situations, or to see how your class can be best scheduled. 

Dates & Sessions for Schools:

Feature book for all sessions Afloat in Venice - Fremantle Flyer HERE

Tuesday 16 November - 3 sessions

Wednesday 17 November - 9.30am and 11.15am sessions only

Thursday 18 November - 3 sessions

Friday 19 November - 3 sessions

Enquire or Book Now: info@thelitcentre.org.au 

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.  

Join our mailing list on this website home page to stay informed, or email us on info@thelitcentre.org.au


Hear what others had to say about previous performances of The Sound of Picture Books in recent years;

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


Thank you

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.