Storytellers Festival 

belonging and hope 


The Literature Centre’s Storytellers Festival will be held at the newly built Fremantle Library at Walyalup Civic Centre in the heart of Fremantle on Sunday 26 June, from 10AM to 4.30PM.

The festival is FREE for all ages to enjoy.  It will celebrate stories of belonging and hope.

This year the festival features a stellar artist lineup including the Noongar singing group Madjitil Moorna, award-winning YA author and screenwriter Cath Moore, children's book authors and illustrators James FoleyGabriel Evans and Tina Wilson, Artist Matt Ottley and author Meg McKinlay, plus oral storytelling from Centre for Stories. Writers of all stages and ages will also get the chance to bring their own story ideas to a panel of writers and Fremantle Press editors in 'The Story Pitch'.

Don't forget to visit The Literature Centre's Bookshop on the ground floor. Authors and artists will be available for book signings on the first floor of The Fremantle Library during the breaks. EFTPOS facilities will be available. 

Bookings are recommended and will be available to reserve online via Eventbrite. Please present your Eventbrite tickets on the day (either printed or on your mobile phone).  Parents are required to remain onsite with their children.

Storytellers Festival is a free community event made possible with the generous support of Lotterywest.

The WA Government, through Lotterywest, supports community projects and events such as this, helping to build a better WA together. Discover more at #Lotterywest.

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10AM | Welcome and Songs of Healing with Madjitil Moorna

Listen to stories and songs of hope and reconciliation in the language of traditional owners as we welcome you to our Storytellers Festival for 2022. Madjitil Moorna is a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who sing in language to build understanding, hope and joy. Award-winning Aboriginal songwriters and performers lead the group. Enjoy a performance of soulful and joyous contemporary and more traditional songs. Join the choir later on for a session on writing and singing in Noongar.

This is a free event for all ages and it runs from 10.00am to 11.00am.

 

11AM | Under the Same Sky with Cath Moore

Join author Cath Moore to learn about her journey as a writer across multiple genres to portray stories of identity and grief. Later on, you can join her for a masterclass on writing stories. Cath is an award-winning screenwriter whose work has been screened on ABC, SBS and Channel 7. She has written for sketch comedy, children’s television, documentary and drama. She also writes for The Sunday Age and is a published author both academic and literary. She is also a singer/songwriter and screen story developer. Her most recent work of prose fiction for young adults Metal Fish, Falling Snow won the 2021 Prime Minister's, Victorian and Qld Premier's YA Literary Awards.

This is a free event for all ages and it runs from 11.00am to 11.45am.

11.45AM | Elephants can go to Space with James Foley

James Foley’s latest picture book Stellarphant tells the story of an elephant who wants to be an astronaut. Join James for a session on following your imagination to the page, the screen or wherever it takes you. ​​James Foley makes children’s books for children who read books. If you’re a child and you’re eating his books, you’re doing it wrong. James writes and draws; he gives talks and runs workshops. He tells dad jokes. Legends say James can grow a beard in an afternoon. He lives in Perth with his wife, 2 kids, and a labrador. He is a massive Marvel movie nerd and comes from a long line of queuing enthusiasts.

This is a free workshop recommended for ages 5+ and it runs from 11.45am to 12.30pm.

11.45AM | Noongar Songwriting with Madjitil Moorna

Join the choir for a session on singing in Noongar. This is an interactive workshop for  families and children to play, sing and maybe even do some drawing. At the end of the session the choir ask you to join them in song and dance to The Yonga song written by George Walley.

Madjitil Moorna is a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who sing in language to build understanding, hope and joy. Award-winning Aboriginal songwriters and performers lead the group.

This is a free workshop for all ages and it runs from 11.45am to 12.30pm.

11.45AM | Being the Right Kind of Human with Gabriel Evans

Join Gabriel for some drawing and some funny stories about love, hope and belonging. Growing up Gabriel wanted to be a train driver, a detective or a children’s book illustrator. choosing the third option he started his career as an illustrator working with some of Australia’s most loved publishers including Penguin Australia, Hardie Grant Egmont, Scholastic and Walker Books. His most recent work A Human for Kingsley (Hardie Grant Egmont 2021) follows the journey of a dog trying to find the perfect human to adopt.

This is a free workshop for ages 5+ and it runs from 11.45am to 12.30pm.

 

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1.15PM | Breathe Deeply and Take your time - Making a Bird Together with Matt Ottley and Meg McKinlay 

Nationally and internationally recognised artists Matt Ottley and Meg Mckinlay talk about their extraordinary collaboration that created the work that is How to Make a Bird, a recent winner of the 2021 Prime Minister Children's Literary Awards, 2021 CBCA Picture Book of the Year & 2020 WA Premier's (Writing for Children category). A book that speaks to the act of creation as a child, an artist, a parent and the gentle art of acceptance and letting go.

This free event for all ages and it runs from 1.15pm to 2.00pm.

2PM | Where You Belong presented by the Centre for Stories

Centre for Stories’ alumni share true, first-person oral stories about belonging and hope. Centre for Stories is an inclusive literary arts and cultural organisation using storytelling to inspire social cohesion and improve understanding of diverse communities.

This event is free for all ages and it runs from 2.00pm to 2.45pm.

3PM | The Magic of Watercolors: Beginner’s Watercolour Workshop with Tina Wilson

Join artist Tina Wilson on a creative journey through watercolour wonder. Experiment, learn and grow your watercolour skills. Tina will step you through the process of painting from nature and you will discover the magic of creating the illusion of reality. All materials provided. Tina is a visual artist and illustrator who has brought us the much-loved picture book Monkey’s Great Adventures - Afloat in Venice and the beautiful poetic work The Dying Alchemists. She lives in a rainforest with her partner Matt Ottley in a small village in the Northern Rivers, NSW, and spends time moving between painting, drawing, writing, curating, creating children’s books…and drinking chai! She is inspired by nature, people and the world at large.

This is a free workshop recommended for ages 12+ and it runs from 3.00pm to 3.45pm.

3PM | A Strange Door to Your Left with Meg McKinlay

Join Meg McKinlay to hear all about writing from life with a spark of magical thinking. Meg is an awarded and acclaimed children’s writer and poet, whose publications range from picture books, chapter books and young adult novels through to poetry for adults. She's written mystery and fantasy and realism and whimsy and almost everything you can imagine but all her work has one thing in common: it all starts with a sideways glance at the world around her, a tiny kernel of nothing-much-at-all that captures her attention and won't let go. Meg will talk about how she harvests creative material from the cracks around her ... and how you can do the same!

This is a free workshop recommended for ages 8+ and it runs from 3.00pm to 3.45pm.

3PM | Writing Across Genres with Cath Moore

Join author Cath Moore to learn about her journey as a writer across multiple genres to portray stories of identity and grief. Later on you can join her for a masterclass on writing stories. Cath is an award-winning screenwriter whose work has been screened on ABC, SBS and Channel 7. She has written for sketch comedy, children’s television, documentary and drama. She also writes for The Sunday Age and is a published author both academic and literary. She is also a singer/songwriter and screen story developer. Her most recent work of prose fiction for young adults Metal Fish, Falling Snow won the 2021 Prime Minister's, Victorian and Qld Premier's YA Literary Awards.

This is a free workshop recommended for young adults and older, and it runs from 3.00pm to 3.45pm.

3.45PM | The Story Pitch with Cath Moore, Tina Wilson, James Foley, Gabriel Evans, Matt Ottley, Meg McKinlay, with Cate Sutherland and Kirsty Horton from Fremantle Press.

Young and not so young bring your story ideas to a panel of writers and publishers to get some tips on what to do next to bring that story to the world. Writers and illustrators Cath Moore, Tina Wilson, James Foley, Gabriel Evans, Matt Ottley, Meg McKinlay and two editors from Fremantle Press. The panel will give willing members of the audience 3 minutes each to give their elevator pitch and provide feedback. The audience will get to vote on the best pitches and there may even be prizes. A fun and interactive session for anyone with even the smallest of creative bones in their bodies.

This is a free event recommended for young adults and older, and it runs from 3.45pm to 4.30pm.