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Date(s) - 16/01/2016
10:30 am - 4:00 pm

State Library of WA
25 Francis St - Perth, WA 6000


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Featured by Weekend Notes Perth.

Come and listen to your favourite children’s book authors and illustrators read, perform and create drawings before your eyes! 

Ten different creators from SCBWI Australia West (the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) will present at this family fun day in 30 minute timeslots. Listen to one or stay for the whole day! You will be amazed by the local talent that we have in Western Australia. 

The event also features an Illustrator Duel, in which illustrators battle it out as they draw their responses to a series of wacky prompts. This is heaps of fun for audience and participants alike.

Books will be for sale in the State Library Shop and all sessions will be followed by book signings at the signing table. There will also be an activity table where children not attending sessions can participate in a range of book-themed craft activities under parental supervision.


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Where and When

Date: Saturday 16th January, 2016

Time: 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Venue: “The Place”, Mezzanine Floor (accessible via lift and stairs), State Library of Western Australia.



All sessions are free and no bookings are required! Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


Session Timetable


Author/ illustrator




Kylie Howarth


2 to 6


Richenda Goldfinch On Goldy’s Farm – True Animal Stories from WA

3 to 8


Kelly Canby Finding all the Lost Things 6 to 9


Frané Lessac

A is for Australia – A factastic tour

6 to 12


Illustrator Duel


All ages


Teena Raffa-Mulligan Seeking Super Story Sleuths 7 to 10


Deb Fitzpatrick At My Door… At your door? 7 to 11


Jen Banyard Imaginations Running Wild

7 to 12


Julia Lawrinson Good, Better, Best

8 to 11


Elaine Forrestal Be Prepared to be Scared

5 to 12

3.30 James Foley My Dead Bunny: A Zombie Rabbit Tale

9+ (younger if you're
okay with cartoon zombies)

Session Details

KylieH10:30 – 11:00am
Scooba-Dooba-Diddly-Dooo! with Kylie Howarth
Ages: 2–6

Kylie Howarth is not only the author and illustrator of Fish Jam, but she is also part-fish. She has swum with whale sharks, manta rays, lion fish, pink dolphins and even hammerhead sharks. Join her for a fish-tastic, beep-bopping, draw-along, read-aloud session and twist your tongue around some scooba-dooba scat singing fun.


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On Goldy’s Farm – Picture Books of True Animal Stories from WA with Richenda Goldfinch
Ages: 3–8

Meet the hidden characters, Gabrielle Gecko, Philomena Frog and Bruce the Butterfly and search for them on every page of the stories On Goldy’s Farm. Colour in your own picture to take home.


Kellyheadshot11:30am – 12:00pm
Finding All the Lost Things with Kelly Canby
Ages: 6–9

Olive went for a walk and found some of the most precious lost things from all over the city. What she does with them is quite unexpected!




1Frane-Lessac2:00 – 12:30pm
A is for Australia: A Factastic Tour with Frané Lessac
Ages: 6–12

Discover why Australia is one of the most amazing countries in the world! What is the Fremantle Doctor? Where is Qui Qui? And why are some islands named after days of the week? You’ll uncover these exciting facts when you explore the A to Z of Australia. Take away your own illustration created during this session.


duelling illustrators12:30 – 1:00pm
Illustrator Duel! with Mystery Illustrators
Ages: All welcome

See some of WA’s best children’s illustrators go head-to-head in an epic drawing battle. They’ll need to create spontaneous illustrations based on audience suggestions. Ink will be spilled. Laughter will ensue.


Teena-Raffa-Mulligan1:00 – 1:30pm
Seeking Super Story Sleuths with Teena Raffa-Mulligan
Ages: 7–10

Do you have what it takes to snoop out story ideas, find the clues to create interesting characters, investigate writing crimes and solve the mystery of what makes a great story? Find out what writers have in common with detectives and put your own story sleuth skills to the test in this fun session with Teena Raffa-Mulligan.


Deb at the Langham in Melb1:30–2:00pm
At My Door … At your door? with Deb Fitzpatrick
Ages: 7–11

Have you ever received a strange delivery to your door? Poppy Campbell’s family does one night, and it’s not a delivery from the postie. Join Deb as she explores the story behind her latest book, At My Door, and the stories behind all our doors… 


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Imaginations Running Wild! with Jen Banyard
Ages: 7–12

Jen writes quirky adventures for kids who aren't scared of a challenge. Discover just how many crazy escapades can be tapped into when we let our imaginations go wild! 



Julia Lawrinson headshot 20152:30–3:00pm
Good, Better, Best with Julia Lawrinson
Ages: 8–12

Chelsea is the best gymnast in her class – well, she was, until Telia came along. What do you do when you’re suddenly not the best at the thing you love most in the world? Find out what Chelsea does in The Flyaway Girls.



Be Prepared to be Scared with Elaine Forrestal
Ages: 8-12

When you stow away aboard the sailing ship Uranie and sail around the world, you will have all sorts of amazing adventures—but watch out, some of them will be scary.



James-Foley3:30 – 4:00pm
My Dead Bunny: A Zombie Rabbit Tale with James Foley
Ages: 9+ (or younger if you're okay with cartoon zombies)

James Foley has illustrated a picture book about a zombie pet rabbit. Hear the hilarious story (written by new author Sigi Cohen), then learn how to draw your own zombified animal.