Story Arts Festival 2017 2-10 September

story arts festival 2017Story Arts Festival 2017 presents a jam-packed celebration of children’s creative literature, authors and writing. You’ll be energized by the sheer creativity and the Story MAGIC.

Story Arts Festival 2017 shares sensational programs for writers, readers, schools, families and for children from 2-10 September 2017. TOP Australian children’s authors and illustrators will present enthralling and imaginative shows, theatre, musicals, workshops and demonstrations.

The Festival will be officially opened on Saturday 2nd September at the Ipswich Community Gallery where The Narelle Oliver Exhibition will be on display until 30th September.

Acclaimed authors: Yvonne Mes, Aleesah Darlison, Sandy Fussell, Megan Forward, Brian Falkner, Greg Dreise, Rebecca Johnson, Andrew King, Chris Collin, Micheal Gerard Bauer, Dave Lowe, Matt Stanton, Samantha Wheeler, James Foley and MORE are sharing their expertise at locations around Ipswich.

Check out all the Presenters

Story Arts Festival 2017 for Schools

 The festival provides free sessions for both primary and secondary school students. Students have the opportunity to meet authors and illustrators, attend performances and exhibitions of illustration and take part in workshops. These are held at a number of venues around Ipswich.

Take a peek at the exciting children’s literature program for schools…

Vacancies for schools …  on Friday 8 SEP! Be quick!

Schools’ Program  

Classroom Resources

Writing Competition

Story Arts Festival 2017 for families

Come to special family events that will entertain and exhilarate you and your family …

Watch My DEAD Bunny – the Musical brought to you by THAT productions. Buy your tickets now.

PLUS and a host of celebrity children’s authors for events that will electrify and educate.

The festival offers a free program catering for families after school, sponsored by Ipswich City Councillors.  Bookings are essential as seats are limited.  You can book up to 10 tickets per family.

Family Program

Story Arts Festival 2017 for Adults & Writers

The adult program begins with a special FOILS (Friends of Ipswich Libraries) event on Sunday 3rd September at Ipswich Central Library with Singapore based Shamnin Flint, author of the Inspector Singh mysteries.  This is followed by a two-day conference at the Metro Hotel 9th – 10th September.  The program is designed for Teachers, Teacher-Librarians, Librarians, emerging writers and illustrators, readers and anyone with an interest in children’s literature.  It is an opportunity to mingle with the writers and illustrators on an informal basis.  Sessions will be both hands on and presentation style. All sessions are limited in number so book early to ensure a place.
A Steam Punk dinner will be held on the Saturday night with entertainment.

Top line publishers will meet with writers to discuss their manuscripts including Penguin Random House, Harper Collins, UQP, Wombat Books, Yellow Brick Road, Morris Publishing.

Come to a writing workshop to hone your writing skills.

Adults’ Program

Getting there:

Ipswich Venues UBD Map 213 E16:
Ipswich Library, cnr East & South Sts. | Civic Centre, cnr Limestone and Nicholas Sts. | Ipswich Community Gallery, D’Arcy Doyle Place | Studio 188, 188 Brisbane St.
Parking information for Ipswich


Karen Tyrrell  (me)  & Steve Tyrrell have volunteered to help out during the festival. I can’t wait to learn how other authors present their talks. (I present my own school talks during Book Week 21-25 AUG)

MORE Volunteers with a Blue Card are urgently needed for the Ipswich school programs 4-8 September. Please leave a comment on

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