Experiencing the Scribblers Festival
Jun 28 2018
Our trip to the Scribblers Festival, written by Alana Sullivan
Not since Willy Wonker hid golden tickets in chocolate bars have children been so engaged in a treasure hunt. This time the search was on for golden feathers hidden in literary treasures – books - in Western Australian libraries. Holly Sullivan stumbled across a golden feather in Paraburdoo’s library, hidden in Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone written by Jaclyn Moriarty and illustrated by Kelly Canby. A brilliant read by the way! Her prize included a trip to Perth for the Scribblers festival as well as a gift pack of this 12 years olds favourite currency - a book pack and an Ipad.
The venue for the festival was The Goods Shed in Claremont and, feeling like Alice when she descended down the rabbit hole, we were transported to a magical place of rainbow unicorns, a hilarious train conductor, book doctors and a colourful garden. The magical event also included workshops and talks by many brilliant and talented artists.
Holly got to meet the illustrator from the book she found her feather in, Kelly Canby, and set about making characters during her illustration workshop with a high dose of creativity and far too much glitter. Kelly’s advice of “scribble and tell everyone it’s art” inspired many children to get in and have a go. Holly also visited a few of the available book doctors to get prescriptions for books she simply must read.
The festival had plenty of activities and engaged families working together to create bead art an upcycled Haiku. Another festival highlight was talking to Glenn B Swift, author of Ghost in the Bell Tower, which is an entertaining and relevant book for all young Western Australians. The Scribblers festival was an amazing opportunity and did a wonderful job of showcasing the magic of reading.
Holly with Katherine Dorrington, Scribblers Festival Director