Primary School Days 2017

Sydney Writers’ Festival School Days program is a fantastic opportunity for students to engage with their favourite authors, discover exciting new voices and be inspired in a fun, educational and interactive way.


10am: What a Character!

Award-winning British author and illustrator Lauren Child talks about the inspiration for each of her best-selling series and how she creates her amazing stories and characters. Prepare to enter the worlds of Ruby Redfort, Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola!

10.45am: Compulsive Creativity

Matt Stanton takes you through a funny and energetic exploration of storytelling, illustration and creativity. In this highly interactive session, Matt, who is a compulsive cartoonist, invites students to help him create stories and characters, showing them why they have no reason to fear the blank page.

11.30am: Lunch Break and Book Signings

With Lauren Child and Matt Stanton

12.30pm: Follow Your Dreams

Award-winning American author Kate DiCamillo gives students an early lesson on the power of perseverance and describes her own path to becoming a published author. Kate opens up about how fear kept her from following her dreams for ten years, as well as the countless rejections before she got her first book published.

1.15pm: Danger Ahead

Jack Heath, author of action-packed thrillers that let the reader choose the ending, reveals the secrets behind writing a fast-paced and unpredictable adventure. The story of Jack's strange life will make you laugh and think.

2pm Finish and Book Signings

With Kate DiCamillo and Jack Heath


Primary School Days at the Roslyn Packer Theatre is now sold out.

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Monday 22 May 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Child, Lauren
Lauren Child (International)

Lauren Child is a multi-award-winning, best-selling writer and artist. She is the creator of many muchloved characters, including Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola. Lauren has received the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and been awarded an MBE for Services to Literature.

Dicamillio, Kate
Kate DiCamillo (International)

Kate DiCamillo is the former US National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and the author of many beloved books for young readers including Flora & Ulysses and The Tale of Despereaux, which both received a Newbery Medal. She is also the author of Because of Winn-Dixie, which received a Newbery Honor; and the bestselling Mercy Watson series. Her most recent release, Raymie Nightingale, was an instant #1 best-seller.

Heath, Jack
Jack Heath (Australia)

Jack Heath is the award-winning author of 18 action-packed books for young people. He started writing his first novel at age 13 and had a publishing contract at 18. He has gone on to write several best-selling series including The Fero Files, The Danger and The Scream books.

Stanton, Matt
Matt Stanton (Australia)

Matt Stanton is a best-selling children’s author and illustrator, with over a quarter of a million books in print. He is the co-creator of the mega-hits There is a Monster Under My Bed Who Farts, Dinosaur Dump and This is a Ball. Matt is launching a much anticipated middle-grade series internationally in 2017. 



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