Family Fun Day at the Newcastle’s Writers Festival

It’s great to see that the success of the Newcastle Writers Festival isn’t just limited to the main event. In fact, the Kids Program of the Newcastle Writers Festival has proved immensely popular with local schools and families taking advantage of the range of literary talent in Newcastle this week. However, we also have local talent with many children’s books authors and illustrators calling Newcastle home, many of whom participated in Family Fun Day today.

This family event was a celebration of words and drawings centering around Newcastle City Library. The place was packed with loads of families enjoying the large variety of events and activities. In fact, there were a few dilemmas in trying to choose what to do with simultaneous activities occurring in the Library, in Lovett Gallery and also outside on Laman Street.


Local authors and illustrators had the opportunities to read their books to their fans.


Deborah Kelly with her fans

Authors and illustrators appearing at Family Fun Day included Deborah Kelly, Lynn Jenkins and Kirrili Lonergan, Jess Black, Kerri Lane, Susan Whelan and Gwynneth Jones, Liz Anelli and Kathy Edwards. Readers had the opportunity to ourchase their books at the pop-up Macleans Booksellers store in the library.


There was superb dancing in the performance of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by The Dance Establishment.


The day also featured the launch of the new children’s book Don’t Think About Purple Elephants written by local author Susan Whelan and illustrated by Gwyneth Jones.


Susan Whelan and Gwynneth Jones

As well as a book reading, the launch included purple cupcakes and purple elephants.

Purple Elephants

In terms of entertainment, kids were spoilt with a performance of the hilarious Auntie Peach, Ray Kelly and of course the always popular Wacky Wombat.


This was a truly fantastic kids literary event and it certainly showcases the range of local talent we have in the Newcastle region.


Gwynneth Jones, Mark Robinson, Susan Whelan and Katrina McKelvey

Thanks to all of the organisers and volunteers of the Newcastle Writers Festival Kids Program for their tireless efforts in producing this event. It’s much appreciated by local families.

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