2019 Scribblers Festival Schools Program announced
The program for the Scribblers Festival Schools Program, which runs from 8-10 May 2019 in Claremont, Western Australia, has been announced.
Launched last year, Scribblers Festival celebrates children’s literature and arts, and was conceived of by WA arts advocacy organisation FORM in collaboration with the Town of Claremont. It will again be directed by former Perth Festival Writers Week program manager Katherine Dorrington.
A program of 23 international and local guests will appear as part of the schools program, which runs for three days of the festival’s full five-day period. International guests appearing at the festival include American authors Megan McDonald and Renée Watson, and Nigerian-American writer Tomi Adeyemi.
They will be joined by local guests including mathematician Eddie Woo, scientist and science communicator Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, authors Alison Lester and Jacqueline Harvey, and WA authors including Meg McKinlay, A J Betts, Cristy Burne, Kylie Howarth and Kamsani Bin Salleh.
Program highlights include a new writing competition for high-school students (the Golden Pen Award), a ‘Conversation Caravan’ run by young podcasters, and an entire day of YA programming, for which the festival will recruit ‘youth curators’ to work alongside festival programmers. From March through to May 2019, the festival will also run a ‘Golden Feather Hunt’ involving libraries across the state.
This year, the festival will offer a small fund to help under-resourced schools with ticket or travel costs to attend the program.
The full Scribblers Festival program will be released in February 2019. For more information, see the website.