Libraries Literacy Festival 2024

Libraries Literacy Festival 2024

7 - 8 March 2024 at Australind and Harvey Libraries.

Calling all book lovers - the Libraries Literacy Festival is coming back, and there’s plenty to be excited about! 

The two-day event will include a mix of free community events for all ages - creative workshops, author talks and special activities. 

The festival features an exciting line-up of award-winning authors, including David Whish-Wilson, Josh Langley, Sasha Wasley, Sara Foster, Cristy Burne, Kylie Howarth, Joanne Morrell, Katie Stewart and Kamille Roach. 

Download the Australind Program.

Download the Harvey Program. 

Check our Events page. 

Featured Authors

Sasha Wasley

Sasha is an advocate for literacy and creativity and runs writing workshops for children and adults, as well as offering mentoring services. She is a WA Ambassador for Books in Homes Australia charity promoting early book ownership for life success. Her debut novel was published in 2015 and by the end of 2023 she will have 16 published novels in the world. Today, she lives in the Perth hills region with her partner and two daughters, surrounded by dogs, cats and chickens

View Sasha's website.

Kamille Roach

A West Australian, Kamille has a Science Degree, Comprehensive Writing certification and facilitates a prose writers’ group at the Fellowship of Australian Writers W.A. Winner of the BJ Paterson Writing Award 2013, Kamille’s various short stories and articles have placed nationally, and been published in print and online. 

Visit Kamille's website.

Sara Foster

Sara Foster is an internationally published, bestselling author living in Western Australia. Sara is passionate about writing strong female characters and incorporates contemporary themes into her books, which often traverse the genre areas of psychological suspense, family noir and crime thrillers.

Visit Sara's website.

David Whish-Wilson

David Whish-Wilson is the author of eight novels and three creative non-fiction books. He was born in Newcastle, NSW but raised in Singapore, Victoria and WA. David’s first novel in the Frank Swann crime series, Line of Sight (Penguin Australia) was shortlisted for a Ned Kelly Award in 2012. He has since written three more in the series – the first three being published in Germany by Suhrkamp Verlag. David wrote the Perth book in the NewSouth Books city series, which was short-listed for a WA Premiers Book Award.

Visit David's website.

Joanne Morrell

Joanne Morrell is an author and podcaster based in Perth Western Australia. 

As an author, she traditionally publish children’s and young adult fiction under the pen name JzeMorrell, as well as independently publishing women’s fiction and short non-fiction books for authors in her Author Linings series

Other events and activities

School workshop with Kylie Howarth

Kylie Howarth is an award-winning, internationally published children’s book author-illustrator from Western Australia. Kylie recently won the WAYRBA Hoffman award and KOALA Honour award. She has been shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Writers Fellowship, SCBWI Australian Picture Book Illustrators Award, CBCA Book of the year awards, WAYRBA and the YABBA awards.

This event is for local school students by invitation only. Please contact Australind Library on 9797 4590 for more information.

Teddy Bear rhymetime

Join in on the fun and laughter in the Teddy Bear Tent, meet our special guests and say hello to 'Marley'!

City of Bunbury Libraries are bringing theTeddy Bears Roadshow to the Ridley Place park on Friday, 8 March 2024 at 10am. The program consists of a Story Time followed by a Teddy Bears Picnic in the special teddy bears tent.  Families are encouraged to enjoy a coffee, stay, play and connect at the playground thereafter. Face painter will also be attending on the day.

BYO: towel to sit on (or sit on the grass) and your child’s favourite teddy bear.

Afternoon tea and Sign with Auslan in the West

In this event, we will cover these topics:

  • Learn about Deaf Community and Deaf Culture
  • Communicate with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community
  • Learn Auslan alphabet, numbers, greeting and drinks/foods signs.
  • Your family and friends will have lots of fun learning new language!
Creative Art with Seniors

Enjoy an afternoon of painting, chatting and tea at Australind Library on Friday, 8 March at 1pm.

Whether you are an experienced painter or a beginner, you are welcome to join us and express your creativity. Painting is a great way to reduce stress, improve your mood and unleash your imagination.

Australind Family History Society Open Day

Australind Family History Society (AFHS) dedicated to helping people research their family's ancestry locally and worldwide.

AFHS has a comprehensive library where members can pursue their family history interests. 

AFHS will be promoting their services at the festival on Thursday, 7 March from 10am to 3pm.

For more information about their services, please contact AFHS on phone 9796 1050 or email alindfhs@iinet.net.au

School workshop Cristy Burne

Cristy Burne, AKA the Creativity Queen, is an award-winning internationally published children’s author working on the intersection of story, science, technology and creativity.

This event is for local school students by invitation only. Please contact Australind Library on 9797 4590 for more information.

Hut building with Educated by Nature

This nature-based incursion is designed to connect students (and teachers) with the natural world through play. This creates an internal sense of why it’s important to change our environmental behaviours, and work to find sustainable solutions for our world. 

The incursions are designed to empower students through the opportunity to develop skills and find individual and collaborative success in the transformation of natural objects. 

School workshop with Josh Langley

Each year, Josh Langley inspires thousands of school children across WA with his powerful messages of resilience and self-esteem. 

His funny and highly engaging presentations have been developed to complement the health and well being aspects of the Australian school curriculum as well as connecting with pastoral care policies.

Topics covered: Resilience, self-acceptance, the importance of talking about feelings, building empathy and the power of imagination.

This event is for local school students by invitation only. Please contact Harvey Library on 9729 0390 for more information.

May Gibbs Display at Harvey Library

Cecilia May Gibbs was one of Australia’s foremost children’s authors and illustrators and is best known today for the iconic Australian children’s story, The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.

Come to the Harvey Library and enjoy the May Gibbs exhibition featuring some unique items. 

School workshop with Katie Stewart

Katie Stewart is an author and illustrator. Born in the north of England, she came to Australia at the age of nine. She started her working life as an archaeologist and ethnohistorian, went on to teaching and then to being a mother.

Her books have been shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year (2020 and 2021) and shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Book Awards (2022).

This event is for local school students by invitation only. Please contact Harvey Library on 9729 0390 for more information.

Lunch with Locals - Writers and Readers

The event is open to everyone and will showcase local writers, along with all those who love to read.  Entertainment for this finale for the 2024 Shire of Harvey Literacy Festival will be provided by Harvey Ukulele Group. This event will be held at Harvey Library on Friday, 8 March at 2pm.

Singing Picnic

 Come and join us for a special rhymetime under the trees outside Harvey Library on Friday, 8 March at 9.30am. There will be songs and rhymes, followed by a small picnic. 

Volunteer Southwest presentation

Learn how you can make a difference in your community or for yourself, improve your mental and physical health or simply make new friends and be part of a team!
 

Program of Events

Australind Library
Date and TimeActivityNotes
Thursday, 7 March at 9am and 11.30amSchool workshop with Kylie HowarthThis event is for local school students by invitation only. Please contact Australind Library on 9797 4590 for more information.
Thursday, 7 March at 10amAuthor talk with David Whish-WilsonRegister for this event.
Thursday, 7 March at 12.30pmAuthor talk with Sasha WasleyRegister for this event.
Thursday, 7 March at 2pm Afternoon tea and Sign with Auslan in the WestRegister for this event. Please contact Australind Library on 9797 4590 for more information.
Thursday, 7 March at 5.30pmDiscover roadblocks in writing with Joanne MorrellCheese and wine evening event. Register for this event.
Thursday, 7 March, all dayAustralind Family History Society Open DayOpen to all. Please contact AFHS on 9796 1050 if you want more information about their services.
Friday, 8 March at 9am and 11.30amSchool workshop Cristy BurneThis event is for local school students by invitation only. Please contact Australind Library on 9797 4590 for more information.
Friday, 8 March at 9.30amAuthor Talk with Sara FosterRegister for this event.
Friday, 8 March at 10amTeddy Bear rhymetime at Ridley Place parkIn collaboration with Bunbury Library. Everyone welcome. Bring a teddy bear, sun screen and rug.
Friday, 8 March at 11.30amVolunteer Southwest presentationOpen to all. 
Friday, 8 March at 1pmCreative Art with SeniorsPaint and tea. Register for this event.
Friday, 8 March at 3pmHut Building with Educated by NatureRegister for this event.
Harvey Library
Date and TimeActivitiesNotes
Thursday, 7 March at 9am and 12noonSchool workshop with Josh LangleyThis event is for local school students by invitation only. Please contact Harvey Library on 9729 0390 for more information.
Thursday, 7 March at 10.30amAuthor talk with Sasha WasleyRegister for this event.
Thursday, 7 March at 2pmAuthor talk with Kamille RoachOpen to all.
Thursday, 7 March and Friday, 8 March, all dayMay Gibbs DisplayOpen to all.
Friday, 8 March at 9am and 10.30amSchool workshop with Katie StewartThis event is for local school students by invitation only. Please contact Harvey Library on 9729 0390 for more information.
Friday, 8 March at 9.30amSinging PicnicOutside Harvey Library. Everyone welcome.
Friday, 8 March at 12noonAuthor Talk with Sara FosterRegister for this event.
Friday, 8 March at 2pmLunch with Locals - Writers and ReadersPlease contact Harvey Library on 9729 0390 for more information.

 

Check out the 2023 Literacy Festival's highlights. 

Shire of Harvey Libraries Literacy Festival