Adults’ Program


6 – 13 September 2015

Download the Program here: Adult Program

Bookings can be made online at


Adult Program:

The adult program begins with a focus on drama on Sunday 6 September at Ipswich Central Library and is followed by a three day conference at the Ipswich Civic Centre on the 11th September and the Metro Hotel 12th– 13th September. The program is designed for Teachers, Teacher-Librarians, Librarians, emerging writers and illustrators, readers and anyone with an interest in children’s literature. It is an opportunity to mingle with the writers and illustrators on an informal basis. Sessions will be both hands on and presentation style.

All sessions are limited in number so book early to ensure a place.

A formal dinner will be held on the Saturday night with entertainment by some of the authors and illustrators.


Limited rooms are available in Ipswich at this time because of another conference, so if you require accommodation in order to attend, please book your accommodation before booking your sessions.

There should be enough rooms at Metro Hotel Ipswich on the Saturday night, but limited numbers Thursday and Friday. The Metro will offer SAFI delegates a fee of $139 including breakfast if you say you are attending the festival conference.

Contact details

Alternative accommodation can be found online e.g. Oaks Aspire, which is a good walk away, or Quest apartment, another good walk away. Mary’s Place is a good B&B close by, but only has about 3 rooms. Most other places you would need to drive from. The other option is if you had a car and didn’t mind the drive in from Marburg, Woodlands of Marburg has top rooms at $185 and $250 and Bunya House Rooms at $125.  Continental breakfast included.

More accommodation can be found by looking at:

Getting there:

Ipswich Venues UBD Map 213 E16

Ipswich Central Library, cnr East & South Sts. | Ipswich Civic Centre, cnr Limestone and Nicholas Sts. |

Ipswich Community Gallery, D’Arcy Doyle Place | Studio 188, 188 Brisbane St.


Book Shops

The Book Garden will be set up in the Metro Hotel from 7 – 13 September.

A Lot of Books will be set up at the Ipswich Civic Centre from 7-11 September.

Festival Bookings

Bookings can be made online at

What to bring

Money to purchase books if desired.

Writing materials.

Materials will be supplied for art workshops.


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