Category Archives: Celebrations

Social Media & StoryArts – please get involved!

Blogging, and Social Media, at StoryArts Festival 101

Social Media Accounts:

StoryArts Festival is moving with the times, and we now have an active presence on Social Media.  And we would love for you to join in.  The more the merrier as they say.


Twitter – @StoryArtsFest

Instagram – @StoryArtsFestivalIpswich


***to the StoryArts Blogging Team, please read all the way to the bottom of this post.  And if you are not on the team, feel free to read the instructions and submit as per instructions***


Please use the following StoryArts hashtags and tags.  Please also feel free to also hashtag and tag your favourite author, illustrator, presenter, or book.

You can also tag us on Social Media, as well as your favourite author, illustrator, or presenter.  Just search for them on the Social Media Platforms that you use.

















No photos are to be taken of children, unless it is of their heads, from behind a large group, with no identifiable children in the picture.  Pictures of authors and/or illustrators with their books are the ultimate pictures.  However, pictures of presenters working their magic are also great.



Feel free to do a ‘write up’ of any session you attend or present.  Technical edits will be done on your submissions.


Send to:

Please send all blog submissions to:

And if you can, please let Sam S know about it.



There is no guarantee that your submission will be published as there are editorial guidelines that must be adhered to.  However, we welcome submissions aplenty.

Bookings are now open for StoryArts Festival Ipswich 2015!

SAFI logo

Bookings are now open for StoryArts Festival Ipswich 2015!

To book, click HERE.

For all the information that you’ll need, check out the documents below:

Schools Programs

Information for Schools

programs – city selections

programs – Woodlands and Esk selections

High school program IGGS

High school program at WestMAC – Monday 14 September

Family Program

SAFI_Family_program 2015

Adults’ Program

SAFI_Adult program 2015

REMEMBER, to book, click HERE!

And many thanks to all our Sponsors and Partners:

Video Trailer for StoryArts Festival Ipswich 2013

Our videographer Peter Allert has been hard at work again.   Check out this adorable snippet of scenes from StoryArts Festival Ipswich 2013.  We very much look forward to seeing you all again in 2015.


Book Links Writing & Drawing Competition – The Winning Entries!

We are pleased to be able to share with you the winning entries for the Book Links Write or Draw a Funny Story Competition.  Congratulations to all the children who won, and to everyone else for having a go.  Writing and drawing is a fantastic thing to do, so keep practising kids!


The Winners with Andy Griffiths

write funny story James Burford

Blue tongue lizard by jasmine tulloch

funny story comp Lauren Church funny story Ethan and Layla 1 funny story Ethan and Layla 2

Gala Dinner at the Mangy Hound Jazz Club – inspired by “Herman & Rosie” by Gus Gordon

Jazz was the theme of the night, inspired by Gus Gordon’s picture book “Herman and Rosie”.  From the ritzy venue – The Mangy Hound Jazz Club – to the band, and right down to the placemats, this was a night to celebrate all things jazz.


The Mangy Hound Jazz Club had been decorated by the Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network ladies, and what a fine job they did.  The placemats were a standout feature, and many were taken home as momentos of a pos-i-lute-ly stunning evening.

The Fassifern Five provided the music.  They were the bee’s knees, the cat’s miaow, playing jazz tunes from across the decades.  Whenever the tables were clear of food, the dance floor was full of people getting their wiggle on.

Everyone was dolled up to the nines in their jazz garb.  Creative types don’t need much encouragement to dress up.  Clearly there were some prom-trotters amongst us, their outfits were a feast for the eyes.

Gus Gordon was sitting pretty, just in front of the stage.  Word has it that he was absolutely chuffed with the night that was inspired by his picture book “Herman and Rosie”.  Congratulations and thanks must go to the Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network for all their hard work in setting up The Mangy Hound as a swanky venue.

The Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network celebrated the 10th children’s literature festival that they have put on.  I for one hope there will be at least another 10 more.  Congratulations again to the Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network for their tireless work at putting on such a stellar, action-packed Festival that is enjoyed just as much by the adults present as the children.

A brilliant night was had by all the cool cats at The Mangy Hound Jazz Club, if only it were a permanent venue.  Thanks to everyone involved in the making of such a grand night, and special thanks to the Big Cheese Jenny Stubbs for making it all possible.