2015 Schools’ Program

Schools’ Program

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Schools’ Program


Ipswich Festival of Children’s Literature

The biennial Ipswich Festival of Children’s began in 1995 providing FREE sessions for children and low cost session for adults and young adults with an interest in children’s literature such as teachers, librarians, and emerging writers and illustrators.

The festival aims to increase an awareness of the value of the arts in relation to writing and illustration and help build and maintain increased audiences for children’s literature. We plan to inspire young people to buy and read more books and gain an appreciation of the processes involved in writing and illustrating. We also aim to enthuse teachers and parents about the value of stories and encourage them to promote literature to young people.

The Festival is organized and funded this year by the Ipswich District Teacher-Librarian Network.

The Festival will be officially opened on Saturday 5th September at the Ipswich Community Gallery where The Many Story Treehouse exhibition created by Terry Denton and children from local schools will be on display until 20th September. It is curated by Books Illustrated.


The festival provides free sessions for both primary and secondary school students. Students have the opportunity to meet authors and illustrators, attend performances and exhibitions of illustration and take part in workshops. These are held at a number of venues around Ipswich, Marburg and Esk.

Venues for Literature Festival      

Primary school aged children can meet authors and illustrators in central Ipswich at the Metro Hotel, Ipswich Central Library, Civic Centre venues, Ipswich Community Gallery, Masonic Hall, CWA Hall, Old Courthouse, RSL Hall, Uniting Church Hall, Studio 188 and Ipswich Cinemas from 7 – 11 September then at Woodlands of Marburg 14-15 September and in various Esk venues 16 September. High school programs will be held at Ipswich Girls Grammar School on Friday 11 September and West Moreton Anglican College on Monday 14 September.


All venues have toilet access, but the Ipswich Art gallery will be opened early each morning from 9.15am to provide additional access. Additional portable toilets will be available at Woodlands of Marburg.


Booking requests can be made online at http://idtl.net.au/events/story-arts-festival.php To ensure a wide range of students are able to attend the festival, bookings can be made 8th – 18th June. Allocations will then be made and you will be notified of your success and sent additional information via email. Please note it is very difficult to accommodate all requests as bookings are generally greater than spaces available.


Buses can park all day near Bill Patterson oval off Salisbury Road, Ipswich

Getting there:

Ipswich Venues UBD Map 213 E16 – Ipswich Central Library, cnr East & South Sts. | Ipswich Civic Centre, cnr Limestone and Nicholas Sts. | Masonic Hall, Roderick St. | CWA Hall, Limestone St | Ipswich Community Gallery, D’Arcy Doyle Place | Studio 188, 188 Brisbane St. | Old Courthouse, cnr. East & Roderick St. | RSL Hall, Nicholas St. | Ipswich Cinemas, Brisbane St. | Uniting Church Hall, Limestone St.

StoryArts Festival Ipswich - City Venues - map

Woodlands of Marburg, Seminary Rd, Marburg UBD Map 170 E15




What to bring

  • Nametags help presenters and supervisors to better manage sessions.
  • Adults must accompany all groups unless prior arrangements are made.
  • Bring your own lunches, including drinks.
  • Please note there are no water fountains at any venues
  • Money to purchase books if desired.
  • Writing pads to take notes optional. Materials will be supplied for workshops.

Book Shops

The Book Garden will be set up in the Metro Hotel from 7 – 13 September, at Woodlands of Marburg 14-15 September and in Esk 16 September. A Lot of Books will be set up at the Ipswich Civic Centre from 7-11 September.

Insurance Information

IDTL Network has public liability insurance. All venues are as safe as is reasonably practicable. Visiting schools are reminded of their responsibility to conduct their own risk assessments and to mitigate risks that are reasonably foreseeable. Note that accompanying staff will have duty of care for their students while attending the festival.


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Thank you to our  sponsors and partners


Gold Sponsors


THAT Production Company

Ipswich City Council and Ipswich Library services


Silver Sponsors

Metro Hotel

Woodlands of Marburg



Primary Arts Network Ipswich

Fractal Theatre

Somerset Regional Council

Book Links Qld Inc.

Friends of Ipswich Library




Book Links

Write Links



Ipswich District Teacher-Librarian Network

126 Cascade Street, Raceview 4305