Williamstown Literary Festival 2016

Williamstown Literary Festival is the premier event for writers and readers in Melbourne’s west. The two day festival brings books alive at Williamstown Town Hall or the Williamstown Library (both located at 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown).

Here are my Top 10 picks of the 13th annual Williamstown Literary Festival for families and children. Early bird tickets on sale today Thursday 5 June until midnight 31 May!

Saturday 18 June

1. Story Time

10.30am to 11.15am

Free event, no bookings required

Join Hobsons Bay Libraries for songs, stories and activities. Story time encourages imagination and a life-long love of books and libraries. Suitable for pre-school children over two years of age.


2. Audio Books Come Alive!

10.30am to 11.30am

Full $15 | Conc $12 | Early $10

Stig Wemyss is an actor, writer and the wildly popular voice behind hundreds of children’s audio books. Using humour, acting, mad improvisation skills and sheer compelling energy, Stig will bring books and audio books to life for kids in this interactive hour of literary mayhem. Perfect for 5 to 12 year olds


3. Billie B Mysteries

10.30am to 11.30am

Children $5 | Adults Free

Unlock the mystery of writing stories with Sally Rippin and discover more about Billie and Jack along the way. Using a combination of Sally’s ideas and yours, we’ll brainstorm the spookiest Billie Mystery ever! Bring along ideas, questions and a whole lot of imagination and you’ll go home bubbling with stories.


4. Friends of Williamstown and Newport Libraries Book Sale

10.30am to 12.45pm

Free event, no bookings required

Pick up a pre-loved treasure at the Friends of Williamstown and Newport Libraries Book Sale. Book sales are held on a regular basis, and all funds are contributed toward library equipment, events and activities.


5. Meet Morris Gleitzman

12.00pm to 1.00pm

All tickets $10

What’s your favourite Morris Gleitzman book? Is it Bumface or Blabber Mouth? Once, Then or Now? Or are you a Misery Guts? Kids of all ages (even big kids) are invited to enter Morris’ very silly world as he talks about these books and more. Prepare to be delighted.


6. Andy Griffiths: Grown Up Talk! Rotunda in the West

3.30pm to 4.30pm

Full $20 | Conc $17 | Early $15

Hear Andy Griffiths talk with Sherryl Clark about gruesome fairy tales, his passion for 80s indie rock music, the ups and downs of being a top celebrity in the world of primary school children (and their parents and teachers!).


Sunday 19 June

7. Andy Griffiths

10.30am to 1.00pm

Children $5 | Adults Free

Go on a journey with children’s author, Andy Griffiths, through his wonderful world of creativity and story-telling. Andy will be signing books after his talk. Expected to sell out quickly – bookings essential!


8. Wordburger – How to be a champion word puzzler!

12.00pm to 1.00pm

All tickets $10

Join David Astle for a session that will get kids thinking, talking and giggling about language. David will whip up a flurry of riddles and games that’ll have young minds penning puns and trying tongue twisters! Perfect for ages 8 to 13 years.


9. The Sense in Nonsense

3.30pm to 4.30pm

Full $20 | Conc $17 | Early $15

Why are stories like There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly and others so perennially

popular? Because young children love nonsense! Join Claire Saxby and learn how to make sense in nonsense and create your own stories.



10. Sessions for grown ups with interest in children’s literature!

Andy Griffiths: Grown Up Talk! Rotunda in the West

Saturday 18 June 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Full $20 | Conc $17 | Early $15

Hear Andy Griffiths talk with Sherryl Clark about gruesome fairy tales, his passion for 80s indie rock music, the ups and downs of being a top celebrity in the world of primary school children (and their parents and teachers!).


Writing and Illustrating Picture Books with Leigh Hobbs

Sunday 19 June 10.30am to 1.00pm

Full $25 | Conc $22 | Early $20

In this in-depth, hands on workshop, adults will have a chance to work with author, illustrator, artist and Australian Children’s Laureate 2016/17, Leigh Hobbs, to develop their picture book ideas. BYO 2B pencils.

For detailed descriptions of sessions, presenters and to book tickets, visit www.willylitfest.org.au or phone the Box Office on (03) 9932 4074. Have a great Willy Lit Fest!


HOT Tips:

  • Easiest and quickest way is to book online www.willylitfest.org.au or phone the Box Office on (03) 9932 4074;
  • Book before 11.59pm on 31 May 2016 for special early bird pricing;
  • In person bookings can be made on a number of days leading up to the festival at the Hobsons Bay Tickets Box Office at Williamstown Town Hall;
  • Tickets can be purchased on the day, but I recommend pre-booking as sessions sell out quickly. Tickets are available for sale and collection from 8.30am Saturday 18 June at the Williamstown Town Hall;
  • Nearest train station is the Williamstown line to North Williamstown Station;
  • Limited street parking is available around the Town Hall;
  • Head to Commonwealth Reserve playground before/afterwards and Carter Devlin Smith for good coffee and food.

Williamstown Literary Festival

Saturday 18 June – Sunday June 2016

Williamstown Town Hall and the Williamstown Library, 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown

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