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The HOT List: Top 12 Melbourne Writers Festival 2017 events for kids

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Every year the Melbourne Writer’s Festival delivers an exciting program for Melbourne, the City of Literature, and for our book-loving family.

In 2017 the childrens and teens events include workshops, performances and talks, all under $15.

PLUS come along to Harry Potter Day, a free all-ages celebration of 20 years of Harry Potter on Sunday 3 September at Federation Square. Dressing up is a must!

The program is now available so you can start planning your festival. Tickets are on sale to the general public from Friday 21 July 9am.

Here are some of my Melbourne Writers Festival picks for children:

1. Mapping Our Future City: Interactive Exhibition (Sat 26 Aug – Sun 3 Sep) – pop-up installation exploring the future of infrastructure, technology, arts, environment and lifestyles.

2. Illustrator in Residence (Sat 26 Aug, Sun 27 Aug, Fri 1 Sept, Sat 2 Sep, Sun 3 Sep) – see leading illustrators work live 12-3pm in Fed Square Atrium.

3. Creative Journalling (Sat 26 Aug) – hands-on workshop using art supplies and materials to make a creative art journal. For age 9-12 years $15.

4. Pitcha Making Fellas (Sun 27 Aug) – Hear how Pitcha Making Fellas made their book What’s in a Name?and work with them to create your own pictures. $15.

5. Hip-Hop (Sun 27 Aug) – Participants will write their own lines, play rhyme games and immerse themselves in fun and positive hip-hop culture. $15.

6. Live Game Dungeon Time (Sat 2 Sep) – kids will create a heroic version of themselves and tell an epic story of adventure. For 5-12 years. $15.

7. The Patchwork Bike (Sat 2 Sep) – Learn about recycling, upcycling and environmental waste with bestselling author Maxine Beneba Clarke’s first children’s book. Learn how to draw with illustrator Van T Rudd, who shares his work from the book. $15.

8. Harry Potter Day (Sun 3 Sep) – celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter with performances, the Sorting Hat, storytime and dressing up. Free.

9. Kyo Mclear and Shaun Tan (Sun 3 Sep) – Hear beloved children’s author Kyo Maclear (Virginia Wolf) and Australian legend Shaun Tan (The Singing Bones) share their storytelling process and how they inspire imagination in young readers. Free.

10. Bruce Pascoe: Fog a Dox (Sun 3 Sep) – Bruce Pascoe discusses his Prime Minister’s Literary Award–winning young adult classic, Fog a Dox. Free.

11. Smart Stories ACMI Family Sundays (Sun 3 Sep) – Hear from award-winning children’s authors and take part in fun storytelling sessions.

12. Fiction Writing Workshop (Sun 3 Sep) – learn to write fiction with novelist and short-story writer Christopher Raja. $15.


Signal is hosting two days of free events for teens. The program includes podcasting tips, creative workshops and a chance to ask YA authors Danielle Binks, Melissa Keil and Angie Thomas about their work.

This year I am excited to be one of the Melbourne Writers Festival Digital Storytellers. I’ll be sharing my Festival adventures on the blog and social media alongside booktubers and bloggers Becca the Book Reviewer, Read Like Wildfire, Rebecca Gough and Lillytales.

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur. She combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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