Storytellers are busy during the Melbourne Writers' Festival
This year the Children's Book Council celebrations - BOOK WEEK - are part of the Melbourne Writers' Festival.
Book Week is the longest running children's festival in Australia, celebrating its 65th birthday in 2010.
While big folk gather at
Federation Square to hear author talks and assemble for literary tours of Melbourne, smaller people congregate at Artplay at Birrarung Marr along the Yarra River. Here there is a program of brilliant workshops.
When I arrived on Saturday, Doug McLeod had a group spellbound with his writing work shop. Following on from that, it was a privilege to take to the story chair in a space beautifully arranged with cushions and soft light. Leigh Hobbs arrived and further inspired the children with a fabulous session on illustration. ArtPlay is where learning, imagination and play come together to expand the minds and lives of our youngest generation.
My Bookweek tips: I strongly recommend Mr Chicken goes to Paris by Leigh Hobbs and Kip by Christina Booth and so do Bronwen and Pia. But then I have a thing for poultry!