Off the Shelf | Readers and Writers Festival

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Rockhampton Regional Libraries are delighted to be hosting the inaugural Off the Shelf! Readers and Writers Festival 10-14 September 2019.

Our theme for 2019 is Rocky Reads Roald Dahl as the festival will centre around Roald Dahl’s birthday on Friday 13 September.  Our guest authors, storytellers and dramaturgs have picked ‘dangerous’ themes to springboard into creative and imaginative responses to reading and writing with the event focusing on the weird and wonderful as well as subversive elements of Dahl’s creativity.

To inspire our next generation of readers and writers in the community, there will be a range of FREE workshops for Primary and Secondary students featuring fabulously engaging and exciting authors. There will also be FREE transport provided for schools to attend workshops of their choice, but you will need to be quick to register and secure your spot.  First preference will be given to classes that can attend two workshops on the same day.

For a full program of events for Primary and Secondary students click here(PDF, 5MB) 

Guests include:

* Tim Harris – Author of Exploding endings, Painted dogs and Doom cakes and Mr Bambuckle’s  Remarkables.

*Jacqueline Harvey- Sydney-based children’s author Jacqueline is the author of the Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose series.

*Mark Svendsen – Local award-winning children’s poet and author with a wicked sense of humour and fun. Author of Captain Me, To die for and Circus Carnivore.

*Jeremy Staples – Creator of zines using old-fashioned tech such as typewriters, copiers and other print in hands-on creative workshops.

*Access Rec Drama Group – a talented bunch of actors re-telling the story of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in special pop-up performances during the festival.

*QBD the Bookshop - Rockhampton will be operating a pop-up book shop in the Library café for the duration of the festival with lots of great Roald Dahl books to purchase. Opening times: 9am - 4pm (12-13 Sept) and 9am -12 noon (14 Sept). 

For classes staying on site for the day, short orientations of the library can be arranged, including a brief guide to the Rockhampton History Centre. Classes are also welcome to access the contained break out spaces in the library courtyard to eat morning tea or lunch – please advise if your class would be interested in one or both of the options. The Southside Library is an accessible site with public toilets and easy access from the loading bay at the front entrance and foyer.

Please select the workshops of your choice and contact our Libraries Administration team on phone 4936 8043 or as soon as possible.