Family Day at the Sydney Writers’ Festival 2015:

a report by CKT Kids Reporter Joe V

On the 24th of May, the Sydney Writers’ Festival Family Day was held at Pier 2/3, Sydney Harbour. I was lucky enough to attend and these are my thoughts on the day.

Andy Griffiths signing

It was very busy, especially the lines for Andy Griffiths – both his talk and his book signing. His talk was very funny and interesting, a combination of writing and bad jokes (particularly the fridge jokes). Lots of people were there for him and I was amazed at how consistently long his signing line was. I was very happy to get my book signed!

I also got to see the Illustrator Battle Rounds, which was a competition between eight illustrators to see who was the best. Hachette Australia illustrator Felicity Gardner was the winner. This was also very enjoyable and some of the topics they had to draw were highly amusing – a panda on ice skates, Darth Vader riding a unicorn and a mouse tap dancing on the Harbour Bridge!

The rest of my time was spent in the Curiosity Stage, which was divided into sections, including a Minecraft area, a bookshop, a magic garden and a storytelling clubhouse. I think the best thing about being at the Family Day was seeing so many famous authors up close and in one room.

I spoke to other kids during the day who all enjoyed it. I’d definitely go back next year!


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