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What to Expect

Opening

The Festival will be officially opened on Saturday 5th September at the Ipswich Community Gallery where The Many Story Treehouse exhibition created by Terry Denton and children from local schools will be on display until 20th September. It is curated by Books Illustrated.

Family Program:

This year the festival is offering a program catering for families after school.  There is a free component to the program but bookings are essential as seats are limited.  You can book up to 10 tickets per family.
There are two theatre performances that can be booked separately on the company’s websites. Please check the program for more details for Eric Vale, Epic Fail with THAT Production Company and Mary Poppins with Ipswich Musical Theatre Company.

Getting there:
Ipswich Venues UBD Map 213 E16:
Ipswich Library, cnr East & South Sts. | Civic Centre, cnr Limestone and Nicholas Sts. | Ipswich Community Gallery, D’Arcy Doyle Place | Studio 188, 188 Brisbane St.
Parking information for Ipswich

What to bring

  • Adults must accompany all children.
  • Dress up is encouraged for the events marked as parties.
  • Money to purchase books if desired.

Adult Program:

The adult program begins with a focus on drama on Sunday 6th September at Ipswich Central Library and is followed by a three day conference at the Ipswich Civic Centre on the 11th September and the Metro Hotel 12th – 13th September.  The program is designed for Teachers, Teacher-Librarians, Librarians, emerging writers and illustrators, readers and anyone with an interest in children’s literature.  It is an opportunity to mingle with the writers and illustrators on an informal basis.  Sessions will be both hands on and presentation style. All sessions are limited in number so book early to ensure a place.
A formal dinner will be held on the Saturday night with entertainment by some of the authors and illustrators.

Getting there:
Ipswich Venues UBD Map 213 E16
Ipswich Central Library, cnr East & South Sts. | Ipswich Civic Centre, cnr Limestone and Nicholas Sts. | Ipswich Community Gallery, D’Arcy Doyle Place | Studio 188, 188 Brisbane St.

Parking information for Ipswich

What to bring

  • Money to purchase books if desired.
  • Writing materials.
  • Materials will be supplied for art workshops.

School Program:

The festival provides free sessions for both primary and secondary school students. Students have the opportunity to meet authors and illustrators, attend performances and exhibitions of illustration and take part in workshops. These are held at a number of venues around Ipswich, Marburg and Esk.
To ensure a wide range of students are able to attend the festival, bookings can be made 8th - 18th June.  Allocations will then be made and you will be notified of your success and sent additional information via email.  Please note it is very difficult to accommodate all requests as bookings are generally greater than spaces available. Home school students and children with parents are also welcome to book into sessions. Bookings must be made from this website and one booking per class or group must be made, not multiple classes.

Venues for Literature Festival        
Primary school aged children can meet authors and illustrators in central Ipswich at the Metro Hotel, Ipswich Central Library, Civic Centre venues, Ipswich Community Gallery, Masonic Hall, CWA Hall, Old Courthouse, RSL Hall, Uniting Church Hall, Studio 188 and Ipswich Cinemas from 7 – 11 September then at Woodlands of Marburg 14-15 September and in various Esk venues 16 September.  High school programs will be held at Ipswich Girls Grammar School on Friday 11 September and West Moreton Anglican College on Monday 14 September.

Toilets
All venues have toilet access, but the Ipswich Art gallery will be opened early each morning from 9.15am to provide additional access. Additional portable toilets will be available at Woodlands of Marburg.

Parking
Buses can park all day near Bill Patterson oval off Salisbury Road, Ipswich

Getting there:
Ipswich Venues UBD Map 213 E16 - Ipswich Central Library, cnr East & South Sts. | Ipswich Civic Centre, cnr Limestone and Nicholas Sts. | Masonic Hall, Roderick St. | CWA Hall, Limestone St | Ipswich Community Gallery, D’Arcy Doyle Place | Studio 188, 188 Brisbane St. | Old Courthouse, cnr. East & Roderick St. | RSL Hall, Nicholas St. | Ipswich Cinemas, Brisbane St. | Uniting Church Hall, Limestone St.

Ipswich Girls Grammar School
West Moreton Anglican College
Woodlands of Marburg, Seminary Rd, Marburg UBD Map 170 E15
Esk
 

What to bring

  • Nametags help presenters and supervisors to better manage sessions.  
  • Adults must accompany all groups unless prior arrangements are made.  
  • Bring your own lunches, including drinks.
  • Please note there are no water fountains at any venues
  • Money to purchase books if desired.
  • Writing pads to take notes optional. Materials will be supplied for workshops.


Book Shops
The Book Garden will be set up in the Metro Hotel from 7 – 13 September, at Woodlands of Marburg 14-15 September and in Esk 16 September.  A Lot of Books will be set up at the Ipswich Civic Centre from 7-11 September.

Insurance Information
IDTL Network has public liability insurance. All venues are as safe as is reasonably practicable. Visiting schools are reminded of their responsibility to conduct their own risk assessments and to mitigate risks that are reasonably foreseeable. Note that accompanying staff will have duty of care for their students while attending the festival.

 


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