Adelaide Writer’s Week | Kids’ Day | Adelaide Festival | 29 Feb 2020

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Adelaide Writers’ Week – Kids’ Day

Adelaide Writers’ Week returns in 2020 with special events for adults plus a Kids’ Day on Saturday 29 February filled with stories, music, interactive fun and special guests including Andy Griffiths, Julia Donaldson and more.

In 2020, Writers’ Week contemplates one of the few things that incontrovertibly unites us all: Being Human.

Through the words and minds of great thinkers, Writers’ Week explores how humans engage with each other, with technology, with the natural world. It examines the stories we tell ourselves and those we construct. It asks from where we can draw solace and inspiration. It challenges us to avoid apathy and despair. It applauds our curiosity in and engagement with the wider world. It seeks joy and stimulation in our intellect and each other.

This year sees the return of the weekend for younger readers, including the powerful showcase of spoken word performance, Hear Me Roar!

Kids’ Day – for readers aged 2-10 years | Saturday 29 February 2020

Be part of a magical day of stories, performance and hands on fun as writers, performers and illustrators take over the kids stage to enliven and excite the youngest readers. 

On the Mainstage:

Two of the biggest stars for the littlest readers ensure Adelaide Writers’ Week begins with a bang at 9am, so make sure your children or grandchildren don’t miss this exclusive double act. 

At 9am, join best selling family favourite Andy Griffiths for some interactive treehouse fun. There’ll be giant fighting robots, a marshmallow machine, jokes and general silliness. Along the way Andy will endeavour to answer all your questions and will also reveal some of the new levels in the forthcoming 130-Storey Treehouse.

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Join top children’s author Julia Donaldson, her guitar-playing husband Malcolm and friends for an out-of-this-world show full of songs and storytelling. With old favourites and new tales to discover, get ready to enter the deep dark wood with The Gruffalo, win a gold star with everyone’s favourite dragon Zog before you zoom into space with The Smeds and the Smoos. 

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Kids’ Day Program

The Torrens Tent

The story hub of Kids’ Day features an all-star lineup of Sally Rippin, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Graeme Base and Mandy Foot with MC Sam McMahon. Plus Story Trove’s inventive world of storytelling through live performance and creative play.

  • 10.30am | Welcome with Sam McMahon
  • 10.45am | My Favourite Story with Mandy Foot
  • 10.55am | Story Trove session based on The Tiny Star by Mem Fox and Freya Blackwood
  • 11.25am | BREAK
  • 11.55am | My Favourite Story with Maxine Beneba Clarke
  • 12.05pm | Story Trove – Violet & Nothing by Fiona Burrows
  • 12.35pm | Sally Rippin
  • 1.05pm | BREAK
  • 1.35pm | Story Trove session based on The Tiny Star by Mem Fox and Freya Blackwood
  • 2.05pm | Graeme Base
  • 2.35pm | My Favourite Story with Sally Rippin
  • 2.45pm | Storytelling with Maxine Beneba Clarke

Deborah Twining Arts

Fun FREE workshops for little artists. Make a collage or zine inspired by Maxine Beneba Clarke’s Fashionista and Daniel Burnett-Gray’s Grandma Z or join Andrew Joyner, illustrator of Dr Seuss’s Horse Museum, to create a mural for the Horse Museum. And, the very little artists can decorate a Writers’ Week bookmark to keep or give away.

Bookings available on the day.

Free Face Painting with Fizzbubble

From 9.30am – 3.00pm. 


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See more family friendly events at Adelaide Festival 2020 HERE

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Adelaide Festival website here

What:   Writer’s Week – Kids’ Day

When:    Saturday 29 February 2020 | 9am – 3:15pm

Where: Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden | King William Street, Adelaide

Who:   Readers aged 2 – 10

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