The biennial Story Arts Festival Ipswich began as The Ipswich Festival of Children’s Literature in 1995 providing free sessions for children and families. The festival aims to increase an awareness of the value of the arts in relation to writing and illustration and help build and maintain increased audiences for children’s literature. The StoryArts Festival is organized by the Ipswich District TeacherLibrarian Network (IDTLN). The Family Program is supported by Ipswich Libraries and an Ipswich City Council sponsorship .

The festival will be officially opened on Sunday, 31 July 2022 at the Ipswich Community Gallery where there will be an exhibition of illustration by local artist Lee Fullarton of her book ‘Mr Chippa the Woodblock Carver of Bagru’ alongside an exhibition of illustrations created by local students in response to Lee’s work.

StoryArts Festival Family Program
August 1, 2 & 3, 2022
Out & About
StoryArts Festival – Woodblocks and Rangoli from India

Join Lee Fullarton in this delightful workshop that explores the traditional Indian Art practices of block printing and rangoli.

August 1, 2022
StoryArts Festival – Lets Get Moooooving

A whole herd of hands-on activities with Kat Apel and Renee Treml, creators of The Bird in the Herd. 

August 2, 2022
StoryArts Festival – Midnight in the Museum

Work with Renee Treml and Megan Daley and use air dry clay to create an authentic museum specimen worthy of the Museum of Natural History in Sherlock Bones.

August 3, 2021
StoryArts Festival – Creating Comics with Remy Lai

Join author and illustrator Remy Lai as she show’s you how to create comics.

August 4, 2022
StoryArts Festival – Bluey and Bingo Inspired Party

Celebrate Bluey and Bingo with ….. Yvonne Mes.

August 4, 2022
StoryArts Festival – Q&A with Beth Durack, Animator and Illustrator

Join children’s author Dave Lowe for a Q&A with Bluey animator Beth Durack.


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