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Family Day

Inspiring book lovers big and small, Family Day returns in 2017!

Perth Writers Festival Precinct

Tickets Free Event

  • Family Day


Inspiring book lovers big and small, Family Day returns in 2017 with a jam-packed day of storytelling, art, performance, workshops and conversation.

Lance Balchin brings his Mechanica creatures to life through steampunk-inspired illustrations and Chris Owen invites you to create Pandamonia with Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys and Perth Swing Dance Society Hoppers. Other guests include Peter Helliar, Jacqueline Harvey, Kylie Howarth, Oliver Phommavanh and Bruce Pascoe.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Harry Potter books, you’re invited to come dressed as your favourite Harry Potter character and take part in a series of Hogwarts themed events.

For the first time our Family Day features young guest curators selecting authors and topics and the Better Beginnings Tent will be buzzing with bookish fun.

Perth Writers Festival Precinct
Sun 26 Feb, 9am–3.30pm



What happens when all animals become extinct? REmida is excited to present a workshop inspired by Lance Balchin’s field guide Mechanica. Make your own Mechanica model of one of the species that can be found in the year 2200!

Writers Central, all day
All ages


Come along on Family Day and help artist Kylie Howarth create a feathered mural with an awesome photo opportunity. You can add to the mural with your own personalised feather and pose for the camera, stretching your arms out so it looks like you have wings of your own.

Writers Central, all day
All ages


Play word games, create a Lego poem or relax with a book in our Chill-Out Zone. This special, comfy space is the perfect place to stop during a busy day for families.

Visit the Book Cubby and make your very own book to take home. You can even publish your work for others to enjoy, adding to the growing library of books made by families from all over Australia.

Discover some fantastic e-resources in this hands-on environment. Learn how to get the most out of the online literacy resources provided by the State Library of Western Australia.

Writers Central, all day
All ages


Be transported to Diagon Alley as you help colour in this incredible mural and celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter. An impressive two metres high by six metres wide, this mural includes every detail of the famous Harry Potter setting and will be sure to capture the imaginations of witches, wizards and muggles big and small.

Writers Central, all day
All ages


Are you feeling uninspired by your bookshelf and ailing for a new book to read? Then come along to our walk-in book clinic and get one of our knowledgeable book doctors to write you a prescription. Each patient receives their very own reading passport and a recommendation for their next great page turner.

Hackett Hall Courtyard, all day
All ages


Register here to receive your free copy of the full Perth Writers Festival program.

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Family And Education Program Partner