After a successful launch in 2018, the Shoalhaven Readers’ and Writers’ Festival is back on 27 July, 2019, with a specialist children’s program featuring bestselling, award-winning authors Jacqueline Harvey, A.L Tait and Jack Heath, as well as popular illustrator Cheryl Westenberg. The theme for this year is ‘adventure’ and the children’s program and special events should not be missed!

The Shoalhaven Readers’ and Writers’ Festival is part of the ongoing and exciting process of building Nowra and the Shoalhaven as a hub for the arts and creativity.

The Children’s Festival events will be held at Shoalhaven City Library (Nowra) and Shoalhaven Regional Gallery.



Jacqueline Harvey

Best-selling author Jacqueline Harvey talks about her inspirations and motivations to write, her writing journey, and the importance of storytelling in the writing process. Meet her amazing characters, enjoy an interactive spy session and lots of laughs!

Dress as one of Jacqueline’s wonderful characters for your chance to win a prize! Will you be Clementine Rose, Alice-Miranda, Kensy or Max?


Cheryl Westenberg

Discover how a children’s book character comes to life and how a BOOK happens! In this interactive workshop with published illustrator Cheryl Westenberg, kids aged 8-12 will help Wesley Wombat to discover his next exciting ADVENTURE.

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Jack Heath

Jack Heath, author of the bestselling LIARS and MINUTES OF DANGERS series, will share the history of deception detection, teach you how to spot a lie, and show you how to use your new skills to write amazing stories.


A.L Tait

Allison Tait (A.L. Tait) is the internationally published bestselling author of middle-grade adventure series The Mapmaker Chronicles and the Ateban Cipher novels.

Don’t miss out on attending A.L Tait’s workshop on UNLOCKING THE STORY CODE: THE 10 KEYS TO A GREAT STORY


The Shoalhaven Readers’ and Writers’ Festival
would like to acknowledge our sponsors for their wonderful support and contribution towards this community event and celebration of children’s literature.

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