Sydney Writers’ Festival is thrilled to present our first ever Children’s Festival of Moving Stories. 

We’ve packed up our favourite children's stories, writers and illustrators and we’re setting off to tell our tales and to collect new ones.

What better place to launch a new children’s program, and to celebrate storytelling in all forms, than Western Sydney, where there are more children than anywhere else in the state?

Look out for us on Russ the Travelling Story Bus as we make our way around Western Sydney from 14-28 November. We will be very hard to miss!

Then get ready to enter a whole new world at Stories from the Pyjamaverse, our opening night event for children and families at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre on Friday 28 November. 

Our Children’s Author Roadshow sees a line-up of some of Australia’s best writers and illustrators for children travelling to libraries across Western Sydney for a series of free events for local schools. Libraries include Bankstown City Library and Knowledge Centre, Blacktown City Library, Parramatta City Library, The Whitlam Library, Cabramatta, Liverpool City Library and Penrith City Library.

And don’t miss the chance to hear Australia’s Children’s Laureate, Jackie French, talk about ‘magic' books or bestselling children’s author,       Mem Fox, discuss how stories are made.

We hope you can join us on our big new adventure. 

Best wishes,
Jeanmarie Morosin
Head of Children’s Programs



Jeanmarie is passionate about books for children and young adults. She's worked in children’s publishing for over twelve years, both in Australia and overseas. Most recently Jeanmarie was a publisher of children’s books at Random House Australia. Before joining Random House she was Executive Editor at Penguin Books for Children and Young Adults. Jeanmarie has also worked at ABC Books for Children and Allen & Unwin in Australia. In 2008 Jeanmarie moved to New York, where she worked at the PEN World Voices Festival and HarperCollins Children’s Books.   


Are you ready to enter a world as big as your imagination? 

You will need your favourite pyjamas and your most special friends. Together you will journey to faraway storylands and meet magical creatures, big and small. You will soar above the clouds and go adventuring on land and sea. 

The door to the PYJAMAVERSE opens at 5:30 pm for pre-show entertainment in the foyer with the Western Sydney Wanderers, the Parramatta Eels, Grug, Maisy, Geronimo Stilton, Where’s Wally?, craft activities and so much more. 

The show starts at 6:30 pm and features interactive storytime with bestselling children’s authors Morris Gleitzman, Will Kostakis and Melina Marchetta, as well as players from the Parramatta Eels and the Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Playschool’s Michelle Lim Davidson and acclaimed poet Ahmad Al Rady. Plus award-winning children’s book artist, Tony Flowers, illustrates the stories live on stage. Don’t miss out!

Venue Parramatta Riverside Theatres
Date Friday 28 November
Pre-show entertainment 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Show time 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Tickets Adults $15 | Children $10 | Family of four $40
Dress Pyjamas welcome


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