All Day Events include Launches, illustrator duel, book signings, stalls, greet & meet authors, with the only ticketed event a hip-hop Poetry Slam with profits going to the Park.
It is emphatically the People’s Park … one of the grandest adornments of this beautiful country
Susanne Gervay, OAM
Susanne Gervay is the Regional Advisor of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, awarded an Order of Australia & the Lifetime Social justice Literature Award for her body of work in Social Justice by the International Literacy Association.
THE RESIDENCES CENTENNIAL PARK
The Residences Centennial Park are two gracious heritage-listed properties restored as historic homes, offering accommodation and beautiful grounds, within the Centennial Park gardens, ponds, flora, fauna, bird sanctuaries, wilderness and formal gardens.
The Superintendents Residence 1892 is a fine nineteenth century Victorian-style residence designed by colonial architect James Barnet. Built from sandstone quarried from the site, it is at the Paddington Gates. The Rangers Residence 1899 designed by Government architect Walter Vernon, sits on the hillcrest near Robertson Road Gates.
With a commitment to history and the creative life of Australia, The Residences support the arts and the vision of Centennial Park as an integral part of the community.
SCBWI AUSTRALIA EAST & NEW ZEALAND
The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) is the largest professional children’s book writers and illustrators organisation in the world with approximately 25,000 members with 80 regions across the globe. A not-for-profit association, SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand’s headquarters is The Hughenden Boutique Hotel Sydney with chapters in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, ACT and New Zealand. Members are some of Australia’s most renowned creators published in Australia and internationally, including Sarah Davis, Deborah Abela, Libby Hathorn, Sandy Fussell, Meredith Costain, Julie Hunt, Kate Forsyth, Belinda Murrell, Anna Pignataro, Stephen Axelson, Marjorie Crosby-Fairall and many more.
CENTENNIAL PARKLANDS FOUNDATION
Centennial Parklands Foundation (the Foundation) raises funds and awareness to support and enhance the three magnificent parks of Centennial Parklands – Centennial Park, Moore Park and Queens Park.
The Foundation is working closely with Centennial Parklands to create one of the most exciting children’s educational and environmental projects in NSW – The Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden. Not just another playground or picnic area, but a purpose-built, state of the art facility for the children of Sydney and surrounds who are living in increasingly high density situations with ever decreasing access to nature.
By supporting this project you will share in the creation of a safe, unique space for children to explore, learn and connect with the natural environment.
WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS
Our Festival Centre bookshop is run by the wonderful folk from Better Read Than Dead who jumped on board eagerly and agreed to support The Writers in the Park Festival. So please make them feel welcome and stock up your bookshelves for the coming year.
Writers in the Park is a not-for-profit event bringing together literature, literacy and creative organisations which are integral to the festival.
Special Thank You to Sydney Security Services for sponsoring Writers in the Park
SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand
The Hughenden Boutique Hotel
Room to Read
Books in Homes
Society of Women Writers
NSW Dickens Society
Centennial Park Trust
SCBWI Australia West
Pinerolo, the Children’s Book Cottage
Australian Society of Authors
Australian Fairytale Association
The Australian Cartoonist Association
The Footpath Library
Children’s Book Council of Australia
Word Travels Poetry Slam
Special thank you to Volunteer Coordinator SCBWI author Margaret Roc with thanks to:
Friends of Woollahra Library
University of Technology Sydney, Creative Writing Program
Friends and Community
Fill out an entry form to go in the draw to win prizes from our sponsors.
Book packs from Australian Publishers
Allen & Unwin
Flowers from Susan Avery
Other Prizes include:
NSW Dickens Society competition
SCBWI, Centennial Parklands Foundation, Room to Read, Books in Homes, Society of Women Writers, Woollahra Library, Australian Society of Authors, Australian Cartoonist Association, Fairytale Association, The Footpath Library, Children’s Book Council of Australia, NSW Dickens Society, NSW Writers Centre, Sydney Story Factory and more.
Centennial Parklands nature games, food and beverages
Welcome to this celebration of story!