The StoryArts Festival 2017 took over Ipswich from the 2nd to the 10th of September. And Write Links members were there to report on all the action!
The volunteers, lead by Tyrion Perkins, reported on the School Program, Adult Program and Family Program providing a stream of articles on the children's authors and illustrators presenting during the literary week.
The StoryArts Festival Ipswich began in 1995 as the Ipswich Festival of Children’s Literature and has been held every two years since then. The festival offers free sessions for children and low cost sessions for adults and young adults with an interest in children’s literature such as teachers, librarians, and emerging writers and illustrators.
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 festival inspires young people to buy and read more books and gain an appreciation of the processes involved in writing and illustrating. We also aim to enthuse teachers and parents about the value of stories and encourage them to promote literature to young people.
The Ipswich Festival is organized and funded mainly by the Ipswich District Teacher-Librarian Network and now also supported by Write Links Volunteers!
The team consisted of: Tyrion Perkins, Maria Parenti-Baldy, Danielle Freeland, Karen Tyrrell, Rebecca Sheraton, Yvonne Mes, Dimity Powell and Jacqui Halpin and also included Megan Daley from Children's Books Daily.
Read their stories here:
Many Write Links members flocked to the Story Arts Festival this year.
The line-up of children's authors, illustrators, book designers and experts was amazing. This festival has the best presenters, most relaxed atmosphere and, most importantly, in between the valuable sessions time to mingle and network. I know several Write Links members took advantage of pitching sessions with The School Magazine, Cengage (educational market) and Karen Tayleur from Five Mile Press.
Festival organiser and founder Jenny Stubbs and her team of volunteers have created an outstanding event.
I loved volunteering during the school program together with the fabulous Tyrion Perkins, taking photos, tweeting and writing and posting blog posts on the SAFI website.
During the adult program many of our members contributed blog posts on their experiences during the festival. You can check out their stories on the Story Arts festival blog here:
Write Links members who contributed to the blog are: Alison Stegert, Katrin Dreiling, Rachelle Sadler, Jacqui Halpin, Rebecca Sheraton, Tyrion Perkins, Dimity Powell, Peter Taylor, Melanie Hill, Tanya Hempson and Yvonne Mes.
Story by Yvonne Mes www.yvonnemes.com