Scribblers is an annual festival of literature and arts for young people brought to life by cultural non-profit FORM and the Town of Claremont. With programming just for Schools and a weekend for the whole Family, Scribblers Festival invites kids and young adults of all ages to celebrate the magic of storytelling!


Developed as a public celebration of FORM’s Creative Learning program, our primary objective is to instil the importance of books and creativity in children’s lives, as tools to help them thrive in, understand, and communicate with the world around them. Click here to see how we celebrated the magic of storytelling during our inaugural Festival this past May.


The 2019 Scribblers Festival will be held 8-12 of May. Stay tuned for more updates, and our mini events happening throughout the year!

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Our Schools Program was hosted by Scotch College in Swanbourne, Western Australia, and our Family Weekend was held in and around Scribblers Headquarters, at The Goods Shed in Claremont, WA.


Festival Director, Katherine Dorrington, and Festival Manager, Maria Alessandrino, bring a combined 20+ years of Festival programming and children’s book publishing experience to the table. After coming together to develop Perth Festival’s Writer’s Week, the two have channeled their experience to focus their passion for children’s literature to create Scribblers Festival.

We believe there’s something magical about children’s literature, and the way favourite books stay in our memories long after we’ve grown up. Many of us can still recall the excitement of reaching a pivotal moment in the plot, or look back fondly at time spent reading with a parent or grandparent. We can get lost in a good book, and a good book is also where we can find ourselves. Stories that resonate help us to understand who we are and where we belong. And of course there is the pure joy of a great tale told well, one that causes our heart to skip a beat with excitement, to ache with sadness, or glow with contentment.” – Katherine Dorrington


We began celebrating the magic of storytelling by engaging with 105 libraries across Western Australia in the Golden Feather Treasure Hunt. We lit up nearly 10,000 young (and young at heart) eyes at the inaugural Scribblers Festival Schools and Family programs by inviting 24 authors and illustrators from around the world to regale their tales and teach their trades. 15 local creatives helped young minds find their inner poet, contribute to a collective cartography, and even celebrate the special women in their lives at our special Mother’s Day Markets. In the background of it all was a flurry of bead-making, creative pledge-ing, Passport stamp-ing, unicorn stilt-walking, and podcast interview-ing.


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Scribblers Festival was dreamed up as part of FORM’s Creative Learning Program. Developed with the input of internationally recognised creativity expert Paul Collard, CEO of Creativity and Culture in Education (CCE), the Creative Learning Program seeks to work with children and young adults in equipping them with the skills and confidence to approach the challenges of a changing world with lateral thinking ability, creativity, and resilience. Everyone's future lies in the hands of developing generations, and in how young people navigate the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly technical and arguably less human-centred world. It is important to steer society's expectations away from traditional pathways to employment (which may have worked in the past) in order to embrace a more holistic and creative approach to our children's future.

Children and young people truly learn and develop their academic, social and personal skills when they are engaged; when they participate in the making of their own learning; when they make discoveries; and when they have access to opportunities to connect to the world in deep and profound ways. PAUL GORMAN

Creativity is a vital tool in this way of learning. After undertaking research, working with experts in the field, and hosting leaders in creative education from around the world, it is evident that the key is not to teach children about creativity, but rather to use creativity to teach.As individual members of a neighbourhood or community come together to share an enjoyable experience, they develop a sense of culture, unity and identity. Through this shared purpose, the community itself begins to grow stronger roots. Creativity has been proven to be a powerful catalyst in community building; and community cohesion helps to establish strength and resilience in uncertain times. A dedicated two-year pilot program will be undertaken with primary schools under the steerage of Paul Collard and FORM, to trial the impact of the Creative Learning Program. Pilot schools will be monitored for improvements across areas of literacy, numeracy, attendance, social cohesion, student motivation, and anxiety. With focused resources in workshop delivery, arts activation, events planning, and community engagement, plus an evidence-based argument for creativity’s potential to help communities thrive, Scribblers Festival is a natural evolution of FORM's Creative Learning Program.Want to learn more about Creative Learning?

Contact lamis@form.net.au