Scribblers on the Road

Free Family Fun Day
Saturday 8 June 10 AM – 3PM
JD Hardie Youth and Community Hub

Get ready to read, laugh and yarn with Scribblers on the Road!


See what's on and where to find it!

We have lots of events, workshops and storytelling sessions at JD Hardie Youth and Community Hub – all for free.

It’s a fabulous day of entertainment for the whole family.

You can download the full program of events here.

Hello from scribblers

10:00 - 10:10
justine mcginnis


10:10 - 10:20

My Strange Shrinking Parents

10:30 - 11:00
Zeno Sworder
Join Zeno Sworder to hear the award-winning tale of My Strange Shrinking Parents. Zeno will share the inspiration for this thought-provoking book and a behind-the-scenes look into how he brings words and pictures together to make a story come alive.

Unlocking Your Creative Powers

11:30 - 12:00
Sally Murphy, verity page and Amelia Blanco
Come and hear Sally Murphy, Amelia Blanco and Verity Page chat about what ‘being creative’ means to them and hear their tips on how you can unlock your own creative powers.

Our Stories, Our Way

12:30 - 1:00
Zach Green and bobbi lockyer
Zach Green and Bobbi Lockyer yarn about how they use storytelling to share and celebrate culture through food, fashion and art.

The Scribblers Scramble

1:30 - 2:00
Shane McCarthy and Brenton E McKenna
In this fast-paced game of wit and chance, Shane McCarthy and Brenton E McKenna scramble to turn audience suggestions into stories, complete with matching illustrations. What wacky tales will they whip up? Only one way to find out!

Poetry Rocks!

2:30 - 3:00
Sally Murphy
If you ever thought poetry was boring, hard to understand, or just for adults, think again! Join children’s poet Sally Murphy as she takes you on a wild ride of rhythm and rhyme, sure to convince you that poetry rocks.

Turtle Time

11:00 - 11:30
Kelly Howlett
Kelly Howlett from Care for Hedland joins us to read Turtle Time. Come and hear the story of a Port Hedland turtle who lays her eggs and waits for her hatchlings emerge and join a creative activity to learn about how you can help protect Port Hedland’s flatback sea turtles.

chinese STORYTelling

12:00 - 12:30
Ivy Chen Zhang
Hedland Library officer, Ivy, will delight you with traditional tales from China. You’ll learn fun facts and enjoy a hands-on craft activity too. Story Time welcomes all ages.

Māori STORYtelling

1:00 - 1:30
Relax in the shade and listen to Māori storyteller and Hedland resident Jazz create wonderful worlds from words! Story Time welcomes all ages.

filipino Storytelling

2:00 - 2:30
Rogelio and Letcha Solo
Join us in the shade for tall tales, adventures, art and craft with storytellers from Port Hedland Libraries and the Hedland community! Story Time welcomes all ages.

Up, Up and Away!

12:00 - 12:30
Layne Dhu-Dickie, Brenton E McKenna and Shane McCarthy
Banjiyma cartoonist, Spinifex Hill Studio artist and filmmaker Layne Dhu-Dickie yarns all things comics and superheroes with Yawuru graphic novelist Brenton E McKenna and DC and Marvel writer Shane McCarthy.

Weaving Magic

1:00 - 1:30
Sophia Alone
Spinifex Hill artist Sophia Alone demonstrates the beauty, techniques and personal stories entwined in the art of weaving.


10:00 - 3:00
Be entertained by some of Hedland’s most exciting young performers as our day-long line-up of youth buskers takes to the stage.

Community BBQ

12:00 - 1:00
Sausages and burgers from Outback Beef! Fuel your storytelling adventures and join us for a free BBQ.


10:00 - 3:00
Rock up, grab a free raffle ticket and win a prize! We have exciting giveaways like signed books, gift cards and merch to win. Prizes drawn at every main stage session, so make sure you stick around for a while.

Fantastic Fashion:
Art You Can Wear!

10:00 - 3:00
Renae Coles
How cool would it be to be able to wear something you created? Head over to the craft area to design and decorate a cap that you can then take home and wear, facilitated by local artist Renae Coles.

Hedland – Our Heart, Our Home

10:00 - 3:00
activate south hedland
Make your mark on this exciting community artwork!

Kids and grown-ups are invited to create miniature artworks that express their personal connection to Hedland. Every piece will be incorporated by local artist Amelia Blanco into an original work of art which to be proudly displayed at JD Hardie Youth and Community Hub for residents and visitors to enjoy for years to come.

Micro Picture Books

12:00 - 1:00
Zeno Sworder
Join award-winning picture book author and illustrator Zeno Sworder to learn how to make mini books! Zeno will lead you through the process of building your story and characters through words and illustrations, providing oodles of tips, advice and fun along the way.

Self-Portrait Photography

1:30 - 2:30
Amelia Blanco
Using everyday items and creative composition tricks, artist and photographer Amelia Blanco will show you how to create your own original self-portrait photograph that tells a story about who you are. After planning your portrait and experimenting with different props and techniques, you'll get to snap a stylish Polaroid photo to take home with you.
For Ages 12+
*It is recommended that participants bring a phone or other device with a camera but don’t worry if you can’t – we will have a small supply of equipment to share.
*Please note programming is subject to change.

Event Map


Renowned Australian artists will converge on Port Hedland as part of a new major music and arts event encompassing six days of entertainment. The Town of Port Hedland is proud to launch Odyssea Hedland Music and Arts Journey, bringing Australia’s most prolific artists and national treasures to the Civic Centre Gardens from Friday 18 - Sunday 27 August 2023.

For more info & tickets visit 

Creative Stars

Brenton E McKenna

Brenton E McKenna, locally known by his middle name, “Eszra”, is a respected Yawuru artist based out of Broome, WA, who found a passion for comic books in his youth, a passion which ultimately led him to become one of the world’s most coveted First Nations graphic novelists.

Sally Murphy

Sally Murphy, OAM, is a beach-walking, animal-loving life-loving author of verse novels, poetry and historical fiction. She loves reading and writing, and talking about reading and writing and, when she isn’t doing those things, can be found living in the southwest with her dog and cat, spending time with her large family, or working at Curtin University.

Shane McCarthy

Shane McCarthy is a freelance writer who has been writing comics for over 20 years (during which he was also an international dance instructor, choreographer and performer). His work, including Detective Comics (starring Batman), Batman Legends of the Dark Knight, Star Wars, Deadpool Team Up and Transformers: All Hail Megatron, has been published internationally by DC Comics, Marvel Comics and more.

Zeno Sworder

Zeno Sworder is an award-winning writer and illustrator. He was born into a mixed (Chinese and English) multicultural family in Australia and has worked as a window washer, a journalist, an English language teacher, a volunteer for Lifeline, a consular officer and a tribunal advocate for migrants and refugees. But he has always felt most himself sitting at a table drawing pictures and making up stories.

Sophia Alone

Sophia is a proud Ngarla woman and an incredible portrait painter, recently winning the State’s top portraiture prize for her work. She was born in Hedland in 1985, her ancestors are Makanykarra, and her family is from the De Grey area 80km north-east of Hedland. Sophia took up painting at Spinifex Hill Studio in 2020.

Artist Profile

Layne Dhu-Dickie

What would we do without superhero Captain Hedland, who defends the town from the evil of Crave, The Fisherman and The Bush Mechanic? The Captain Hedland comic book series is the creation of Banjiyima artist Layne, who was born in Hedland and is a Studio Assistant at Spinifex Hill Studio as well as one of its youngest artists.

Artist Profile

Kelly Howlett

Kelly is an active and passionate environmental scientist who founded and chairs the Cre for Port Hedland Environmental Association. Without her work it is commonly thought that there would be no flatback turtles still nesting in Port Hedland today.

Amelia Blanco

Amelia Blanco is a multidisciplinary artist, photographer and content creator. She looks to understand the heart of every story rather than watching from the sidelines. Amelia aims to capture stories with authenticity and an eye for detail.


Zach Green

Zach Green, aka The Storyteller Chef, is a proud Gunditjmara and Palawa chef and entrepreneur. As co-founder of Iluka’s Hospitality – the innovative Indigenous-owned brand behind Little Starfish Café, West End Seafood Shack and the all-new Iluka’s Kitchen – Zach is passionate about combining traditional and contemporary ingredients to celebrate and share the stories of the land and its people.

Verity Page

Verity is an artist living in and working on Kariyarra country in Port Hedland. She has been creating art from a young age, making countless scrapbooks brimming with drawings and watercolours. Verity is currently exploring portraiture in her practice and enjoys abstracting physical features with colour and values to create a distinctive likeness of the subject.

Ivy Chen Zhang

Ivy works as a Library Officer for the Town of Port Hedland, where she actively promotes early literacy in the community. With a Chinese cultural background, she is also passionate about celebrating and raising awareness of cultural diversity.

Bobbi Lockyer

A proud Kariyarra, Nyul Nyul, Ngarluma, and Yawuru woman, Bobbi is a multi-talented dynamo. She's an award-winning artist, fashion designer and photographer whose work has been featured in Vogue magazine and the Paris Fashion Week runway. In her creative projects and as co-owner of Iluka’s Hospitality, Bobbi’s work infuses colour, creativity and advocacy rooted in her deep love for her community and Country.

Letcha Solo

Born in the Philippines, Letcha moved to Hedland in 2009.nBetween working and raising her five children, Letcha is often the first to put her hand up to help with community events. She’s been part of Clean Up Australia Day, the SAFE Hedland Car Wash Day, Town Ambassador, and the Spot Adopt Clean, which sees the Care for Hedland group clean up different spaces throughout the Town of Port Hedland.

Rogelio Solo

Rogelio Solo has a background in mechanical engineering who also has passion for arts in photography, drawing, music and exploring videography. He is also a content creator building his pages in his free time one of them is Fun Learning and Discovery in social media, loves gardening, teaches his kids with their academics and cooking delicious food for his family of 5 kids.

Jasmine Huriwai-Kahuroa

Jazz is a proud resident of Hedland of Maori descent (Ngati Porou, Ngati Kahununu tribe). Deeply connected to her cultural roots through the teachings of her rangatira (Elders) and the stories passed down through generations. Jazz shares these stories to preserve cultural heritage and pass on the wisdom and knowledge of her ancestors.

Leslie Rigot

Leslie is a creative and arts manager based in Port Hedland. With roots originating from the South of France, the French West Indies and Senegal, Leslie grew up with a rich tapestry of cultural heritage. Leslie loves nurturing artistic talents and fostering vibrant cultural experiences.

Zeno Sworder

Zeno Sworder is an award-winning writer and illustrator. He was born into a mixed (Chinese and English) multicultural family in Australia and has worked as a window washer, a journalist, an English language teacher, a volunteer for Lifeline, a consular officer and a tribunal advocate for migrants and refugees. But he has always felt most himself sitting at a table drawing pictures and making up stories.

Workshops for Adults

Do you have a story to tell?

Whether you dream of writing stories and poems, illustrating picture books or drawing comics these workshops are for you.

Two of our Scribblers creatives, one illustrator and one author, will share their tips and tricks in this hands-on workshop for adults. You’ll also have time to ask for feedback on your ideas or work from the creatives and from your peers.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience and forms of storytelling. Whether you have a full draft or just the spark of an idea, we’d love for you to join us!

Applications are now open for community members who would like to be part of this exciting event.

We’re heading to the Pilbara for the second year to share an amazing day full of free entertainment, workshops, storytelling, art & craft, prizes and a community BBQ.
It’s a great day out for the whole family.  See you there!
We are looking for:  
- Organisations to host community art and craft stalls -
- Volunteers -
- Youth Buskers (aged 13-25) - $100 Performing fee + Busking Tips

For all opportunities, click the link below to apply and answer some short questions about yourself.
We’ll get in touch to let you know the outcome of your application.
Applications close 5PM Wednesday 21 May 2024.
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