Teachers' Lounge

Welcome to the Scribblers 2019 Teachers’ Lounge. This is a dedicated online space created for teachers and educators which focuses on the talented authors who participated in Scribblers Festival from 8-12 May 2019, in Perth.

We invite you to discover more about their work, their passion for writing, the themes and content of their books and what inspires them to share their words. You will also find curriculum linked resources and fun classroom activities to explore with your students that can be used at any time. We also invite you to visit our Watch & Listen page where you can view recorded sessions from this year's Festival and listen in to our podcast series, which features teen podcasters quizzing star authors such as Andy Griffiths, Matt Stanton, Megan MacDonald and Kate & Jol Temple. A perfect way to introduce your students to the authors behind their favourite books.

We’d love to hear about any Scribblers projects that you might be planning for your own school library or classroom. In 2018, there were Scribblers themed assemblies, feather hunts and post-excursion projects connected with the festival. Please keep us in the loop and share all the fantastic creativity that Scribblers sparks at your school. Link to hello@scribblersfestival.com.au #scribblersfest @scribblersfest

2019 teacher RESOURCES

PP-Year 3

Year 3-5

Year 5-6

Secondary Years


Who is attending Scribblers 2019? –

Scribblers Festival is a gathering of international and Australian authors, illustrators and presenters who are all passionate about sharing their creativity and knowledge with children and teenagers. For a full listing of our guest authors, please visit Authors & Illustrators page.

What is it all about?

Scribblers is a festival of literature & arts created especially for children and young people. In an increasingly hectic and tech-driven world, Scribblers is dedicated to providing a platform for creative learning for students and their educators. Scribblers aims to inject joy & fun into literacy with an exciting program of events. Audiences can meet their favourite authors and discover new ones.

Where does it take place?

Our Schools Program takes place at Scotch College, and The Goods Shed in Claremont, Perth, Western Australia. Our Family Program takes place at The Goods Shed in Claremont.

When does all the fun happen?

The Festival takes place from 8-12 May, 2019 allowing teachers to plan their Term 1 & 2 literacy curriculum program around the events.

How can I get my students involved?

• Plan a class excursion: Schools events from 8-10 May in Claremont W.A. Full event details are in the Schools Program.

• Introduce Scribblers authors to your class by reading excerpts or researching their work.

• Incorporate Scribblers podcasts / blogs / author interviews into lessons.

• Discuss and debate important themes by focussing on the work of our amazing Young Adult writers.

Encourage your students to share their writing talents by entering The Golden Pen Award - open to all West Australian high school students.

We are a regional West Australian school – how can we take part?

Regional libraries are invited to take part in our Statewide Golden Feather Hunt. Check to see if your local library has registered and plan a class excursion so your students can hunt for feathers! There are great prizes to be won, including travel and accommodation for lucky golden feather finders from regional areas.

Why is attending the Scribblers Festival worthwhile?

The Scribblers Schools program has many benefits. Here are just a few:

• Celebrate the art of storytelling and spark a joy of reading in young children.

• Encourage older children to persist with their reading and to consider books over social media and gaming. Regular reading promotes empathy and deepens knowledge by introducing students to inspirational characters and important social issues.

• A Scribblers’ school excursion is a memorable experience for children of all ages and backgrounds.

• Good pedagogy: encourage better classroom engagement. Students can relate to their reading material more readily if they meet the author/illustrator in person. Strong literacy skills are central to the educational curriculum. Introducing students to creative professionals who have successful careers as authors and illustrators, is a wonderful way to inspire your students to focus on literacy.

• Fun and rewarding day out! Give students the chance to meet their favourite authors and have a ‘happy fan’ moment!

What is the Scribblers Family Weekend?

Celebrate the joy of reading, illustrating and scribbling over a jam-packed weekend of free events and fun activities at The Goods Shed, Claremont, on Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 of May 2019.  

Children, their parents, grandparents and friends are invited to meet the authors of their most treasured books, discover some new favourites, hear from special creative guests and connect through storytelling. Please share information about the Scribblers Family Weekend in your school’s community newsletter and social media. We hope your students share the fun and excitement of Scribblers with their families to further the impact of their school excursion.

Feedback Request

In the hustle and bustle of festivals and excursions it can be hard to capture comments and feedback from our audiences. We really appreciate your input so please pass on your thoughts.

Below is one of our favourite comments from 2018.

“My most memorable moment was watching a shy, rather reclusive student come alive before my very eyes as she watched and then listened and then even verbally engaged with her peers about the ‘magic’ that Chris Riddell performed in front of her. She has a troubled past of self-harm and extreme anxiety and is often seen just in her corner with her earphones in her ears. She just loved the experience so much. SHE WAS ALIVE!! She had things to tell me, she was inspired!! She told me she knows now what she wants to do when she leaves school – illustrate for authors. It was like a lightbulb being switched on. Her face was radiant and smiling. I couldn’t help looking for her in the crowd because it was such a different look for her. I was so pleased to see her switched on.”

(Secondary English Teacher, Scribblers 2018)