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Monday 15 May 2023
9:30am to 4pm, includes breaks
Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building (Ground floor)
Meeting point

Meet at the Space Theatre at Adelaide Festival Centre, and then students will be led to the State Library for the remainder of the sessions.

$10.00 per person

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About the presenter

DreamBIG Children’s Festival in partnership with State Library of South Australia and Wakefield Press

For any questions regarding the event, please reach out to the DreamBIG Children’s Festival:
Phone: 08 8216 8600
State Library Supports

The State Library is proud to support a brand new event for young, aspiring writers, as part of DreamBIG Children’s Festival.

WRITE NOW Festival is an exciting new, one-day event for aspiring writers in secondary schools, giving young people the chance to discover the different pathways for a working writer.

After a keynote address by writer Holden Sheppard (Invisible Boys), participants will enjoy a day of masterclasses and workshops with inspiring authors and writers, tailored to a student's individual interests.

The event will start at the Space Theatre at Adelaide Festival Centre, and then students will be led to the State Library for the rest of the sessions. Recess and lunch will be hosted in the beautiful Mortlock Wing at the State Library, with opportunities for students to purchase books to be signed by the authors presenting at the festival.

Presenters include: 

  • Farrin Foster journalist, writer and film-maker
  • Sally Hardy – award-winning playwright
  • Vanessa Len Melbourne-based author and educational editor
  • Allayne Webster – children’s and YA literature writer and SA Premier’s Reading Challenge Ambassador
  • Margot McGovern – Adelaide-based YA author
  • Andrew Roff – short fiction and non-fiction writer
  • Holden Sheppard –award-winning West Australian author

How do I get to the State Library by public transport?

The 'State Library, Art Gallery, Museum' tram-stop is just outside the State Library. There are bus stops close by near the War Memorial on North Terrace. The closest train station is the Adelaide city station on North Terrace.

You can plan your journey via Adelaide Metro.

Is there car parking near the State Library?

The nearest car park is Wilson's Adelaide Central car park, 225 North Terrace, next to David Jones.

There is paid metered street parking along Kintore Ave and Victoria Drive.

Where is the wheelchair and stroller access?

Access to the Spence Wing first floor and the Mortlock Chamber is via the lift in the glass foyer entrance of the library.

There is on-street disabled parking available in the nearby roads. View more information and maps of Adelaide City Council's Disability parking for permit holders.

How do I check if the Mortlock Chamber is open when I plan to visit?

The Mortlock Chamber may close for private events, check our opening hours for any closure times.

When it is open you can visit the Mortlock Chamber on the ground floor to look at the exhibition bays.  The upper levels of the Mortlock Wing include quiet study areas.

Is there a cafe at the State Library?

Yes, the State Library Cafe is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm and Saturdays from 12 to 4pm.