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We are very excited to announce that due to overwhelming popular demand, the Phil Cummings: Stories behind the books exhibition has now been extended to Sunday 29 September 2019.

A huge success with visitors both young and young-at-heart, the extension of the exhibition gives further opportunity for the public to discover the secrets and stories behind Phil’s approach to the creative process of writing.

The Gallery has been filled with the sounds of delighted children taking part in our Phil Cummings school programs and self-guided experiences. We have welcomed over 1,600 learners into the Gallery during the first three months. Term 3 bookings are now open for the R-7 Stories Behind the Books schools program and self-guided experience for schools.

The exhibition space is for kids to explore and for adults to be kids; a place to think about childhood, whether yours was 5 minutes, 5 years or 50 years ago! Discover first-hand how stories grow from notes and original ideas through many drafts, and the importance of characters, setting, language and plot in good storytelling.

The characters and worlds that Phil has created in his books are brought to life in the exhibition space, including a country chook shed reading space for children. Also recreated is the younger Phil’s lounge room as he watched the history making Moon landing in 1969. Younger visitors can also explore storytelling through the interactive side of the exhibition, including a giant lightbox sand table, writing ideas table and sculpture space.

Open daily in the State Library Gallery, the exhibition is free.