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Monday to Friday (odd weeks in term 2)
10 to 10.45am
11 to 11.45am
12 to 12.45pm
1 to 1.45pm
Up to 30 learners
State Library Gallery
Meeting point

Where possible a State Library volunteer or staff member will meet and greet your group on arrival in the State Library Gallery (access through State Library foyer) and collect your Eventbrite booking ticket.

Free, bookings essential
Supervision ratios
1:5 Years R to 2
1:6 Years 3 to 7

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For any questions regarding the event, please reach out to the Community Learning Team:
Phone: (08) 8207 7239

Learners will gain insight into the writing process and be inspired to create their own literary responses.

This self-managed session will provide an opportunity for learners to be immersed in an interactive exhibition, gaining insight into the creative mind of Phil Cummings and his dynamic process of writing.

Find out about the Phil Cummings exhibition: Stories behind the books.

Learners will:

  • discover what inspires Phil to write stories and how he develops his ideas and language
  • uncover the collaborative nature of writing and publishing and the role of people such as editors, illustrators and publishers, to help bring his stories to life
  • have an opportunity to explore some of the books that span Phil's 30-year writing career, delving deeper into the secrets that contribute to his success as a writer.

This exhibition has been co-designed with primary learners from Peterborough to provide relevant learning experiences that effectively engage all learners. 

Before you visit

  • Read Phil Cummings books.
  • Divide learners into 4 groups with an accompanying adult.
  • Print the attached map and process in A3 colour for each group. 
  • Bring this map and Eventbrite booking ticket(s) with you when you visit.

Have you considered free metro travel for primary school groups?

Adelaide Metro provides FREE travel for primary school groups.

What do the programs cost?

  • All State Library education programs are provided free of charge.
  • All equipment and materials costs are covered by the State Library.

What pre-visit information will we receive?

  • An email will be sent to the booking contact person to be distributed to all the attending teachers and adults. This will include all pre-visit information relevant to the booked program.
  • Some early years or primary programs will also receive a posted invitation addressed to the children.

What happens on arrival?

  • Arrive prior to the start of the program, so that students can eat and access toilet facilities located on the ground floor behind the lift.
  • If the weather is inclement a shelter area is located on the eastern side of the building between the State Library and the Museum’s armoury building.
  • A staff member will meet your group near the main entrance.

What should we bring to an education program?

  • Medication may be carried by the adult supervisor in a backpack.
  • Please arrange name tags for early years and primary students.
  • Devices are provided by the State Library, but we encourage senior secondary students to BYO devices.
  • Students who wish to join the State Library and receive a library card need to do so before visiting the library and request the card to be mailed to them.
  • Students wishing to access photocopying services will need to bring money.
  • Storage is available to accommodate school bags or food/drink crates.

Do you have teacher tips for visiting the State Library for research?

  • Discuss research topics with your students and the types of resources that might be useful.
  • Students may wish to access a Library Guide relevant to research topics.
  • Involve the school librarian in your students' research projects.
  • Allocate sufficient time at the State Library for your research.
  • Some collection items are in storage but you can request an item to be retrieved from storage via the catalogue before your visit. Find out more about the retrieval service.
  • If you are intending to stay to use the resources after your program, you will need to book electronic database computers for your students to use.


What do we need to know?


  • Arrive 15 minutes before your booked time to give an opportunity for toileting and/or recess/lunch.
  • Read the Additional Information provided
  • Leave the space in a tidy condition when you leave, ready for the next group.

September bookings