Coming up in May at the Goods Shed, just north of Claremont station, is the Scribblers Festival for kids and families. Celebrating both literature and art, the festival will have lots of activities for young people. A vintage caravan is already in place, its windows decorated with a book theme, and ready to act as a studio for podcasts of interviews with authors.
Not far from the Henry Kendall memorial in the Sydney Botanic Gardens, is a memorial to another famous bush poet, Henry Lawson. We mentioned this statue in a previous blog post.
There is another statue of Henry Lawson in a park in Gulgong, NSW. It’s a bit out of the way on the western side of the town and easy to miss.
Gulgong’s Henry Lawson Festival will be on the first weekend in June, featuring a Grand Parade, vintage displays, literary awards, poets morning tea, pavement art and food fair and wine tasting.
A Mary Poppins Festival is held annually in Maryborough, this year on 5 July. Activities include many Mary Poppins themed events, such as nanny races, a chimney sweep challenge, costume parade, kite flying, puppet shows, street theatre and sidewalk art.
Rochester celebrates its Dickensian heritage, by holding two Dickens Festivals a year. The next festival is on 6 to 7 December, 2014 and has a Christmas flavour.
Rochester also has an annual Literary Festival, this year being held from 25 September to 5 October, with theatre, talks, guided walks and poetry readings.