8th May – 9th May


After last year’s pandemic imposed hiatus, Scribblers announces the return of their physical festival by launching a massive weekend of fun for the whole family.

Scribblers Festival is FORM’s popular annual festival of literature and arts for young people, which celebrates the magic of storytelling and the powerful role creativity plays in shaping the world around and within us.

The 2021 Scribblers Festival Family Program features a suite of 26 Western Australian creatives and interstate talent that includes but is not limited to writers, illustrators, graphic novelists, musicians and slam poets. On Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 May, 2021, art and literary superstars such as Nanny Piggins creator R.A. Spratt, beloved illustrator Anna Walker, bestselling writer of the Nevermoor series Jessica Townsend, Young Adult favourites Amie Kaufman and Will Kostakis, and WA Australian of the Year Helen Milroy will take over the Festival’s new home at Subiaco Arts Centre for a weekend bursting with story battles, LEGO Masters, Book Doctors, Teen Podcasters and Creative Workshops.

Festival Director Katherine Dorrington said, “I’m thrilled to be able to share this year’s Scribblers Family program, which in context of the year that was 2020 and ongoing events happening around the world, we feel so fortunate to be able to share with young people in Western Australia. Scribblers not only continues to celebrate young people and the magic of books and reading, but also Western Australia’s creative sector, reflected in our west-coast heavy lineup of authors, illustrators and artists we are collaborating with.”

“There is nothing more powerful than finding your voice; and we encourage young people to discover theirs in all sorts of ways: poetically, visually, via narrative, out loud or on a page. Given the climate we currently live in and the uncertain future the next generation will inherit, this is even more important now than ever,” Ms. Dorrington added.

Aside from offering a whole weekend of free and ticketed family-friendly activities, festival-goers will also have the chance to spoil mum and grandma with special treats at Scribblers’ Mother’s Day Pop-Up events on Sunday, 9 May.

From the Conversation Caravan, junior podcasters will navigate the airwaves and interview the Festival’s star authors and illustrators.

Festival favourite, the Golden Feather Hunt, has launched with over 15,000 feather bookmarks hidden within the pages of books in 130 libraries statewide. This year there is a single rare Sapphire Feather awaiting discovery in each library, plus five Golden, 20 Silver and thousands of ‘colour-in’ feathers to be found across Western Australia – all for the chance to win special prizes.