Two days, 14 regional schools and endless opportunities. 

Last week, staff packed the Storyfest van and travelled far and wide to Longreach to deliver a series of literary events and workshops to ignite creativity and imagination among children located in rural areas.

The festival consisted of children and adult workshops with some of Australia’s best selling children Authors such as Jacqueline Harvey and Louise Park. These workshops provided opportunities for both children and adults to develop their writing and storytelling skills.

Hannah from Barcaldine State School stated that the Somerset Storyfest sessions provided her with valuable English and story structure skills that she will carry out throughout her schooling years.

Outside of the workshops and author sessions, evening events took place including the Young Writers’ Dinner and the Literary Dinner. The Young Writers’ Dinner took place out on Nogo Station, around a campfire under the stars. The excitement of the children finding out what author they would be grouped with for the evening was contagious. The six groups used their creativity to create a new story, song or poem to share to the group. The evening was full of joy.

Major sponsor, Outback Pioneers, a winner of multiple tourism awards for holidays, accommodation, and experiences in Longreach. Outback Pioneers provided enormous support and made the festival possible. Not only did Storyfest offer opportunities to people in rural areas, but Storyfest also brought the community of Longreach together to embrace the importance of reading and writing. 

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