Fremantle Press talents set to inspire at inaugural Aboriginal Australian Kids Story Festival
Presented by Paper Bird Children’s Books and Arts in partnership with the City of Fremantle, this free event showcases Aboriginal stories through book displays, writer and illustrator presentations, exhibitions of artwork, oral storytelling, dance, song and film.
Also known as the Woylie Festival, the event will run from Tuesday 27 March until Tuesday 3 April in the Moores Building and courtyard area at 42–46 Henry Street, Fremantle.
The Whadjuk people, on whose traditional land the festival will take place, refer to Fremantle as Walyalup, meaning place of the woylie. The woylie, also known as the brush-tailed bettong, is an endangered small marsupial native to Fremantle. Festival organisers described it as ‘a fitting emblem for connection to country and responsibility for conserving Indigenous languages and stories to be handed down to younger generations’.
The festival is open to all ages, and parents and educators are encouraged to join younger readers and story-lovers in celebrating Fremantle’s Aboriginal stories. Theresa Walley and Kim Scott are both festival patrons.
The full program will be launched on Monday 26 February. Find out more about the event here.