The Primary School Days program is a fantastic opportunity for students to meet their favourite authors and illustrators, discover exciting new voices, have a book autographed, and be inspired by the world of imagination and ideas.



Bestselling children’s author Morris Gleitzman introduces his latest characters and the fascinating, unpredictable, exciting, mysterious, funny, shocking, unique, heartwarming, scary, friendly and dangerous worlds they live in.


Join the UK Children’s Laureate (2015–17) Chris Riddell as he describes his journey to becoming one of England’s most legendary authors and illustrators. Chris reveals the secrets behind writing and illustrating his popular Goth Girl and Ottoline series as well as what it is like to work with renowned authors such as Neil Gaiman. Most importantly, find out why you should draw every day.

11.30AM Lunch Break and Book Signings
With Morris Gleitzman and Chris Riddell

(We recommend students bring their own lunch.)


Award-winning Australian author Katrina Nannestad has a passion for stories with laughter and heart. Katrina reveals the inspiration behind her colourful settings and the quirky characters that inhabit them, and explains why writing a story might be the best fun you ever have.


A.F. Harrold is an English poet and writer who makes people – especially children – laugh. Join him for poems, stories and comedy in this highly interactive and silly session. Expect the unexpected (although if you’re expecting it then it’s no longer unexpected).

2PM Finish and Book Signings  
With Katrina Nannestad and A.F. Harrold

To download a Primary School Days booking form, click here. To download a Primary School Days brochure, click here.

For Schools With a FOEI Score of 120 and Over

Sydney Writers’ Festival is committed to providing as many students as possible the opportunity to experience our School Days program. In 2018, we are thrilled to present two FREE Primary School Days at

Sydney Town Hall, on Friday 4 and Monday 7 May, exclusively for schools with a FOEI score of 120 and over. Download the booking form for schools with a FOEI score of 120 and over, here

Supported by the City of Sydney. 

A.F. Harrold (International)

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A.F. Harrold is an English poet who spends his time showing off on stage, and writing poems and books. He is the author of The Imaginary (illustrated by Emily Gravett), The Song from Somewhere Else (illustrated by Levi Pinfold) and the Fizzlebert Stump and Greta Zargo series.

Morris Gleitzman (Australian)

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Morris Gleitzman is a bestselling Australian children’s author and the Australian Children's Laureate for 2018–19. His books explore serious and sometimes confronting subjects in humorous and unexpected ways. His titles include Two Weeks With The Queen; Grace; Doubting Thomas; Bumface; Give Peas A Chance; Extra Time; Loyal Creatures and the series Once, Then, Now, After and Soon.

Chris Riddell (International)

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Chris Riddell, 2015–2017 UK Children’s Laureate and accomplished artist and cartoonist, has won major book prizes including the 2013 Costa Children’s Book Award for Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse. Other works include collaborations with Paul Stewart on Muddle Earth and the Scavenger series.

Katrina Nannestad (Australian)

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Katrina Nannestad is the award-winning Australian author of The Girl Who Brought Mischief, the Olive of Groves series, the Red Dirt Diaries series and, most recently, The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Rome. In June 2018, she will launch Lottie Perkins, a series for younger readers. Katrina writes books that celebrate family, friendship and belonging.