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MWF Families

How to Draw a Dragon

Sat 10 Sep, 12pm

One of the most fascinating and famous legends in Chinese mythology, dragons hold special importance for Australia’s current Children’s Laureate, Gabrielle Wang. The very first book she wrote, The Garden of Empress Cassia, was inspired by a dream she had about the fabled creature, kickstarting a prize-winning career as an author and illustrator. Join Wang for a fun dragon drawing workshop and learn how you can draw your own dreams too.


45 minutes


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The First Scientists

Sun 11 Sep, 3pm
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Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled. Kamilaroi author of The First Scientists Corey Tutt shares the ancient science and incredible feats of innovation achieved by the First Peoples of this land.

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Bestselling author Alice Pung and renowned illustrator Sher Rill Ng discuss bringing to life their deeply moving and gorgeously drawn story Be Careful, Xiao Xin!.