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Literary Festivals

Are you looking for author and illustrator participation in schools, libraries, conferences and festivals?

Creative Net Speakers’ Agency represents over 170 creatives across Australia, including authors and illustrators published by Ford Street Publishing.

Email us at fordstr@internode.on.net in regards to the literary festivals we organise for schools and libraries. It’s cheaper and easier than you might think!


Check out some comments from just some of our clients.

Creative Net has helped me plan my events without delay. Confirmation and tentative dates are booked efficiently with a quick response.

Milena Gates
Librarian, Keilor Downs College, VIC

Creative Net have helped us time and again. We often enquire about four or five speakers before actually making a booking but the staff are nothing but friendly and helpful. The fact they don’t charge booking fees really helps with a tight library budget as well.

Jane Wembridge, Senior Library Programs Office
East Gippsland Shire Council, VIC

Ford Street Publishing represents some of the most popular creative children’s authors working today. Eastern Regional Libraries have run many successful workshops and author events with Ford Street. Their enthusiasm and professionalism has always made our events a great success.

Rowanne Grinstead, Youth Out Reach Librarian
Eastern Regional Libraries, VIC

I was really delighted with our Creative Net partnership to bring about a whole-school writers’ festival at Boroondara Park Primary School. I was able to offer each of our 650 students a wonderful day that involved three different writing workshops with eminent authors as well as a book launch and a chance for students to purchase a book and have it autographed. To be able to do all this myself would have been an organisational nightmare and totally cost-prohibitive. I appreciated the service provided by Creative Net, and the exciting prospect of a show bag for each student with a special festival-specific autograph booklet, was the icing on the cake. The experience left the teachers and children buzzing for months and the feedback from parents was outstanding.

Robyn English, Former Assistant Principal
Boroondara Park Primary School, VIC

This was our second Lit Fest working with Paul Collins (Ford Street Publishing) to engage and excite our students about the world of books. The quality of the 12 authors and illustrators Paul organised for us was amazing – Emily Gale, Cath Crowley, George Ivanoff, Andrew Plant, Mark Wilson, Gabrielle Wang, and more. Our students were thoroughly engaged from the introductions with emcee Meredith Costain, within the workshops they attended and through to the final presentations with all our guests on stage. Both Paul and Meredith were exceptional to work with through the preliminary organising and on the day – offering suggestions, providing booklets and show bags, setting up the ‘pop up’ book shop, and even coming up with a last minute ‘chain story’ to fill in some time at the end! If you are thinking about holding your own ‘Lit Fest’ then I highly recommend going through Ford Street Publishing.

Lynn Swannell, Head of Library
Mount Eliza Secondary College, VIC