Books come alive for children in Balingup

Cecilia AllenManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Mia Vanallen, 14, as Mary, Terry Brett as the King of Hearts, Molly Evans, 5, as Little Red Riding Hood, Sue Holden as the Queen of Hearts, Allegra Green, 7, as Pippi Longstocking, and Glen Griffiths as the Mad Had Hatter entertained hundreds during the grand parade on Saturday during Telling Tales in Balingup.
Camera IconMia Vanallen, 14, as Mary, Terry Brett as the King of Hearts, Molly Evans, 5, as Little Red Riding Hood, Sue Holden as the Queen of Hearts, Allegra Green, 7, as Pippi Longstocking, and Glen Griffiths as the Mad Had Hatter entertained hundreds during the grand parade on Saturday during Telling Tales in Balingup. Credit: Cecilia Allen / Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

The seventh annual Telling Tales drew hundreds of people to Balingup to see much-loved book characters come to life.

Close to 350 children attended the two-day event to participate in storytelling sessions, creative writing workshops, author and illustrator workshops, bookbinding sessions, songwriting, kite making and more.

“It was the best ever Telling Tales,” event co-organiser Helen Christensen said.

“We had people come from as far as Kalgoorlie and Esperance.”

Mrs Christensen said feedback had been positive with the grand parade a popular drawcard featuring characters such as The Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, Peter Pan and Captain Hook.

A host of published WA authors and illustrators, including Norman Jorgenson, Elaine Forrestal, Gabriel Evans, Cristy Burne and Josh Langley presented interactive workshops.

Pictures from the event:

Lilli, 8, Ivy, 4, and Willow Lyon, 6, all of Balingup.
Camera IconLilli, 8, Ivy, 4, and Willow Lyon, 6, all of Balingup.
Evie, 6, and Georgia, 4, Docking, of Perth.
Camera IconEvie, 6, and Georgia, 4, Docking, of Perth.
Brian and Deb Vanallen, of Balingup.
Camera IconBrian and Deb Vanallen, of Balingup.
Hannah Keppler, 11, and Matthew Hutchinson, 13, both of Perth.
Camera IconHannah Keppler, 11, and Matthew Hutchinson, 13, both of Perth.
Bronwyn, Brad, and Charlotte Flintoff, 3, of Busselton.
Camera IconBronwyn, Brad, and Charlotte Flintoff, 3, of Busselton.
Emerson, 3, Marissa, and Talia, 5, Stern, all of Balingup.
Camera IconEmerson, 3, Marissa, and Talia, 5, Stern, all of Balingup.
Judy Hawter, of Balingup.
Camera IconJudy Hawter, of Balingup.
Bronia Slava and John Wheatley, both of Balingup.
Camera IconBronia Slava and John Wheatley, both of Balingup.
Beth Forrester, of Denmark, and Nina Smith, of Newlands.
Camera IconBeth Forrester, of Denmark, and Nina Smith, of Newlands.
Alegra, 4, and Laila Veloso, 7, of Perth/
Camera IconAlegra, 4, and Laila Veloso, 7, of Perth/
Lucy, 3, and Allegra Green, 7, of Perth.
Camera IconLucy, 3, and Allegra Green, 7, of Perth.
Lily Froud, 3, and Ryder Soo, 4, both of Perth.
Camera IconLily Froud, 3, and Ryder Soo, 4, both of Perth.
Rebekah McAullay, 7, of Perth.
Camera IconRebekah McAullay, 7, of Perth.
Jessica Mcaullay, 7, of Perth
Camera IconJessica Mcaullay, 7, of Perth
Jack, 2, and Brooke Hamilton, of Balingup.
Camera IconJack, 2, and Brooke Hamilton, of Balingup.
Tarrshni Guna Rajah, of Malaysia, Kayla Bambridge, 5, of Heathridge, Nadia Adams, of Balingup, and Leanne White, of Nannup.
Camera IconTarrshni Guna Rajah, of Malaysia, Kayla Bambridge, 5, of Heathridge, Nadia Adams, of Balingup, and Leanne White, of Nannup.

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