On the 18th July WestWords will be running poetry workshops at the Way Out West Children’s festival.

The Magic of Words

OK OK, we use words all the time but these workshops are about seeing what words can really do. Juggle, flip, weave, stack and crack words to create poems which will surprise you and everyone else. You can have fun with words and make people laugh too. And if you’re feeling like sharing your poem, there’ll be a chance to perform/ read in public with some great tips from Harry on the best way to get you words out there.

Date                                      Wednesday 18 July

Time                                      10am (6-8yrs), 11.30am(9-11yrs), 1pm (12+)

Age                                        6+

Duration                              60mins

Cost                                       $10

Location                               Artist Studio



Harry Laing is a poet, children’s author and comic performer. His book of poems for 6-12 yr olds Shoctopus, came out in 2015 and he has a new book all ready to go. Harry loves doing writing workshops in schools and performing his poetry for as many people as can fit in. He’s written 8 comedy shows, been on radio and presented at festivals. He lives near Braidwood, NSW where the wombats give him a hard time. Harry loves writing poems about almost anything.


The Way Out West Children’s Festival is the premier interactive festival celebrating young people’s curiosity and imagination, in partnership with some of Australia’s leading artists creating work with, by and for young people.

The 2018 WOW Festival is a four-day event held in one of Australia’s most unique arts centres, the Casula Powerhouse in July. The WOW Festival invites you to dive into the packed program of theatre, interactive installations, dance, music, literature, food, yoga, workshops and FREE family events guaranteed to inspire joy, creativity and curiosity.

The WOW Festival believes that the arts should be FOR children as well as BY children. This year at the WOW Festival, children and young people take over the art centre as they share their stories and ideas about the world they live in.

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