GALAs 2015

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at Geelong West Town Hall

For Five. A Gala for five year olds with Julia Donaldson in Geelong.

What’s a fifth birthday celebration without something just perfect for five year olds?

We’ve invited children’s author and entertainer Julia Donaldson, creator of The Gruffalo, to take young readers on a musical and storytelling adventure – along with her many creations, from Zog to Princess Mirror-Belle (the badly behaved reflection of a well-behaved girl).

Though best known for her creations on the page, she has a passion for music and drama. Julia has performed street theatre, and written and directed musicals for children.

This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to meet and be entertained by a favourite children’s author, and to see another side of the acclaimed former UK Children’s Laureate.

Please celebrate our birthday with us … and the little people in your life.

This event is perfect for five year olds, but open to all ages, and suitable for all children who love music, storytelling and the stories of Julia Donaldson.

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Portrait of Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson is the prize-winning author of some of the world’s best-loved children’s books. Her picture books include the modern classic The Gruffalo, which has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. She was the 2011-2013 UK Children’s Laureate.

GALAs 2015

The Wheeler Centre is turning five years old in February. To celebrate our birthday, we’re throwing a series of Galas and inviting everyone to revel in the wonderful world of books, writing and ideas.

In 2008, Melbourne became the second city, after Edinburgh, to be designated a UNESCO City of Literature, an acknowledgement of the breadth, depth and vibrancy of our city’s literary culture. Part of this ambitious State Government initiative was the establishment of the Wheeler Centre, Australia’s first centre dedicated to books, writing and ideas.

We launched on a Saturday night in February 2010 at a packed Melbourne Town Hall, with the inaugural Gala Night of Storytelling. Since then, we’ve hosted more than 200 events each year and welcomed the best local and international talent – both emerging and established – to our stage.

It is this city’s overwhelming appetite for books, writing and ideas that has made the Wheeler Centre a success over the past five years. With this in mind, we are proud to present a series of Galas with something for everyone. Come and celebrate our big fifth birthday with us.


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