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Community invited to this year’s Once Upon a Festival: 3 & 4 November

We are delighted our event ‘Once Upon a Festival’ is back for its second year, a literary festival for South Australian school students

This year with reduced COVID restrictions, we will enjoy Australia’s leading authors and illustrators for school-aged young people face-to-face on campus.

And we are excited to involve the whole community to enjoy the festivities with a Community Gala on campus on Thursday 3 November

Once Upon a Festival is 3 – 4 November 2022 at Immanuel College featuring over 20 presenters and 100+ different workshops, talks and performances.

Once Upon a Festival is unique in South Australia and attracts schools from across the state with some of Australia’s finest established and emerging writers and artists in two days of live & virtual workshops and book talks.

Once Upon a Festival is targeted at school students from Years 3 –11 and aims to empower and engage young readers.

This is an Immanuel College event, in partnership with Immanuel Primary School, City of West Torrens & QBD Books.

Our vision for Once Upon a Festival is to generate a lifelong love of literature by providing an affordable educational festival for young people in South Australia.


Community Gala – Thursday 3 November 530pm – 830pm, The Pavillion Senior School Lawn

This free community event is for the whole family and will be a night of festivities with a fairground atmosphere to celebrate the written word and the wonders it brings to both young and old.

Activities for all ages, live music & entertainment, food trucks, street performers, meet the authors, bookshop, book signings and so much more. More details to come. Its free but bookings are essential at

ImPress Writing Competition

Enter our ImPress Writing Competition for a chance to win some great prizes! Get your entries in by 18 October! The ImPress Writing Competition Entry Form and Terms and Conditions can be found here.

The Great Book Swap

The team at Once Upon a Festival are excited to be part of The Great Book Swap; a fantastic way to celebrate reading locally while raising funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. During the Festival, students can select a favourite book in exchange for a gold coin donation. But we need Book Donations! Please consider donating your pre-loved books to the Great Book Swap – books can be dropped off to the Immanuel College Library on weekdays during term between 8:30am – 4:30pm or contact if you have books to donate!

Schools Program Highlights

The line-up features outstanding local authors and illustrators on campus – for many students, arrangements have been made for them to participate in some of the exciting and engaging Festival talks and workshops through their school during lesson time.

The program features many well-known names, here’s just a sample:


See for the full program

We look forward to receiving your support and participation in 2022 Once Upon a Festival – there’s something for everyone this year.

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