Schools - See The Sound of Picture Books - Parachute and Home & Away

Thank you for your continued support of our innovative performances.

Over 4 days we presented 11 sessions of The Sound of Picture Books to over 17 schools and 1700 students. Wow... what a week!  Our thanks to all of the musicians from WASO and Yamaha, and to the brilliant presenters Matt Ottley and Danny Parker.  Should anyone wish to purchase books or DVD's, please contact us on Ph: 9430 6869 or email

We look forward to the possibility of presenting The Sound of Picture Books again in 2018!


13-16 June, 2017   WORDS   IMAGES   MUSIC!

The Literature Centre, in partnership with WASO and Yamaha, is proud to present 'The Sound of Picture Books' student workshops.

These unique multi-modal workshops are back with a choice of two very different performances.  One, featuring Parachute by Danny Parker and Matt Ottley and the other, Home and Away by John Marsden and Matt Ottley.

Don’t miss this opportunity for your secondary students to participate in this powerful and thought-provoking interpretation of Home and Away or the delightful, fun-packed Parachute for primary age.

All performances will be tailored to the age groups attending and will feature WASO’s superb string quintet, Yamaha’s Alf Demasi, narration by Danny Parker and Matt Ottley’s illustrations shown on a large screen.  Matt will also demonstrate his illustration and music composition techniques.

Choose from the following:

Tuesday 13 June.  Venue: The Literature Centre

Session Times and Suitability:

10.00am - 11.00am  Parachute  Years 1-6

11.30am - 12.30pm  Parachute  Years 1-6

1.00pm - 2.00pm  Home and Away  Years 7-12


Wednesday 14 June.  Venue: The Literature Centre

Session Times and Suitability:

10.00am - 11.00am  Parachute  Years 1-6

11.30am - 12.30pm  Parachute  Years 1-6

1.00pm - 2.00pm  Parachute  Years 1-6


Thursday 15 June

Venue: The Literature Centre.  Session Times and Suitability:

10.00am - 11.00am  Home and Away  Years 7-12

Venue: Churchlands Senior High School

1.15pm - 2.15pm  Home and Away SOLD OUT!


Friday 16 June.  Venue: Perth College, Performing Arts Theatre

Session Times and Suitability:

10.40am - 11.40am Parachute  Years 4-6

12.05pm - 1.05pm  Parachute Years 1-3

2.15pm - 3.15pm  Home and Away  Years 7-12


Cost: $12 per student

Parents/teachers accompanying classes are free.   Other adults $12 each.

Bookings via The Literature Centre: Phone 08 9430 6869 or Email

Please print off our flyer!  Book early to avoid disappointment.

Parachute - By Danny Parker and Matt Ottley. It is the first thing he puts on each morning. It helps him deal with all kinds of tricky situations, such as getting out of bed, sliding off a chair, and riding his bike. But sometimes someone else's trouble can be greater than your own, and this is what Toby discovers one day. This is powerful and fantastical story about a fearful child finding his independence.

Home and Away - By John Marsden and Matt Ottley. Is a compelling and confronting story of one Australian family as they suffer the hardships and terrors of war. The audience will respond to the message, within this remarkable book that each of us wants and deserves a home.

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