Winthrop Primary School students enjoy the The Sound of Picture Books at The Literature Centre

WASO member Melina Forsythe, Yamaha Music Australia keyboard demonstrator Alf Demasi, author Kirli Saunders, Winthrop Primary School students Vidya Lays, Sidnet Flanagan-Hawkes, Elisabeth Tjandra, Matthew Saunder, illustrator Matt Ottley and WASO member Louise Elaerts at The Sound of Picture Books.
WASO member Melina Forsythe, Yamaha Music Australia keyboard demonstrator Alf Demasi, author Kirli Saunders, Winthrop Primary School students Vidya Lays, Sidnet Flanagan-Hawkes, Elisabeth Tjandra, Matthew Saunder, illustrator Matt Ottley and WASO member Louise Elaerts at The Sound of Picture Books.

PICTURE books and music came together to create a unique experience for Winthrop Primary School students at The Literature Centre in Fremantle yesterday.

The Sound of Picture Books is a multi-modal workshop where authors, illustrators and musicians collaborate to create an immersive experience for children and young adults.

The centre has partnered with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) and Yamaha Australia, with 27 schools over two weeks coming through to enjoy the unique experience.

The students listened to a reading of Kirli Saunder’s book The Incredible Freedom Machines, while viewing Matt Ottley’s drawings and listening to the WASO musicians.

Centre director Lesley Reece said the event was an opportunity for the students to find out where the stories behind picture books come from.

“I hope they took away that books are precious things and they got to see a hands-on approach,” she said.

“The Sound of Picture Books came about as a result of a dream that Matt Ottley and I shared to bring together music, art and drama in a way that made books even more dynamic and exciting for children.

“With Matt drawing and composing on the spot, children participate in a truly interactive process and without fail find it enchanting and engaging.”