A new exhibition, Paul Jennings: UNREAL! opened in the weeks before the COVID-19 lockdown at Lovett Gallery at Newcastle Library. It shut during the lockdown but is now open again to the public. If you’re a Paul Jennings fan, don’t miss out.
It’s a fun exhibition of one of Australia’s best loved storytellers who has written 70 books and sold over 10 million books worldwide including the Rascal series, Unreal! and Don’t Look Now.
Named after his 1985 bestseller, this is the first time that the exhibition has been on the road out of his home at the Warrnambool Art Gallery. Fans of Paul Jennings’ books will love this free exhibition. It features sculptures, interpretative panels and various illustrations and book cover posters.
Get up close to the haunted dunny from Round the Twist complete with skeleton and flies.
Look up to see Rascal the dragon, the subject of many of Paul Jennings’ picture books.
There is also the Threefyspray fish from his book The Fisherman and the Theefyspray and a boat that kids can get into and read.
They can also plant some cabbages as inspired by the Cabbage Patch series and hang out in the cute little cubby house.
Grab a seat and watch an episode of Round The Twist based on the book.
Check out the smaller room on the same level as it contains posters of his book covers as well as letters written to the author.
Don’t leave without getting your face on a Paul Jennings Unreal! cover.
Paul Jennings’ books are available in print, audio and e-books from Newcastle Libraries.
The Paul Jennings: UNREAL! Exhibition runs until Saturday 5 December at Lovett Gallery (above Newcastle City Library).
Lovett Gallery is open from 9:30am – 8pm Monday to Thursday and 9:30am to 6pm on Friday and 9:30am – 2pm on Saturday. Closed on Sunday.
COVID Safe Information: Newcastle Libraries is operating a COVID Safe service model, and library branches and exhibition spaces are open and ready to welcome you. Occupancy limits apply and members and visitors are asked to ‘Help Us Help Our Community’ by always maintaining a social distance, regularly sanitising and washing hands and staying home if unwell.
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