Creative Net is not only unique in that it doesn’t charge a booking fee, but we also organise festivals in schools and PD conferences for librarians and teachers. We run the highly successful Keeping Books Alive and An Evening With…

Check out some comments from just some of our clients.

Creative Net has helped me plan my events without delay. Confirmation and tentative dates are booked efficiently with a quick response.

Milena GatesMilena GatesLibrarian - Keilor Downs College, VIC

Tucker Road Bentleigh Primary School has had the great pleasure of hosting two Ford Street Literary Festivals and is looking forward to holding many more in the future.
We have been associated with Creative Net for a number of years now. It is a hassle free way of booking a workshop. All you need do is choose a presenter, click on the contact link and type in the date and time of your booking. All queries are answered promptly and Creative Net doesn’t charge a booking fee, which is a bonus for the school!

Robyn DonoghueLibrarian - Tucker Road Bentleigh Primary School, VIC

Many thanks for your professional and personal service. The Hume Writers Festival was a huge success mainly because of the combined efforts of your team. Wonderful authors were secured as promised. The organised schedule guaranteed all 200 students experienced quality time with each other, including time for a chat and book purchases. The teachers were very impressed with how smoothly the event went, and the students appreciated the enthusiasm shown by the all authors.
Again thanks, and rest assured, I will recommend you to all with raving support.

Josie MitziLibrary Technician – Children’s - Craigieburn Library, VIC

Creative Net is easy to use and provides fabulous outcomes. Communication from the manager Paul is clear and swift and there’s no booking fee!
Highly recommend this website.

Jenni MastersChildren’s & Youth Services Library Coordinator - Bayside City Council, VIC

Creative Net have helped us time and again. We often enquire about four or five speakers before actually making a booking but the staff are nothing but friendly and helpful. The fact they don’t charge booking fees really helps with a tight library budget as well.

Jane WembridgeSenior Library Programs Office - East Gippsland Shire Council, VIC

Ford Street Publishing represents some of the most popular creative children's authors working today. Eastern Regional Libraries have run many successful workshops and author events with Ford Street. Their enthusiasm and professionalism has always made our events a great success.

Rowanne GrinsteadYouth Out Reach Librarian - Eastern Regional Libraries, VIC

I was really delighted with our Creative Net partnership to bring about a whole-school writers’ festival at Boroondara Park Primary School. I was able to offer each of our 650 students a wonderful day that involved three different writing workshops with eminent authors as well as a book launch and a chance for students to purchase a book and have it autographed. To be able to do all this myself would have been an organisational nightmare and totally cost-prohibitive. I appreciated the service provided by Creative Net, and the exciting prospect of a show bag for each student with a special festival-specific autograph booklet, was the icing on the cake. The experience left the teachers and children buzzing for months and the feedback from parents was outstanding.

Robyn EnglishFormer Assistant Principal - Boroondara Park Primary School, VIC

We, at Monbulk College, highly recommend Creative Net Speakers from Ford Street Publishing. We were thrilled with the enthusiasm and energy from Paul Collins and the team at Ford Street Publishing resulting in a highly successful Literary Festival. The Festival was introduced by Isobelle Carmody who also launched the new anthology, Rich and Rare.
Ten authors (Paul Collins, George Ivanoff, Kevin Burgemeestre, Archimede Fusillo, Bernadette Kelly, Lucy Wise, Andrew Plant, Judith Rossell, Meredith Costain and Scot Gardner) led our fascinated students, carrying their show bags of free goodies, to three workshops. The activities and authors satisfied the diverse interests of all students.
The success of the Literary Festival was beyond expectations in every respect. Paul Collins is so easy to work with, providing assistance all the way. We are looking forward to Comic/Manga/Kamishibai Storyteller/Performer, Bernard Caleo’s visit and to more awesome literary festivals in the coming years.

Susan BeasleyTeacher Librarian and English Teacher - Monbulk College, VIC

I recently contacted Creative Net to book some authors for Book Week this year. Paul answered my questions straight away and followed up any queries promptly. I would definitely recommend working with Creative Net and will use them again in the future.

Debbie FullerLibrarian - Flagstaff Hill R-7 School, SA

Over the past few years, Paul and his team have coordinated one day festivals for our school. Each time, Paul has managed the impossible, gathering a group of amazing authors and illustrators to stimulate and inspire our students. From a school perspective, Paul’s creativity and bright personality makes the organisational process of hosting a festival a breeze.

Jocelyn PrideScotch College Junior School, Hawthorn, VIC

Greater Dandenong Library has no hesitancy in recommending Creative Net. We have found them to be professional, helpful and very well organised. Paul Collins' high calibre of character and literary expertise sets him well above others. It was with pleasure collaborating with Creative Net on the Keeping Books Alive Conference in 2014.

Fran McKechnieLibrary Program and Outreach Support Officer - Dandenong Library, VIC

This was our second Lit Fest working with Paul Collins (Ford Street Publishing) to engage and excite our students about the world of books. The quality of the 12 authors and illustrators Paul organised for us was amazing – Emily Gale, Cath Crowley, George Ivanoff, Andrew Plant, Mark Wilson, Gabrielle Wang, and more. Our students were thoroughly engaged from the introductions with emcee Meredith Costain, within the workshops they attended and through to the final presentations with all our guests on stage. Both Paul and Meredith were exceptional to work with through the preliminary organising and on the day – offering suggestions, providing booklets and show bags, setting up the ‘pop up’ book shop, and even coming up with a last minute ‘chain story’ to fill in some time at the end! If you are thinking about holding your own ‘Lit Fest’ then I highly recommend going through Ford Street Publishing.

Lynn SwannellHead of Library - Mount Eliza Secondary College

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