2 September 2015 - 3:54pm

Out of the gate and off for a walk went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy...all the way to the 2015 AWESOME Festival!

We've been bursting at the seams to reveal this very exciting news! Dame Lynley Dodd, acclaimed children's author and creator of the very much loved Hairy Maclary and Friends series will be part of the 2015 AWESOME Festival!

In partnership with the State Library of Western Australia, AWESOME brings you an amazing exhibition of artworks and artifacts from the world renowned creator of much loved characters including Schnitzel von Krumm with a very low tum, Bottomley Potts all covered in spots, and everyone's favourite Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy.

With curated tours of the exhibition and a special Q&A session with Dame Lynley Dodd, fans young and old will not want to miss out on this opportunity!

Head to awesomearts.com/festival for more information and to book tickets!


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