Published on 24 May 2013
The University of the Sunshine Coast will be the centre of a reading, writing and celebrity-spotting frenzy for students as young as 10 to adults of all ages at the Voices on the Coast festival, co-presented with Immanuel Lutheran College from 1-5 June.
The annual literature festival will attract about 4,500 students from Years 5 to 12 to the USC campus on Monday 3 June and Tuesday 4 June. They will come from schools as far as Tin Can Bay, St George and Brisbane.
Festival coordinator Kelly Dunham of Immanuel Lutheran College said USC this year would host three sessions for members of the public as well as dozens of sessions for the school students.
“We also have a USC Business (Marketing) intern working with the festival and several USC Creative Writing students volunteering at the event, to gain industry experience,” Ms Dunham said.
She said the school children were sure to be inspired by visiting young authors who were published as teenagers, presenting alongside much-loved established authors, illustrators and poets including best-seller and award-winner Nick Earls.
“It’s always wonderful to see the line-ups of fans excited about meeting the people behind their favourite books,” she said.
Other presenters this year include best-seller Felice Arena, whose latest adventure series is Andy Roid; Steph Bowe, 19, whose novel Girl Saves Boy was published in 2010; Roland Harvey, one of Australia’s renowned illustrators; Sunshine Coast illustrator Susan Buchanan who wrote Dragon Light; and fellow locals Peter Carnavas and Pat Flynn who published My Totally Awesome Story.
Ms Dunham said the festival also was an opportunity for young people to get to know the Coast’s expanding University campus and get a glimpse of courses and facilities on offer.
Public events at USC for Voices will be:
Monday 3 June: Two adult writing workshops facilitated by the Queensland Writers Centre, aimed at older students and adults. ‘Story Re-Mix’ at 10.30am and ‘Journey of the Book’ at noon.
Tuesday 4 June: Guest presentation 'Pitching to Publishers’ at 6.15pm. Authors will share their tips on effective ways to present your manuscript for publication.
The festival will present events at community venues, including a Literary Breakfast on Saturday 1 June at Maroochy Surf Club with Robin De Crespigny, Sydney film-maker and author of The People Smuggler.
For bookings and information go to www.voicesonthecoast.com.au.
— Julie Schomberg