Published on 23 April 2014
The University of the Sunshine Coast will be the setting for literary inspiration today and tomorrow when about 4,500 school children meet the authors and illustrators behind some of their favourite characters.
The annual Voices on the Coast festival, now in its 19th year, is a partnership between Immanuel Lutheran College and USC that aims to nurture a lifelong love of literature through presentations, workshops and performances.
Primary and secondary students will travel to USC’s Sippy Downs campus from state and private schools across the Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions, south to Brisbane and north to Tin Can Bay.
Festival coordinator Kelly Dunham of Immanuel Lutheran College said best-selling Australian children’s author Morris Gleitzman’s sessions were the first to sell out. His latest book ‘Extra Time’ is about a 14-year-old soccer genius.
Workshops will include Tristan Bancks on telling stories like a filmmaker, Michael Gerard Bauer on getting humour into writing, Louise Cusack on writing for computer games, Dave Hackett on drawing cartoons and crime novelist Dr Leah Giarratano on creating villains.
Ms Dunham said USC students volunteered at the festival, which also gave the visiting children a glimpse of university life and facilities.
The full 2014 Voices festival includes public events for adults and runs until Saturday 26 April at venues ranging from Cooroy Library to Maroochy Surf Club, where ‘Three Crooked Kings’ author and journalist Matthew Condon will present at a literary breakfast.
Queensland Writers Centre workshops for adults will be held at USC on Wednesday 23 April. For festival bookings and costs call 5477 3437 or go to www.voicesonthecoast.com.au.
— Julie Schomberg