22 May 2012
An annual literature festival at the University of the Sunshine Coast is helping inspire children to not only become keen readers, but also budding novelists.
This year’s Voices on the Coast will bring about 4,500 students from across the region, from Kenmore in Brisbane to Nanango, to the campus on 4 and 5 June.
Kelly Dunham, coordinator of the festival presented by Immanuel Lutheran College and USC, said the students from Years 5 to 12 loved the opportunity to meet their favourite authors and learn about storytelling in many formats.
The 2012 line-up of talks and workshops expands to include performers and photographers, an Indigenous graphic novelist and Shakespeare to hip hop.
Popular children’s authors include cartoonist Dave Hackett, crime writer Gabrielle Lord and Justin D’Ath of the Extreme Adventures series coming to TV.
“A lot of students are very interested in the writing and illustrating aspects, not just the reading,” Ms Dunham said.
“I get so many requests from students who say, ‘I’ve written a novel, how do I get it published?’ At Voices they can approach authors, illustrators, poets and industry experts with first-hand knowledge.
“It’s also a great opportunity for young people to become familiar with the Coast’s own University campus as it grows each year, and see what’s on offer, from the technology to the Creative Writing courses.”
Voices on the Coast features public events from 2-6 June at various venues including USC.
Blockbuster author and actor Judy Nunn will speak at the literary breakfast at Maroochy Surf Club on Saturday 2 June.
The Australian Children’s Laureate for 2012-2013, a role shared by Alison Lester and Boori Pryor, will join ambassadors of the Year of Reading at the festival.
For tickets and details contact 5477 3437 or www.immanuel.qld.edu.au/voices.
— Julie Schomberg