4,500 young book fans poised for Voices festival

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4,500 young book fans poised for Voices festival


2 June 2013

About 4,500 school students from as far as Tin Can Bay, St George and Brisbane will bring their enthusiasm for reading, writing and illustrating to the University of the Sunshine Coast tomorrow, 3 June, and Tuesday 4 June.

Tomorrow, 2,000 students from Years 5-12 will attend talks and workshops by popular, award-winning, visiting and local authors at the annual Voices on the Coast festival, co-presented with Immanuel Lutheran College.

On Tuesday 4 June the USC campus will host even more youngsters, with 2,500 primary school children from Years 5-7 getting involved in the literature festival.

Festival coordinator Kelly Dunham of Immanuel Lutheran College said students would be inspired by visiting young authors who were published as teenagers, presenting alongside much-loved established authors, illustrators and poets including best-seller Nick Earls.

The 2013 festival, which started on Saturday 1 June and finishes on Wednesday 5 June, features events at various Coast locations.

USC also is hosting three sessions for members of the public:

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.

Ms Dunham said a USC Business (Marketing) intern was working with the festival and several USC Creative Writing students were volunteering to gain industry experience.

For bookings and information go to the Voices on the Coast festival website.

Julie Schomberg

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