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  • 2017 Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival

    August 12 and 13 2017, Coolum Beach

  • Ancient Dreaming Tomorrow's Vision

    Ancient Dreaming Tomorrow's Vision

    Signature Artwork For The Festival by Jandamarra Cadd

Robin Wells

Sunshine Coast historian Robin Wells is the author of the definitive book, In the Tracks of a Rainbow: indigenous culture and legends of the Sunshine Coast, illustrated with drawings by David Jones of the Dahungbara Tribe. Robin will be appearing with Lyndon Davis and Dr Ray Kerkhove in a special Dreamtime Stories conversation in the Dreamtime Stories marquee on Saturday, September 10.

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Ruth Bonetti

Ruth Bonetti will be hosting the Sunshine Coast launch of her novel, Burn My Letters: Tyranny to refuge, at our festival’s Smorgasbord of Authors venue on Saturday. Ruth grew up in the arid Queensland outback, intrigued by the strange-accented relatives she met on holidays near Byron Bay. She preferred Mozart to hillbilly music, books to horses. Ruth’s gift for music became a passport to the world. Destiny led her to live in Sweden, directly across the Gulf of Bothnia from her grandfather’s birthplace in Finland, where she researched the story of her ‘black sheep’ great-uncle - the result is her latest book.

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Robert Macklin

Robert Macklin has carved out a unique place among Australia’s literary biographers and historians. Queensland born, he has been a journalist at the highest level, a confidant and biographer of two Australian prime ministers; a documentary filmmaker in 32 countries of Asia and the Pacific; and is also political columnist and commentator in the nation’s capital. Robert has written 27 respected and popular works of fiction and non-fiction. His latest work, Hamilton Hume, tells the story of our unsung Australian explorer Hamilton Hume.

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Samara Welbourne

Now just turned 16, the Sunshine Coast's Samara Welbourne was an author at the age of 12, one of Australia’s youngest social entrepreneurs, a Queensland Culture Champion (Dept Arts) and the 2014 Sunshine Coast Young Citizen of the Year (an award shared with Bindi Irwin). Samara’s book, How To Make Fairy Houses, was published by Boolarong Press in 2013 and became their best-selling children’s book of the year.

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Noel David

Noel David is a first-time, self-published author who hails from a background as a project manager in the building industry in Adelaide. Noel recently moved to the Sunshine Coast to pursue his dream of full-time writing inspired by our beaches and beautiful ocean.

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Partners Sponsors and Supporters

Gold Sponsor - The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.


Qld CoA Stylised 2LS GREEN
This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland


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KC's Fireworks - Gold Sponsor. Established in 1989 in Yandina on the Sunshine Coast, KC’s Fireworks Displays are one of the biggest fireworks companies in Australia boasting awards such as: Best Business (Entertainment) Sunshine Coast Tourism Awards and 3rd place in the Asian World Pyrotechnic Championships in Macau in 2000

Get In Touch

For all festival enquiries please contact our Festival office on 0435 877 617 or email enjoy@sunshinecoastreadersandwritersfestival.com