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.
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.
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.
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.