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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

Annah Faulkner

The award-winning author was born in Melbourne and grew up in New Guinea. Her years there during the 1950s and 1960s provide the background for her first novel, The Beloved. Annah started writing when she was 14, with bursts of poetry and short stories.

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Julie Hyndman

Julie is an award-winning poet based at Ninderry, on the Sunshine Coast. Her poem A Place won first prize in the Australian Writers (Queensland) 2011 Annual Poetry Competition. 

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Andrea Kirwin

Andrea is a singer-songwriter from the Sunshine Coast with Australian Fijian roots. Andrea weaves melodies and storytelling together to create a rich tapestry, much like the way her Fijian grandmother used to weave pandanus mats in the village.

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Julie Chizzoni

Artist and graphic artist Julie paints the beaches that she loves. She hand paints original, vibrant, acrylic beach culture on canvas. Julie has a history of graphic design, layout and advertising amongst other creative business ventures. Painting has always been Julie's passion

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Barbara Brewster

This spirited 71 year-old’s inspirational books embody a wealth of experience with challenge, change and comedy. As a young woman, Barbara Brewster hitchhiked across continents, hostessed a restaurant in Afghanistan, and at 22 immigrated, solo, from the USA to Australia. Her 1991 book, Down Under All Over, written with “a lover’s indulgence and passion”, has attracted salvos from such Aussie icons as John Williamson, Eric Bogle and Barbara’s gas-fitter. 

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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


KCs Fireworks Logo
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