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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

Trina McLellan

Trina has spent more than three decades working in and with Australia’s news media as a journalist, journalism educator, researcher, corporate communication manager and, early on, as a community broadcaster.

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Ahmad Fuadi

Ahmad is an Indonesian writer, novelist, journalist and social entrepreneur. His debut novel Negeri 5 Menara (The Land of 5 Towers) broke the publisher’s sales record (Gramedia Pustaka Utama) for the last 37 years. Negeri 5 Menara is the first part of the Negeri 5 Menara trilogy,

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Antoine Cassar

Antoine is a Maltese poet whose iconic work, Passport, is embraced by so many on his international tours. He is the founder of the Facebook page Spread Poetry, Not Fear launched in reaction to the 2015 Paris bombings; a translator, cultural organiser and a creative activist for migrants’ rights and universal freedom of movement.

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Tah Riq Amawi

The inspirational Tah Riq was born in Amman, Jordan and now lives in Bali where he runs his SuperHero Factory - a fun indoor gym (parkour) concept for learning how to overcome mental obstacles. Tah Riq started writing poetry at eight, won a national writing competition, mastered the flamenco guitar as a teenager and won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London.  He is a TEDx speaker and in 2014 won the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival’s Poetry Slam championship.

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Janet DeNeefe

Janet DeNeefe: Janet is the Founder and Director of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival and an award-winning author. Janet earned a degree in Arts and Crafts at Burwood State College in Melbourne, before travelling to Bali in 1984 where she established her home, married and raised a family. Her award-winning books are: Bali: The Food of My Island Home which was nominated for Best Asian Cuisine Book of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for “Best in the World” 2012;

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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