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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

Bazza the Bush Balladeer

Better known as Bazza the Bush Balladeer, Barry Betts is an iconic figure in the Sunshine Coast region as he performs at festivals, fairs and markets with his heart-felt renditions of Australian bush poetry classics from Henry Lawson, Banjo Paterson, Dorothea Mackellar and more.

Born and bred in the bush, Bazza is a true-blue Aussie who flies the Eureka Stockade flag, loves the Aussie bush, animals and birds and loves his backyard chooks and critters. Bazza’s strong, projecting voice brings life and passion to old bush poetry classics. He loves a joke and a riddle and just loves making adults and children laugh and smile - "putting a smile on their dials". He’s also a dab hand at playing the kazoo!

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