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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

Mary Atkins

Mary Atkins is a speaker, author, writer and coach who reckons she ‘retired’ seven years ago. Next year her non-fiction book, Anatomy of a Remarkable Healing, will be published. In 2014, she published her fiction work, Losing You, on Kindle and in 2005 she published Finding Your Voice – Ten Steps to Successful Public Speaking. 

Mary’s career profession was that as a consumer sciences home economist. She is a past president of Food Media Club Australia and past Chair of Judges of Australian Food Media Awards. She also founded a boutique company (Food Factotum) that provided test-kitchen projects, event management, conference and live-show design and management to the food and wine industry in Australia and the US for agricultural associations for more than 30 years. Mary is a Destination and Enrichment Speaker, working through an Australian-based agent for several different cruise lines that cruise Australian/NZ/South Pacific region. She has been a speaking coach for more than 30 years, including hosting weekly hour-long radio shows and enjoying multiple television appearances.

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