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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

Gordon G Smith

Gordon G Smith spent most of his life in sales, public transport and Traffic Management. He managed traffic movements through and around major road work sites throughout Queensland. His last project was as Traffic Project Manager on the construction of the Gold Coast Light Rail throughout the City of Gold Coast. After retiring to Queensland's Sunshine Coast in 2014, he took in interest in researching his family and discovered links back to the 1400's - and even a distant link to the Royal Family of United Kingdom.

During Gordon’s research, he discovered he had six relatives who fought in the Great War. He was familiar, with his relatives in World War Two, but knew nothing about the men in his family who had fought in the Great War. This research led him to write his first book - A Family That Went to War. After he published the book, Gordon realised that “this was not enough”, so he settled down and began writing his novel, An Australian Story - The saga of an Australian Family over two centuries. This is a story of Australia's early settlement and of the events that made Australia and the makings of a family. Gordon was amazed that he could write three books in less than 12 months - particularly as only recently he discovered that he had mild dyslexia all his life. His third book, Ministry Communications Unit, is pure fiction based on a fictitious movie company set up by the Government during World War Two. Gordon’s next book is Lady Ruth Bromfield, released this month.

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