Barry Charles is a seasoned and respected singer-songwriter. He offers up some powerful and jaw dropping vocals, mixed in with harmonica and a punchy percussive style of guitar playing. His captivating performances encompass deep grooves, digging into the soul and message of a song and leaving that original number or a selective cover he's just played with you, with his own interpretation and mesmerising energy.
Torres Strait Islander Alister Bartholomew grew up in Brisbane, where there is a strong TSI community attached to the Anglican Church, and attended Kelvin Grove State High School. His mother was born on Saibai Island in the Torres Strait. Alister is a Learning Skills Mentor with Indigenous Services at the University of the Sunshine Coast and is passionate about strengthening partnerships between educational institutions and the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
Hugh O’Brien has twice won both the Noosa National One Act Playwriting Competition and the Dogwood National Playwriting Competition. He has had 14 plays produced, nine of which are published by Maverick Musicals and Plays. His one-act comedies have been staged throughout Australia as well as in New Zealand and the UK and have proved very popular on the festival circuit. His most recent play is Western Downs Western Front, a modern day story about the ghost of a First War soldier helping a Gen-Y girl sort out her troubled life. Hugh wrote the screenplay for the thriller feature film The Pact (2002) which starred Sigrid Thornton and Essie Davis. He has worked as a radio announcer, football commentator, news editor, advertising creative director, government media advisor and political speechwriter.
Leigh Warneminde has been involved in the Coolum and North Shore Coast Care as a volunteer since its inception in 1998, and as President for many of the following 18 years. She continues to undertake an array of practical activities to preserve and protect the area with like-minded people. Leigh was born in Brisbane, moving to Coolum in 1985 to pursue her nursing and midwifery career. Her interest in the environment was fostered at an early age, having grown up exploring and enjoying South East Queensland’s many natural surroundings, but her passion for native coastal flora and fauna was unleashed when she moved to Yaroomba with her family in the 1990s.
James B. Clifton
James B. Clifton was born in Derby, Australia and now lives at Golden Beach. He has lived in the United Kingdom and Papua New Guinea and worked as a psychiatric nurse, photographer, labourer, hotelier, trainer, acupuncturist, natural therapist, and director of human resources for an international hotel chain. James earned a degree in Communications, Journalism, and Creative Writing in 2013. His latest novel, My Brother Gun, is an action adventure tale about two brothers growing up amid 1950s Australia who create a bond with Aboriginals while on a journey of self-discovery enhanced by tribal folklore and magic.
Professor Ian Lowe
Professor Ian Lowe AO is an outstanding Mudjimba-based writer, academic and environmentalist. Apart from the following, he is also Queensland’s fastest Over 60s cricket bowler and a member of the Noosa Chorale. Prof Lowe is emeritus professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University in Brisbane, as well as being an adjunct professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast University and Flinders University.
Casey Ardron has been writing for over 25 years – and this year celebrates the launch of his first published full-length work – the young-adolescent book, Xavier Wintersbee and the Book of Virtues. It is a story that had its beginnings in the imagination of young author in the making – around 37 years ago.
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.
Jan Latta is a Sydney-based author, wildlife photographer and publisher of 15 True to Life books. To create her many beautiful books and videos she follows animals in their natural habitats to tell their story in both photographs and words. She is the “voice’ of endangered animals to help their survival.
The music of American-born songwriter Jay Bishoff features impacting lyrics that connect deeply with audiences, combined with diverse guitar styles and smart arrangements. Jay’s eclectic sound is coloured by rock, folk, blues & roots, funky rhythms and world music influences. His songs often tell stories – of travel, love and loss, and heart-fueled dreams.
Craig Macintyre is the president of the Sunshine Coast branch of Surfriders Foundation Australia. The Sunshine Coast branch looks after an extensive stretch of pristine coastline from Caloundra to Noosa and on to Double Island Point. The foundation's Sunny Coast branch is a group of active volunteers dedicated to the protection and enhancement of local waves and beaches. Craig, a keen surfer, has been a volunteer with the group since 2008.
Cam is a long-time Sunshine Coast resident and radio broadcaster who has worked throughout Queensand in his distinguished career including radio stations at Mt Isa, Townsville, Rockhampton and Toowoomba. He is currently the Drive Time presenter for 104.9 Sunshine FM. He first worked on the Sunshine Coast with Radio 4SS Nambour as a broadcaster and music director from 1985 to 1989. He spent 18 years as a current affairs broadcaster with ABC Coast FM, having started with the then brand-new station in December 1992.
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.
Angelika Heinrich and Kaeleen Hunter are Mettaphor - 100 percent independent original Australian artists freestyling live over home-grown beats with funky riffs and lyrical food for thought. Mettaphor are nu-jazz soul-infused groove, vocal, sax, guitar and chillbeatz.
Aleesah Darlison is an award-winning Australian children’s author who writes picture books, chapter books and novels. Her much-loved stories promote courage, understanding, anti-bullying, self-belief, friendship, teamwork and environmental themes.
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