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WELCOME TO COUNTRY: WUNYA NGULUM

 (Welcome Everyone!) from the GUBBI GUBBI people of the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
The Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival Inc would like to acknowledge the region’s Traditional Owners, the Gubbi Gubbi people of the Sunshine Coast and Gympie. The Indigenous people hunted the ranges, fished the rivers and gathered food from the ocean. Indigenous people derive significant social meaning and a concept of belonging through relationships between each other’s tribes, clans, families and the land. For Indigenous communities, the land was (and still is) integral to their culture and way of life. They practiced holistic land management that ensured the health of the land for future generations.

Undumbi, Gubbi Gubbi and the Dulingbara people were collectively referred to as “Bungarnuba” meaning “Saltwater people” by neighbouring clans. Large numbers of Aboriginal people lived in the resource-rich Sunshine Coast area until the late 1800s and early 1900s, when they were forced from their traditional lands by the encroaching white settlers and many from this area were moved to Barambah Reserve (Cherbourg), near Kingaroy, Yarrabah (near Cairns) and Palm Island (near Townsville).

gubbi gubbi region

Gubbi Gubbi is the name of the actual language spoken by the local Aboriginal people. Gubbi Gubbi means “NO”. Gubbi Gubbi lands stretched from the Pine River in the south, to Burrum River in the north, and west to the Conondale ranges. Their territories were bordered by mountain ranges and river systems. There were many “clans” within this vast area, about 20, each numbering from 150 to 500 strong. All of these family groups shared this language, and would come together on a regular basis for special ceremonies such as marriage, initiation and especially festivals.

One Gathering that held great significance was the Bunya gathering, held every three years in the Bunya Mountains. People would come from far and wide to be involved in these important meetings; from Bundaberg in the north, to Bourke in the south and Taroom in the west. Naturally only the fittest and strongest would make the long journey from those distant places.

Gubbi lands were very popular for many people, not only for the Gubbi Gubbi people, but also for all those living in the surrounding areas.
Traditionally Gubbi Gubbi people believed that every animal, bird and rock that belonged to their group’s totem was in fact the actual living spirit of an ancestor. As a result each member felt a definite kinship with that species. The totem, if it were a bird or animal, was never hunted or killed for food by the person whose totem it was.

The dyungungoo, or territory of the Gubbi Gubbi, is a typically-sized area for the south coast. The seasonal nature of food resources meant that groups travelled over, what seemed to non-indigenous people, as a vast area. Weather and seasonal variations affected shellfish supplies, and land-based resources needed to be used to supplement these temporary supplies. The seasonal availability of fruits, phentermine grasses and vegetables meant that groups travelled to these locations when the food was in season. This seasonal migration was a form of conservation. By varying their diet to include everything in the area that was at all edible at that time, the Gubbi Gubbi ensured that the one or two favoured food items would not cease to exist.

FAQ

WHAT ARE THE DATES OF THE 2017 SCIWRF FESTIVAL?
AUGUST 12 and 13, 2017
Saturday, August 12: 9am to 5pm - Official Opening Ceremony and Welcome to Country, Cool Harmonies Community Choir followed by one-hour panel discussions, authors’ presentations and workshops.

Saturday, August 12: 6pm to 11pm - First-ever official Sunshine Coast Poetry Slam Championships featuring 2014 Australian Poetry Slam champion Zohab Zee Khan plus music from original singer-songwriters Barry Charles, Jay Bishoff, Andrea Kirwan, Sharon Brookes and inspiring hip-hop band The Lyrical. This is a licensed event.

Sunday, August 13: 9am to 5pm - One-hour panel discussions, author presentations and workshops PLUS Children's Day featuring children's and Young Adult writers and free children's craft workshops. Two 'fairy house and troll cave' craft workshops hosted by award-winning author 16-year-old Samara Wellbourne. These workshops need bookings and payment with all funds going to Samara's Bali library fundariser and Sippy Creek Animal Refuge.

WHERE WILL THE SCIRWF FESTIVAL BE HELD?

The Festival will be held at Coolum Beach in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Festival events will take place in Coolum Civic Centre (main venue and Festival Office and Bookshop), and Jack Morgan Park (two marquees and Artisans' Alley featuring quality food and craft stalls) which wraps around the civic centre.

DO I NEED TO BUY TICKETS TO SCIRWF EVENTS?
The Festival offers One-Day and Two-Day Tickets for the 9am to 5pm events plus separate tickets to the Saturday night Sunshine Coast Poetry Slam Championships. Jack Morgan Park will host Artisan Market Stalls during the two-day Festival and the park is open to the public. 

WHEN WILL TICKETS GO ON SALE?
Early Bird discount tickets are available from our website through Eventbrite ticketing from June 1 to June 30. Full-price tickets then go on sale through the website from July 1.  The Festival’s Ticket Office will open at 8am Saturday, August 12 in the Coolum Civic Centre where ticket buyers will be issued with their wristbands. Tickets can also be purchased at the Festival Office during the weekend but it is recommended that these are bought online well before the festival to avoid delays and sell-outs. 

WHAT ARE THE TICKET PRICES?

Ticket prices are yet to be confirmed. Children in primary school are free, high school students half-price and senior pensioner discounts will be available.

HOW DO I PICK UP MY TICKETS?

The Festival Ticket Office will be open from 8am at Coolum Civic Centre on Saturday, August 12, 2017. Ticketholders should present their receipts to be issued with armbands. Tickets are available to purchase during the festival but it is recommended that to avoid long queues and sell-outs, tickets should be bought online well before the festival dates.

WHEN WILL THE SCIRWF PROGRAM BE AVAILABLE?

The full Festival program will be launched online on June 1. Souvenir Festival Programs are available at the Festival Office during the event.

A GOOD PLACE TO STAY?
 http://sunshinecoastreadersandwritersfestival.com/accommodation-deals.html

CAN I VOLUNTEER?
The Festival is working with local community groups and regional university campuses to organise invited volunteers who will gain much benefit from the event in terms of experience, mentoring and networking. If you are interested, please contact our Festival office with your details. A Volunteer Orientation Day will be held just prior to the festival to determine roles and rosters. Date TBA. 

CAN I BE A PART OF THE FESTIVAL AS A WRITER?

The Festival committee is currently curating the program. Please email our Festival office for possible inclusion, just add a short bio and your presentation idea and we will determine if your work fits in with our themes and program.

Cool Coolaborators

Horizon

THIS is serendipity as its finest! The Oxford Dictionary defines “serendipity” as “the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way: ‘a fortunate stroke of serendipity’.”

Two amazing events are taking place at Coolum Beach during the staging of our Inaugural 2016 Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival in September. This was not planned nor envisioned, but the organisers involved got together at a real ‘round table’ meeting in April this year and agreed to work “coolaboratively” together as we all have Coolum, the Sunshine Coast and creative expression at our hearts.

These two colourful, vibrant and exciting events are:

  • Horizons Sunshine Coast – festival of arts and culture. This is a new Sunshine Coast Council initiative – a region-wide cultural arts event that will celebrate the creative energy of the region through light, colour, place and all things creative. The festival will enliven the Sunshine Coast region from September 2 to 11 with 10 days of exciting, colourful and creative events with broad artistic appeal. In partnership with the community, a broad program ranging from contemporary art and new media exhibitions to film, literature, performance, street art and more will be held at various locations throughout the region. Horizons SC runs in Coolum Beach from September 5 to 11. SCIRWF is an independent NFP INC Association and not a Sunshine Coast Council Horizons' initiative.
    • Unframed - 2016 This event is a curated ‘art in public place exhibition’ with site-specific installations of artwork through the laneways and buildings connecting Jack Morgan Park to David Low Way at Coolum Beach in September. Pedestrian areas can make art activity more accessible with the existence of visual aesthetics allowing the quality of the space to increase, creating participation and interaction whilst broadening the limits of art. The project aims to creatively awaken community interest in our public and private spaces and create discussion on connectedness through the installation of art in public and private places that are accessible by the community.

 

Festival Supporters

OUR VALUED SUPPORTERS:

The SCIWRF Inc has the much-appreciated support of the following groups:
- The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival
- The University of the Sunshine Coast
- Sunshine Coast Indigenous Network
- The Gubbi Gubbi and Kabi Kabi people of the Sunshine Coast
- Sunshine Coast Libraries
- Visit Sunshine Coast
- Coolum Business and Tourism
- Coolum Bowls Club
- Coolum Boardriders Club
- Surfriders Foundation (Sunshine Coast branch)
- Noosa Festival of Surfing
- Coolum Boardroom
- Coolum and North Shore Coast Care
- Bunya Bunya Country Aboriginal Corporation
- Coolum (Communicators) Toastmasters
- Coolum Copy & Print Centre
- Sound Feast, Noosa J
- Cullen Collection Photography

- Party Bins, Sunshine Coast

- Queensland Trade Print Centre

Media Supporters:
- Sunshine Coast Daily
- My Weekly Preview
- Coolum & North Shore Advertiser
- Sunshine FM Radio 104.9
- ABC Coast FM Radio 90.3
- The Courier-Mail/Sunday Mail
- Local 7 News

- Noosa Community Radio

- WIN News

- Holistic Bliss Magazine

- Pavement Press

- Coffee News

- Salt Magazine, pepper on line magazine

 

 

 

 

Festival Sponsors

Gold

 

Sunshine Coast Council RADF

Sunshine Coast Council RADF

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. http://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
KC's Fireworks

KC's Fireworks

Gold Sponsor - KC's Fireworks - celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2017. 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
Arts Queensland

Arts Queensland

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland

http://www.arts.qld.gov.au

Reflected Image PRoductions

Reflected Image PRoductions

As media professionals with more than 40 years combined experience, Reflected Image PRoductions understands the importance of communication. Michelle Smytheman and Ryan Early are award-winners in their fields of public relations, journalism, television and video production. Our festival heartily thanks this talented duo for producing our gorgeous crowdfunding and promotional video which has been commented on by the Australian Cultural Fund (our crowdfunding platform) as "one of the best they have ever seen". You could imagine how many videos they have watched over the years! (www.reflectedimage.com.au)
Queensland Poetry Festival

Queensland Poetry Festival

Our 2017 SCIRWF features the first-ever official Sunshine Coast Poetry Slam Championships. Our heat (one of eight across Queensland) is presented by Queensland Poetry Festival in partnership with State Library of Queensland. Australian Poetry Slam is an initiative of Word Travels. (www.lostlanguagefound.com)
State Library of Queensland

State Library of Queensland

Word Travels

Word Travels



 

Silver

 

Nomadic Tents

Nomadic Tents

Silver Sponsor - Nomadic Tents hires, installs and sells Bedouin Freeform Stretch Tents and Free-form Marquees. Marquee hire
Federal Member for Fairfax Ted O'Brien

Federal Member for Fairfax Ted O'Brien

Federal Member for Fairfax, Ted O'Brien, is a strong supporter of our festival working with our committee to strengthen our creative networks and to promote our festival across Australia.
Coolum Caprice

Coolum Caprice

Coolum Caprice has sponsored beautiful accommodation for our international and national guests. A great setting for our new visitors to relax and enjoy their stay in this stunning part of the world.Discounted room rates have also been offered to our festival-goers.
The Point Coolum Beach

The Point Coolum Beach

The Point Coolum Beach has sponsored beautiful accommodation for our international and national guests. A great setting for our new visitors to relax and enjoy their stay in this stunning part of the world.Discounted room rates have also been offered to our festival-goers.
Coolum at the Beach

Coolum at the Beach

Coolum at the Beach has sponsored beautiful accommodation for our international and national guests. A great setting for our new visitors to relax and enjoy their stay in this stunning part of the world.Discounted room rates have also been offered to our festival-goers.
Coolum Seaside

Coolum Seaside

Coolum Seaside has sponsored beautiful accommodation for our international and national guests. A great setting for our new visitors to relax and enjoy their stay in this stunning part of the world.Discounted room rates have also been offered to our festival-goers.
Coolum Beach Getaway Resort

Coolum Beach Getaway Resort

Coolum Beach Getaway Resort has sponsored beautiful accommodation for our international and national guests. A great setting for our new visitors to relax and enjoy their stay in this stunning part of the world.Discounted room rates have also been offered to our festival-goers.

Coolum Beach Resort

Coolum Beach Resort has sponsored beautiful accommodation for our international and national guests. A great setting for our new visitors to relax and enjoy their stay in this stunning part of the world.Discounted room rates have also been offered to our festival-goers.
Coolum Beach Budget Accommodation

Coolum Beach Budget Accommodation

Coolum Beach Budget Accommodation has sponsored beautiful accommodation for our international and national guests. A great setting for our new visitors to relax and enjoy their stay in this stunning part of the world.Discounted room rates have also been offered to our festival-goers.
Puji Bungalows, Ubud, Bali

Puji Bungalows, Ubud, Bali

And a huge thank you to the beautiful Puji Bungalows' Komang, Ari and their family for sponsoring accommodation for our 2017 SCIRWF team (those of us who are travelling to the 14th annual Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali from October 25 to 29 this year).
The Shop Convenience Store, Coolum

The Shop Convenience Store, Coolum

Bronze Sponsor - Gaye Williams and David Pocock from Coolum's The Shop have created a welcoming community hub in our town and are huge supporters of community causes through fun fundraisers at their famous 'white round table'. They have just celebrated 13 years running The Shop! The Shop offers yummy organic and wholesome grocery items, a cafe bar, fruit and veges, gourmet delights, internet - everything you need in one place. But most of all, a friendly place to have a cuppa, a read and meet new people. Gaye and David have donated all funds raised from their pre-loved books trolley during winter to our festival.



 

Bronze

 

State Member for Maroochydore, Fiona Simpson

State Member for Maroochydore, Fiona Simpson

State Member for Maroochydore, Fiona Simpson, is a strong supporter of our festival. Being a writer and singer herself, she recognises the value of our new festival.
State member for Nicklin, Peter Wellington

State member for Nicklin, Peter Wellington

State Member for Nicklin, Peter Wellington, is a strong supporter of our festival. Peter's commitment to community is well-known by all in the region.
Element on Coolum Beach

Element on Coolum Beach

Element on Coolum Beach has generously offered discounted room rates for our festival-goers who have come to town to support our exciting new annual event.
Pandanus Coolum Beach Resort

Pandanus Coolum Beach Resort

Pandanus Coolum Beach Resort has generously offered discounted room rates for our festival-goers who have come to town to support our exciting new annual event.
State Member for Caloundra, Mark McArdle

State Member for Caloundra, Mark McArdle

Mark McArdle MP State Member for Caloundra I am proud to support the Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival, the first of its kind and a truly magnificent arts and creative industries event. Caloundra is a major contributor to the Sunshine Coast’s tourism economy and is also home to a creative collective of many artists, writers, filmmakers, philanthropists and more. I welcome you to our region and certainly encourage you to make the trek from Coolum to Caloundra to soak up some more of the creative juices.