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2017 committee

Wendy O’Hanlon: Festival founder and director

Wendy O’Hanlon: Festival founder and director

Wendy is a journalist, photographer, book editor and reviewer, poet, playwright, thespian, event organiser and passionate environmentalist with more than 30 years’ experience in Australia and overseas. Wendy’s dream to create this Sunshine Coast festival was inspired by her attendance at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in 2011 and 2015. In 2015, after resigning from her role as a news producer at Brisbane's The Courier-Mail, Wendy "dreamed up" this festival during months of downtime walking on the beautiful beaches at Coolum. She was certain that this beautiful, creative region was just the place to not only draw Sunshine Coast creatives out from their hinterland and coastal retreats, but to attract creatives from all over the world to this region. And it has worked! Our Sunshine Coast is now firmly on the international writers' festival map!
Robin Fleming: Infrastructure Manager

Robin Fleming: Infrastructure Manager

Robin is a Coolum-based surfer, photographer and environmentalist; a past member of Coolum Arts Theatre – and plumber extraordinaire. Robin played an integral role in the organisation of our inaugural 2016 festival in all aspects of planning, promotion and staging.
Barry Betts:The original bush poet

Barry Betts:The original bush poet

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

Lyndon Davis: Such an ambassador

Lyndon is the founder of the Gubbi Gubbi Dance Troupe (1997), an Indigenous presenter, performer, educator and artist. He was born and raised on the Sunshine Coast, and is a Traditional Custodian and representative of the Local Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi people. Lyndon works extensively within local schools, universities and the community presenting an exciting and informative Aboriginal Cultural Education Program. He has vast knowledge of our region’s Indigenous culture and history, Gubbi Gubbi language, traditional song and dance and the arts. Lyndon is a true ambassador for his people travelling overseas on many occasions to South America, South Korea, Vanuatu, Europe, South Africa, Canada and the USA. He has performed for Queen Elizabeth II at CHOGM, the official opening of the Goodwill Games, 2000 Sydney Olympics, Woodford Folk Festival and The Dreaming, and in 2011 welcomed His Holiness, the Dali Lama. In 2011, Lyndon was awarded the Honorary Senior Fellowship Award from the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Elaine Ouston: Author and publisher

Elaine Ouston: Author and publisher

Elaine Ouston has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing. She is managing editor at Morris Publishing Australia and owns Gondor Writers' Centre which offers many services to authors interested in preparing for submission to publishers or self-publishing. She organises literary festivals for Australian Literary Festivals and Book Fairs and travels throughout Australia delivering talks and workshops to children and adults at schools, libraries, bookstores, literary festivals and writers groups.
Aishah Macgill: Author and publisher

Aishah Macgill: Author and publisher

Aishah Macgill is an author, publisher and graphic designer. Aishah has self-published five books to date with several more currently being completed. When she is not writing, she is helping other authors who wish to self publish via her Facebook writers group, Australian Writers Rock, and running her publishing business. Aishah's books are: The Forgotten Seer of Edenhope Book I, II, III; The Day My Mother Murdered Herself and SoulMate Conversations.
Barry Charles: Original singer songwriter

Barry Charles: Original singer songwriter

Barry Charles is a seasoned and respected singer-songwriter who played an integral role in getting our inaugural 2016 festival off the ground. He is a popular and well respected member of the music industry in south-east Queensland for his role in the development of the music industry, where he is renowned for staging and performing at special musical events. Born into a family of singers, his grandfather had a bass baritone voice and his father was a tenor. He can incorporate in a performance innovative scatting, interwoven with the unmistakable sounds of Tuva singing with influences here from (the late) Paul Pena. Barry can explore the technique of split harmonics and his phrasing is quite unique. Barry has performed in the UK including an invitation to perform at the world renowned Glastonbury Festival on the Avalon Field, as well as the World Expo in Hanover, Germany, and at the Eden Project in Cornwall. He has also performed at festivals in Australia from Woodford and Caloundra Music Festivals and the Bay of Islands Jazz & Blues Festival in New Zealand. Barry has recorded four albums of his original songs, and an album of songs of Tom Waits.
Linda Fisher: Business manager and environmentalist

Linda Fisher: Business manager and environmentalist

Linda Fisher is an avid reader with an administrative background who has lived on the Sunshine Coast since 1974. Linda is a passionate environmentalist who loves the Sunshine Coast's clean and green environment.
Ken Fisher: Author and cultural anthropologist

Ken Fisher: Author and cultural anthropologist

Ken Fisher is a cultural anthropologist, surfer and writer. He lives at Yaroomba Beach on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, with his wife, a daughter and an old fox terrier. Beach Spinifex is his first novel and was inspired by our local beaches, Ken's 50 years of surfing and his work with indigenous Australians who were taken from their parents. Beach Spinifex, a powerful tale of loss and longing, of love and joy, a story for those enchanted by the spirit of the sea. Ken’s first book, Sandy Feet, is the first complete guide to the best seaside walks and views on the Sunshine Coast. Whether you are a local or visitor, it will inspire you to get out and explore the best of the coast’s dunes, beaches and headlands. The book includes maps; one-hour, 20-minute and five-minute walks, best places for views when in a wheelchair, whale spotting, picnics and the 12 best places to kiss your lover.
Eileen Herbert Goodall: Short story writer, editor and writing coach

Eileen Herbert Goodall: Short story writer, editor and writing coach

Eileen Herbert-Goodall is an author, editor and writing coach based on the Sunshine Coast. She is a writer of short fiction and non-fiction articles and presents workshops on the craft of creative writing and editing at universities, schools, community learning centres, adult colleges and libraries. Eileen holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts and shares her knowledge by coaching other writers on how to improve their skills. She also offers editing services to online businesses and marketing strategists. She is the co-director of Field of Words, the writing website and associated competition, which aims to help emerging writers develop and publish their work.
Sheridan Stewart: Radio broadcaster, artist, writer, event host and producer

Sheridan Stewart: Radio broadcaster, artist, writer, event host and producer

For more than 20 years, Sheridan Stewart has been one of Australia's favourite FM music radio personalities and presenters. Sheridan's radio career took her from FOX FM, Melbourne to FM 104.7 Canberra, MIX 106.5 Sydney and MMM Brisbane before spending a decade at Triple M Adelaide and a memorable stint as the host of national radio countdown PLANET ROCK. The last few years have seen Sheridan go from, as one friend describes, "rock chick" to "renaissance woman", hosting and producing award winning Fringe shows, exhibiting as an artist and writing. In 2015, Sheridan joined the team at ABC Sunshine Coast as Drive presenter which gives her the chance to connect with people from all over the coast and hinterland while living in one of the most scenic and dynamic regions on earth. Prior to her Sunshine Coast move, Sheridan was living with her husband, a poodle, two donkeys, a horse, a goat and five chooks in the Mallee and before that the Adelaide Hills. Sheridan is passionate about the arts, people, food and wine.
Rose-maree Hill: Writer and social media guru

Rose-maree Hill: Writer and social media guru

Rose-maree Hill describes herself as a "geeky, quirky emerging author of science fiction fantasy". Rose-maree was a hard-working volunteer at our inagural 2016 festival who provided invaluable social media support prior to and during the festival.
Trina McLellan: Communicator, journalist, educator, researcher

Trina McLellan: Communicator, journalist, educator, researcher

Trina has spent more than three decades working in and with Australia’s news media as a corporate communication manager, journalist, journalism educator, researcher, and, early on, as a community radio broadcaster. She currently works with a busy communication consultancy in Brisbane’s CBD, while maintaining a keen interest in the evolution of journalism and the implications of such evolution on professional and ethical practice. Trina has taught part or full-time in a range of journalism and communication courses at the Queensland University of Technology, the University of Queensland, the University of Southern Queensland and, most recently, at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Off duty, Trina loves to take photographs and dabble in social media. Along with Rose Hill, Trina covered the successful SCIRWF 2016, turning out hundreds of images from the inaugural festival.
Grayham Bickley: Writer, poet and wildlife photographer

Grayham Bickley: Writer, poet and wildlife photographer

Writer, poet, wildlife photographer, Grayham has had many photos published in national magazines and publications. His writing started as an actor in the seventies writing comedy sketches for reviews. He is a member of the Noosa Writers group and has participated in several published anthologies. He is also a member of the Pure Poetry Group. Grayham has a crime fiction novel "Contained" due to be released soon. A book of poetry titled "Northeast of Next week" is also nearing publication

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About The Sunshine Coast

Our beautiful Sunshine Coast is famous for its healthy, laid-back outdoors lifestyle, its pristine surfing beaches, rich hinterland subtropical forests boasting rock pools and waterfalls, freshwater rivers and lakes, as well as the world-acclaimed Noosa Biosphere Reserve – the first in Queensland, established in 2007 to recognise the region’s highly diverse ecosystem.

The Sunshine Coast also has the second-largest number of towns whose names are derived from the Aboriginal language – Darwin in the Northern Territory tops this list.

Coolum Beach

The name “Coolum” is derived from the local Aboriginal word “gulum” or “kulum” meaning “blunt” or headless”, referring to the shape of Mount Coolum, which has no peak. According to Aboriginal legend, Ninderry was a man from a neigbouring clan who stole a beautiful young woman called Maroochy from Coolum – the man she was to marry.

When Coolum rescued his bride, Ninderry chased them. He caught up with them, and, throwing a boomerang, succeeded in knocking off Coolum’s head which rolled into the sea and is represented today by Mudjimba Island. His body is represented by Mount Coolum. For his treacherous attack, Ninderry was turned into stone by the wrathful gods. Maroochy fled inland, where she wept so much that her tears flowed down the mountain to form the Maroochy River.

Coolum boasts a big variety of cruisey cafes, restaurants and clubs; beautiful boardwalks, parks and picnic areas; pretty bush walking paths as well as world-class surfing beaches and bays. In September, the whales pass through very close to the shoreline on their annual migration, while all through the year dolphins play in the surf and turtles bob around the bays and rocks.

How to get here

The Sunshine Coast is one-hour’s drive north from Queensland’s capital, Brisbane City which is serviced by domestic and international airports. Regular train and bus services run between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. The Sunshine Coast has its own airport (Maroochy Airport) just 10 minutes ’drive from Coolum. The airport offers daily flights to and from Sydney and Melbourne and seasonal flights to and from New Zealand. Accommodation:

Local accommodation providers have generously supported our exciting new festival by providing sponsored accommodation for our international and national guests and discount rates for our festival goers. Please go to our 'Accomm Deals' page for further information.

Festival Venues

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 and Jack Morgan Park which wraps around the civic centre. Two marquees will operate in the park: The Workshops Marquee and the Children's Craft Marquee. An Artisans Alley will feature quality craft and food stalls in Jack Morgan Park.

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival - Informal SCIRWF Mentor 2016

ubudlogoOur festival was inspired by the annual Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali - Southeast Asia's most celebrated literary event (www.ubudwritersfestival.com). The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is the major annual project of the not-for-profit foundation, the Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati. It was first conceived of by Janet DeNeefe, co-founder of the Foundation, as a healing project in response to the first Bali bombing in 2003 and held its inaugural festival in October, 2004 with the theme: “Through Darkness to Light”.

“The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival supports the strengthening of cultural bonds between Indonesia and Australia. As such, the UWRF is happy to act as an informal mentor to the inaugural Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival which shares our ethos of creating open spaces for dialogue across cultural and geographic divides. The UWRF Founder and Director, Janet DeNeefe, accepts SCIRWF's invitation to attend the SCIRWF launch and to officially open the Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival. We hope this creates further opportunity between Australian and Indonesian writers, artists and creatives to collaborate, share and unite.”

Our Mission

The Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival Inc was launched last year in 2016 to provide an international platform for our regional creatives to promote their work, and importantly, to attract creatives from around Australia and the world to showcase their work - to open our minds to new and exciting performers who are celebrated in regions such as Europe and Asia and yet are relatively unknowns in Australia. Our 2017 Sunshine Coast is now firmly on the international writers' festival map.

Our festival is all about WORDS - using words to express our thoughts and passions and to entertain. Using words as expressions includes novels, short stories, poetry, performance poetry (bush poetry and slam poetry), scriptwriting, original singer-songwriters, journalists, comic book writers - and the pictures with words - graphic artists, illustrators and film makers.

The festival brings together regional, Australian and international writers on a world stage – creating a space for conversation and connection across cultural and geographic divides. Our festival's intention is to connect and network our regional creatives with those across the world, thus enriching their career opportunities.

Our festival also features publisher workshops to give our regional creatives a "one-stop shop" to support all their publishing dreams and to teach creatives how to be effective public speakers, which is all important when launching their works on tour. 

Our festival pays tribute to not only our region's rich Aboriginal and South Sea Islander heritage, but also to Indigenous writers across the world. Each year we strive to present Indigenous writers so that we can further understand their world. We also provide a platform for environmental groups to showcase their hard work in safeguarding our environment - and the world ecosystem.

Our Sunshine Coast lifestyle is marked by our hinterland, beach and surfing culture which has inspired many writers to produce books, songs, poems and artworks celebrating such a creative landscape. Many creatives have chosen to make the Sunshine Coast their home for exactly this reason. This festival provides a platform to bring these creative works together as one diverse expression.

Like any work in progress, our festival is evolving. Last year we sponsored four creative writing students from the University of the Sunshine Coast to not only present at our festival but also at the biggest writers' festival in Asia - the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. A rare opportunity we are proud to have facilitated and funded. 

This year we are excited to announce the first-ever official Sunshine Coast Poetry Slam Championships held as a heat of the Queensland Poetry Slam Championships in partnership with Queensland Poetry Festival, the State Library of Queensland, Australian Poetry Slam and the nation Word Travels. The two winners from our Sunshine Coast heat (on Saturday, August 12 at Coolum Civic Centre) will go on to compete for the State championships in Brisbane in late August and possibly the national championships in Sydney later in the year.

Also, our 2017 festival is the launching pad for our 2018 SCIRWF Short Story Competition with the top three winners performing at our 2018 festival and the top 20 being published in an anthology. This exciting new competition is being sponsored by Finite Publishing and Field of Dreams.

We are also partnering with the global Brisbane-based I Heart Songwriting Club to present masterclasses in September this year and March next year with the winners performing at our 2018 festival. And we are partnering with Tim Lloydell Management to host two slam poetry masterclasses in November and December with the top 10 students showcasing at the famous Woodford Folk Festival in December.

In short, our festival is an Xpression Fest! Please support our endeavours, canadian-pharm365.com buy tickets and ENJOY! The Sunshine Coast is a beautiful place to feed your creative curiousity and passions. And, if you are travelling to our region for the festival, we have partnered with many beautiful Coolum resorts which are offering accommodation deals to support our festival.

2017 Program

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2017 SCIRWF August 12 and 13 Festival Program

: Incorporating the launch of the first-ever 2018 SCIRWF Short Story Competition with prizes including a publishing package, cash and the publication of the Top 20 entries in the first-ever SCIRWF 2018 Short Story Anthology. The winner of this competition will be invited to present at our 2018 festival. The competition is sponsored and organised by festival committee members Aishah Macgill (Finite Publishing) and Eileen Herbert-Goodall (Field of Dreams).  

: Incorporating the launch of 3-monthly Songwriting Masterclasses hosted by SCIRWF in partnership with Brisbane's I Heart Songwriting Club. A series of Songwriting Masterclasses on the Sunshine Coast - the first masterclass beginning in November and continuing throughout the first half of 2018. Students' development will be through weekly songwriting tasks via I Heart Songwriting Club. The outcome is a performance opportunity at SCIRWF's 2018 "Songwriters in the Round" festival performance.

Saturday, August 12

 

Coolum Civic Centre: 9am to 5pm

Official Opening Ceremony:

9am to 9.20am: Welcome to Country with Lyndon Davis and the Gubbi Gubbi Dancers. Our festival acknowledges our region's Traditional Owners, the Gubbi Gubbi people of gubbi gubbi dancersthe Sunshine Coast and Gympie. Lyndon is the founder of Gubbi Gubbi Dance formed in 1997. The troupe features Indigenous artists, performers and cultural educators - many of them direct descendants of the local Gubbi Gubbi people whose traditional lands stretch from Pine River in the south, to Burrum River in the north and Connondale ranges to the west. Performing together for the past 19 years, Gubbi Gubbi have built a proud reputation as one of the best traditional Aboriginal Dance companies in Australia. They have performed internationally and nationally at many major events including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and have performed for dignitaries such as Prime Ministers of Australia, the Dalai Lama and Queen Elizabeth II at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. Providing an unforgettable cultural experience, their magical presentation of song and dance leaves the audience spellbound.

9.20am to 9.50am: A 'Cool' Welcome to Coolum: Australia Day award-winner Yvonne Corstorphin and her Cool Harmonies choir has been singing up a storm for more than 10 cool harmonies choir picyears and has grown into a community choir with more than 70 members. Cool Harmonies has a diverse repertoire that includes rhythms from Africa to the Middle East and sing in a range of styles from gospel to swing. A rousing and warm-hearted welcome to our 2017 festival.

9.50am to 10am: Introduction of the Sunshine Coast's first professional theatre company: Marina De Jager and Lachlan Money have launched Sunshine Coast Theatre Company with the support of Ted O'Brien's Innovation Generation initiative. Great news for aspiring thespians in all manner of stage production.

10am to 11am: One Year Around the Mediterranean - Huw Kingston. Author and Australian-based adventurer Huw Kingston will enthrall audiences with his tales about his book, “Mediterranean - a year around a charmed and troubled sea”. Huw is an environmentalist, speaker and writer who, in April 2015, completed a huw kingston headshot13,000km, 12-month, 17-country circumnavigation of the Mediterranean by sea kayak, foot, ocean rowboat and bike. This journey was a commemoration of the Centenary of the  Anzac landings in Gallipoli, Turkey where Huw started and finished his journey. The project was also a fundraiser for Save the Children specifically for the children affected by the desperate crisis in Syria. Along the way, Huw became Save the Children Australia's largest-ever individual fundraiser and he continues to work for them as an ambassador. Huw received the Spirit of Adventure Award from the Australian Geographic Society for his amazing efforts. This presentation is chaired by Sarah Pye, a writer, journalist and university lecturer who herself sailed around the Mediterranean with her family as a teenager.

11.15am to 12.15pm: Women's Writing from Papua New Guinea: Papua New Guinea writer and editor Rashmii Amoah Bell this year launched "My Walk to Equality" - the first-ever PNG Women Writers anthology. The compilation of the book was a voluntary collaboration between Phil Fitzpatrick (Pukpuk Publications), Keith 1rashmii bell headshotJackson and writing by 44 PNG women writers. The book was launched in Port Moresby on International Women's Day this year. Rashmii will be joined on the panel by Phil Fitzpatrick and number of the PNG writers who contributed to this evocative anthology. 

 

Lunch break:

1pm to 1.45pm: Songwriters in Conversation: The Brisbane-based global 'I Heart Songwriting Club' (IHSC) presents "Songwriters in the Round" featuring established songwriters Emma Dean and Sarah Collyer plus club founder Francesca de Valence, sharing the stories behind their songs. The songwriters are on stage at the same time together and have a conversation francesca de valance about songwriting. This performance also launches SCIRWF's Annual Songwriting Development Program (in partnership with IHSC) which features 3-monthly songwriting masterclasses on the Sunshine Coast - the first masterclass beginning in September and throughout the first half of 2018. Students' development will be through weekly songwriting tasks via I Heart Songwriting Club. The outcome is a performance opportunity at SCIRWF's 2018 "Songwriters in the Round".  After this presentation, Francesca will host a two-hour songwriting workshop in Marquee 2 in Jack Morgan Park from 3.15pm to 5.15pm.

2pm to 3pm: Surf's Up! - Phil Jarrett, Dr Liz Ellison, Ian Ingram and Tom Wegener: Award-winning author, journalist, publisher and film-maker Phil Jarratt joins Central Queensland University's Lecturer 1dr liz ellisonin Creative Industries, Dr Liz Ellison, (based in at CQU's Noosa campus), "Capital Surfers" author Ian Ingram and surfboard-maker Tom Wegener to give an amazing insight into our beloved beach culture. Phil has recently released his latest book "The Life of Brine", a memoir about his extraordinary life which includes the recent launch of the documentary "Men of Foam & Wood" on Foxtel's History Channel. Dr Liz Ellison is a Lecturer in Creative Industries at CQUniversity, based at the Noosa campus. Liz researches Australian beaches, beach culture, and how beaches are represented in our national literature and films. She is interested in the ways beaches play a part in Australian identity. She completed her PhD in 2013 at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, and has worked at universities for over eight years. Until her recent relocation to Sunshine Coast, Liz used to run a theatre group and book club in Brisbane. She is passionate about the arts, creative industries, and community and university engagement. The Australian beach is an iconic and dominating image in our cultural imaginations. We see it on our postcards, in our films and of course in our literature. But the many beaches that surround our coastline aren’t all identical, and they don’t look just like the ones on the postcards. Liz's talk attempts to highlight some of the contesting ideas of this significant Australian landscape, as well as discussing some of the key beach books and films that have helped shape our idea of the beach. Ian Ingram's "Capital Surfers - surfing Australia's East Coast in the Sixties" is a 180-page book featuring 380 photos (all but five taken by Ian himself) and four original articles Ian wrote for Surfing World and Surf International magazine in 1967 and 1968. From a cup of tea with God at Noosa to coffee at the Arab in Lorne, Ian's book is a walk down memory lane for VW lovers and surfers. For the past two decades Tom Wegener's surfboards have been enormously influential in the surfing world. He has been the driving force behind the wood, Ancient Hawaiian, and finless surfboard revolutions. Recently Tom finished a PhD at the University of the Sunshine Coast on the sustainability of small manufacturing in Australia with a focus on the surfboard industry. He found the secret to why surfboard artisans are still working in many hundreds of factories around Australia and their little industry is strong in light of globalisation.

3.15pm to 4pm: Top Tips on Self-Publishing - Brisbane-based publisher and author Ann Wilson: In this workshop, you will learn Ann's top tips on what to do and what not to do when Ann Wilson3560 1you are self-publishing your book. These will include: * Choosing your preferred publishing method; * How to determine your strengths and weaknesses; * What to look out for when choosing who to work with; * Working with an editor; questions to ask, what is their role?; * Working with a cover designer, is a great cover  really that important?; * Typesetting explained; * A quick run-down on common terms. Ann is the owner of Post Pre-press and the founder of Independent Ink. She specialises in helping authors produce beautiful professional books either through traditional publishers or self-publishing. She has worked in publishing for more than a decade and is passionate about helping people achieve their dream of becoming a publishged author and sharing their story. Last year, Ann stood on the other side of the desk and wrote her first book. In this workshop you will learn Ann's top tips on what to do and what not to do when self-publishing your book. This session is chaired by writer, journalist and university lecturer Sarah Pye.

4.15pm to 5.15pm: Fill Your Pie and Eat It - Adele Jones: Research confessions from historical writer-turned YA novelist, award-winning Queensland author Adele Jones. Achieving the balance between information overload and detail inaccuracies involves a disciplined and purposeful approach to research and writing. Drawing on her own experience in gathering story-Adele 2011 Aug 062 300x200relevant details and incorporating this throughout the creative process, Adele, will provide attendees opportunity to discuss various research approaches, examine examples of research-supported fiction, and consider their use of research in their own writing.  She writes young adult and historical novels, poems, inspirational non-fiction and fictional short works, along with juggling family responsibilities and a ‘real job’ in the field of science. Her first YA novel "Integrate" was awarded the 2013 CALEB Prize for unpublished manuscript. Her writing explores issues of social justice, humanity, faith, natural beauty and meaning in life’s journey, and as a speaker she seeks to present a practical and encouraging message by drawing on these themes. In this workshop, Adele will explore the delights of research for historical fiction.

 

Saturday night, August 12

 

Coolum Civic Centre

Sunshine Coast Poetry Slam Championships and Originals Music Concert featuring an exhilarating evening of slam poetry and original singer-songwriters

6.30pm to 11pm: Hosted by Sunshine Coast radio legend, Cam Young, from Sunshine FM 104.9 Radio. For those who love music and the power of words, this special event is for you! Our festival is very proud to present our Original Music Concert and the Sunshine Coast's first-ever annual Sunshine Coast Slam Poetry championships featuring 2014 Australian Poetry Slam champion Zohab Zee Khan as host and award-winning Sunshine Coast slam poet Gabriella SalmonZohab Khan plus performances by our region's most exciting original singer-songwriters Barry Charles, Jay Bishoff, Andrea Kirwan, Sharon Brookes and amazing hip-hop band The Lyrical to end the night on a high. These championships are an official heat of the annual Queensland Poetry Slam championships organised by the Queensland Poetry Festival, the State Library of Quensland, the Australian Poetry Slam and the national Word Travels. The top two winners from our Sunshine Coast heat will take part in the Queensland Poetry Slam championships at Brisbane's Judith Wright Centre on Sunday, August 27 as part of QPF. The top two performers from the QLD State Final will fly to Sydney for the Australian final at the Opera House later in the year.

* Slam poetry contestants must register in person at our festival office at Coolum Civic Centre between the hours of 6pm and 7pm on the night (Saturday, August 12) to compete on stage in the Sunshine Coast Poetry Slam championships. This is a separately ticketed event (except for Season Pass holders). The maximum number of contestants is 20 and these contestants will not be charged the ticket entry price. Also note that this event is licensed with alcohol on sale plus platters of cheese and local produce. Under 18yo must be accompanied by an adult. 

In the lead-up to these championships, two poetry slam workshops of two hours duration each are being hosted by 2014 Australian Poetry Slam champion Zohab Zee Khan who was one of our stand-out performers at our inaugural festival last year. The workshops will be held at Yandina's The Shared on Friday night, July 28 from 6pm and at the SCIRWF festival on Saturday, August 12 from 1pm to 3pm in the festival's workshop marquee in Coolum's Jack Morgan Park. (Workshop attendees must register at enjoy@sunshinecoastreadersandwritersfestival.com). During the workshops, Zohab will mentor and teach emerging slam poets and performance poets to polish their on-stage performances in order to achieve their best performance outcome at the August 12 Sunshine Coast Poetry Slam Championships. Workshop students are not automatically included in the SC championship heat line-up on the Saturday - contestants must register between 6pm and 7pm on this Saturday night, August 12. Sponsored by: 

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Saturday, August 12

 Publisher's Marquee (1): Jack Morgan Park: 10am to 5pm: 

10am to 11am:  Scoundrel Days - Brentley Fraser:  Queensland poet, author and academic Brentley Fraser's newly released book Scoundrel Days has been described as Brentley Frazer headshot"Tom Sawyer on acid, a 21st-century On the Road, a Holden Caulfield for punks ... an extraordinary memoir of a wild adolescence, told in a compelling, poetic voice". In Scoundrel Days, Brentley tells the story of his youth – wild, disillusioned, impassioned and desolate. Born into a Christian cult in outback Queensland, Brentley escapes through literature and poetry, drugs and violence, sex and alcohol; and his ensuing rejection of religion, authority and the 'way things are' leads to adventures, desperation and, just possibly, redemption. Beautifully written and urgently told, Scoundrel Days is a visceral, compelling assault on the senses. An at times brutal story articulated with a poet’s sensibility, it portrays a walker of edges exploring the dark side while searching for the love essential to build a soul. It’s a gritty true story of anti-authoritarian youth – graffiti, drugs and violence, sex and alcohol – and the redemptive power of love, and provokes questions about adolescent boys and how they find their place in society, composed in its entirety using a literary constraint known as 'English Prime'. 

11.15am to 12.15pm: What is there to love about a short story? Short story author and teacher Dr Eileen Herbert-Goodall has gathered together a panel of Eileen Herbert Goodall headshot1acclaimed short-story writers to discuss the drawcard features and qualities of short stories from the perspective of both readers and writers. Eileen, Dr Maria Arena, Melanie Myers, Dr Nike Sulway (Bourke), Grayham Bickley and Dr Kate Elkington will enthral you with their insights into this very popular writing genre. Incorporating the launch of the SCIRWF 2018 Short Story Writing Competition.

Lunch break:

1pm to 3pm: Field of Words Writing workshop with acclaimed Sunshine Coast author Eileen Herbert-Goodall: Polish up your writing skills with this very practical, hands-on workshop. (Part One): Participants will firstly examine The Story Pyramid, an effective model for crafting an engaging story that also unpacks the mechanics of plot and structure. Eileen will then introduce an activity labelled The Character Wheel, which will enable participants to brainstorm ideas and attributes related to a story's central character/s. Next, participants will be guided through a visualisation session, whereby they'll be prompted to build a setting/fictional world for their character/s to inhabit. Participants will then bullet point story ideas, bringing this creative material together. (Part Two): Participants will begin drafting the opening for a short story, drawing upon the bullet points they've listed. Participants will be asked to share their work during this session. Eileen will wrap up the workshop by sharing a few invaluable editing tips.

3.15pm to 4.15pm: How do you confront trauma in your writing and writing life? Acclaimed author and academic Leanne Dodd teams up with award-winning journalist and academic Trina McLellan to present this fascinating workshop on working with trauma in your writing life. Leanne, who writes crime leanne dodd headshottrina mclellan headshot new3fiction under the pen name of Lea Scott, is currently working on her fourth novel as part of her PhD in writing trauma and ficitionalising traumatic experience for those who find the process of writing and exposing this hidden subject matter difficult - re-storying lives using creative writing. Trina has spent more than three decades working in and with Australia’s news media as a journalist, journalism educator, researcher, corporate communication manager and, early on, as a community broadcaster. As a journalism researcher, Trina completed a ground-breaking Master of Arts thesis in 2003, looking at the impact of news reporting on victims and survivors of traumatic incidents. From 2004 to 2009, she was a founding board member and secretary of the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma – Australasia (now the Dart Centre Asia Pacific). Since then she has continued to deliver guest lectures and hands-on workshops for community broadcasters, working journalists and tertiary students interested in learning more about trauma and journalism.

 4.30pm to 5.30pm: The Prince and The Assassin: Steve Harris. (Sunshine Coast book launch).  Delve into a little-known part of Australia's history - a Royal assassination attempt by a psychoticsteve harris headshot Irish priest! Journalist, editor and author Steve Harris uncovered this fascinating snippet of history The Prince and the Assassin book coverwhile researching for his first book, "Solomon's Noose". "The The Prince and the Assassin book coverPrince and The Assassin - Australia’s First Royal Tour and Portent of World Terror" is an engrossing real-life story of how Queen Victoria’s favourite son, Prince Alfred, undertook the most ambitious Royal tour, only for Australia’s overwhelming joy of having the first Royal on its shores jolted by his decadent behaviour, then shocked by an attempted assassination by a man trained as a priest. The British Empire’s youngest and most distant outpost found itself at the epicentre of a new crime and empirical fears about the first inter-continental terrorist group, a conspiracy and a ‘lone wolf ’. In a resulting ‘reign of terror’ extraordinary steps were taken to safeguard security with laws on treason and sedition which even the Queen felt went too far, and the would-be assassin was hastily executed in a miscarriage of justice led by opportunistic politicians. This is an extraordinary and atmospheric weaving of the stories — some detailed for the first time — of royal intrigue, sexual appetite, religious bigotry, patriotic vengeance, naked ambition, national security and moral panic. They are stories of royals, immigrants, archbishops, republicans and the founding fathers of Australia and issues that remain with us today. Drawing on Royal, British and Australian archives, the compelling narrative embraces a pivotal time in the evolution of Australia, and on the 150th anniversary reveals how a minute of madness rocked the country to its foundations, with a legacy which helped shape Australia’s history and continues to influence and challenge us today. Steve Harris, a Tasmanian, has 30 years’ experience in journalism, print and online publishing, and high-performance organisations. He is the only person to have been editorial head of both of Melbourne’s major media groups: Editor-in-Chief of the Herald and Weekly Times Group and Editor-in-Chief of The Age. He was also CEO of the Melbourne Football Club.

 

Saturday, August 12

 Poet's Corner Marquee (2): Jack Morgan Park - 10.15am to 5.15pm: 

10.15am to 11.15am: Working Together - Grayham Bickley and Aishah Macgill: No man is an island - writers need support and helpgrayham bickley headshot small from colleagues during their writing careers. The importance of being in a writers group- Grayham Bickley: Writer, poet and wildlife photographer, Grayham knows too well the 'isolation' of a being writer. Spending days, weeks hunched over a keyboard trying to put the words in your head inro print. He discusses the importance of interacting with other writers by joining writers' groups and taking that leap of faith by baring all with fellow scribes.  Gray's writing started as an actor in the seventies writing comedy sketches for reviews. He is a member aishah new 2017aof the Noosa Writers group and has participated in several published anthologies. He is also a member of the Pure Poetry Group. Gray has a crime fiction novel "Contained" due to be released, mid-year. A book of poetry titled "Northeast of Next Week" is also nearing publication. Gray has also had many photos published in national magazines and publications. The Road to Self-Publishing: Aishah Macgill:  Author, publisher and graphic designer Aishah Macgill has self-published five books to date, with several more currently being completed. When she is not writing, she is helping other authors who wish to self-publish via her Facebook Writers Group - Australian Writers Rock. Learn professional tips to successfully navigate through the maze of self-publishing. 

 

11.30am to 12.30pm:  Author and classical musician - Ruth Bonetti:  Writing life stories: Herding Black Sheep, Cupboard ruth bonettiSkeletons and Libel Threats. What more precious gift to relatives and future generations than to write a family history or memoir? Do it now, before stories and insights are lost to dementia and coffins. This session offers tips to chart through choppy familial waters. Ruth is the author of two family memoirs, "Burn My Letters" and "Midnight Sun to Southern Cross". Official Sunshine Coast Book launch on Sunday at the festival. 

LUNCH BREAK

1pm to 3pm:  Slam Poetry Workshop with Zohab Zee Khan: Emerging slam poets, get ready to polish up your words and performance techniques before contesting the Sunshine Coast's first-ever Poetry Slam championships being held in the evening. Workshop host Zohab Zee Khan, from Wagga Wagga in NSW, is the 2014 Australian Poetry Slam champion, the co-founder of the Pakistan Poetry Slam Zohab Zee Khanchampionships and has just returned from a one-month high-school workshop tour of Japan and South-East Asia. Zohab was a stand-out performer at our inaugural festival last year. This workshop aims to inspire change and confidence in young people through spoken word poetry and “brain hacks”. With the incorporation of self-development techniques, spoken-word poetry becomes not just a platform for self-expression but also one to inspire changeand increase productivity. The workshops will take the form of two hours of fast-paced, hands-on mentoring by Zohab who will take workshop students through a program of performance activities followed by writing exercises designed to attain poetic techniques. Confident self-expression is the aim, with students producing a piece of work for performance by the end of each workshop. (Workshop participants should register with our festival before Monday, August 7 to receive free admission passes for the workshop. Maximum 20. Register at enjoy@sunshinecoastreadersandwritersfestival.com)

 3.15pm to 5.15pm: Songwriting in the Round Workshop led by Francesca de Valence: Francesca is an award-winning singer-songwriter and the founder and director of the global Brisbane-based 'I Heart 

francesca de valanceSongwriting Club'. Her goal is to inspire emerging and established writers and to "put a fire-cracker up their bums (yeah!!)". The workshop is limited to 20 people, so first in, first served. Have some fun in this hands-on workshop.

 

Saturday, August 12

Smorgasbord of Authors: Coolum Community Centre: 10am to 5pm: 

10am to 11am: Ken Fisher - Beach Spinifex: Ken Fisher is a cultural anthropologist, surfer and writer who lives at Yaroomba Beach with his wife Linda. Beach Spinifex is his first novel and ken fisher headshot3was inspired by our local beaches, Ken's 50 years of surfing and his work with indigenous Australians who were taken from their parents. Beach Spinifex, a powerful tale of loss and longing, of love and joy, a story for those enchanted by the spirit of the sea. From the ancient Mooon Creek to an idyllic 1960s beach squat and into the new millennium, Beach Spinifex is a story of loss and longing, of love and joy, the story of those enchanted by the spirit of the sea. "Beach Spinifex is a tribute to the beauty of our coast, its bays, beaches and headlands. It is a story for the morning walker, the evening fishermen, the sailors, surfers, swimmers and groms."

11.30am to 12.30am: Martin Kari: A World of Travels and Inspired Words. Born in Transylvania during World War II, Martin Kari’s life followed many pathways. Technical and then formal martin kari headshothigher education prepared the author for life with a sense of exploration, adventure, intellect and humanity. Having worked and lived on four continents as a global citizen, he settled in Australia with his wife and six children in 1981. It was only in retirement that he found the time to take up the pen again, proving that it is never too late to take on something new in life. Martin has published worldwide a prolific number of books so far ranging from: politics, novels, travel-stories, biography, practical philosophy, children’s book (in the English and the German language). 

 

Lunch Break:

1pm to 2pm: PJ Parker: The Long Goodbye:  "On 13th October my father killed my mother". And so begins this extraordinarily, moving and powerful memoir of an Australian family – The Long Goodbye. Pamela J Parker c Robyn Hills headshot smallSpanning three generations of a rural Queensland farming family, The Long Goodbye is an unforgettable story of love and loss by an outstanding new writer of originality and remarkable skill. Pamela has taught at schools throughout Northern Queensland, but now devotes her time to writing and lives at Caloundra. Pamela was Runner Up in the 2015 Olga Masters Short Story Award; short listed for the QLD Premier’s Work of State Significance in 2016 and has recently been short-listed for National Biography Award, 2017.

2.15pm to 3.15pm: Andrew Marmont: Their Finest Hour: A History of the Rugby League World Cup in 10 Matches. Andrew is a freelance writer, producer, presenter and voice-over artist based in Melbourne. Andrew's work as a sports journalist has led to the andrew marmontpublication of his first book "Their Finest Hour". Exploring Harry Bath and Frank Stanton’s unique coaching methods, Australia’s dominance in the 1970’s to modern-day battles against the Kiwis and English, this is a narrative of what made the World Cups so enthralling. It features interviews with some of Australian rugby league’s most influential figures like Wally Lewis, Wayne Pearce, Glenn Lazarus and Ricky Stuart, along with 1960’s and 70’s World Cup heroes Lionel Williamson and Gary Parcell. Marmont brings together an exciting mixture of stories and anecdotes that will appeal to both rugby league supporters and anyone who loves a good sporting read.

3.30pm to 4.30pm: Olivia Pozzan: Energy Healing for your Dog and Cat. As a travel writer, Olivia has researched and written about many of the world's most exotic places. She has authored and co-authored over 20 Lonely Planet guidebooks. OliviaPozzanHer articles are published in various print magazines and online including the Lonely Planet and BBC websites. Olivia has managed to combine her passion for writing and travel with a career as a veterinarian. In a life filled with adventure she has trekked mountain ranges from the Alps to the Himalayas, worked for an Arabian prince in the Middle East, led a caving expedition in the UAE, darted lions in South Africa and vetted on a camel expedition in the heart of Australia. As a vet, Olivia is passionate about animal welfare and works as a shelter vet providing care for injured and homeless animals. She also volunteers her time and veterinary expertise with animal welfare groups in developing countries. Her approach to veterinary medicine integrates alternative therapies with conventional treatments. Her book, Energy Healing for your Dog and Cat, is a practical guide to the use of subtle energy-based healing techniques in animals.

 

 Sunday, August 13

 Coolum Civic Centre: 9am to 5pm:

9am to 10.15am: Maroochy River Songs and Stories - The No Groyners and Jim Cash (in conjunction with Coolum & North Shore Coast Care): The No Groyners are a homegrown Sunshine Coast band featuring long-time local environmentalists and musicians (award-winning musician Noel Gardiner, Sunshine Coast Australia Day award-winner Derek Foster, as well as John Wright and Tom Neilson). The No Groyners will perform two original songs about our beautiful Maroochy River - songs that talk of the threats to both sustainability and the natural beauty that surrounds us. Jim Cash, a former Maroochy Shire Councillor and life member of the Sunshine Coast Environment Council, will talk about the history and future of this beautiful Maroochy River which rises from the eastern slopes of the Blackall Range and flows east through Eumundi, before entering the sea at Cotton Tree, Maroochydore. Other populated centres in the river's catchment include Nambour, Eudlo, Yandina and Coolum. The watershed of the Maroochy River encompasses 630 square kilometres of undulating hills which have been cleared for agriculture and urban uses.

Sunshine Coast Council is calling on the general public to have their say later this year about whether or not to build a rock wall at the river mouth. Jim Cash has been involved with this issue since the early 1990’s and was on the Council consultative committee which came up with the existing sandbag groynes solution to maintain the Cotton Tree infrastructure. He has detailed knowledge about the history of the river mouth as well as the coastal processes affecting the river mouth and adjacent beaches. His presentation includes some amazing historical photos and charts of the river mouth going back to the 1860’s.  

10.30am to 11.15am: How Fairy Houses are building a village library in Bali - Samara Wellbourne: Our festival is proud to present outstanding Sunshine Coast 16-year-old, Samara Wellbourne, who will talk about her fundraising work to build a library in the impoverished village of Bungaya in East Bali.  Samara was just 12 years old when she published her award-winning children's craft book "How to Make Fairy Houses". This young entrepreneur has raised thousands of dollars for humanitarian projects through book sales and craft workshops. This year Samara won the 2017 Young Leader award in the Sunshine Coast Inspiring Women Awards and in 2014 she shared the Young Citizen of the Year award in the Sunshine Coast Australia Day awards with Bindi Irwin.

Samara has teamed up with Balinese teenager Tyas Latra from Karangasem in East Bali with the aim of raising $20,000 so that their dream of building a  library in the extremely poor area of Bungaya Village can become a reality. The young women became friends while Samara lived in Bali with her mother, Cherrell Picton, who was working as an Australian Volunteer International (AVI) volunteer at PUSPADI Bali. Tyas is the daughter of PUSPADI Bali’s Director, I Nengah Latra. The library is being built on land owned by Latra. The girls’ vision to build a library was ignited when they heard the Indonesian Government mandate that every child must read for 15 minutes a day in order to improve the national literacy rates. For more information on Samara and Tyas' fundraising, please read this recent news story "New library in Bali to boost literacy levels" on the Bali Discovery news site: http://www.balidiscovery.com/messages/message.asp?Id=15938

After this inspiring presentation, Samara will be presenting two workshops on Making Your Own Fairy House or Troll Cave in our Children's Storytelling Marquee in Jack Morgan Park (1-2pm and 3-4pm). Children get to make their own fairy houses or troll caves and take them home. These workshops will have a fee for materials with all proceeds going towards Samara's fundraising ventures. The workshops have a maximum number of 20 children. We ask parents to book and pay for the workshops by contacting Samara directly at info@enchantedfairyhouses.com.au  Please note: Apart from our two major Festival Marquees in Jack Morgan Park, our Children's Storytelling Marquees, all other Author Book-signing Marquees, Community Information Marquees and our Artisan Alley of quality coffee, food, art and crafts market stalls are free entry for the public.  

11.30am to 12.15pm: Page to stage: the play adaptation of a book - Dianne Wolfer: Dianne's books, Lighthouse Girl (and Light Horse Boy) were adapted for stage by Black Swan Theatre. The play premiered in April in Albany and went on to a season in Perth. Dianne will share the experience of having her story adapted as a play with the audience. Dianne is the author of 16 books for teenagers and young readers. Her latest title "Nanna’s Button Tin" is a gentle story about a little girl searching for a very special button. Dianne writes across genres and her award-winning historical fiction "Lighthouse Girl and Light Horse Boy" inspired Black Swan Theatre’s recent adaptation of "The Lighthouse Girl" as well as the 2015 Perth Festival street theatre performance of "The Giants". Dianne's 2017 CBCA Notable Book, "The Shark Caller", is a quest novel inspired by the ancient practise of calling sharks. Dianne has just completed a PhD researching Animal Characters in Children’s Literature.

Lunch break:

1pm to 1.45pm: Publishing - The importance of a professional approach:  Join published, professional authors Dimity PowellShannon Horsfall and Dee White in this crucial session, chaired by by publisher, Elaine Ouston, about approaching your writing as your business. 

Dimity Powell writes and reviews stories for kids and is the managing editor for Kids’ Book Review. Her word webs appear in anthologies, school magazines, junior novels, as creative digital content and picture books. Many of her stories have been shortlisted or won awards including her digital narrative, "The Chapel of Unlove for the Story City" app which was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards 2016. "The Fix-it Man", illustrated by Nicky Johnston is her first picture book with EK Books with another to follow in 2018. 

Shannon Horsfall is an author illustrator with a background in graphic design. Her first picture book "Was Not Me!" was published in 2016 by Harper Collins, who are also publishing her next picture book "Nomax" in June 2017. Her head is always filled with characters creating mess, mischief and mayhem.

Dee White is the creator of 18 fiction and non-fiction works for young readers plus two plays, numerous short stories and articles. She has also been published in the NSW School Magazine. Dee was the recipient of a May Gibbs Creative Time Residency for her YA novel, The Tangled Web. She was also awarded a SCBWI Nevada mentorship to work on her YA verse novel "Hating Ric" with New York Times' bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins. She recently signed with US literary agent, Jill Corcoran, and received a grant from VicArts to spend a month in Paris researching her latest work in progress, "Beyond Belief". 

Elaine Ouston has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing and is managing editor at Morris Publishing Australia. Through her Gondor Writers' Centre, Elaine offers many services to authors interested in preparing for submission or self-publishing; and organises literary festivals and school literary camps for Australian literary festivals and book fairs. She has been published in The School Magazine and has many published children books, including picture books, chapter books and middle-grade novels. Elaine is currently working on a young adult fantasy novel to be released soon. From 3.15 to 4pm, Elaine is offering 15-minute appointments to authors to evaluate their submissions to agents and publishers in the 6 x 3 marquee next to Coolum Community Centre in Jack Morgan Park. Cost $45, Book at:  http://www.gondorwriterscentre.com/scirwf-evaluations.html

2pm to 3pm: Writing a Series: Meredith Costain, Alison Reynolds (chair Elaine Ouston):Meredith Costain is a versatile writer from Melbourne whose work ranges from picture books through to novels, poetry and narrative non-fiction. Her books include CBCA Honour Book "Doodledum Dancing", "My Life in the Wild", "Daddies Are Great!", novelisations of ABC TV’s Dance Academy, and tween series "A Year in Girl Hell". Her latest series is the quirky "Ella Diaries", which was shortlisted this year for both the REAL and the WAYRBA children’s choice awards, and has sold to 24 countries. Meredith enjoys presenting writing workshops for children and adults around Australia.

Alison Reynolds is a Melbourne author of over 70 books and has been published in 12 countries and in 9 languages. She has written many different styles of books such as board books, picture books, chapter books, young adult books, adult and non-fiction. She loves to travel in person and through books. She has presented at schools, libraries and writers’ festivals, including the Melbourne Writers’ Festival. Alison has a clown phobia and cannot stand liquorice, cooked carrots and chai. She is the author of the acclaimed Pickle and Bree’s Guide to Good Deeds series and the bestselling choose-your-own-adventure style Ranger in Danger series.

Elaine Ouston has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing and is managing editor at Morris Publishing Australia. She has two published books in a fantasy series, The Mystery of Nida Valley, has been published in The School Magazine and has many published children books, including picture books, chapter books and middle-grade novels. Elaine is currently working on a young adult fantasy novel to be released in 2017. 

3.15pm to 4.15pm: Helping to save the World's Wildlife and Overcoming Difficulties and Barriers in Telling the Story - Sharon Pincott and Marie-Louise Sarjeant: Sharon Pincott is the author of "Elephant Dawn" (released 2016) which tells the story of her 13 years monitoring and safeguarding the 500-plus elephants who bear the title of the President of Willa and Sharon Pincott share a tender moment Photo credit NHU AfricaZimbabwe. Her 13 years in Africa were fraught with real danger, but her love of "her" wild elephant family saw this brave and passionate women stand her ground and get on with the enormous tasks at hand - including dealing with the everyday dangers of poaching, corruption and violence. Sharon will talk about what it was like to open herself up to write such a difficult memoir - having to relive some really tough times all over again - including the death of one of her favourite wild elephant friends. Her memoir tells of how she gave up a high-flying First World life and pushed through the heartache to continue her elephant work, until she felt she had no choice but to leave Zimbabwe in 2014 - if she wanted to stay alive! (Pictured above: Sharon Pincott and Willa share a tender moment. Photo courtesy of NHU Africa. Sharon's relationship with the President of Zimbabwe's elephants was said to be one of the most remarkable ever documented.)

Marie-Louise Sarjeant is the event co-ordinator for National Day of Action for Dingoes, runs the Connect 2 Wildlife 4 Environment's Facebook page and hosts Eumundi's Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, plus the Ochre Project Dingo Awareness campaign. One of Marie-Louise's highlights during her decades of conservation work was a private meeting with Dr Jane Goodall. Marie-Louise will talk about her conservation work in Australia and the real hardships she has faced along the way.

4.15pm to 5.15pm: Writing for the educational market - Meredith Costain: Discover how to create a wide variety of texts – ranging from emergent and early readers through to articles, chapter books and non-fiction – in this hands-on session. Find out about literacy series, text types, the magical power of the ‘3 Rs’ (rhythm, rhyme and repetition), readability, writing to a brief, and finding markets for your writing. Meredith has written over 200 books for both local and international education publishers, edited children’s magazines for the Victorian Department of Education, and been the commissioning editor for several literacy series, including Spinouts, Awesome and Legends (in their own lunchbox).

Meredith Costain is a versatile writer from Melbourne whose work ranges from picture books through to novels, poetry and narrative non-fiction. Her books include CBCA Honour Book "Doodledum Dancing", "My Life in the Wild", "Daddies Are Great!", novelisations of ABC TV’s Dance Academy, and tween series "A Year in Girl Hell". Her latest series is the quirky "Ella Diaries", which was shortlisted this year for both the REAL and the WAYRBA children’s choice awards, and has sold to 24 countries. Meredith enjoys presenting writing workshops for children and adults around Australia.

Sunday, August 13

 Publisher's Marquee (1): Jack Morgan Park 9am to 5pm:

9am to 10am: Anthropomorphism in children’s literature - Dianne Wolfer: (Anthropomorphism - the showing or treating of animals as if they are human in appearance, character or behaviour.)  Dianne has just submitted PhD research into creating animal characters in literature. This involved compiled a listing of Australian children’s titles from 1841-2015, examining degrees of anthropomorphism and looking at ways animal characters are used as windows to war, environmental and social change. Dianne’s studies also explored emerging metaphoric trends in Australian animal characters. She looks forward to sharing examples with us.

Dianne is the author of 16 books for teenagers and young readers. Her latest title "Nanna’s Button Tin" is a gentle story about a little girl searching for a very special button. Dianne writes across genres and her award-winning historical fiction "Lighthouse Girl and Light Horse Boy" inspired Black Swan Theatre’s recent adaptation of "The Lighthouse Girl" as well as the 2015 Perth Festival street theatre performance of "The Giants". Dianne's 2017 CBCA Notable Book, "The Shark Caller", is a quest novel inspired by the ancient practise of calling sharks.

10.15am to 11.15am: Writing to choose your own adventure stories - Alison Reynolds: CYOA style books are the original interactive media, allowing readers to be part of the adventure as they choose their own plot direction and their own destiny. Sounds complicated – but it’s not! Join Alison Reynolds and dive into the labyrinth of writing a CYOA style book. She will show you how to write these traditionally fast paced books with multiple story lines. You will emerge from this workshop with both a clear plan and un-muddled head so you can embark on writing CYOA style books. Come prepared to write, laugh and learn.

Alison is a Melbourne author of over 70 books and has been published in 12 countries and nine languages. She has written many different styles of books such as board books, picture books, chapter books, YA books, adult and non-fiction. She loves to travel in person and through her books. Alison has presented at schools, libraries and writers' festivals - including the Melbourne Writers' Festival. She is the author of the acclaimed Pickle and Bree’s Guide to Good Deeds series and the bestselling choose-your-own-adventure style Ranger in Danger series.

11.30am to 12.15pm: Combining music with picture books - Dean O’Brien: The workshop will cover many of the fundamental elements of creative writing and turning it into a published book including: * The ‘purpose’ behind a story * Finding inspiration * Creative mindset * Getting started * Rough draft * On-going development/expansion * Testing your work/asking for help * Editorial * Putting words to music. Dean, Mr Yipadee or Deano as he’s known to his friends, is a number one best-selling children’s author (with Scholastic) and chart-topping musician. He’s been fortunate to work as a writer on a number of children's series from "Bob The Builder", "Thomas The Tank Engine", and also headlined the famous ‘Kidz Field’ at the Glastonbury Music Festival.  Deano has spent the last few years touring with the presenters from CBeebies (the BBC’s children’s TV channel) and topped the bestseller's album and book charts in the UK and New Zealand.

Lunch

1pm to 2pm: Playwriting - Victoria Carless: This workshop will introduce participants to writing for theatre. Together we will look at characterisation, setting and plotting your stories for stage, as well as theatrical symbol and imagery. Bring your writing materials, ideas and that line that's been rattling around in your mind and we’ll find a way to make it live!

Victoria is a novelist, playwright, a current State Library QANZAC100 Fellow and holds a PhD in creative writing. Her first book, "The Dream Walker", is for young adults and will be published in June 2017 by Hachette Australia. Victoria has had seven plays produced since 2006. Her award-winning script "The Rainbow Dark" was published in the 'Staging Asylum' collection by Currency Press in 2013 and her script "The Grand" was published by PlayLab in 2014. Victoria also contributes contemporary performance reviews to RealTime magazine.  

2.15pm to 3pm: Building an author brand - Michelle Worthington: Join internationally award winning author Michelle Worthington as she goes through the basics of building your online brand as an author. A strong brand helps you in the same ways it helps a company. It gives you name recognition and helps you sell your products—your books. Author branding should be part and parcel of the business plan you write when you first get the idea for a book.

Michelle will give you her Top 10 tips for creating in the best possible author brand online, as well as practical ways to build your brand in order to create connections with fans, fellow writers and publishers. No previous social media experience is necessary as Michelle will be bringing it back to basics and discussing which platforms work and which don't, along with tips for building a blog, YouTube Channel and LinkedIn profile.

Michelle is an internationally published award-winning author of empowering picture books for children of all ages. Her goal is to inspire all children to believe in themselves and encourage special-needs readers to fall in love with books. Director of Share Your Story Australia, Michelle helps aspiring authors reach their goal of being publishing through mentor programs and workshops with industry professionals. Two-time winner of the International Book Award for Children’s Hardcover Fiction and finalist in the US Best Book Awards and Book Excellence Awards, she also received a Gellett Burgess Award for Children’s Literature and a Silver Moonbeam Award for her contribution to celebrating diversity in Picture Books. 

3.15pm to 4pm: Picture books, show don’t tell - Shannon Horsfall: In this workshop Shannon will focus on the elements of a successful picture book including structure and the story arc. She will explore the importance of illustration to tell the story alongside, and sometimes in contrast to, the words. She will delve into the importance of allowing the illustrations to speak, and for layout to create dynamism or quiet as required. She will discuss the process of printing to give participants a better understanding of layout, sheet size, pagination and colour reproduction. Shannon Horsfall is an author illustrator with a background in graphic design. Her first picture book "Was Not Me!" was published in 2016 by Harper Collins, who are also publishing her next picture book "Nomax" in June 2017. Her head is always filled with characters creating mess, mischief and mayhem. Shannon lives on a beautiful island north of Brisbane, with her two sons and a particularly lazy rescue hound. She describes herself as a grown-up whose inner child is not always kept safely inner. (She has been known to gate crash the odd game of Red Rover and elastics.)

4.15pm to 5.15pm: Developing believable characters - Elaine Ouston: Developing strong, believable characters that your reader either loves or hates ... depending on your intention, is vital. ​Many writers make the mistake of having characters who are too similar to each other and not well enough developed. This workshop examines the many personality types we meet and shows you how to portray them effectively. Elaine Ouston has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing and is managing editor at Morris Publishing Australia. Through her Gondor Writers' Centre, Elaine offers many services to authors interested in preparing for submission or self-publishing; and organises literary festivals and school literary camps for Australian literary festivals and book fairs. She has been published in The School Magazine and has many published children books, including picture books, chapter books and middle-grade novels. Elaine is currently working on a young adult fantasy novel to be released in 2017.

Sunday, August 13

 Poet's Corner Marquee (2): Jack Morgan Park: 9am to 5pm:

9am to 10am: Writing Historical Faction for adults and YA readers - Pam Rushby: Pam loves "faction" - fact-based historical fiction. She believes the best, the strangest, the most riveting, heart-breaking, laugh-out-loud stories aren't fiction. They're real. They come from history. Join her workshop and discover how she turns these stories into successful "faction" that children and young adults love. Pam has worked in advertising, as a pre-school teacher and freelance writer. She was a writer and producer of educational television, audio and multimedia for the Queensland Department of Education for 16 years, and now freelances in children's and young adult fiction and non-fiction; scriptwriting; and multimedia writing/designing. She has many published books and particularly loves rewriting historical stories.

10.15am to 11.15am: Victoria Carless: Join Victoria for the launch of her book, The Dream Walker, and hear the story behind the story.  

11.15am to 12.15am: Writing for the International Market and book launch - Dee White: After recently signing with an American literary agent, Dee will discuss how to catch the attention of international agents and publishers, and how to write books with global appeal. Dee will share her five-year journey exploring the opportunities and pitfalls of the international market before she signed with US literary agent, Jill Corcoran. She will share tips on how to catch the attention of international agents and publishers, and will discuss themes and content that might appeal to a worldwide readership. You will learn techniques for pitching your work to a global market, and where you can find the agent or publisher who is right for you. You will also discover the importance of international publishing rights, and what you should do with them. Dee is the creator of 18 fiction and non-fiction works for young readers plus two plays, numerous short stories and articles. She has also been published in the NSW School Magazine. Dee was the recipient of a May Gibbs Creative Time Residency for her YA novel, The Tangled Web. She was also awarded a SCBWI Nevada mentorship to work on her YA verse novel "Hating Ric" with New York Times' bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins. She recently signed with US literary agent, Jill Corcoran, and received a grant from VicArts to spend a month in Paris researching her latest work in progress, "Beyond Belief".

Dee has two new books for release this year and she is thrilled to be launching them at the 2017 Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writer's Festival. Dee's picture book, Reena's Rainbow is illustrated by the amazingly talented Tracie Grimwood and will be published worldwide. K9 Heroes for readers aged 9+ is about dogs who have saved people's lives, and features four stories of incredible loyalty and courage inspired by actual events. Join Dee to celebrate her releases and listen to her read from the books.

Lunch break:

1pm to 1.45pm:  Marketing and Author Tours - Karen Tyrrell, Pam Rushby, Michelle Worthington: You have done it! Your book is published, but now you have to sell it. Join these three very prolific and successful authors on 'a tour of an author's tour'. Karen Tyrrell writes empowering books to help kids live STRONG utilising humour and self-belief.  She’s an experienced Brisbane school teacher and keynote speaker. Karen has won three awards, three literary grants and a mentorship through the Society of Editors (QLD). She is a writing tutor for Queensland Writers Centre and Brisbane City Libraries. ​Her eight acclaimed books "Bailey Beats the Blah", "STOP the Bully", "Harry Helps Grandpa Remember", "Jo-Kin Battles the It", "Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra" and "Song Bird Superhero" all ignite imagination and positive self-esteem. 

Pamela Rushby has worked in advertising, as a pre-school teacher and freelance writer. She was a writer and producer of educational television, audio and multimedia for the Queensland Department of Education for 16 years, and now freelances in children's and young adult fiction and non-fiction; scriptwriting; and multimedia writing/designing. She has many published books and particularly loves rewriting historical stories. 

Michelle Worthington is an internationally published award-winning author of empowering picture books for children of all ages. Her goal is to inspire all children to believe in themselves and encourage special-needs readers to fall in love with books. Director of Share Your Story Australia, Michelle helps aspiring authors reach their goal of being publishing through mentor programs and workshops with industry professionals. Two-time winner of the International Book Award for Children’s Hardcover Fiction and finalist in the US Best Book Awards and Book Excellence Awards, Michelle also received a Gellett Burgess Award for Children’s Literature and a Silver Moonbeam Award for her contribution to celebrating diversity in Picture Books.

Lunch break:

2.15pm to 3.45pm:  Scott Nicol - You Can Write a Book - Yes You Can: Author, journalist and writing teacher Scott Nicol got off to a great start in his writing career when continually passed English, but failed maths throughout his high school tenure. A 38-year journalistic career and decades of writing material for others, he began his own creative writing career. But as many have found, journalists don't always make an easy transition to creative writing. "Creative writing, particularly fiction, is definitely a different animal when compared with the day-to-day grind of news story production," Scott said. "I experienced firsthand what it was like to hit literary roadblocks. So I did what all good journos do - I researched the subject. "In fact, I compiled so much material that I turned it into a book and called it You Can Write a Book - Yes You Can. "Even those who didn't do too well at English, often still have a story inside their head that needs to be told. I'm passionate about encouraging novice writers and helping them achieve their writing dreams."

4pm to 5pm: Dealing with Difficult People - Karen Clarke: Empowering methods for dealing with and overcoming bullying, oppresive and hostile relationships. Karen is the author of "From Bullied to Brilliant" and director of Powerful Positive People. A qualified Trainer of NLP and Time Line Therapy® Coach, Karen helps adults, children, performers and athletes overcome confidence and self-esteem issues. She has a deep understanding of bullying and social isolation, through both her professional and personal experiences. Karen’s book "From Bullied to Brilliant" helps parents, educators and victims of bullying understand how a change in thinking can end the bully-victim cycle be you child, adult or parent. She is developing a program for schools with Australian Teacher Aide and is working with the Brisbane Broncos delivering talks to Gympie high school students. She is a key spokesperson and ambassador for the not-for-profit organisation, For Kids Sake, who’s primary focus is to increase the understanding and reduce the harmful impacts of family breakdown – as the name says, its about putting the kids first.

Sunday, August 13

Smorgasbord of Authors: Coolum Community Centre (main room): 9am to 5pm:

9am to 9.45am: Award-winning children's author Karen Tyrrell performs Song Bird Superhero & The Battle of Bug World with costumes, props and BEE-utiful fun. Dressed in blue feathered winged suit, Karen AKA Song Bird Superhero presents her uplifting humorous stories with SUPER bee. Can Song Bird AKA Rosella Ava Bird STOP the Bullies, save her sister, the bees and planet Earth? BEE-lieve! Karen reveals her positive messages through humour and self-belief. Karen is also the author of STOP the Bully , Bailey Beats the Blah, Super Space Kids. FREE Capilano Honey showbag with the purchase of The Battle of Bug World. www.karentyrrell.com

10.15am to 11.15am:  Midnight Sun to the Southern Cross - book launch and "tree planting" - Ruth Bonetti: Ruth will be hosting the Sunshine Coast launch of her new novel "Midnight Sun to Southern Cross: Those who go, those who stay" which is Book Two of Ruth's family memoir "Burn My Letters: Tyranny to refuge". Ruth grew up in the arid Queensland outback, intrigued by the strange-accented relatives she met on holidays near Byron Bay. She preferred Mozart to hillbilly music, books to horses. Ruth’s gift for music became a passport to the world. Destiny led her to live in Sweden, directly across the Gulf of Bothnia from her grandfather’s birthplace in Finland, where she researched the story of her ‘black sheep’ great-uncle Karl Johan Back who fled Russian-occupied Finland for the safety of Australia in 1899. Finding refuge on ridges overlooking Byron Bay lighthouse in northern New South Wales, Karl grows orchids and lush tropical fruit. Intrigued by her 'black sheep' great uncle, Ruth pieces together the motives that propelled his desperate flight to Australia and quest for freedom. And why did he implore his family back home to "burn my letters" and why he write prolifically in Australia but under a pen name?

"Midnight Sun to the Southern Cross" continues the Back family saga with her grandfather Wilhelm Anders Back who spent his formative years in Europe and, in his adult years, became "Australia's richest Finn". Ruth is author/editor of a dozen publications about music, education and performance, five through Words and Music and two with Oxford Uni. Press. She is a Fellow of the Migration Institute of Finland who published her articles and paper. At the end of her book launch, Ruth will plant a tree sapling which has been grown from the seed of the original fir trees that her forefathers planted in Byron Bay from seeds sourced from their homeland in Elaine is passionate about teaching children about Australian megafauna. This book is her fourth published book about the magnificant animals that roamed Australia before and just after the arrival of humans, and the first in the picture book series showing how they lived and interacted.Finland.

11.30am to 12.15pm: Elaine Ouston will be reading her latest picture book, Dippy the Dancing Diprotodon.Elaine is passionate about teaching children about Australian megafauna. This book is her fourth published book about the magnificant animals that roamed Australia before and just after the arrival of humans, and the first in the picture book series showing how they lived and interacted.

Lunch break:

1pm to 2pm: Chris Collin from Funky Books will read from his latest fun book. He is the author of Funky Chicken, A Bug called Doug, and many more. Chris’ latest book "Funky Chicken: Chooks in Space" won the 2016 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award.

2.15 to 3.15: Dean O'Brien, Mr Yipadee or Deano as he’s known to his friends, is a number one best-selling children’s author (with Scholastic) and chart-topping musician. He’s been fortunate to work as a writer on a number of children's series from "Bob The Builder", "Thomas The Tank Engine", and also headlined the famous ‘Kidz Field’ at the Glastonbury Music Festival.  Deano has spent the last few years touring with the presenters from CBeebies (the BBC’s children’s TV channel) and topped the bestseller's album and book charts in the UK and New Zealand.

3.30 to 4.30: Dimity will read from her new picture book "The Fix It Man". Dimity writes and reviews stories for kids and is the managing editor for Kids’ Book Review. Her word webs appear in anthologies, school magazines, junior novels, as creative digital content and picture books. Many of her stories have been shortlisted or won awards including her digital narrative, "The Chapel of Unlove for the Story City" app which was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards 2016. "The Fix-it Man", illustrated by Nicky Johnston is her first picture book with EK Books with another to follow in 2018.

Childrens' Corner: Coolum Community Centre verandah:

9am to 10am: Gayle Torrens will read from her delightful children's book "The Tralls of Nindarry". Germaine thinks that he is heading off for a funfilled holiday with his grandparents at Ninderry in the tralls of nindarrygayle torrens pic 3Queensland, Australia but when he arrives, he finds his grandfather seriously ill. As his parents are committed to flying to Canberra to try to save Fraser Island from the ravages of sand mining, it is left to him to help his grandmother find the unusual cure - the only thing that will save his grandfather's life. The journey to find the cure sets Gemaine and his grandmother on a fantastic journey into a parallel world that is amazingly beautiful but, at the same time incredibly dangerous. Along the way, Germaine uncovers a long held family secret. Will this secret bring his family even closer to each other or will it shatter his family forever?

Gayle, a former schoolteacher, has been delighting school children all over Queensland with her zany character costumes and storytelling style. The Tralls of Ninderray began with Gayle making up bedtime stories for her children - a tradition she now continues with her grandchildren.

 10.15am to 11.15am: Sharing Nature workshop and Picture Book Reading - Paula Tura: Paula just launched her first children's picture book "Madeixas" in her home town in paula turu with book and doll2 aBrazil. Madeixas divulgacao paula turaThe book is written in Portuguese without translations in English. Paula's reading allows children to imagine their own story based on the pictures. The foreign-language book also stimulates a second language acquisition. Paula begins her workshops with outdoor-activity, facilitating games with nature followed by an artistic activity such as writing and drawing. She uses her book as the basis for the workshop activities, discussion and brainstorming. Paula is very excited to hear children's interpretation of the images in her pisture book which is the story of a little girl whose long dark hair becomes curious about the world and starts collecting items from nature and her town and city surrounds. For the nature games, Paula uses Sharing Nature methodology -www.sharingnature.com

 

11.30am to 12.30pm: YA author Casey Ardron will read from his exciting adventure book, Xavier Wintersbee and the Book of Virtues. Casey’s cinemagraphic style pulls the reader into xavier wintersbeethe story side by side with the characters. In this case, you find yourself alongside Xavier Wintersbee and his friends on an action-packed adventure through the forbidden reaches of Cortoza. In the north-west Casey Ardron headshot bigPacific, on the remote island of Cortoza, a generation of Nokali, the modern tribe, await their promised fortune - it's a promise that their evil president has no intention of fulfilling. For decades, he has scoured the land, fearful of an enemy he couldn’t even see, in search of a sacred treasure that was nothing but a legend. Now, on the verge of his greatest discovery, not even the Shahili, the lost tribe, wish to thwart his plans. Instead, the most unlikely of obstacles stands between him and his fortune – a 12-year-old student from the Alvarez Academy of the Uninitiated – a boy named, Xavier Wintersbee. Impatient to join his father on his latest archaeological mission, Xavier, unwittingly, begins an unsanctioned adventure that leads him deep into the forest of the fifth quarter. Before long, Xavier is caught in the middle of an ancient tribe’s bitter family feud, and innocently sparks a series of events leading to the collision of the two divided tribes of his island home – a battle foreseen centuries ago is about to begin! But before the battle, Xavier and his friends, Uma and Eli, must survive a life or death mission to save the legendary riches of Cortoza from ever reaching the hands of their president. Unbeknown to them, it’s a mission that will soon lead them on an even greater quest… to find the one, true ruler destined to lead the Nokali from oppression, and reunite the two tribes of their island home.

Lunch Break:

1pm to 3pm: Children's storytelling activities with Peter Rowe and his amazing "Josh the Robot" series. What an inspiring writer and artist! For someone who could barely communicate josh the robotfor the first 30 years of his life, Peter Rowe – artist, illustrator, writer and performer – has certainly made up for lost time. Peter was born in December 1964 with Down syndrome. Speech was, and still is, difficult for Peter due to muscle tone and movement difficulties associated with his disability. For 30 years he could communicate only on a very restricted level and his family and those who Peter Rowe photoknow him believed he had very little understanding and comprehension. But Peter’s life changed dramatically in 1994 when he was introduced to Facilitated Communication – a strategy that allows him to communicate by pointing to letters on a keyboard. Learning to communicate through Facilitated Communication (FC) has opened up a whole new world of personal and creative expression. Previously unable to express his everyday thoughts and feelings, FC has unleashed Peter’s innate creativity and he has become a prolific and insightful writer. His writings cover many genres including poetry, short stories, fantasy, children’s stories and narratives on his own life. Peter has self-published seven children’s books including a four-book Josh the Robot series, which saw him team up with a graphic designer to produce all of the stunning illustrations. Through his art, writing, music and community education, Peter is actively becoming a popular role model for people with a disability. The process of becoming a published writer and exhibiting artist has opened many doors and helped him grow professionally, but ultimately he wants to inspire others with a disability to express themselves creatively and to show the wider ‘non-disabled’ community that people with a disability can contribute in so many valuable ways to the greater good of all humanity.

3pm to 4pm:Make Your Own Fairy House or Troll Cave - Samara Welbourne. Teenage author and entrepreneur Samara will be presenting two workshops on building fairy houses and troll caves and samara welbourne smallchildren will be able to take their own fairy house or troll cave home. Each workshop will have a fee for materials with all proceeds going towards Samara's fundraising ventures. How to make Fairy Houses smallEach workshop has a maximum number of 20 children. We ask parents to book and pay for the workshops by contacting Samara directly at info@enchantedfairyhouses.com.au Now just turned 17, the Sunshine Coast's Samara Welbourne was an author at the age of 12, one of Australia’s youngest social entrepreneurs, a Queensland Culture Champion (Dept Arts) and the 2014 Sunshine Coast Young Citizen of the Year (an award shared with Bindi Irwin). Samara’s book, How To Make Fairy Houses, was published by Boolarong Press in 2013 and became their best-selling children’s book of the year. For two years whilst living in Bali, Samara used the proceeds of her fairy house business solely to raise money for a number of projects to assist the Balinese. Her current project, with 14-year-old Balinese teenager Tyas, is to build a library in the village of Bungaya, Bali, to support children improve their reading skills and learn English. This project is hosted by Sunshine Coast and Balinese teenagers with help from the staff of Puspadi Bali which assists people with physical disabilities to access rehabilitation services so that they can establish their place in society as productive citizens. Not bad for a kid who initially hated writing!

 Please note: The 6 x 3 Author Marquee next to the Coolum Community Centre and the Storytelling Sessions on the Coolum Community Centre verandah are free admission to the public.

And our festivals Artisan Alley offers quality coffee, food, art and crafts market stalls plus environment and community information stalls to support our community.  

Authors' Marquee: next to Coolum Community Centre in Jack Morgan Park: 9am to 5pm: 

10am to 11am: Scott Nicol - You Can Write a Book - Yes You Can: Author, journalist and writing teacher Scott Nicol got off to a great start in his writing career when continually passed English, scott nichols headshotbut failed maths throughout his high school tenure. A 38-year journalistic career and decades of writing material for others, he began his own creative writing career. But as many have found, journalists don't always make an easy transition to creative writing. "Creative writing, particularly fiction, is definitely a different animal when compared with the day-to-day grind of news story production," Scott said. "I experienced firsthand what it was like to hit literary roadblocks. So I did what all good journos do - I researched the subject. "In fact, I compiled so much material that I turned it into a book and called it You Can Write a Book - Yes You Can. "Even those who didn't do too well at English, often still have a story inside their head that needs to be told. I'm passionate about encouraging novice writers and helping them achieve their writing dreams."

11.15am to 12.15pm:  Children's Storytelling: Gayle Torrens - The Tralls of Nindarry: Germaine thinks that he is heading off for a funfilled holiday with his grandparents at Ninderry in Queensland, gayle torrens pic 3Australia but when he arrives, he finds his grandfather seriously ill. As his parents are committed to flying to Canberra to try to save Fraser Island from the ravages of sand mining, it is left to him to help his grandmother find the unusual cure - the only thing that will save his grandfather's life. The journey to find the cure sets Gemaine and his grandmother on a fantastic journey into a parallel world that is amazingly beautiful but, at the same time incredibly dangerous. Along the way, Germaine uncovers a long held family secret. Will this secret bring his family even closer to each other or will it shatter his family forever?

Lunch break:

1pm to 2pm: Make Your Own Fairy House or Troll Cave - Samara Welbourne. Teenage author and entrepreneur Samara will be presenting two workshops on building fairy houses and troll caves samara welbourne small imageand children will How to make Fairy Houses smallbe able to take their own fairy house or troll cave home. Each workshop will have a fee for materials with all proceeds going towards Samara's fundraising ventures where she is helping to build a library in a small village in Bali. Each workshop has a maximum number of 20 children. We ask parents to book and pay for the workshops by contacting Samara directly at info@enchantedfairyhouses.com.au or pay on the day as children can take their fairy houses and troll caves home and this fee covers the cost of materials.

 

2.15pm to 3pm: Children's book author and illustrator Emma Middleton will have some really cool lion masks for children to decorate to celebrate the October 1 launch of her latest book, "The Lion lion maskin our Living Room". Emma’s passion is to create children’s literature that enhances and emma middleton headshot1emma middleton the lion in our living roompromotes the inner space of a child, giving them the means to hold a sense of wonder, delight and unlimited possibility. The wellspring for Emma’s creative passion is fed by many past and present tributaries but it has two main sources. The first was a childhood that was allowed to celebrate slow time, nature and creative play. A time and place that Emma feels is the right of every child. The second was a 15-year career in the creative world of professional ballet. One that at its pinnacle saw Emma dance for the Vienna Ballet. And then post-retirement the deeply rewarding experience of teaching, at her own ballet school, to a generation of children. Now, Emma feels she has found in children’s literature, a place where her two past worlds have a natural creative collision. Her books combining her deeply-valued experiences of childhood with the drama, rhythms and colour of ballet.(emmamiddleton100@gmail.com)

 

3.15pm to 3.45pm:Publisher and author Elaine Ouston - 15-minute appointments to authors to evaluate their submissions to agents and publishers with Elaine Ouston.  Elaine has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing and is managing editor at Morris Publishing Australia. Through her Gondor Writers' Centre, Elaine offers many services to authors interested in preparing for submission or Elaine Ouston 1 headshot1self-publishing including workshops, editing and evaluations. She organises literary festivals and school literary camps for Australian literary festivals and book fairs. She has been published in The School Magazine and has many published children books, including picture books, chapter books and middle-grade novels. Elaine is currently working on a young adult fantasy novel and the next book in her Australian megafauna series. Cost $45, Book at:  http://www.gondorwriterscentre.com/scirwf-evaluations.html or contact Elaine at the festival.

 

 *Poet's Corner, Jack Morgan Park, Coolum will feature open-to-the-public performances by Bazza the Bush Poet, TJ Macc (classic '70s and '80s acoustic songs) Barbara Brewster (rambunctious author, singer, clown and workshop host) and a host of other entertaining performers and storytellers.Barry Betts Bazza headshot

Festival Artisan Alley – Quality Artisan and food stalls will be operating in Jack Morgan Park from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13. PLUS information stalls featuring Coolum & North Shore Coast Care, the Sunshine Coast branch of Surfriders Association, Development Watch, Take 3 for The Sea and more! We love and care for our environment!

               The SCIRWF Festival office opens at 8am on Saturday, August 12 in Coolum Civic Centre for Ticket Sales, Programs and a hearty welcome to Coolum!

(Online ticket sales through Eventbrite suggested to avoid sell-out)

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/2017-sunshine-coast-international-readers-and-writers-festival-tickets-35328491469?utm_term=eventurl_text

 

 

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