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2017 Festival's crowdfunding video is a beauty!

THE team from the 2nd annual Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival committee are very proud to release an amazing and beautiful promotional video for our August 12 and 13 festival at Coolum. The video was produced by the Sunshine Coast's own Michelle Smytheman and Ryan Early from Reflected Image PRoductions reflected image productions logo(http://www.reflectedimage.com.au) with the great support of festival artists singer-songwriter Barry Charles, YA author Casey Ardron, performance poet Gabriella Salmon and teenage author and entreprenuer Samara Welbourne with festival founder Wendy O'Hanlon providing the voiceover.The video features the gorgoues Sunshine Coast beaches and hinterland.

The SCIRWF needs public funding and sponsorship to not only stage the two-day, one-night festival, but also to pay our artists decent fees for their performances. Our festival is all about building a platform for Sunshine Coast creatives and emerging artists to showcase their work, and connect and network with creatives from around Australia and the world. Our festival is teaming up with writers, songwriters, poets and performance poets to stage regular monthy events and masterclasses around the Sunshine Coast to help grow our creatives' careers.

Please support our festival with a donation to our Australian Cultural Fund crowdfunding campaign. Every donation over $2 is tax-deductable and it is EOFY time! To view the video and donate plaese go to this link: https://australianculturalfund.org.au/projects/sunshine-coast-writers-festival/ 

A BIG thank you from the SCIRWF team!

  

SCIRWF's USC bursary winners present at Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

2016 SCIRWF bursary students from USC presenting at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali, October 2016

THE inaugural Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival's first bursary winners presented at the prestigious Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in October in Bali. It was a huge honour for University of the Sunshine Coast creative writing students Kate Eagle, Jade Dor, Kiarna Triggs and Linda More (pictured with mentor Eileen Walder) to present on an international stage. Their theme, Tat Tvam Asi (I am you, you are me) was the theme of the 2016 UWRF. The theme is an ancient Hindu tenet which expresses the relationship betwen the individual and the supreme reality. There was much applause at the Cafe Luna Bar venue and great support from the crowd. The bursary students went on to attend the full Ubud festival program and enjoyed tours around the island. The bursary covered airfares, accommodation and festival 4-day tickets.

What a Journey

What a journey! (I hate that word, thanks reality TV.) Really, we have met so many creatives who will be involved in our inaugural Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival Inc this September (9 to 11) at Coolum Beach. This festival is all about inspiring, mentoring and networking our SC creatives with national and international writers and performers. It is also about “opening our minds”.  Here is a taste: Gubbi Gubbi language workshops, comic book/graphic designer workshops, bringing poetry into song workshops, eco-workshops about plastics on the beach, surfboard-shaping workshops, singer-songwriters, book publishers, how-to-write-a-book workshops, slam poets and musos extraordinaire, the story of our country from our Gubbi Gubbi People … and fireworks, did I mention fireworks! And comedy….and, and, and.

In The Media

Our inaugural festival garnered great support from the media, guest artists and websites. Below is a selection of just some of the publicity for our exciting new event:

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/special-features/in-depth/id-rather-have-a-beer-with-god-if-she-exists/news-story/81dacf61afd1fb7c5dcf90cd9343d910

http://www.weekendnotes.com/sunshine-coast-international-readers-writers-festival/?sb=1&i=1&j=1&k=1&wemid=62015&wuid=826084&ap=7gscJwc9G4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCbOG4wb2O8

http://www.distance-fromto.com/instagram/sunshinecoastwritersfestival/3270399600

http://www.lynnekelly.com.au/2016/09/aboriginal-affirmation-at-coolum-beach/

http://www.coolum.com.au/display_listing.asp?id=1864

http://www.usc.edu.au/explore/usc-news-exchange/news-archive/2016/august/new-literary-festival-opens-doors-for-usc-writers

https://justmecreativewriter.wordpress.com/2016/06/06/the-inaugural-2016-sunshine-coast-international-readers-writers-festival/

https://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/sunshine-coast-international-readers-and-writers-f/3057638/

https://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/sunshine-coast-international-readers-and-writers-f/3057638/

http://www.pressreader.com/australia/sunshine-coast-daily/20160908/281706909127928

http://www.coolumbusinessandtourism.com.au/event/sunshine-coast-international-readers-and-writers-festival/

http://www.coolumadvertiser.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/CA_0707_web.pdf

http://www.pentepoets.com/gallery.html

http://teq.queensland.com/en-id/event/sunshine-coast-international-readers-and-writers-festival-inc

https://mysunshinecoast.com.au/events/events-display/sunshine-coast-international-readers-and-writers-festival,56994

http://horizonfestival.com.au/event/sunshine-coast-international-readers-writers-festival-full-program

http://www.aroundyou.com.au/whats-on/events/sunshine-coast-international-readers-and-writers-f

https://www.seniorsnews.com.au/news/readers-and-writers-festival-make-mark-sunny-coast/3084960/

https://www.ruralweekly.com.au/videos/launch-sunshine-coast-international-readers-and-wr/39625/

https://www.brisbaneairportvic.com.au/events/sunshine-coast-events/event/101259-sunshine-coast-international-readers-and-writers-festival-inc

http://tingirana.com.au/2016/09/sunshine-coast-international-reader-and-writers-festival/

http://www.barbarabrewster.com/see-sunshine-coast-international-readers-writers-festival/

http://www.nautilusmooloolaba.com/event/sunshine-coast-international-readers-and-writers-festival/

http://www.saltmagazine.com.au/event/Sunshine-Coast-International-Readers-and-Writers-Festival/21482

http://www.rollingsurfresort.com.au/event/sunshine-coast-international-readers-and-writers-festival/?no_redirect=true

http://www.mettaphor.com/event/sunshine-coast-international-readers-and-writers-festival/

https://en-au.fievent.com/e/sunshine-coast-international-readers-and-writers-festival-inc/3922315

http://www.juliehyndmanauthor.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/international-writers-festival-launches-sunshine-coast-wendy-o-hanlon

http://eventful.com/events/sunshine-coast-international-readers-/E0-001-094548874-2@2016090917

https://www.questia.com/newspaper/1G1-445098767/nurturing-inaugural-sunshine-coast-international

https://eventseeker.com/event/sep-11-2016/207109235-sunshine-coast-international-readers-writers-festival-coolum-beach

http://ruthbonetti.musicabonetti.com/2016/09

https://lynettenoni.com/events/

https://mikecoppin.wordpress.com/2016/01/10/writers-festivals-in-asia-pacific-2016/

http://global.eventhint.com/events/13571067/sunshine-coast-international-readers-and-writers-festival-inc

http://www.sunshinecoast-australia.com/events/list/3-September-2016

http://www.peterwellingtonmp.com/communitynoticeboard.htm

http://www.minutemanpress.com.au/print-shop/maroochydore/

http://www.pictaram.com/media/1335409801593510348_3440851932

http://mypropertypreview.com.au/v/telling-tales

https://coolumss.eq.edu.au/Calendarandnews/Newsletters/Newsletters/29%20Thursday%2008%20Sept%202016.pdf

https://allevents.in/sunshine%20coast/andrea-kirwin-at-the-inaugural-sunshine-coast-international-readers-and-writers-festival/1815777458655296

http://www.wheelersbooks.com.au/books/9780994513908-xavier-wintersbee-and-the-book-of-virtues/?sort=newestpublished&status=international&audience=children&class=non-fiction&ageRange=13-19&page=55

 Early interviews with some of the best media people on the Sunshine Coast. So here is a print interview and a radio interview. We have evolved so much since then (February/March). Everyone is excited to be on board. 

http://sunshinecoastreadersandwritersfestival.com/
http://myweeklypreview.com.au/v/woman-her-word

http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/sunshine-coast-international-readers-and-writers-f/3057638/

And That's a Wrap!

DREAM BIG and BE BRAVE... and we did! Our inaugural Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival became a reality in Coolum from September 9 to 11 after just six months of planning. Our festival spirit came alive and reverberated with guest artists, festival-goers, our amazing volunteers and foundation committee members.

Our dream to open minds, bring internationals and nationals together with regional creatives to network, connect, inspire and support each other was a true success! Many could not believe the sheer amount of talent and variety we brought to the Sunshine Coast stage. Word of mouth will be a powerful supporter for our 2nd annual festival next year.

Our audience numbers were not as large as hoped due to unintended clashes with many major events (including the Brisbane Writers Festival) and we hope to avoid this next year by running on August 12 and 13.

Early Planning

On February 23, this year, 2016, under a full moon and with the sounds of the surf rolling on to the sands of our beautiful Coolum Beach, a "baby" was born and delivered to the "village". The inaugural 2016 Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival held its foundation meeting. Inspired by the hugely successful Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Bali (our official mentors), our inaugural September festival will become an iconic festival in the Sunshine Coast landscape – and Australia and internationally.

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