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big 2017 SCIRWF LOGO 2The Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival is an exciting event for the Sunshine Coast, but it can't continue to run and grow without your support. Please donate directly to our festival bank account - Name: SCIRWF Inc; BSB: 633-000; Account No: 156916090. Every little bit helps - even the price of a cup of coffee. Thank you for supporting this worthy cause. A BIG thank-you from the SCIRWF team!

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The Shop’s white round table is the place to meet and greet writers

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We love our festival’s cruisey style – definitely Sunshine Coast style! Since we launched the festival last year, our preferred place to interview creatives has been Coolum’s The Shop Robin Linda and Ken 2Convenience Store’s white round table – and it has become quite famous in creative circles.

We have met the most amazing writers at the white round table and over a latte, cappuccino or perhaps a chai latte and a yummy slice of date cake we are taken on their writing journeys. Meeting at the white round table is a great way to demonstrate to our new festival guest writers just how we roll at the Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival. It’s all about getting up close and personal with everyone involved.

At our festival, readers can sit down and have a chat with our presenters, get their books signed and chat some more. Writers like nothing better than meeting their readers and meeting interesting characters – after all that is the fodder that inspires characters in books and storylines – songs and poems and plays as well. At the white round table, we have met fiction authors, non-fiction authors, children's writers, YA writers, illustrators, poets, slam poets, playwrights and passionate environmentalists.

paula turu with book and doll2 aAnd The Shop’s Gaye Williams and David Pocock are so supportive of our festival. They even donate the funds raised from their second-hand book trolley’s winter sales to gaye and me and dollars2 aour festival – the summer sales’ funds go towards Starry Nights’ Free Flicks in the Park family movie nights in Tickle Park. So come on down to Coolum and enjoy a coffee at The Shop’s white round table. You never know who you will meet! Cheers, wendyoh. 

A chance not to be missed!!

You don't often get the chance to get so many professional workshops and events at this price. The festival is only 6 weeks away. The tickets are only a small investment in your writing future. Only $80 for a one day pass or $140 for two days to go to as many events and workshops as you want. Make sure you book now so you don't miss out.

Here is another one of the amazing line-up of presenters:

Saturday 12th: 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 you 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.

2017 Presenters

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dele Jones is an award-winning Queensland author. 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. For more visit www.adelejonesauthor.com or contact@adelejonesauthor.com

Workshop: Fill Your Pie and Eat It: Research confessions from a historical writer turned YA novelist.


Alison Reynolds At DoorAlison 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.

Workshop: Writing a Choose Your Own Adventure series and on a panel discussion on Writing a Series. 

Ann Wilson3560 1Ann Wilson is the owner of Post Pre-press and the founder of Independent Ink. Specialising in helping authors produce beautiful, professional books either through traditional publisher or self-publishing. Ann has worked in publishing for a decade and is passionate about helping people achieve their dream of becoming a published author and sharing their story. Last year Ann stood on the other side of the desk and wrote her first book. Ann lives in Brisbane, with her four children, two cats and her husband Richard. Her passions include; reading, writing, catching up with friends and family and telling a great story. 

Workshop: Self-Publishing. In this workshop, you will learn Ann’s top tips on what to do and what not to do when you are self-publishing your book.


Deano Yipadee BookDean 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 series from Bob The BuilderThomas 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.

Workshop: Combining music with picture books and will be reading to and entertaining children.


Dee WhiteAward-winning author 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. A qualified writing teacher, Dee presents throughout Australia and overseas, and runs online classes for writers of all ages at www.writingclassesforkids.com She has a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing from Victoria University and a Diploma in Journalism. Dee will be launching her two latest books at the festival.

Workshop: Writing for the International market and Dee will be on a panel discussion on The Professional Approach to Publishing.


dianne wolfer headshot highres croppedDianne Wolfer is 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 The Lighthouse Girl as well as the 2015 Perth Festival street theatre performance of The Giants. 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. www.diannewolfer.com.

Dianne will be talking to us about Anthropomorphism in children's literature and her workshop is Page to Stage: Adapting a book for the stage or movie.


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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. 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. Dimity believes that great stories, like ice cream, are life essentials. Discover more at www.dimitypowell.com

Dimity will be on a panel discussion on The Professional Approach to Publishing and will be reading to and enteraining children.


Elaine Ouston 3 croppedElaine Ouston has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing. She is managing editor at Morris Publishing Australia. Through Gondor Writers' Centre she offers many services to authors interested in preparing for submission or self-publishing – including manuscript appraisals, edits and writing workshops. 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. She is currently working on a young adult fantasy novel to be released in 2017.

Workshop: Developing believable characters. She will also be on the panel discussion on The Professional Approach to Publishing and offer 15 minute appointments to authors to evaluate their submissions to agents and publishers.  


Karen Tyrrell BEST 457 KB5 199x300Karen Tyrrell writes empowering books to help kids live STRONG utilizing humour and self-belief.  She’s an experienced Brisbane school teacher and key note speaker. Karen’s a passionate writing workshop presenter and interactive story teller who brings life to her stories wearing fun costumes.

Karen has won 3 awards, 3 literary grants and a mentorship through the Society of Editors (QLD). Karen is a writing tutor for Queensland Writers Centre and Brisbane City Libraries. Her website receives over 500 visitors per day.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 ignite imagination and positive self-esteem.  

Karen will on a panel discussion on Marketing: Author visits and be reading to and entertaining children.


meredith mpubshot300C2mbMeredith 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. Find out more at www.meredithcostain.com

Workshop: Writing for the Education Market and on a panel discussion on Writing a Series.


Michelle WorthingtonMichelle 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.

 Workshop: Building An Author Brand and on a panel discussion on Marketing: Author visits.


pamela rushbyPamela Rushby was born in Queensland, Australia, more years ago than she cares to divulge. She has worked in advertising, as a pre-school teacher, and a 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.

 Workshop: Writing Historical Faction for adults and YA and on a panel discussion on Marketing: Author visits


Shannon HorsfallShannon 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. Oh, wait, that’s her actual house. 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.)

Workshop: Picture Books: Show, don't tell and on the panel discussion on The Professional Approach to Publishing.


Victoria CarlessVictoria Carless 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’s 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. Her first book, 'The Dream Walker', is for young adults and will be published by Hachette Australia in June 2017. 

Victoria will give a talk titled,The story behind the story: Dream Weaver, about her new novel and a workshop on Playwriting.


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Chris Collin: Award winning author Chris Collin will entertain the children with fun readings of his popular funky books. Chris has sold more than 30,000 books in just a few years. His entertaining workshops and readings are sought after by schools and kindergartens.


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Paula Tura just launched her first children's picture book "Madeixas" in her home town in Brazil. The book is written in Portuguese without translations in English. Paula's2Madeixas divulgacao paula tura 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   


Zohab Zee KhanZohab Zee Khan: Hailing from country NSW, Zohab is Australia’s 2014 Australian Poetry Slam champion and the founder of the inaugural 2016 Pakistan Poetry Slam which launched with huge success in February. Zohab is a fourth-generation Australian of Pakistani heritage. His high-energy and powerful slam poetry confronts a range of social justice issues from racism to gender inequality and socio-economic disparities. Zohab is an educator, spoken-word poet, motivational speaker, didgeridoo player, harmonica beat-boxer and hip-hop artist. He has performed on stages across the world. Zohab runs workshops across schools in Australia, New Zealand and Asia to inspire change and confidence in young people through spoken word poetry. Zohab is our festival's official host of the Sunshine Coast's first-ever Poetry Slam championships which will be held on Saturday night, August 12. The championships are an official heat of the Queensland Poetry Slam championships. Zohab will be hosting two workshops in the lead-up to the Sunshine Coast championships - July 28 at Yandina's The Shared and at our festival on the Saturday afternoon. (www.zohabzee.com)

gabriella slamon headshotGabriella Salmon was born in sunny Queensland and has spent her life on a series of fascinating adventures… (“Sometimes hanging out the washing is a fascinating adventure if you use your imagination a little bit!”) Gabriella is an award-winning slam poet, a creative skills generalist and a conscious ideas specialist. She has a whole host of creative skills- movement (AcroYoga, physical theatre), music (percussion, vocals/singing), words (creative writing, spoken word/performance poetry), and more. She loves using all of these things to explore and live the big ideas (and the small, delightful ones). Gabriella is a degree-qualified counsellor and experienced group facilitator with a life-long penchant for personal development and conscious living. In her own words, she is irreverent, ridiculous, and occasionally hilarious - an unapologetic self-lover- “Self-Love Special Agent, but not undercover!” She delights in the juicy, inspired, conscious experiences of life. Gabriella will be performing with Zohab at the poetry slam workshops and our festival's Sunshine Coast Poetry Slam championships. http://www.gabriellasalmon.com

cam young headshot1Cam Young will host our 2017 Sunshine Coast Poetry Slam championships and night of original music on the Saturday night. Cam is a long-time Sunshine Coast resident and radio broadcaster who has worked throughout Queensand in his distinguished career including radio stations at Mt Isa, Townsville, Rockhampton and Toowoomba. He is currently Mornings presenter for 104.9 Sunshine FM. He first worked on the Sunshine Coast with Radio 4SS Nambour as a broadcaster and music director from 1985 to 1989. He spent 18 years as a current affairs broadcaster with ABC Coast FM, having started with the then brand-new station in December 1992. Cam has spoken to literally thousands of people from all walks of life on numerous important community, government and social topics and joins our inaugural festival as a panel moderator and interviewer. Cam has won an Australia day award for community service and commendations from the Californian Senate, San Francisco city council, Chinese Government health departments, and Philippine charity groups and from the Australian Government. He believes the Sunshine Coast is the best place in the world to live. 

2017 barry charlesBarry Charles is a LEGEND. 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. He 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. http://www.barrycharles.com.au

Jay Bishoff headshotcropJay Bishoff: The music of American-born songwriter Jay Bishoff features impacting lyrics that connect deeply with audiences, combined with diverse guitar styles and smart arrangements. Jay’s eclectic sound is coloured by rock, folk, blues & roots, funky rhythms and world music influences. His songs often tell stories – of travel, love and loss, and heart-fueled dreams.  Jay’s performances offer a sense of shared music community: the audience is part of the music, and this performer thrives on spontaneous, living connection. Jay is the organiser of Sound Feast at The J at Noosa. Prior to this extremely popular regular music event, he ran Peregian Originals for more than a decade. Jay is also an author. His 2010 debut novel, By Grace and Thumb – Hitchhiking America in the Age of ‘Terror’, relates his coast-to-coast hitchhiking journey across the USA in 2004. Armed with a backpack, guitar and the goal of reconnecting with America ‘beneath the radar’, Jay experiences many colourful adventures including a jaunt over the Mexican border with an African-American seller of bone-statues, a riveting ride with a world-famous motorcycle designer and a feast of grass-roots musical discoveries across the land. https://www.facebook.com/jaybishoffmusic


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Andrea Kirwan is a singer-songwriter from the Sunshine Coast with Australian Fijian roots. Andrea weaves melodies and storytelling together to create a rich tapestry, much like the way her Fijian grandmother used to weave pandanus mats in the village. Each song is crafted in a way that allows the listener to subtly enter into the space between words and really experience the story, whether it be a love story or about letting go. Her music crosses into various contemporary genres including hip-hop, folk, funk and soul, however it is her smooth laid-back vocal tones that make each song come alive. Her voice has been likened to Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman, India Arie and Joan Armitrading. Andrea helps aspiring singer-songwriters with mentoring advice and runs workshops that meld poetry with song and music. (www.andreakirwin.com)

sharon brooke headshotSharon Brooks: After wooing Australian audiences with critically acclaimed performances at the Woodford Music Festival, Caloundra Music Festival, The Mitchell Creek Rock & Blues Festival, Island Vibe Music Festival, Jungle Love Music Festival, Scorcherfest and opening for Aussie legends Jon Stevens and Dragon, Sharon Brooks is rapidly making her name known across the Soul and Funk scenes in Australia. In 2014, her single “One Time” which was an un-official release, soared the Triple J Unearthed charts to #34 and in 2012 she became the lead singer of Brisbane powerhouse funk band Pocketlove.  It is safe to say after only a few short years in Australia, Sharon is making some serious waves in the Aussie music scene.  Her professional music career began at the age of 16 in her homeland Barbados.  She has since lived and/or performed in Canada, Morocco, Canada, Asia and Europe. Sharon now calls Australia home.  http://sharon-brooks.com

The Lyrical 1The Lyrical: With an infectious blend of roots, reggae and hip hop in tow, The Lyrical commands a strong stage presence as Karl Smith spits his politically charged and socially conscious expressions. This is Island-inspired roots/rock/hip-hop music with emotive, heart-wrenching vocals that will leave you in awe. Karl Smith is a multi-award-winning performer across Australia. Following in the footsteps of Ben Harper, Bob Marley, Michael Franti and Xavier Rudd, The Lyrical reflects ingenuity and musical aptitude. The band features a unique blend of beat-boxing meshed with folk guitar and socially-conscious lyrics and has won many awards including 2 x People's Choice Award at Byron Bay Blues Fest, 7 x No1 Triple J's Unearthed, 1st place Queensland Buskers of the Year - Valley Fiesta and 3rd place Australian Busker of the Year - QPAC.  www.thelyrical.com 

1jordan solomon headshotJordan Solomon is a Sunshine Coast musician from North Arm, and is very excited to be playing at our festival’s first (unofficial) Poetry Slam workshop at The Shared in Yandina on Friday, July 28 – starts at 6pm. Jordan has been playing acoustic guitar for three years. He started playing when he borrowed a friend’s pink guitar at a house in Townsville while he was studying at university. Jordan, 21 years old, plays a very wide variety of music and his taste ranges from his generation as far back as the early 50's. Recently he has been very inspired by Ray Charles, swing and jazz music, as well as Neil Young’s softer, deeper tones. SCIRWF is very excited to welcome Jordan to our festival family!


gubbi gubbi dancersGubbi Gubbi Dancers: This regional troupe is a group of indigenous artists and performers. Gubbi Gubbi is the language spoken by the traditional custodians of the area. Lyndon Davis, a direct descendant of the Gubbi Gubbi people, founded the troupe in 1996, bringing together family members and local young indigenous people to celebrate the dances of their homelands. They have gained a strong rapport throughout their community taking great pride in their culture and feeling blessed to share their knowledge. Gubbi Gubbi Dance provides an unforgettable cultural experience. Their magical presentation of song and dance leaves the audience spellbound and has built them a reputation of being one of the most well-renowned traditional Aboriginal dance troupes in South-east Queensland. The troupe officially opens our 2017 festival.

cool harmonies choir picCool Harmonies Choir: Australia Day award-winner Yvonne Corstorphin and her Cool Harmonies choir has been singing up a storm for more than 10 years. This joyous group 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. http://www.coolharmonies.com/


huw kingston headshotHuw Kingston is an adventurer, entrepreneur, cafe owner, event director, environmentalist, marketing manager, cycling advocate, business consultant, fishing trawler deckhand, clothing sales rep, journalist and writer, economist, ski instructor, mountain guide, tour leader and grandfather. This leaves him never short of a story to tell. And he does so with passion and humour. Whether running a complex sports event, galvanising a community campaign or organising an out there expedition, Huw has the ability to engage others with his dreams to make them possible. In mid-2015, Huw returned from his grandest adventure to date. mediterr année, a year long, human-powered circumnavigation of the Mediterranean Sea. Beginning from and returning to Gallipoli, the journey was a commemoration of the Anzac Centenary as Huw sea-kayaked, walked, cycled and rowed a boat 14,000 kilometres through 17 countries. At a time of immense and tragic upheaval in the Mediterranean this journey was touched by human kindness throughout. Aside from the vast personal, logistical and geopolitical challenges this expedition posed, Huw also sought to highlight the heart-wrenching plight of those innocent kids caught up in the conflict of warring ‘grown ups’. Hence his partnership with the charity, Save The Children Australia for whom he became their biggest ever individual fundraiser and now continues to work closely with the charity and was recently appointed a Community Ambassador. In part for his Mediterranean journey Huw was presented with the Australian Geographic Society’s Spirit of Adventure award. http://www.huwkingston.com

rashmii bell headshotRashmii Amoah Bell: Papua New Guinean writer Rashmii Bell edited the first-ever anthology of writing by Papua New Guinean women, “My Walk to Equality” which was launched in Port Moresby and Brisbane during the week of celebrations for 2017 International Women's Day.  The collection of essays short stories and poetry captures the daily challenges faced and positive contribution made by the women of PNG to improve community and nation. Brisbane-based Rashmii's writing is regularly published on the PNG Attitude blog. The Australia-PNG blog has been important in bringing Rashmii's views on socio-economic development in Papua New Guinea to a significant readership. Rashmii writes essays and opinion commentary to convey her views on issues including anti-social and criminal behaviour, mental health, development aid and gender equality. Several of Rashmii's essays were published in the 2015 and 2016 Crocodile Prize’s anthologies of the best PNG writing. You can follow Rashmii's writing on the PNG Attitude blog (www.asopatypepad.com) or on Twitter at @amoahfive_oh


pukpuk publications headshotPhil Fitzpatrick and his Pukpuk Publications is the arm of the Crocodile Prize Competition, Papua New Guinea’s annual literary competition. They publish the annual Crocodile Prize Anthology and also publish books by Papua New Guineans and others writing about PNG. Pukpuk Publications are not a conventional publisher and operate on a non-profit basis using the online publishing, printing and distribution service of Amazon Books called Createspace. http://pukpukpublications.com



francesca de valanceFrancesca de Valence, the founder of the I Heart Songwriting Club, is infatuated with self-expression. Her songs are fv2unabashed and unapologetic, fv1uncovering the powers needed to live her magnificent life. Since 2008, Francesca has navigated her path as an independent artist with four releases winning quite a few songwriting awards including a Los Angeles Music Award and an Australian Songwriting Award, and supporting international touring artists including Belinda Carlisle and The Manhattan Transfer.  She shares her love of creative expression with aspiring artists in her teaching job at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.  In 2014 she founded the I Heart Songwriting Club, a nurturing platform for songwriters from around the world to write to a theme in one hour each week. Seven of Francesca’s songs from this songwriting club feature on her new album “Own Self”. Heart-breakingly beautiful vocals, joyful hooks, painted string arrangements and the wizardry of five-time ARIA winning producer Paul McKercher musically enrich Francesca’s ‘Own Self’. Francesca is presenting "Songwriters in Conversation" with Emma Dean and Sarah Collyer in Coolum Civic Centre from 1pm to 1.45pm on Saturday, August 12. This is followed by a two-hour songwriting workshop in the Poet's Corner marquee in Jack Morgan Park from 3.15pm. 

dr liz ellisonDr 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 the 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 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. This talk attempts to highlight some of the contesting ideas of this significant Australian landscape, and discussing some of the key beach books and films that have helped shape our idea of the beach. 

phil jarratt life of brinePhil Jarratt is a journalist, author and publisher. A former editor of Tracks, Surfer and Australian Surf Journal, he is regarded as one of the foremost authorities on surfing and has worked in surf publishing for over 40 years. He has written over 20 books covering largely sport-related biography, surfing and surf history including A Cup of Tea With God; Bali: Heaven and Hell; Salts and Suit; Kelly Slater: For the Love; Hottest 100 Surf Legends; Surfing Australia: A Complete History of Surfboard Riding in Australia and That Summer at Boomerang. A three-time recipient of the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame Media Award, Phil lives between Noosa, Bali and Hawaii or wherever the surf's up! Phil is also the founder of the Noosa Festival of Surfing. This year, 2017, has been a huge one for Phil - the launch of his documentary "Men of Foam & Wood" on Foxtel's History channel and the release of his latest book - "The Life of Brine - a surfer's journey". This book is Phil's memoir of his adventures and misadventures in life. Phil joins Dr Liz Ellison in a conversation about our Aussie beach culture. 


 tom wegener book covertom wegener headshot1Tom Wegener: For the past two decades Tom Wegener's surfboards have been enormously infuential 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 stong in light of globalisation.



ian ingram headshotIan Ingram: Ian grew up in Canberra. His teacher mum introduced him to the pleasure of visiting libraries and reading about the exciting lives of adventurers in far-away lands. When young, his dad gave him his old Kodak fold-up camera. With the camera, his dad's advice was: "Make every photograph tell a story and frame your photos with a tree." Ian has spent the majority of his travelling, writing and taking photographs - and, of course, surfing and diving.

For the past four years, Ian has been semi-retired on the Sunshine Coast and now has the time and inclination to write about his many adventures around the world; starting with his surfing in the sixties book, Capital Surfers, self published locally in 2016.


steve harris headshot2Steve 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.
His just-released second book, The Prince and the Assassin - Australia’s First Royal Tour and Portent of World Terror, is an engrossing The Prince and the Assassin book coverreal-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. 

andrew marmont2Andrew Marmont is a freelance writer, producer, presenter and voice-over artist based in Melbourne, Australia. He specialises in their finest hour andrew marmontproducing content for a range of sports media and corporate outlets. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Political Studies/Film, TV and Media), Diploma in Professional Freelance Journalism (Morris Academy of Journalism) and an Advanced A Certificate in TV Presenting. Andrew has a passion for sport, writing and creating great stories Most recently, he has worked as a Sub-Editor for horse racing website G1X and as Producer for EON Sports Radio’s popular Sunday SportsWorld program. Andrew is a regular contributor to Inside Sport and Big League. In 2014, Andrew signed a contract with ABC Books to write his first book,"Their Finest Hour", which has just been released. 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.a book on rugby league that will be published in 2017.

Brentley Frazer headshotBrentley Fraser:  Queensland poet, author and academic Brentley Fraser's newly released book Scoundrel Days has been described as "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". Brentley Frazer is a generation X Australian writer. He is the author of six collections of poems, most recently Aboriginal to Nowhere (HeadworX, 2016) and the critically acclaimed non-fiction novel, “Scoundrel Days: a memoir” (University of Queensland Press 2017). Brentley recently completed a PhD submission and currently lectures in creative writing at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, where he lives. Described by Dazed & Confused as a “21st century Baudelaire on acid” Brentley’s unconventionality, radicalism, aggression, schizophrenia, non-adaptability and sublimity with hallucinogenic scenes and pornographic moments, a bizarre mix of elements of neo-symbolism and post-romanticism, wrapped in a form of hypertext prose, finds itself somewhere at the intersection of Burroughs, Breton, Rimbaud, Salinger and Ian Curtis. ~ Tribuna Magazine. Review of Scoundrel Days: a memoir: “Scoundrel Days pays homage to lost boys who grow up to be troubled young men. Frazer ramps up the speed, scattering memories like used tissues… Frazer is a legendary protagonist, in the vein of Bukowski’s literary alter-ego… written in E-Prime, the discipline founded by Alfred Korzybski that rejects the use of the copula (the verb “to be”) in order to combat literary laziness. Frazer isn’t lazy anyway. His writing is sometimes compared to that of Andrew McGahan, in particular McGahan’s coming-of-age novel Praise, but Scoundrel Days spends little time examining the consistency of its author’s bodily fluids. Instead, he uses that nervy present-perfect tense to take us further, faster, harder. It has more in common with the hyperbolic, ugly-beautiful prose of Kathy Acker.” - Jenny Valentish, The Sydney Morning Herald. http://brentley.com

Eileen Herbert Goodall headshot1Dr 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.

Eileen’s works include: The Sherbrooke Brothers: A Novella - due for release in early 2017; ‘Out of the Blue’ - The Paragon Journal, April, 2016; ‘A Daughter’s Letter’ - Spelk Fiction, March, 2016; ‘Ouroboros’ - Feed Me Fiction, Volume 8; ‘End of the Road’ - Brilliant Flash Fiction, February, 2016; ‘No Man’s Land’ - Rollick Magazine, October, 2015; ‘Silver Lining’ - Thinkerbeat, September, 2015; ‘Chance’ - the international anthology, Beyond the Axis, 2015; ‘Raven Medicine’ - TEXT Journal, April, 2015; ‘The Decision’ - Flash Fiction Magazine, December, 2014; ‘Flight’ - FewerThan500, December, 2014; ‘Kate: A Story’ - FewerThan500, October, 2014; ‘Last Rites’ - Dubbo Weekender, May, 2014 and ‘Journey’ - TEXT Journal, April, 2014.

dr maria arenaMaria Arena bought her first typewriter at 19 and began playing with the notion of becoming an author. The arrival of her two children created a happy detour in her plans, but eventually she returned to full-time study, completing her BA (Comm) degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). This was followed by an Honours degree, from which “Mira Falling” was developed, and later published by Hachette. A Doctorate of Creative Arts seemed like the next logical step and it was during this time that “Sisterhood” was written. Since completing (for now!) her studies, Maria has been employed by USC to present the Creative Writing Excellence Program in regional high schools in south-east Queensland and she continues to write novels and short stories. Her most recent adventure has been the co-directing of the emerging writer's website, Field of Words - www.fieldofwords.com.au - which hosts an international short story and flash fiction competition, as well as providing editorial advice for writer's starting out on their creative journey. http://www.mariaarena.com.au

melanie myers headshotMelanie Myers is a Sunshine Coast-based writer, editor, academic, and occasional actor. She is a graduate of QUT’s acting program and has a Master of Communication from the University of the Sunshine Coast where she teaches creative writing and drama. She is currently doing a DCA in Creative Writing. She has been published in the Kill Your Darlings, Overland, Arena Magazine, Sunshine Coast Daily, WQ Magazine, Mamamia, the Brisbane Times and various trade publications. Her short story “Trailer Trash” received a special commendation at the 19th Scarlet Stiletto Awards in 2012 and in 2014 she won the Political Edge Award at the 21st Scarlet Stiletto Awards for her short story “Savage Women”.

Melanie was Artistic Director of Reality Bites Festival from 2012 – 2014. In 2013 she realised a life-long ambition to play Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire. She once appeared on The Einstein Factor based on her extensive and obsessive knowledge of all things Vivien Leigh. melanie_at_blakkopykat.com.au.

dr nike sulwayDr Nike Sulway is a writer and academic. She is the author of several books, including “The Bone Flute”, “The True Green of Hope”, “What The Sky Knows” (illustrated by Stella Danalis) and “Rupetta”, which in 2014 was the first work by an Australian writer to win the James Tiptree, Jr Award. The award, founded in 1991 by Pat Murphy and Karen Joy Fowler, is an annual award for a work of “science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender”. Nike teaches creative writing at the University of Southern Queensland.


grayham bickley headshotGrayham Bickley: Writer, poet, wildlife photographer. Gray 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. 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.


kate elkington headshotKate Elkington is a Queensland writer based on the Sunshine Coast. She has completed a Doctor of Creative Arts, Master of Communication (Creative Writing) and Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degree, and has taught creative writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Kate's linked short story collection “Wool Spin Burn” was shortlisted for the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards (Emerging Queensland Writer - Manuscript category), and her work has been published and recognised in Australian anthologies, literary journals and national competitions. Wool Spin Burn's 12 loosely linked stories travel from suburban Brisbane to the fictional country town of Roweston, and beyond to an Australian offshore detention centre. Its intersecting characters deal with the anxieties and challenges posed by the complexities of contemporary society and the limitations of personal experience. Kate is currently working on her first novel. www.kateelkington.com.au

leanne dodd headshotLeanne Dodd: Acclaimed author and academic Leanne Dodd writes crime fiction under the pen name of Lea Scott. She 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.From the time she picked up her first crayon, creative writing has been one of her lifelong passions. Her mother’s cupboards are filled with self-illustrated books and stories penned from an early age. 

With a degree majoring in Commerce, with studies in Communications and English Literature, and a PhD in Creative Writing underway, Lea could be coined a true ‘creative accountant’. Lea founded her lengthy accounting career in Insolvency – an area steeped in corporate crime. During this time, she faced adversaries both in court and at the end of a gun barrel. Occasional threats of bodily harm came with the job. This experience first whetted Lea’s appetite for crime stories. Lea was appointed to an executive role on the board of the Queensland Writers Centre in 2012 and gives up some of her valuable writing time to voluntarily serve QWC’s vision, which is for more Australian writers to have sustainable careers, and to be read and enjoyed throughout the world. She has also become involved in some of the training programs that QWC runs for authors at various stages of their career and has been a guest speaker at seminars in Brisbane and regional Queensland, sharing her writing experiences and knowledge to inspire and assist writers to publish and market their own work. Lea also has the honour of being a mentor to budding writers under QWC’s ‘Writers Surgery’ program. 

trina mclellan headshot newTrina McLellan is an educator, communicator, journalist and researcher from Brisbane. She 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.

 ruth bonettiRuth Bonetti loves the sea. “It’s the Finland-Swede in me. Water replenishes.” She spreads herself between Brisbane and Noosa to balance her life. 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 classical 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 this story.

Ruth is author/editor of a dozen publications about music, education and performance, five through Words and Music and two with Oxford University Press. Ruth Bonetti is a Fellow of the Migration Institute of Finland where she presented a conference paper in 2014, published in Participation, Integration, and Recognition: Changing Pathways to Immigrant Incorporation. She has published in the Institute quarterly journal, Siirtolaisuus-Migration Quarterly. Ruth’s two-book saga (historical biography/memoir) resonates with those who left political unrest, even tyranny, and found safe haven in Australia. She weaves true stories about discovering ancestors and how they impacted on her life. Available at Sandy Pages, Amazon and www.ruthbonetti.com

karen clarkeKaren Clarke is the author of From Bullied to Brilliant, Director of ‘Powerful Positive People’ and a confidence and performance coach who helps adults and children develop resilience and reach for their potential. Karen has a deep understanding of bullying and social isolation from her insight as a professional coach, her profound personal experiences of bullying and her life as
an expatriate in francophone West Africa. As the mother of three children, and one of seven herself, she also understands the pressures families face when bullying becomes an issue. As a teenager growing up in an increasingly volatile Cote D'Ivoire, Karen’s experience living in an unstable and hostile environment including being robbed at gunpoint had a deep and lasting effect. The prevalence of violence, bullying, intolerance, conflict and increase in global terrorist activity clearly demonstrates the need for us to bring about effective and lasting change. Karen’s book helps individuals build resilience and learn how to overcome these challenges. Karen's has appeared as a speaker and chairperson at the No2Bullying Conference in 2015 and 2016 and regularly delivers talks and presentations to schools and groups. She has also been interviewed by Dubai Eye 1038 Radio, 7 Local News Sunshine Coast, ABC Radio, Hot 91.1FM amongst others and published in several Queensland newspapers. Karen's bullying material is a key resource for PEMSoft's 'Evidence-Based Clinical Pediatric Information' and is available through their website. From Bullied to Brilliant is the result of Karen’s 20-year journey of personal discovery and professional research to find a solution to feeling bullied, helpless and intimidated. Karen’s advice and techniques allow adults, teenagers and educators to understand how a change in thinking and perception can end the bully-victim cycle. The world is full of questions, perhaps our answers lie within.

sharon pincott new headshotSharon 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! Sharon's relationship with the President of Zimbabwe's elephants was said to be one of the most remarkable ever documented.)

marie louise saejeant and dr jane goodallMarie-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 (left). Marie-Louise will talk about her conservation work in Australia and the real hardships she has faced along the way.