Cre­ative types share knowl­edge at in­au­gu­ral fes­ti­val

Sunshine Coast Daily - - LIFE -

THE in­au­gu­ral Sun­shine Coast In­ter­na­tional Read­ers andWrit­ers Fes­ti­val springs to life from to­mor­row un­til Sun­day at seven venues in Coolum Beach.

More than 100 in­ter­na­tional, na­tional and re­gional writ­ers and cre­atives will be shar­ing their knowl­edge and sto­ries with fes­ti­val-go­ers.

This in­no­va­tive new fes­ti­val fea­tures not only big-book au­thors but also po­ets, slam po­ets, comic book writ­ers, orig­i­nal singer-song­writ­ers and mu­sic, chil­dren's pic­ture writ­ers, il­lus­tra­tors and pub­lish­ers shar­ing their craft in pre­sen­ta­tions, panel dis­cus­sions and work­shops over three nights and two days. The fes­ti­val em­braces our rich Abo­rig­i­nal her­itage with Dream­time sto­ries, his­tory talks and the Sun­shine Coast's first-ever Gubbi Gubbi lan­guage work­shops.

Our ac­claimed surf­ing cul­ture is em­braced with surf­ing his­tory panels and dis­cus­sions, while our pas­sion­ate care for the en­vi­ron­ment is demon­strated by panel pre­sen­ta­tions, a dune plant­ing by Coolum and North Shore Coast Care, and in­for­ma­tion stalls by the Kabi Kabi Land Corp, Coolum and North Shore Coast Care, Surfrider Foun­da­tion Aus­tralia, Queens­land Koala Cru­saders and more.

The new SCIRWF fes­ti­val pro­vides an on­go­ing legacy for cre­atives on the Sun­shine Coast and this year has spon­sored four Univer­sity of the Sun­shine Coast cre­ative writ­ing stu­dents to not only present at our fes­ti­val but also at Asia's big­gest writ­ers fes­ti­val, the UbudWrit­ers and Read­ers Fes­ti­val, in Bali in Oc­to­ber.

Next year the fes­ti­val will set up bur­saries and writ­ing and men­tor­ing re­treats for emerg­ing In­dige­nous writ­ers and will be cel­e­brat­ing the 50th an­niver­sary of the nam­ing of the Sun­shine Coast in a big way. Visit http://sun­shinecoas­tread­er­sand­writ­ers­fes­ti­val.com

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

Au­thor Casey Ar­dron will be ap­pear­ing at the fes­ti­val Inc.

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