After several years of virtual and online programming due to COVID restrictions, Immanuel Lutheran College’s acclaimed Voices on the Coast Literature Festival is back in its traditional, face-to-face format! Now in its 28th year and hosted by UniSC, the student days are Thursday 23 February and Friday 24 February. With a range of authors and illustrators ready to talk and workshop with audience members ranging from 10 years to adults, there’s something for everyone.
What is Voices on the Coast Literature Festival?
Over the years, Voices on the Coast has brought some of Australia’s finest established and emerging writers and performers for young people to the area for two days of workshops. And this year is no exception.
On Thursday 23 February and Friday 24 February, UniSC will come alive with a huge line up of workshops, talks, storytelling, poetry and drama.
The aim of the festival is to inspire young people to enjoy the world of reading, writing, drawing and performing through their experiences each year.
Who can attend the Voices on the Coast Literature Festival?
Over 4,000 students attend the annual festival. And the festival is open to anyone – so if your own school isn’t taking a group, it is well worth taking the kids for the day yourself!
“Voices on the Coast is for everyone!” says Voices on the Coast organiser Kelly Dunham. “Some students travel over 200 km to attend the festival, we have school groups from across south-east Queensland, but we also many individual families whose kids would like experience their own choice of workshops and activities.”
Sunshine Coast dad Alastair agrees, saying, “Our school takes a small bus of the extension kids, but my kids aren’t in that group. So we go ourselves!”
“My daughter loves comic books and animation so she will be really excited to go to the Nat Amoore workshops this year. And my older son loves Tristan Bancks books, so he will certainly be at that one. ”
Voices on the Coast offers a unique cultural experience to regional youth and the Festival has become a much-anticipated event for students from year levels 4 –12 (aged 9-18 years) along the Sunshine Coast and from the adjacent inland areas.
Tickets go on sale Thursday 19th January. See the full program here