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Leading kids literature festival returns IRL for 2023!

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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.


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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.

an Author Talk at Voices on the Coast Annual Literature Festival on the Sunshine Coast

An author talk at Voices on the Coast annual Literature Festival on the Sunshine Coast. Source: Supplied


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

Voices on the Coast Literature Festival Line Up of Authors and Artists

Voices on the Coast Literature Festival line up of authors and artists. Source: Supplied


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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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