Voices 25 is the launch event for Voices on the Coast 2020 - the Sunshine Coast's leading Youth Literature Festival. Voices 25 is a free community event for the whole family, held on Thursday 20 February 5.30pm – 7.00pm at Immanuel Lutheran College
The festival has created a wonderful legacy for children and young people across the Sunshine Coast and has encouraged reluctant readers to pick up a book from a visiting author, and fostered a love for literature in all who attend.
USC are giving away a bunch of picnic blankets at Voices 25. The competition closes at 5pm on Monday 17 February and the prizes can be picked up during Voices 25. To enter click here.
This year, the launch event will feature several notable authors:
Morris Gleitzman grew up in England and came to Australia when he was 16. After university, he worked for 10 years as a screenwriter. Then he had a wonderful experience – he wrote a novel for young people. Now, after 40 books, he’s one of Australia’s most popular authors. He was appointed the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018–2019.
Jacqueline Harvey is the author of the popular Alice-Miranda, Clementine Rose and Kensy and Max series, which have sold over one million copies in Australia. Jacqueline speaks to thousands of young people at schools and festivals around the world and says the characters in her books reflect the best of children and those she’s met over the years. While she is not a twin, like Kensy and Max, she does have excellent powers of observation and has always thought she’d make a great spy.
Jacqueline lives in Sydney and is currently working on more Kensy and Max and Alice-Miranda adventures.
At university, Lynette Noni studied journalism, academic writing and human behaviour before venturing into the world of fiction. She is now a full-time writer and the bestselling author of the six-book young adult fantasy series, The Medoran Chronicles, along with the Whisper duology, which was acquired in the United States by the editor of The Hunger Games. Lynette is also collaborating on a project with the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas.
Tim Harris is the bestselling author of several laugh-out-loud series for kids including Toffle Towers, Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables and Exploding Endings. His first ever book, Exploding Endings: Painted Dogs & Doom Cakes, was awarded Honour Book at the 2017 KOALAs. Tim’s second series, Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables, contains his trademark quirkiness, mixed with a touch of poignancy. The lead book was awarded a CBCA Notable in 2018 and the series was shortlisted for the REAL Awards in 2018 and 2019. His books have been published in Australia, the United States, Poland and Turkey.
A primary school teacher for 15 years, and advocate for creativity and short stories, Tim’s presentations and workshops are dynamic and entertaining. He is a sought-after presenter, having worked in more than 100 schools throughout 2016 and 2017.
Voices on the Coast Festival is co-presented by Immanuel Lutheran College and USC