The highlights include:
Guest author Oliver Phommavanh, a former school teacher, loves to make people laugh, either through his writing for children or as a stand-up comedian. Oliver’s books are packed with laughs, but also explore the cultural diversity of modern Australia. He is best known books are Thai-rffic! and Con-nerd, and his recent books include Don’t Follow Vee and Natural Born Loser.
Guest author Mick Elliott is one of Nickelodeon’s crazy producers and screenwriters who has channelled his skills into the Turners trilogy and more recently into a new series Squidge Dibley about a new kid at Craglands South Primary – will the school survive? Mick will be entertaining students at the festival.
Well-known Brisbane teacher–librarian Megan Daley – who has just released her book Raising Readers; How to Nurture a Child's Love of Books, filled with practical advice, on creating the perfect environment to enhance reading. Megan will be holding sessions through the festival, at various locations, members of the public are most welcome.
Voices on the Coast is open to all young people and adults, you do not need to wait for a school excursion as individual tickets to the festival events can be purchased. There are a range of events around the student days including a literary breakfast, festival launch and free library visits.
Visit www.voicesonthecoast.com.au for the full program of over 140 talks and workshops.