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Voices on the Coast Festival

voices on the coast festival

The Voices on the Coast festival is presented by Immanuel Lutheran College and USC Sunshine Coast, and will celebrate its 25th anniversary from 19-22 February with community and campus events involving 26 storytellers.


More than 4,500 students from schools across the region will gather on campus at Sippy Downs on Thursday 20 February and Friday 21 February to attend talks, workshops and meet-and-greets with authors, illustrators and performers.


Presenters include Sydney-based USC graduate Candice Fox, who’s become a leading crime author since her debut Hades and through collaborations with bestselling thriller writer James Patterson; and Emeritus Professor Gary Crew, a four-time national Children’s Book of the Year winner who will talk about employment options for creative writers.


Free events form part of the program including mixing and mingling with authors and illustrators including the family friendly event on Thursday 20 February from 5.30pm – 7pm. Purchase books and have them signed on the night. There will be roving entertainment and a special birthday cake! Delicious food and drink available. It’s a literary extravaganza for the whole family. For catering purposes, please book here

Event rundown: 5.45pm – Entertainment with Lucas Proudfoot 6.00pm – Speech by Immanuel Lutheran College Principal, Colin Minke Cutting of the Cake and poetry reading by Steven Herrick 6.15pm – Speech by author and former Children’s Laureate, Morris Gleitzman 6.30pm – Illustration with Caroline Magerl

Voices on the Coast Festival

  • When: 19 – 22 February
  • Where:  Immanuel Lutheran College
  • Cost: mix of free and ticketed events 
  • Who: The Whole Family

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February 19. 2020
February 22. 2020
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Immanuel Lutheran College
126-142 Wises Rd
Buderim, Qld 4556 Australia

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