FESTIVAL LAUNCH: Writers Santiago Ortiz, Baz the Bush Poet, Judy Stark and Margaret Killip at the SCIRWF program launch.
FESTIVAL LAUNCH: Writers Santiago Ortiz, Baz the Bush Poet, Judy Stark and Margaret Killip at the SCIRWF program launch. Contributed

International Readers and Writers Festival program launched

WRITERS and readers converged on Coolum Beach and Tickle Park yesterday to launch the full program of the Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival.

Festival founder and director Wendy O'Hanlon said the launch couldn't have gone more smoothly.

"It was a brilliant sunny day and it all worked so well with lots of activites and music on the beach," she said.

"We launched our full festival program, which is up and live on the website, barefoot in the sand with the legendary Barry Charles playing ukulele in the background.

"The launch was just a taste of our exciting program which will bring 100 regional, Australian and international writers to Coolum for a three-day, two-night festival.

"People can read about our amazing collection of artists and authors that are coming online now."

Ms O'Hanlon said there would be something at the festival for everybody.

"It's jam packed," she said.

"Uncle Herb Wharton an aboriginal poet, story teller and legend will be there. Scientist and author Lynne Kelly has confirmed she's here four our weekend. A number of Indonesian authors are coming and amazing poet Antoine Cassar."

Other events included story telling, panel discussions, gubbi gubbi workshops and stand up comedy.

 

WHERE: A variety of venues around Coolum.

WHEN: September 9, 10, 11.

MORE INFO: http://sunshinecoastreadersandwritersfestival.com/



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