Voices on the Coast

Now home after the Voices on the Coast Festival on the Sunshine Coast. Beautiful weather, great audiences – and such a pleasure to catch up with authors I knew as well as meet some I’d never met before. The organisation ran smoothly and perfectly – thanks to Kelly Dunham of Immanuel College. Here she is, testing my guitar:
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The festival – of children’s and YA literature – lasted for two days, and some of the presenters were (in order of timeslots through the program) – Marc McBride, Sue Lawson, Sally Murphy, David Lovegrove, Michael Bauer, Stephen Axelmsen, Tristan Bancks, Leah Giarratano, Dave Hackett, Leigh Hobbs, Steohen Herrick, Robert Hoge, Morris Gleitzman, Louise Cusack, Belinda Jeffrey, Pamela Rushby, Anita Heiss, Jeanette Rowe, Sarah Davis, Chris Collins, Will Kostakis. Some line-up!
I did 4 presentations, 2 workshops, and there was the Festival launch dinner on Wednesday evening too. All in all, a great time! But, as usual, I totally forgot to bring out my camera – the photo with Kelly above was taken at the very very end. However, I did get a photo in the Sunshine Coast Daily – in fact I got to be the headline item on the front page!
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I guess I got to star because I had the steampunk hat and the steampunk guitar! The kids look to be having a ball!

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