Somerset Storyfest has returned in 2019 with a new look and an extended, action-packed annual calendar of events set to inspire Gold Coast books lovers and aspiring writers year-round.
Evolving from a three-day festival in March, Somerset Storyfest has this year partnered with a number of affiliate organisations to deliver a calendar of events, community initiatives, workshops and masterclasses to the wider community.
Somerset Storyfest CEO Andrea Lewis said she is excited to share the new look festival and continue to nurture emerging writers and avid readers with new opportunities.
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“As the Gold Coast’s very own writers’ festival and Australia’s largest youth literature festival, our focus over the past 26 years has been on attracting a line-up of thought-provoking and inspiring authors who present ideas that challenge, inspire and empower us as individuals and writers, so we are thrilled to be able to bring authors to more audiences throughout the year,” she said.
“We have taken steps over the past two years to redevelop the brand and align with strategic partners that complement us and help us achieve our vision of delivering monthly workshops and masterclasses, community initiatives and programs that extend beyond our hugely successful three-day festival in March.”
Somerset Storyfest has partnered with HOTA, Home of the Arts, to create Somerset HOTA Reads – a curated series of monthly author workshops and sessions at HOTA.
February will bring a Beach Library activation on to Surfers Paradise beach from the 8th to 24th, delivering a unique experience which invites beachgoers and visitors to pick up a complimentary new or previously loved library book from bookcases lined on the beach.
There will also be a launch for Little Lending Libraries across the Gold Coast, a community initiative which sees a little library filled with books and placed on streets across the city for people to enjoy, return or pass on to friends.
From February 12th to April 23rd, Helensvale Library will be transformed for a curated art exhibition by Australian author and illustrator Graeme Base, known for his popular children’s book, Animalia.
March will see the 26th annual Somerset Storyfest take over the city with more than 30 of Australia’s celebrated authors and illustrators to hit the Gold Coast for an action-packed line up of sessions, networking events, workshops, panels and free, family-friendly community events from March 20th to 22nd.
Some of the highlights include the annual Prologue Party on Wednesday 20th March, the annual Literary Lunch with Fiona McIntosh on Thursday 21st March, and the annual Literary Dinner on Friday 22nd March with Samantha Bloom.
Storyfest On the Road will also launch across the city in March, which will see the Storyfest Van take authors into schools throughout the Gold Coast and regional areas to conduct writers’ workshops with students.
For more information about Somerset Storyfest, visit storyfest.com.au