Thousands of school kids and adults are celebrating a stellar lineup of Australia’s finest authors and illustrators at the Somerset Storyfest Writer’s Festival.
For the next three days, wordsmiths and bookworms have the opportunity to rub shoulders with 24 of the country’s most notable storytellers including investigative journalist Jess Hill, children’s author Andrew Daddo, adventurer and author Tim Cope, and indigenous poet Evelyn Araluen.
Storyfest CEO and Festival Director, Andrea Lewis says there’s an array of immersive events to nurture and inspire emerging writers.
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“Following what was a traumatic year last year and having to cancel the event last minute, we are thrilled to be able to plan and deliver a bigger and better Storyfest for 2021,” Ms Lewis said.
“We’ve received an influx of enquiries from schools across the nation eager to be involved. Some schools, like Longreach School of Distance Education, will be travelling over 15 hours to ensure they are here for the event,” said Ms Lewis.
Workshops on Visual Narrative, Podcasting and Writing Stories That Matter as well as a range of masterclasses will fuel the creative processes for children and adults at venues scattered across the Gold Coast.
Andrew Daddo, who has written dozens of children’s and young adults books, plans of sharing his wisdom on storytelling.
“I want them to not worry too much about spelling and grammar. I want to give them some ideas to get their ideas from their head to the page. It’s all about having fun,” Mr Daddo said.
While most events at Storyfest are free, most are ticketed as the festival operates under a COVID safe plan. All the details are at storyfest.com.au