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5 Awesome Events You Need To Hit Up At Storyfest This Week

By Bronte Holding
17th Mar 2019

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Attention bookworms, avid readers and aspiring writers, Storyfest Writers Festival (formerly the Somerset Celebration Of Literature) is back for its 26th year. More than 30 of Australia’s best authors and illustrators will converge on the Gold Coast for three epic days of talks, workshops, panels, and community events.

Kicking off on Wednesday 20 March, Storyfest promises to be bigger than ever, with over 130 events scheduled. We know what you’re thinking…that’s a lot of events. So, we’ve done the hard work for you and picked out five of the coolest events happening at this year’s Storyfest.

An Evening Of Poetry Featuring Scott Wings | Monday 18 March

If you’re extra excited for some literary action and can’t wait until the festival officially kicks off, then be sure to attend this pre-festival event featuring Australia’s best know performance poet, Scott Wings. You’ll be treated to performances from the Somerset Wordsmith writers, as well as a dazzling performance from the poetry extraordinaire himself. If you’re a sucker for perfectly written prose, then this one’s for you.

When: 5:30pm
Where: The Space at HOTA, Home of the Arts 
Cost: $20
To purchase tickets, click here.

Graeme Base Wild World Art Exhibition | Tuesday 19—Saturday 23 March

Take a walk down memory lane and let that childhood nostalgia wash over you as author and illustrator Graeme Base leads you through a stunning exhibit of illustrations from his most loved books. If you remember flipping through the intricate, detailed and lifelike drawings from his books Animalia and The Eleventh Hour, then you’ll love this exhibit. And if not, then it’s still worth checking out to appreciate the sheer talent and artistry of Graeme Base’s illustrations. If you’re keen to ask questions and get inspired, then be sure to catch Graeme on Tuesday 19 and Saturday 23 for readings and exhibition tours.

When: All day 
Where: Helensvale Library and Cultural Centre 
Cost: Free

The Future Of Books | Thursday 21 March

Meet Australian authors Jane Caro, Graeme Base, Megan Daley and Sophie Raphael and join them in a discussion about what the next generation of storytelling will look like. Including a range of topics such as how future authors can use books to generate change, how they can resist unfair structures and how writers can help imagine and create new futures, it’s sure to be an interesting and thought-provoking evening. Whether you’re planning on writing a book of your own or you just want to meet some of Australia’s best authors, this evening discussion will not disappoint.

When: 5:00pm
Where: Mudgeeraba Markets Shopping Centre
Cost: Free

Literary Long Table Dinner | Friday 22 March

Meet the inspirational and courageous Samantha Bloom as she discusses the highs and lows of her incredible life. From representing Australia as an athlete to the devastating injury that changed her life,and even inspiring an upcoming Hollywood movie starring Naomi Watts, there won’t be a dry eye in the house. You’ll leave with a full belly and even fuller heart. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this one.

When: 6:00pm
Where: Somerset College 
Cost: $90 
To purchase tickets, click here.

Author Session With Jane Caro | Friday 22 March

If you’re looking for a bit of feminist inspiration, then this is the author session for you. Powerful, brave, and smart, Jane Caro is a Walkley Award winning columnist, author, novelist, broadcaster, documentary maker and social commentator. She has published 12 books, including a trilogy on Elizabeth Tudor, Accidental Feminists, and Unbreakable, a collection of never-before-told stories from female writers that was published just before the Harvey Weinstein revelations. Yep, this author is just as inspiring as she is talented, and we think everyone should hear what she has to say.

When: 9:15am to 10:00am
Where: Somerset College
Cost: $7
To purchase tickets, click here.

For more information or to download the festival program, click here

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