Voices on the Coast is an annual Literature Festival held at the Sunshine Coast University and attended by over 2500 students each day. This year 26 of our students, across Years 7-10, who had shown excellence in academic achievement or effort in English/Humanities attended the Festival. They were accompanied by some of our library team (Mrs. McKellar, Mrs. Morris and Mrs. Murray) and our wonderful parent volunteers (Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Howard). The students thoroughly enjoyed a fantastic day listening to notable illustrators and successful authors. The opportunity to hear about their latest work and meet them face-to-face was a highlight for our students.
Sessions presented by Morris Gleitzmann and Will Kostakis, together with Steven Herrick’s novel approach to poetry, injected humour into our day. Workshops with Tristan Bancks on telling stories like a film maker, Michael Gerard Bauer’s take on putting humour into writing and Anita Heiss’s clever wrap about the life of a writer, provided inspiration for us all to put pen to paper and have a go at story creating.
Our students represented our College well, asked insightful questions of the authors and enthusiastically participated in the sessions. Some of their comments about the highlights of the day include:
‘As a reader, I discovered some new books and learnt more about the authors’ and ‘It was interesting to understand why the authors wrote the books they did, the background behind them and to have an insight into the amount of research that goes into it!’ – Shannon Year 9
‘I enjoyed hearing about the different approaches to writing such as verse poems, crime fiction and biography. My personal favourite was the workshop on Crime Fiction by Dr. Leah Giarratano – I found it extremely interesting hearing how a criminal mind works.’ – Aaron Year 10
‘One session in particular which was interesting and very funny was with the author Will Kostakis. His session will definitely improve our writing. Will spoke about putting yourself in your character’s shoes and about writing short stories.’ – Year 9 student
Mrs. Jackson received a superb air brushed drawing from Marc McBride’s illustrator session on behalf of our College. This drawing will be framed and hung in the library for all our students to enjoy.
The Voices on the Coast team put together a wonderfully diverse program for students to participate in and the response from our students was fantastic. We hope that they have been inspired by what they have learnt and we look forward to taking another group of students to the Festival in 2015. Special thanks to our parent volunteers who assisted us on the excursion.
Beryl Morris, Secondary Teacher Librarian
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Prep – Year 6 Students: 8:00am – 3:15pm
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