Storyfest kicks off its 2021 programme

Somerset Storyfest’s Writers’ Festival have just kicked off three days bursting with events and workshops by stellar Australian authors to excite writers of all ages.

Wordsmiths and bookworms will have the opportunity to celebrate all things literature during the annual event held on the Gold Coast from 17 to 20 March.

Storyfest CEO and Festival Director, Andrea Lewis is thrilled the literary event will be going ahead with an array of immersive events to nurture emerging writers.

“Following what was a traumatic year last year and having to cancel the event last minute, we are thrilled to be able to deliver a 2021 Festival,” she said.

“Storyfest will be one of the first significant events to return to the Gold Coast and schools from across Queensland are looking forward to this year’s event for their students.”

Storyfest’s programme aims to inspire, educate and captivate students through a range of immersive digital and storytelling workshops including Visual Narrative, Podcast Workshop, and Writing Stories That Matter.

“From the moment we announced Storyfest would be going ahead, we’ve received an influx of enquiries from schools eager to be involved,” Ms Lewis said.

“Some schools, like Longreach School of Distance Education and Murgon State Primary School will travel from regional Queensland to attend through the very generous support from our sponsors.

Students and adults will have the opportunity to meet with some of Australia’s most notable authors and visual storytellers including children’s author Andrew Daddo, adventurer and author Tim Cope, and young rising star of Queensland Poetry, Evelyn Araluen.

Renowned Australian author Melina Marchetta, known for her young adult novel Looking for Alibrandi, will also be meeting with aspiring novelists and will be sharing exclusive insight as to life as
a writer.

“I’m very excited to be involved in this year’s event and helping to educate and inspire writers of all ages,” Ms Marchetta said.

“I’ll be hosting three sessions throughout the festival where I’ll be speaking candidly about the working life of a writer and giving exclusive insight into the tools of my trade.”

Fun for all ages, internationally bestselling adults and children’s author Fiona McIntosh will be hosting a night to remember during the Literary Long Table which takes place on Friday 19 March
commencing at 6.00pm.

The cross-genre Australian writer will be sharing her stories, wit, insight and context of some her massive range of novels and stories.

Storyfest will operate under a COVID safe plan with more details on their website. A full programme of events can be found storyfest.com.au. Storyfest offers a variety of free community events although registration is required for contact tracing purposes.

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