Voices on the Coast

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A large group of students attended workshops and seminars by Australian artists and storytellers at the Voices on the Coast Literature Festival.  Phillip Wilcox was a hit with his slam poetry, along with sessions conducted by novelists Lynette Noni, Scot Gardner, Gabrielle Williams and Will Kostakis.  A day out at the regional university with celebrated novelists, poets, thespians and artists, what’s not to love about such an opportunity?  On their return, the students got together to borrow new reads and share their experiences.

Here’s some insight into what they discovered:
“The highlight of my experience was listening to the interesting stories the authors told.“ Penny-lane Primmer (Year 9)
“It is a fun day out and you learn some things as well. A highlight was meeting Lynette Noni, as she is the author of one of my favourite series.” Ruby McIlroy (Year 9)
“Scot Gardner’s Tall Tales lecture was hilarious and relatable.” Ella Rolley (Year 7)
“It is inspiring to see so many accomplished illustrators and writers and it was an overall fun experience.” Leila Kenzer (Year 8)
“Phillip Wilcox’s Slam/Dynamic Poetry was immersive, interactive, very interesting and he was exceptionally enthusiastic.” Cale Page (Year 10)
“Richard Newsome’s author talk on How to be a Teenage Billionaire gave us lots of good tips and he told us interesting stories.” Lucy Rivers (Year 7)
“The highlight was meeting authors that I know and love, as well as learning about new writing techniques.” Keeley Fischer (Year 10)

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