Report of 2012 Festival (pdf 2.8mb)
The Gladstone region celebrates its fifth literary festival with an even larger, more exciting program of workshops & events for school students, parents, teachers, librarians, readers, writers & illustrators.
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2011 - The Road to Goonong
Acclaimed artist/writer David Cox launches his latest book in Gladstone Region
The Organising Committee of the biennial Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale (to be held again in 2012), also supports another project in each alternate year.
So, in 2011 the CCLC Committee is thrilled to be partnering with publisher Allen & Unwin and the Gladstone Regional Council to welcome internationally acclaimed artist and writer DAVID COX to Gladstone, from 24-26th August 2011.
David Cox has agreed to visit the Gladstone region to coincide with the publication of his latest book The Road to Goonong (Allen & Unwin), which is set on a property where he lived near Ambrose when he was a child during the Great Depression.
He will launch his book at Ambrose State School on Wednesday 24th, visit and speak to students at several schools in Gladstone on the 25th, and launch an exhibition of original works from the book at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum that evening. He will also conduct a workshop on their collaborations with his wife Betty Beath, an acclaimed composer and pianist, on Friday 26th August.
David Cox grew up and worked on sheep and cattle properties in outback Queensland as a jackaroo before leaving to study art at St Martin's School of Art in London during the 1950s. He is a prolific artist who has been an illustrator since his first commission by Puffin Books while studying in London. He was for many years an artist in the newspaper industry and won a Walkeley Award in 1978 for his newspaper illustration. Since 1990 he has been a freelance author and artist and he is the recipient of many awards for his work, and in 2007 was awarded the Dame Annabel Rankin Award for his contributions to children's literature in Queensland. He has collaborated with his wife composer Betty Beath on a number of songs, song cycles and music theatre pieces. Their most recent collaboration was POVERELLO, a music theatre piece commissioned by the Brisbane Mandolin Orchestra and performed at St John's Cathedral, Brisbane. In 2011 David will also release a new edition of Ayu and the Perfect Moon in the Walker Classic series.
The visit coincides with both the Children's Book Council of Australia's annual Children's Book Week (which runs from 20-26 August 2011) and Sea Dreams a Festival of Arts (20-28 August 2011).
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25 - 28 July 2010
The 2010 Authors and Sponsors were;
Christine HarrisMulti-award winning author Christine Harris has written more than 50 books for children and young adults including the Spy Girl and Audrey of the Outback series. "Wonderful moments happen when readers laugh, think and, sometimes, cry," she said. Go to Christine Harris' website
Colin Thompson writes children's books, science fiction and fantasy - or 'speculative fiction' as it is officially known. He believes that "if a children's book cannot be enjoyed properly by adults there is something wrong with either the book or the adult reading it." Go to Colin Thompson's website
Paper sculptor, illustrator and author David Miller illustrates picture books using his colourful, three dimensional paper sculptures, including Where there's smoke, Refugees and the Children's Book Council short-listed work Snap went Chester which was written by Tania Cox. Read more about David Miller here
It was while Lisa Shanahan was teaching drama that she wrote her first play for a group of children. That experience helped convince Lisa that not only did she want to be a writer, but also in fact that she wanted to be a writer for young people. She has gone on to become an award-winning writer of picture books and novels including Sweetie May, My Mum Tarzan and Bear and Chook. Read more about Lisa Shanahan here
Michelle Taylor tells young people that poetry is like "making magic with words" and her sessions typically involve audience participation, enacting of poems and a lot of interaction. She writes: "I want those I work with to go away feeling two things - firstly energised, and secondly, empowered by words and their endless possibilities in our lives." Read more about Michelle Taylor here
Margaret Kennedy - Literary Agent
Margaret set up Margaret Kennedy Agency in 1996 after seventeen years as a book editor in the UK and Australia. Her role in advancing the careers of writers as an agent is a natural extension of her editor's role. She travels regularly for business, maintaining and expanding her publishing contacts both at home and overseas.Â She is a founding member of the Australian Literary Agents' Association. Visit her website here
Kathryn Apel - Children's Writer and Mentor 'Net A Story'
Kathryn Apel is passionate about words and working with children. That’s why the primary teacher writes children’s books. Many of Kat’s stories and poems are quirky tales of life in rural Australia. Kat loves playing with words, and she loves to share that passion with children, which is why she has taken on facilitating the Carnivale's inaugural collaborative online story project "Net a Story", along with Chris McMaster from Tannum Sands State School. Visit Kat's blog here
Net a Story
A new online project was convened by local author Kathryn Apel in 2010. The project was launched on 20 May, and Kathryn concluded it at the CCLC on Monday 26 July at 12.30pm.
Gladstone Regional Council, CQUniversity Australia, The Book House, Queensland Writers Centre and Qld Educational Representatives of the State Education Department (Primary & Secondary).
The CCLC received grants from the Regional Arts Development Fund administered by the Gladstone Regional Council with assistance from the Queensland Government, and from Rio Tinto Alcan.
Austicks, Gladstone Quota, Queensland Alumina Ltd