Past Carnivales

2015 Carnivale

Report of 2015 Carnivale (pdf 6.8mb)

Andy Griffiths brought his treehouse to the Gladstone region in July 2015, speaking to sell-out audiences. This Carnivale celebrated new partnerships with Brisbane Writers Festival and Read Around Gladstone.



2014 Carnivale

Report of 2014 Festival (pdf 5.83mb)

The Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale Inc has another exciting line-up for the sixth biennial festival program to be held from 27 to 30 July 2014. Located in the Gladstone region, the program is attended by audiences from neighbouring regions and has a growing national profile.

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Tristan Bancks Pat Flynn Jackie French Anne Spudvilas David Legge James Roy
Tristan Bancks Peter Carnavas Sarah Davis Anna Fienberg Narelle Oliver James Roy

Learn more about the guests here.



2013 Carnivale

In 2013, the CCLC committee hosted the inaugural Australian Children's Laureate Alison Lester in the CCLC's fourth biennial 'alternate-year' project FROM REEF TO RIGGER: This is My Place!

Alison Lester's work is ideally suited to the CCLC's aim of initiating local stories in written and visual texts. She also promoted the Laureate's work as a reading ambassador, and furthered the Laureate's individual writing and illustration project.

The FROM REEF TO RIGGER project enabled a region-wide focus on the unique aspects of this place and region. It also invited students to express their feelings about living here. At the end of the 2013 project, we haved created both a virtual and physical gallery of local images and stories made up of students' responses (Yrs 2-5) to their environment and to Alison’s unique style.

Postcards created at Alison's Reef to Rigger workshops:


Alison Lester

















2012 Carnivale

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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Deborah Abela Pat Flynn Jackie French Anne Spudvilas David Legge Frances Watts
Deborah Abela Pat Flynn Jackie French Anne Spudvilas David Legge Frances Watts

Learn more about the authors here.



2011 - The Road to Goonong

Acclaimed artist/writer David Cox launches his latest book in Gladstone Region

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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.

Road to GoonongDavid 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).

General Enquiries: Sue Norris
Ph 07 4976 6414

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25 - 28 July 2010

Click here to see the 2010 CCLC Report

The 2010 Authors and Sponsors were;


Christine Harris

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

Colin Thompson

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

David Miller

David Miller

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

Lisa Shanahan

Lisa Shanahan

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

Michelle Taylor

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 Kennedy, Literary AgentMargaret 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. 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 ApelKathryn 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).

Central Queensland UniversityThe Book HouseQueensland Writers Centre





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.

Regional Arts Development Fund and Gladstone Regional Council Rio Tinto


QER Qantas Jetset

Rydges Gladstone


Austicks, Gladstone Quota, Queensland Alumina Ltd