Somerset Celebration of Literature Festival on the Gold Coast

Somerset Celebration of Literature Festival on the Gold Coast

Deborah abela and Francis Watts at Somerset Celebration of literature Festival 2012 003Love, Love, Love…. this festival.

The sun is shining, tropical palms wave in the breeze, the Radisson Resort welcoming … and there’re friends, friends, friends.

We head for the pool – author Deborah Abela and picture book author Frances Watts  were splashing around.  So was author Felice Arena. I swim 20 laps and relax in the jacuzzi.

We had a great welcome from Festival Director Andrea Lewis, Deputy Headmaster Michael Brohier and Festival programmer Karen Mackie and a fabulous dinner.

Caught up with so many cool authors and illustrators:-

oliver phommavanh author at somerset celebration of literature gold coast

Oliver Phommavanh – Thai -riffic!!!!; Con- Nerd and new book coming – huge success

Karen Brooks – fabulous fantasy author

Jacqueline Harvey -author of the run away success Alice Miranda

Michael Wagner -watch out for hilarious Maxx Rumble series

Leigh Hobbs -iconic illustrator and creator of Old Tom, Horrible Harriet and Mr Chicken

….. and hamming it up authors Tristan Bancks and James Roy ….watch this space for more

 

authors Tristan Bancks and James Roy at cSomerset Celebration of Literature Festival Gold Coast

 

 

National year of reading 2012, Ambassadors at Somerset Festival are Susanne Gervay, Deborah Abela, Felice Arenay Hathorn, Hazel Edwards, Richard Glover, Chris Cheng

National year of reading 2012, Ambassadors at Somerset Festival are Susanne Gervay, Deborah Abela, Felice Arena

 

I'm a writer committed to kids in particular. Adults are good too. Want to bring hope through story to my readers. Awarded an Order of Australia, Lady Cutler Award and a Lifetime International Award for Literacy for my body of work, spreading literacy is really important. I'm head of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, Ambassador for the Premier's Reading Challenge, Writer Ambassador for Room to Read ... among other roles. I also love heritage and adapting to enhance the lives of people today, which is why I restored The Hughenden Hotel 1870s and The Residences Centennial Park - the only homes in the parklands which are open now for accommodation, events and lots of nature.

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