2016 festival

Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival attracts students and adults alike to experience and enjoy some of Australia’s biggest and brightest authors, illustrators, poets and performers.

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Festival Launch

  Pip Harry  Peter Carnavas  Pat Flynn

There will be lots of story-telling and laughs as Oliver Phommavanh hosts the ever popular Writers' Panel on opening night.  Joining Oliver on stage will be one of Australia's leading and much-loved writers, John Marsden, highly-regarded young adult authors Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, as well as journalist, television news producer and author, Megan Jacobson.
Winners of the popular Short Story Competition will be announced with prizes kindly donated by Friends of the Mackay Libraries.

Wednesday 13 July
Pansy Wood Centre
Preceded by drinks in Ron Bourne Hall Foyer
Whitsunday Anglican School

6.30pm – 8.30pm

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Student Sessions

Thursday 14 July and Friday 15 July, 9.30am – 2.30pm at Whitsunday Anglican School, North Mackay.

Two days of student sessions, jam-packed with book talks, workshops, performances and more!  Don't miss this year's stellar line up of first-class authors, illustrators, poets and performers from around Australia.  All sessions are open to the public.

Bookings are essential.
Sessions $7 / Workshops $12
Phone:  4969 2076 or email
[email protected]


LitChat Event

 Scot Gardner

"Don't be Boring!"
Presented by Harry Laing

This event is a must for teachers, librarians and parents who want practical advice which can be used back in the classroom or when assisting children in their writing endeavours.  Join award-winning children's author, poet, performer and teacher, Harry Laing, as he imparts his knowledge on how to get the best creative writing from kids.

Pansy Wood Centre
Whitsunday Anglican School

Thursday 14 July
4pm - 6pm
$40 pp includes refreshments. Contact us for booking forms

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Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Literary Dinner

Kick up your heels with a superb evening of dining and dancing.  Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear ABC Radio Presenter, comic performer and award-winning writer, Richard Fidler, when he delivers the keynote speech.  Also entertaining our guests will be actor, musician and poet, Matt Caffoe.

Dance the night away to the grooves of Mango Junction and delight in mouth-watering food.

Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre
Friday 15 July, 2016

$125 per person

7pm – midnight
Bookings: Call 07 4961 9777 or visit
Mackay Tix.

Short Story Competition

Students from Years 3 to 12 are invited to submit entries for the 2016 Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival Short Story Competition. Students are free to respond to a theme or topic of their choice and there is no limit to the number of entries allowed by each student. Thanks to our sponsor, Friends of Mackay Libraries, for their very generous cash prizes and assistance.

View the this years winners of the Short Story Competition

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