this year's 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.

Festival Line-up soon to be released.  Watch this space!

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Festival Launch

Festival Launch Line-up will be released shortly!


Winners of the popular Short Story Competition will be announced with prizes kindly donated by Friends of the Mackay Libraries.

Wednesday 12 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 13 July and Friday 14 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 ade


LitChat Event

Lit Chat Speaker soon to be released! 

 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. 

Pansy Wood Centre
Whitsunday Anglican School

Thursday 13 July
4pm - 6pm
$40 pp includes refreshments.Contact us for booking forms

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WorkPac Literary Dinner

Literary Dinner Guest Speaker soon to be released!

Kick up your heels with a superb evening of dining and dancing. 

Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre

Friday 14 July, 2017

$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 2017 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. The categories of the Competition and the respective word requirements are outlined below:

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