The 23rd Festival of Words (the Somerset Celebration of Literature) has just about come to a close.
It has been the most successful festival in our brief history with record ticket sales and attendances replete at the Prologue Party, the Student Dinner, the Adult Workshops, the Lunch time session with Tim Baker and the Literary Long Table Dinner on the Friday night. The Wednesday night soiree buzzed with bonhomie and was capped off with fireworks at the end; the literal kind! The night was generously sponsored by the Somerset Alumni Association and supported by the Parents’ and Friends’ Association. The 'Before and After’ sessions continue to broaden the appeal of the Festival with the very early Leisel Jones Q & A in October 2015, the Gabrielle Tozer discussion at the REaD Café in Paradise Island on Sunday 6 March and the Theatre Sports extravaganza tomorrow (Saturday) at the Dust Temple in Currumbin. The Tweed Banora Dental Literary Long Table Dinner, with a poetic slant due to the eloquence of Luka Lesson, is sold out and promises to be a fitting end to what has been a wonderful Festival.
This year also saw a huge rise in entries for the National Poetry Competition, generously sponsored by Dr Annette Allen (Tweed Banora Dental) with winners, being announced at the dinner. In addition, the National Novella Competition, sponsored by Penguin / Random House and Bond, continues to be the foundation for budding young Australian Novelists.
Thanks must go to all our sponsors, our parent volunteers and our very special Somerset student helpers. You have contributed to creating something very special; described by one of the visiting writers as the “biggest, best organised, most creative and friendliest school-based writers’ festival in the world”.
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