Book lovers and storytellers rejoice! The city’s very own writers’ festival is heading to town next month with an action-packed line up of authors, book launches, workshops, panels and free, family-friendly community events set to take over the Gold Coast. 

Held from 28 to 30 March, the 30th annual Somerset Storyfest will see thirty of the country’s most celebrated authors, illustrators and artists converge on the Gold Coast to inspire the next generation of writers and avid readers.  

The festival will be an opportunity for people of all ages to bury their noses in a new book, discover some of Australia’s acclaimed authors and let their imaginations come to life as they wander in and out of author sessions, workshops and events throughout the week.

Special guests headlining this year include Lisa Millar, Heather Rose, Jacqueline Harvey, Tristan Bancks, Nat Amoore, Joel McKerrow, Anisa Nandaula, Craig Silvey, Leigh Hobbs and more.

Celebrating 30 years of inspiring the next generation of writers, Australia’s premier youth literature festival will kick off with its annual Somerset Parents’ and Friends’ Prologue Party on Tuesday 28 March from 5.30pm.

The annual Somerset Alumni Long Table Dinner on Thursday 30 March will see one of Australia’s premier novelists, and author of acclaimed memoir Nothing Bad Ever Happens Here, Heather Rose join guests in a thrilling conversation and insight into her stories. Heather Rose’s work spans literary fiction, autobiography, magical realism, crime fiction, political fiction and fantasy and has won numerous prizes including the Stella Prize, the Christina Stead Prize and the Margaret Scott Prize.

Tickets are on sale Monday 6 February!

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