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Is the festival open to the general public, or just to Somerset College students?

The Somerset Celebration of Literature is open to the whole community. Over 50 different schools are represented each year from around the region.

Are there any events for adults?

The festival offers sessions and functions for adults as well as children. These range from panel discussions through to writing workshops and literary lunches.

Where are the sessions held?

Most of the events are held at Somerset College. Some sessions are hosted in the local community, and this information will be on the event listing. Specific rooms for the author sessions at Somerset College will be allocated closer to the Festival. The capacities of the Somerset College venues vary, so final room allocation is determined according to the number of tickets purchased for each session. Please check the website prior to your visit to find where your sessions will be located.

How do I get to Somerset College?

Car Take Exit 82 off the Pacific Motorway (M1). Head west along Somerset Drive. Somerset College is located on the left. There is limited parking off Somerset Drive, Clover Hill Drive and Sara Carrigan Court (accessed by turning right off Clover Hill Drive).

Train and Public Buses The nearest Queensland Rail station is Robina. From here, Somerset College is five to ten minutes by car/taxi. Public buses are available from various locations around the Gold Coast. For further details, visit the TransLink website

Buses for School Groups Koala Koaches has a special rate for Gold Coast schools travelling to the Somerset Celebration of Literature. Reduced fares are for a minimum of 30 passengers. Schools travelling to the Gold Coast by train are also eligible for a special rate on a shuttle service between Robina Train Station and Somerset College. Please contact Bede Young, Manager, Koala Koaches to make your necessary travel arrangements by phoning 07 5535 2711.

Festival Access Access to the Festival site is via Somerset Drive and Clover Hill Drive, with information booths located at both entrances. These booths are manned by volunteers who are easily identified.

What food options are available?

The Hardback Café operates throughout the Festival. Food and drinks may be purchased from the café, or guests may wish to bring their own packed lunches. A coffee cart and other food vendors also operate from Towers Quad.

Can I buy books at the festival?

The Festival Bookshop stocks an extensive range of books by all the authors and illustrators attending the Somerset Celebration of Literature. At the end of each of their sessions, the authors will head straight to the bookshop to sign your books!

Is there a place to leave school bags?

There is no cloakroom facility at the Somerset Celebration of Literature. We encourage students to bring a small carry bag, as some venues have limited access for school bags. We advise students to leave valuables at home. All lost property can be collected from the Somerset College Events Office.

Are photos taken at the festival?

The Somerset Celebration of Literature will have a photographer on-site to record events throughout the Festival. These photos are for archival and marketing purposes and purchase of a ticket implies permission to use the photos taken for these purposes.