Somerset Celebration of Literature Festival

Held from 14 to 16 March, the 25th annual Somerset Celebration of Literature Festival will see more than 30 of the country’s celebrated authors and illustrators converge on the Gold Coast to inspire aspiring writers and avid readers with an action-packed line up of author sessions, networking events, workshops, panels and free, family-friendly community events set to take over the Gold Coast.   

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.

From a lunch event with online sensation, writer and fearless feminist Clementine Ford, which will see guests navigate their discussions through gender warfare, to a look at the making of new children’s TV drama series Grace Beside Me in an intimate panel featuring author Sue McPherson and filmmakers Dena Curtis and Lois Randall, or an evening with one of Australia’s biggest soccer stars and now award-winning journalist Joe Gorman, who will explore the death and life of Australian soccer. There is plenty on offer for festival goers to enjoy.

Plus a range of free, family-friendly community events will be held across the city including a brand-new event called Songs, Lyrics and More, which will take over the vibrant music hub, The Paddock, at NightQuarter on Saturday 17 March with a host of live entertainment focusing on the celebration of lyric writing and storytelling through a number of musical performances. Literature magic will also touch the northern end of the Gold Coast with Helensvale Library to be transformed by the Colour Wonder with Peter Carnavas art exhibition. From 5 March to 15 April, visitors will get the chance to see Carnavas’ books come to life through a beautiful series of work from his children’s books.  

Other special guests include best-selling writer, adventurer and Young Australian of the Year, Jessica Watson, who recently published her novel Indigo Blue this January will join the stellar line-up alongside non-binary activist, public speaker and author, Nevo Zisin who will discuss the newly released book Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition. Plus, punters can catch Will Kostakis, Megan Daley, Sha’an D’Anthes, Richard Fidler, Kári Gíslason, Jackie French, James Roy and other incredible Australian writers at the festival.