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Words on the Waves Writers Festival

A full weekend of events for writers and readers, at the Central Coast's first writers' festival!


The adults' programs for Saturday and Monday have already sold out, so be quick to secure your place for the Friday and Sunday sessions!


Friday, 11th June 2021 - Naughty Noodle Fun Haus, 5 Broken Bay Rd, Ettalong Beach

An evening with Richard Fidler
8:00pm to 9:00pm (doors open 7:00pm)

In The Golden Maze, beloved broadcaster Richard Fidler brings a ‘light and loving’ touch to the history of Prague, starting from when he first fell for Europe’s most Instagrammed and uncanny city. Surviving the plague, a Velvet Revolution, Nazi terrors and more, this is not only the study of a fascinating city, but an examination of our human yearning for meaning amid the madness. It’s history done the Fidler way; with humour of course. Find out more about his experience with this and other past works in this unmissable conversation event with author David Hunt.

There will be a bar with drinks available for purchase during the evening. Local independent bookseller, The Bookshop Umina, will be onsite on the evening to sell copies of Richard Fidler and David Hunt’s books for signing after the event.


Sunday, 13th June 2021 -  Ocean Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, 176 The Esplanade, Umina Beach

Past Histories, Present Fictions
9:30am to 10:30am

Nikki Gemmell, Tea Cooper and Julie Janson, with moderator Jane Singleton
No longer will the forgotten women of history stay silent in the margins. Now more than ever, we ache for their voices, stories and perspectives; and through the lens of fiction, they are finally being heard. Roving from the Darug nation at first contact (Benevolence) to the Hunter Valley (The Cartographer’s Secret) and a shipwreck on the Sydney coast (The Ripping Tree), these mesmerising novels let us encounter unforgettable heroines and untold stories that, while fictional, feel truer than fact.

Growing Up ... (in the Age of Terror)
11:00am to 12:00noon

Randa Abdel-Fattah, Michael Mohammad Amad and Rawah Arja, with moderator Sarah Ayoub
Since 9/11, a generation has only known a time with terrorism being front page news. And for those coming from Muslim backgrounds, this experience and the scrutiny it entails is further heightened. Our authors all work with teens who grew up post-9/11, and who often lack positive representation; and all authors harness literature to shift this for the better. On this panel, we will explore this phenomenon and listen-in on stories that shine a light on a diverse and dynamic community.

Mindfulness Matters
1:00pm to 2:00 pm

Shannon Harvey, Amal Awad and Rick Morton, with moderator Brigid Delaney
Whether you are a sceptic or a believer, you cannot deny that mindfulness is having its moment. But what is it, and how do we get it? Is it a consumer hoax or at the very heart of being human? These three authors bravely stepped aboard the magic carpet in search of truth, love… and themselves.

Better the Devil You Know 
2:30pm to 3:30pm
Candice Fox, Sulari Gentill and Anna Downes, with moderator Suzanne Leal
Australian crime thrillers are flying off the shelves, daubed with exciting descriptors such as ‘red dirt crime’, ‘locked room thrillers’, ‘urban noir’ and more. But what defines our homegrown crime novels, and why are they enjoying such a boom? Our panel not only come from very different childhoods – from Sheffield, England to Sri Lanka and Zambia through to Western Sydney – but have penned very different books, each a riff on the page-turners we love. An intimate chat about all things crime fiction.


These are ticketed events. Pre-booking is required.

Social Distancing policies and procedures will be in place. Participants will be required to register their attendance on the day.

Words on the Waves Festival reserves the right to make any changes to any aspect of any event without notice.

Central Coast, NSW, Australia
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Opening Times:

19:00 - 21:00 Fri

8:15 - 16:00 Sun

Last date: 14 Jun 2021
Organised by: Words on the Waves Writers Festival See host information
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