Words on the Waves 2024

Words on the Waves 2024

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Posted 2024-04-06 by Ashleigh Meiklefollow

Wed 29 May 2024 - Mon 03 Jun 2024

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Want to immerse yourself in words and stories on the Central Coast? Come to the Words on the Waves Writers Festival from the 29th of May until the 3rd of June.

Words on the Waves Writers Festival is a celebration of words and ideas that takes place on the scenic Central Coast, just an hour north of Sydney. It features author talks, panels, evening conversation events, a literary cruise, as well as a family fun day, a school program and much more. There will be a diverse range of high-quality literary events for locals and visitors across the weekend. The main festival program will take place at Umina Beach Surf Life Saving Club and Ocean Beach Surf Life Saving Club on the 1st and the 2nd of June. A new festival marquee called The Dip will be at the Peninsula Recreation Precinct on these days as well. If you have sessions booked at either of the surf clubs above, it is an easy seven-minute walk between them. To attend the Saturday or Sunday sessions, you must buy a day pass, and are free with the day pass, whilst other events require single tickets and incur separate costs.

Other venues for special events include:
  • Naughty Noodle Fun Haus
  • Jasmine Greens
  • Everglades Country Club
  • The University of Newcastle

  • Authors attending this year’s event include:
  • Bruce Pascoe
  • Charlotte Wood
  • Gregory P Smith
  • Julie Goodwin
  • Melissa Ashley
  • Nam Le
  • Pia Miranda
  • Robyn Davidson
  • Rosie Batty
  • Tony Birch

  • More to be revealed soon! Keep an eye on the updates on the website! The main program and tickets will be released on the 17th of April, with further information about the new venue and program stream, The Dip, released on the 24th of April, so look out for those coming updates!

    The program will include events such as:
  • Author talks
  • A literary cruise
  • In-conversations
  • Panels
  • Family Fun Day on the 2nd of June

  • The Words on the Waves Festival also includes the Ripples Primary Schools Program , discussed here , and includes a short story competition . Further questions can be answered here .

    This is a major event on the Central Coast, showing that it is a literary region just as much as Sydney or Melbourne, and in a very beautiful place.


    Main venues:

    Umina Beach Surf Life Saving Cub
    509 Ocean Beach Rd, Umina Beach

    Ocean Beach Surf Life Saving Club
    176 The Esplanade, Umina Beach


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