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24 May, 2021

Largest NQ literature event returns to our region

TICKETS are now on sale for North Queensland’s largest youth literature event, Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival, with the online booking portal live from today (Friday 21 May).

Schools and members of the public are cautioned not to wait! The 2021 line-up features a host of exhilarating authors and artists and promises to be one of the Festival’s best yet.

From July 14-16 the Festival will showcase over 80 events, with a guest-list of authors, artists, storytellers, scientists, slam poets and musicians to delight and inspire students and attendees.

Held annually, the Festival stands true to its aim to inspire and enhance a love of books, writing and creativity among young people.

Feature guest this year is Saroo Brierley, who wrote ‘A Long Way Home’ – which led to the award-winning film ‘Lion’.

Saroo will also be the keynote speaker for the Literary Dinner, to be held July 16.

Festival Manager Tracey Gurdler said this year’s theme – Beyond the Pages – was chosen to “encourage you to think about the inspirational journey literature can take you on; stimulating your imagination far beyond the words on the page”.

“Which books have inspired you? Which ones changed who you are or who you wish to become? What journey did they take you on? That is the power of literature! And that is part of what we wish to achieve by bringing these presenters to our region,” Ms Gurdler said.

Ms Gurdler emphasised the Festival was not just for students.

“There is no other writers festival of this caliber in our region and we know how many ‘big kids’ would love to hear from our Authors! We welcome members of the public at our author events, as well as LitChat and the Literary Dinner,” she said.

Alongside the author sessions, the 2021 Festival will feature talented musicians, arcade games, a photobooth, coffee and food vans, and a chill out lounge to relax.

For more information or to book tickets for any session, visit

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