Sydney writer, film maker, producer and director Robin de Crespigny is this year’s guest author at the annual Voices on the Coast Literary Breakfast, to be held during the 18th Voices on the Coast Youth Literature Festival.
Presented by Immanuel Lutheran College in conjunction with the University of the Sunshine Coast, Voices will bring 25 celebrated and established authors, illustrators and poets to the Sunshine Coast from 1-5 June.
Author of The People Smuggler, Robin will tell the true story of Ali Al Jenabi, the ‘Oskar Schindler of Asia’, as he struggled to find a safe place in the world for his family.
“Each year, around 4 500 students and many more in the community experience the energy and enthusiasm of Voices on the Coast, as our award winning authors, illustrators and poets encourage and nurture a love of literature,” said Festival Convenor Kelly Dunham.
“I’m thrilled to have Robin on the Sunshine Coast to talk about her incredible book, which has just been nominated for two Australian Book Industry Awards: General Non-fiction Book of the Year 2013 and Newcomer of the Year 2013,” said Mrs Dunham.
“The People Smuggler has also won the Queensland Literary Award, the 25th Human Rights Award for Literature and the 2012 Alex Buxo Prize for Shortlisted Authors at the Nib Waverly Library Award for Literature,” she said.
What: Voices on the Coast Literary Breakfast with Robin de Crespigny
When: Saturday 1 June at 7.30am
Where: Maroochy Surf Club
Cost: $35 per person