Immerse yourself in a festival of stories and ideas on the scenic Central Coast

Announcing our 2024 dates as May 29 – June 3. Read our exciting news for the expansion of the 2024 festival with thanks to the Create NSW Arts & Cultural Funding Program here.

In its third year, Words on the Waves Writers Festival welcomed an impressive gathering of Australia’s best authors and journalists to the Central Coast from Wednesday May 31 to Monday June 5, 2023. The 2023 theme explored the mind swims. With this theme, we playfully gestured at the human urge to move and explore. We considered how change is the only constant in life. Explore the 2023 program here, and the festival gallery here.

Words on the Waves Writers Festival is a celebration of words and ideas set on the scenic Central Coast, NSW, Australia. With author talks and panels, as well as evening conversation events, a cinema screening, literary cruise, family fun day, schools program and more, the festival offers a diverse range of high quality literary events for both the Central Coast community and visitors to the area.



Celebrating Robert Adamson

Glide down the Hawkesbury River with some of Australia’s finest poets to celebrate the life and work of the great Australian poet and Central Coast local Robert Adamson.



Now hiring

Words on the Waves has a big year planned for 2024. Applications are now open to join our team in two different roles: Marketing Coordinator and Project Coordinator.


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The Central Coast’s first – and only – writers’ festival.

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