Book Launches

May – June 2024
Erina Library, The Hive Erina Fair, Erina
The Dip Festival Marquee, Peninsula Recreation Precinct, Umina Beach
Tuggerah Library, Westfield Tuggerah, 50 Wyong Rd, Tuggerah
FunHaus Factory, 124 Donnison St, Gosford
Kincumber Library, 3 Bungoona Rd, Kincumber
Ocean Beach SLSC, 176 The Esplanade, Umina Beach

Free, RSVPs essential

Book Launches

Book Launches

May – June 2024
Erina Library, The Hive Erina Fair, Erina
The Dip Festival Marquee, Peninsula Recreation Precinct, Umina Beach
Tuggerah Library, Westfield Tuggerah, 50 Wyong Rd, Tuggerah
FunHaus Factory, 124 Donnison St, Gosford
Kincumber Library, 3 Bungoona Rd, Kincumber
Ocean Beach SLSC, 176 The Esplanade, Umina Beach

Free, RSVPs essential

Program

Art with Randa Magdi

Book Launch: Casey Gray

Featured title: Art with Randa Magdi

Disability advocate and writer Casey Gray explores how adults with disability can learn more about themselves and each other through the art of being creative. Using her book Art with Randa Magdi from the ‘Art is for everyone’ Easy Read series, Casey will talk about the importance of accessible community events for those living with a disability.

Thursday May 30,
Doors 12:30pm,

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Erina Library
The Hive, Erina Fair
Erina NSW 2250
Free, RSVP essential

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Book Launch: Anna Downes

Featured title: Red River Road

Take a nerve-tingling journey into the outback with best-selling local author, Anna Downes, as she celebrates the launch of her third novel, Red River Road, a road trip thriller set on the Coral Coast of WA.

Red River Road
On the Coral Coast of Western Australia, solo traveller Katy is on a mission to find her free-spirited sister, Phoebe, who disappeared along the same route a year ago. But as she drives her campervan further into the wild north, Katy realises she’s not as alone as she’d first believed. Soon she is pulled into a complicated web of secrets, lies, myths and stories that force her to question everything she thought she knew about her sister.

Anna Downes will appear In Conversation with author, poet and founder of Bravewords Writing Studio, Adrienne Ferreira.

Saturday June 1,
Doors 4:00pm
4:30pm-5:30pm
The Dip Festival Marquee,
Peninsula Recreation Precinct 
Free, RSVP essential

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When The Station Bells Ring

Book Launch: Nathan Spare 

Featured Title: When The Station Bells Ring

Dad, firefighter and sharer of way too much information, Nathan Spare celebrates the launch of his first picture book. Based on years of experience, When the Station Bells Ring is possibly the most honest, partially gross but completely epic firefighting story ‘never’ before illustrated and shared. Join Nathan for a fun-filled launch and fire safety presentation where action at the station is guaranteed!

Sunday June 2,
12:30pm – 1:30pm
The Dip Festival Marquee,
Peninsula Recreation Precinct
Free, RSVP essential

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Book Launch: Deborah Pike, Sally Smith & Meg Vertigan

Featured titles: The Players, Repacking For Greece: A Mediterranean Odyssey, The Strong Dress

Join us for an evening of travel, thespians and of course, trouble, with three delightfully different stories of pivotal moments by well-loved local authors.

The Players
One hot summer, a group of university students gathers in an orchard to rehearse a play. Veronika is born for a life on the stage while Felix seizes his last chance for creative freedom. Sebastian woos Veronika, and Cassie longs for Sebastian. Josh and Gloria each carry a secret they are unable to share. Passion, rivalry and enduring connections will bind the Players across years and continents, long after the final curtain falls.

Repacking for Greece: A Mediterranean Odyssey
When an apartheid-era arrest record derails Sally’s Canadian travel plans, she packs her mum’s 1978 travel diary and sets out solo for Greece. As she explores the landmarks her mother once visited — and more — Sally faces her fears and delights in connecting the dots between history, legend and contemporary literature.

The Strong Dress
The Strong Dress
is based on the true story of Doctor Harry Bailey and Deep Sleep Therapy at Chelmsford Private Hospital in Sydney. Teenage Kate’s carefree behaviour leads her parents to seek the advice of a maverick Sydney psychiatrist. This story makes you question what it means to be sane.

Wednesday June 5
6:00pm for a 6:30pm start
Tuggerah Library
Westfield Tuggerah, 50 Wyong Rd
Tuggerah NSW 2259
Free, RSVP essential

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Book Launch: Helen Hopcroft, Kris Reddaway & Paris Rosemont

Featured titles: The Nights, Bathed in Cinnamon and Banana Girl

Enjoy an enchanted evening delving into the profound realms of poetry and storytelling as we explore the intricacies of the human condition: love, heartbreak, lust, and societal power. Three remarkable authors are set to launch their books here on the Central Coast, coming together for a joint event to unveil their captivating works.

Helen Hopcroft, a multifaceted author, performer, and writer, once embarked on a year-long journey dressed as Marie Antoinette. She will enchant us with a passionate fairytale—a daringly erotic reinterpretation of the tales of Scheherazade from The 1001 Nights; a tale spun each night to preserve her life.

Kris Reddaway’s poetry intricately observes the minutiae of life, uncovering the exquisite potential within. From heartbreak to lust, euphoria to societal conditioning, Kris delves into the spectrum of human experience, exploring its sour, salty, spicy, bitter, and sweet moments.

Paris Rosemount fearlessly ventures into the depths of liminal spaces with her poetry. Her debut collection traverses deeply personal yet universally resonant themes—identity and displacement, love and loss, heartbreak, lust, sex, and violence—inviting readers to explore the complexities of existence.”

Thursday June 6
Doors: 5:00pm for a 5.30pm start
FunHaus Factory
124 Donnison St,
Gosford
Free, RSVP essential

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Book Launch: Amber Jakeman & Ella McLaughlin

Featured titles: Midnight Beach: Escape to the Coast & Boomerang Beach

Romance blossoms – with a sprinkling of salt air. Come and celebrate the launch of two new romance titles by local authors.

Midnight Beach: Escape to the Coast
How long will true love wait? In scenic Burradeer Bay, the midnight beach keeps secrets. When Nola’s plan to sail away with Kento, her forbidden love, goes awry, she waits faithfully for his return. But Nola flees after clashing with her brash niece, Bronte. Will Nola miss her second chance at love?

Boomerang Beach
Boomerang Beach Resort, a resort filled with secrets, lies, and double lives. Capri’s hit the jackpot when she meets her dreamy new neighbour. With his heartbreaker smile, he was definitely on her to-do list. But Flynn is looking for a quieter life with a strict no-woman policy. Or maybe not.

Friday June 7
Doors: 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start
Kincumber Library
3 Bungoona Road
Kincumber NSW 2251
Free, RSVP essential

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Birds and Fish

Book Launch: Robert Adamson featuring editor Devin Johnston

Featured title: Birds and Fish

The final book from iconic Australian poet, Robert Adamson will be launched by his editor, Devin Johnston who is visiting from St Louis. There will be a reading by poet Mark Mordue and a podcast based on Adamson’s life and works will also debut .

In the last year of his life, with the help of friend and poet Devin Johnston, Robert Adamson put together a selection of his writings on the natural world. Birds and Fish defines the presences in his life on the Hawkesbury River and includes excerpts from his autobiography, Inside Out, as well as essays written over the years; some prose poems; and journal excerpts related to his bowerbird Spinoza. Adamson’s prose is vivid, precise, and draws on his life on the river and his poetic sensibility. The book also includes drawings by Robert Adamson. 

Saturday June 8
Doors 2pm
2:30 – 3:30pm
Ocean Beach SLSC
176 The Esplanade,
Umina Beach NSW 2257
Free, RSVP essential

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Authors

Casey Grey

Casey Gray

Casey Gray is a disability advocate and writer.
She uses story sharing to increase inclusion of adults with disability who find reading and writing hard.
Relationships and belonging are one of the most important things to Casey. 

Casey is an author deeply rooted in the values of accessibility, inclusion, community engagement, and the recognition of diverse voices and experiences. She is committed to using literature as a tool for positive change and social impact, pioneering the Easy Read genre, in hopes other writers and publishers will join her on the campaign. Casey has been recognised for innovation and leadership in disability and social change across her 20+ years career in disability. She is now  actively using her books and accessible creative story-sharing workshops, as tools to establish inclusive community programs and calendars of events in mainstream settings.

Anna Downes

Anna Downes is an actor-turned-author who grew up in Sheffield, UK and now lives on the NSW Central Coast with her family. Her internationally bestselling debut novel, The Safe Place, was shortlisted for the 2021 Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards. Her second book, The Shadow House, was published in 2021 in Australia and New Zealand. Both have been translated into over ten different languages. Red River Road is her latest novel.

Nathan Spare

Nathan Spare is author dad, firefighter and sharer of way too much information.

Deborah Pike

Deborah Pike

Deborah Pike grew up in WA and now lives in Sydney and the NSW’s Central coast. She currently lectures in Literature at the University of Notre Dame. The Players is her first novel.

Sally Jane Smith

Sally Jane Smith

Sally Jane Smith has lived on five continents and visited thirty-three countries. Her writing has been shortlisted by Writing NSW, the Society of Women Writers NSW, and in the Newcastle Short Story Award. Her first book, Unpacking for Greece, was selected by Greek News Agenda as ‘Book of the Month’. This second work, Repacking For Greece: A Mediterranean Odyssey, dives back into the delightful narrative of Sally’s solo adventures once again.

Meg Vertigan

Meg Vertigan

Meg Vertigan grew up in the lee of open cut coal mines in Morwell. She has worked in multiple jobs from factory worker to academic. Meg has published multiple short stories and has written for The Conversation and Penthouse. The Strong Dress is her first novel.

Helen Hopcroft

Helen Hopcroft

Helen Hopcroft is a Tasmanian artist, writer and occasional performer who lives in Maitland. She holds a Master in Fine Arts (Painting) from the Royal College of Art and a Creative Writing PhD from Newcastle University.

Helen’s publication list includes The Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, Art Monthly, Griffith Review and ArtsHub.com. She has been shortlisted for the 2022, 2023 and 2024 Newcastle Writers Festival Joanne Burns Microlit Award, and for the 2022 Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing.

Helen once spent a year dressed as Marie Antoinette for a piece of performance art titled My Year as a Fairy Tale.

Kris Reddaway

Kris Reddaway

Kris Reddaway is a poet, spoken word artist and Australian Poetry Slam State Finalist. Her first published collection Bathed in Cinnamon questions social norms to reconnect us with the rebel spirit, the alien, the exotic, and the euphoric. Drawing on pop-culture, literature, mindfulness, and mythology, she explores the human condition with wit, fire, and reverie.

Paris Rosemont

Paris Rosemont

Paris Rosemont is a performance poet hailed as a wild child of the poetry scene. Her debut poetry collection, Banana Girl, was published by WestWords in 2023. Forget the dead poets you may have studied at school; Paris brings poetry to life, delighting audiences with wicked craft. Her edgy poetry has won a swathe of awards and has been published in international literary journals through to underground fetish zines.

Amber Jakeman

Writing with deep respect for Australia’s first storytellers, feel-good fiction author Amber Jakeman writes about hearts and hope and the power of love. A former Sydney Morning Herald and Central Coast Express journalist, she is a professional communications consultant. Amber’s novels are enjoyed by readers in more than fifty countries.

Ella McLaughlin

Ella McLaughlin

Ella was born in Brisbane, Australia, and now lives on the beautiful central coast of NSW. She writes contemporary romance with a holiday theme and a dose of sunshine.

Robert Adamson

Robert Adamson

Robert Adamson was an Australian poet. He was born in 1943 and lived near the Hawkesbury River for most of his life. With a career spanning five decades and countless literary awards, Adamson is recognised as one of Australia’s greatest poets. He published twenty-one volumes of poetry and organised and produced poetry readings at literary festivals throughout Australia and internationally. With his wife, the photographer Juno Gemes, he published Paper Bark Press from 1986 until 2002. This small press was one of Australia’s most important publishers of poetry. Robert Adamson died in December 2022.

Devin Johnston

Devin Johnston is a former poetry editor for the Chicago Review from 1995-2000.  A lyric poet influenced by Yeats, Johnston whittles the lines of his poems, compressing imagery that is at once allusive and immediate. He lives in St. Louis and teaches at Saint Louis University.

Support our Festival

As a not-for-profit organisation run with a small team of volunteers, contributions of any size go a long way in enriching the creative culture of our community. The Committee includes local Peninsula residents passionate about bringing the arts to the Coast. We are seeking support from the community to help us create a wonderful and inclusive festival.

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