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2024 Festival Program

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Weekend Pass 2024

Weekend Pass

Sink your teeth into the ultimate festival experience with the Words on the Waves Weekend Pass. 

The Weekend Pass is the best value, entitling you access to eight (8) sessions across two days, Saturday June 1 and Sunday June 2, and two venues, Ocean Beach SLSC and Umina Beach SLSC. You receive nearly a $20 discount when buying a Weekend Pass!

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Saturday Day Pass

Saturday Day Pass

Soak up unbelievable stories and soul-stirring conversations with your Saturday June 1 Day Pass, entitling you to four (4) sessions across two venues, Ocean Beach SLSC and Umina Beach SLSC.

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Sunday Day Pass

Sunday Day Pass

Sail through big ideas and deep-dive into unspoken histories with this Sunday June 2 Pass, entitling you to four (4) sessions across two venues, Ocean Beach SLSC and Umina Beach SLSC.

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Wednesday 29 May: Chatting Books with Bri Lee

Gather your crew and join us at  retro theatre-turn-bar The Savoy for a book chat serving up plenty of spice! Joining us is journalist Bri Lee, who after her smash-hit memoir Eggshell Skull has turned her hand to fiction with The Work. Read more…

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Late Night Lit

Thursday 30 May: Late Night Lit

Slip into the velvety low-light of Bar Toto with a trademark cocktail in hand and an open mind, and prepare to be startled and delighted in equal measure at this much-loved evening of spoken word, poetry, literary readings and other revelations. Read More…

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Story Club

Friday 31 May: Story Club

Story Club takes brilliant Australians from all walks of life and makes them sit in a big comfy chair to tell a true, personal story around a theme. In this second special Central Coast edition featuring Pia Miranda, Benjamin Stevenson, Laura Jean McKay and Adrienne Ferreira, Story Club will be hurtling through the theme: ‘If I could turn back time’. Read more…

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Saturday June 1: An Evening with Indira Naidoo

Get ready for an unforgettable Saturday evening with the fabulous Indira Naidoo, a powerhouse in Australian broadcasting! She has three decades of award-winning journalism under her belt, as well as three books, including her latest masterpiece, The Space Between the Stars – a journey through love, loss, and the extraordinary healing power of nature. Read more…

Monday June 3: Literary Cruise: Reading the Tide 

Welcome aboard the annual Words on the Waves Literary Cruise, where the currents slide by and stories wash over you in a celebration of literature and the beauty of our waterways. This year, we are thrilled to be joined by two remarkable voices: writer and critic James Bradley, and First Nations writer, poet, and academic Jeanine Leane. Read more…

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The Dip

The Dip

In 2024, Words on the Waves debuts an exciting new space and program stream, The DipFor the festival weekend we will take over the Peninsula Recreation Precinct (adjacent to existing venues) and fill a marquee with a series of accessible, short-form author talks for curious humans. 

Central Coast Reads: Judy Nunn
Author Talk: Rom-Com Lovers Unite!
Author Talk: Debunking Mental Health
Workshop: Creativity is Good For You!
Author Talk: Uncovering History
Author Talk: The Art of Parenting…Enough!
Author Talk: Nat’s What I Reckon
Book Launch: Anna Downes
Evening event: Debut Crew Revue
Free event: Family Fun Day

Workshops

Professional development

Saturday June 1 – Writing Up Stream Workshops

Do you have a book inside of you, just itching to get out? Join our professional development day, Writing Up stream, with industry experts Faber Writing Academy and Writing NSW. All held at Jasmine Greens Kiosk, a vibrant space in the leafy Peninsula Recreation Precinct.

Purchase 2 or more of these 4 Writing Up Stream events and receive a 15% discount.

Panel: Inside Publishing: Do I need an Agent?
Workshop: Fiction starter with Lauren Aimee Curtis
Workshop: Memoir Masterclass with Ashley Kalagian Blunt
Workshop: How to Edit with Ellen O’Brien