Central Coast Reads
Central Coast Reads is a community-wide reading program consisting of book clubs and author talks.
Local libraries, neighbourhood book shops, individual book clubs, community groups, solo readers and more can join Central Coast Reads in 2024.
As part of Words on the Waves Writers Festival 2024 we are introducing Central Coast Reads, a community-wide reading program consisting of book clubs and author talks. The aim is to not only encourage reading and social and human connections through a love of books, but also to establish the Central Coast region as a region of ‘readers’ on the cultural map of Australia.
What is Central Coast Reads?
Central Coast Reads will be an annual coast-wide reading program where organisations, local libraries, book clubbers and individuals are all encouraged to read the one book to foster larger conversations about reading, important themes and to engage with others in the community. People can buy the book from their local bookstore, borrow from a library or read online. A range of events will be held where people can meet others and discuss the book, host their own book clubs with support materials available, and they will also be able to attend a session where the author will be present to talk about the book if they would like to.
It is completely free to participate in Central Coast Reads.
Community reading programs meet our need to read, talk, and grow together. The shared book gives a central conversation starter and encourages community literacy. By engaging with organisations and well-known locals, community-wide reading programs promote literacy and can create intergenerational book-focussed discussions. Benefits will also include prizes, reading notes, and a chance to meet the author of the chosen book.
Bibliotherapist Sonya Tsakalakis: “gathering with like-minded individuals to discuss a common interest is a more meaningful way of connecting with others and can ignite new friendships.”
When will it start?
The campaign launched to the public in December 2023, in partnership with Central Coast Libraries, businesses, community groups, adult education providers and bookstores to get them involved. The books and authors for the first part of 2024 have now been announced, with more to follow.
|Central Coast Reads Book 1:
The Tea Ladies of St Jude’s Hospital by Joanna Nell
|Book Clubs: March 2024
Any Central Coast local is welcome to read Book 1 this month
Seniors Connect guided Book Clubs: 10am, Friday 1 March
|Author Talk with Joanna Nell: 10am, Friday 5 April
Everglades Country Club, Woy Woy
Free, all welcome, bookings recommended (link to follow)
|Central Coast Reads Book 2:
Khaki Town by Judy Nunn
|Book Clubs: May 2024
Any Central Coast reader is welcome to read Book 2 this month
And, over 60s can join…Seniors Connect guided Book Clubs at 10am, Friday 3 May
Kincumber or Woy Woy venue available, email for details
|Author Talk with Judy Nunn: 1 June 2024
The Dip (Words on the Waves Festival Venue), Peninsula Recreation Precinct
All welcome, bookings recommended (link to follow)
29 May – 3 June 2024
Words on the Waves Writers Festival
|Central Coast Reads Book 3:
To Be Announced – will be voted on by participants!
|Book Clubs: July 2024
|Author Talk: 2 August 2024
Details TBA, venue Gosford area
|Central Coast Reads Book 4:
TBA – will be voted on by participants!
|Book Clubs: September 2024
|Author Talk: 5 October 2024
Details TBA, venue Wyong area
|Central Coast Reads Book 5:
TBA – will be voted on by participants!
|Book Clubs: November/December 2024
Introducing Central Coast Reads: Seniors Connect
In a recent development, Words on the Waves has secured a grant from NSW Government The Department of Communities and Justice for an innovative community readership project. Success in this highly competitive grant round will enable the inclusion of a special addition to Words on the Waves to expand the Central Coast Reads program through the addition of a stream specifically designed for the seniors of the Central Coast.
In addition to the singular Central Coast Reads title, a series of extra book club and author events will be incorporated for seniors. These events will provide opportunities for connection within intimate book club settings at community venues, libraries, and aged care centres. Additionally, a larger-scale author event at an easily accessible venue will be organised, facilitating connections beyond established social and geographical circles.
Central Coast Reads: Seniors Connect is proudly funded by the NSW Government
How to get involved
Words on the Waves has been a huge success because of the Central Coast community and its love of reading. We would love your help in spreading the word about this new book club and author program, Central Coast Reads. Whether you’d like to host a book club meeting, register your existing book club, or request for a book club to be hosted by your community group or organisation, please get it touch – tell us what you think! Sign up for updates below or send an email to Central Coast Reads coordinator Mandi at email@example.com to ask questions and register your interest.
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.