Words on the Waves launches a community-wide reading program for the Central Coast

After the recent announcement of a new festival precinct for 2024, Words on the Waves Writers Festival brings more good news with the introduction of a Central Coast-wide book club and reading project and a new grant aimed at connecting seniors.

Central Coast Reads: Fostering a Literary Community

In conjunction with the Words on the Waves Writers Festival 2024, Central Coast Reads will be launched as a community-wide reading program, incorporating book clubs and author talks into the existing festival program. The primary objective is not only to promote reading and facilitate social and human connections through a shared love of books but also to position the Central Coast region as a hub of ‘readers’ on the cultural map of Australia.

Key Features of Central Coast Reads

Central Coast Reads will be an annual region-wide reading initiative encouraging community organisations, local libraries, book clubs, and individuals to unite in reading a selected book. This initiative aims to stimulate broader conversations about reading, explore important themes, and foster engagement within the community. Various events will be organised, allowing participants to meet others, discuss the chosen book, host their own book clubs with provided support materials, and attend author sessions where the author will discuss the featured book.

Introducing Central Coast Reads: Seniors Connect

In a recent development, Words on the Waves has secured a grant for $19,154 from The NSW Department of Community and Justice for an innovative community readership project. Success in this highly competitive grant round will enable 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 will run from March to December 2024. Participation in these book club and author events will be completely free, and we encourage individuals, groups and organisations to sign up now to find out more.

Central Coast Reads: Seniors Connect is proudly funded by the NSW Government

More information here: https://wordsonthewaves.com.au/central-coast-reads/

Project Manager Mandi McIntosh commented: “Community-wide reads are a great way to connect with others and we are excited to be bringing this idea to the Central Coast. The addition of the specific grant for extra events for seniors is a wonderful bonus for us to be able to offer.”


Central Coast Reads Book 1:

The Tea Ladies of St Jude’s Hospital by Joanna Nell

Book Clubs: March 2024
Various venues
Author Talk with Joanna Nell: 6 April 2024
Everglades Country Club, Woy Woy
Central Coast Reads Book 2:

Khaki Town by Judy Nunn

Book Clubs: May 2024
Various venues
Author Talk with Judy Nunn: 1 June 2024
The Dip (Words on the Waves Festival Venue), Peninsula Recreation Precinct

29 May – 3 June 2024

Words on the Waves Writers Festival

Central Coast Reads Book 3:

TBA – will be voted on by participants!

Book Clubs: July 2024
Various venues
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
Various venues
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
Various venues


Words on the Waves is a not-for-profit literary festival, the first of its kind for the Central Coast region. Its mission is to deliver an immersive annual festival of stories, ideas and connection, set against the scenic Central Coast, and to enrich the cultural landscape of the region year-round. Its vision is to become one of Australia’s leading regional literary festivals, known for its vibrant and diverse program as well as its unique setting. In 2024, Words on the Waves will celebrate its fourth year. The festival encompasses two full days of author talks and panels held concurrently across two venues, as well as an evening conversation event, an opening address event, professional development stream, late night poetry readings, a literary cruise, a storytelling evening, family fun day and schools program, writing workshops and book launch program for local authors. In 2024 the festival is adding a new large-scale festival marquee venue and programming stream, entitled The Dip.

In 2024 Words on the Waves Writers Festival will take place from Wednesday May 29 to Monday June 3.

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More information: https://wordsonthewaves.com.au/