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Words on the Waves Kids & Schools Program to rebrand as RipplesProgram; receives funding boost thanks to NSW Government’s Arts and Cultural Development Program

More than 120 individuals, groups and organisations were funded through the recent NSW Government Arts and Cultural Development Program 2021/22 Round 2 program. Words on the Waves was pleased to be included in this group of recipients, specifically to deliver an increased kids and school [...]

The Central Coast Miscellany Column

This is an edited version of Felicity McLean’s opening address at the Words on the Waves Writers Festival Launch, held Friday June 2, 2022. At Time magazine during the 1950s there was a column called ‘Miscellany’. The column was filled with one-sentence snippets – random scraps – scooped [...]

Complete our 2022 Survey

Share your feedback with us on the 2022 event, and go in the running to win a Double Weekend Pass to the 2023 festival valued at $320. Click on the image below to enter ‘full screen’ mode to fill in the Survey, or else complete directly on the Jotform platform.

Best Books of 2021

What’s the end of year without an end-of-year Best Books list? It’s like a gift without a bow. The Words on the Waves committee bravely tackled the task, and below are our favourite reads of the year, although of course that’s like choosing a favourite child… impossible. [...]

Announcing our 2022 dates!

We are pleased to announce our 2022 festival dates for June 3 – 5 (culminating with an event on June 6). As with our sold-out inaugural event, we will be hosting a memorable array of intimate conversations and panels, ranging over inspirational true stories, untold histories and human truths, [...]

2021 Festival Survey Results

We were thrilled to hear your feedback from the 2021 event, and we’ve shared some of the more interesting insights from the survey below. The vast majority of you identified as female (91%) and you are mostly aged 61 and up, with 64% fitting into this category, followed by 32% aged 42 – 60. As [...]

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.