Opening Address

Wednesday 31 May, 2023

The Art House Wyong
19-21 Margaret St, Wyong NSW 2259

$30 (third party vendor)

7:00pm – 8:00pm

WOW Page Headers 2023 - Opening Address

Please join us for the inaugural Words on the Waves Writers Festival Opening Address, held in partnership with The Art House Wyong, the Central Coast’s premier arts venue.

Together, we will hear urgent missives from three acclaimed writers as they ponder the Festival theme: the mind swims.

Wirlomin Noongar woman Claire G. Coleman (Lies, Damned Lies) bears witness to the ways in which water forms her identity. Multiple Walkley Award-winning journalist Tracey Spicer AM dives into the exciting and terrifying world of Artificial Intelligence (and its inherent bias, explored in her new book Man-Made). And Diana Reid, whose debut Love & Virtue blitzed the charts and awards lists, freestyles through the art of writing. Don’t miss this historic event, which also opens the 2023 Festival. Let your mind swim with us.

Doors 6:30pm for a 7pm SHARP start.

There is a bar onsite with drinks and nibbles available for purchase.

Local independent bookseller, The Book Shop Umina, will be on site on the evening to sell copies of authors’ books for signing after the event.

Please note: booking is made via our program partner, The Art House Wyong. Their refund policies apply. 

Opening Address featuring Claire G. Coleman, Diana Reid & Tracey Spicer
Wednesday May 31,
DOORS 6:30pm for a 7pm START
The Art House Wyong
19-21 Margaret Street
Wyong NSW 2259




Claire G. Coleman

Claire G. Coleman is a Wirlomin Noongar woman whose ancestral country is on the south coast of Western Australia. Born in Perth she has spent most of her life in Naarm. Her debut novel Terra Nullius was published by Hachette in Australia and Small Beer in the US. The Old Lie (Hachette 2019) is her second novel, and Enclave (Hachette 2022) her third. Lies Damned Lies: A Personal Exploration of the Impact of Colonisation, her first nonfiction book, was published in September 2021 by Ultimo Press.

Diana Reid

Diana Reid

Diana Reid is a Sydney-based writer. Her debut novel, Love & Virtue, was an Australian bestseller and winner of the ABIA Book of the Year Award, the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year Award, the ABA Booksellers’ Choice Fiction Book of the Year Award, and the MUD Literary Prize. Love & Virtue was also shortlisted for the Indie Debut Fiction Award, the ABIA Matt Richell New Writer Award, and Highly Commended at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Diana was also named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist in 2022. Seeing Other People is her second novel.


Tracey Spicer

Tracey Spicer AM is a multiple Walkley Award winning author, journalist and broadcaster who has anchored national programs for ABC TV and radio, Network Ten and Sky News. The inaugural national convenor of Women in Media, Tracey is the author of a new work of non-fiction entitled Man-Made: How the bias of the past is being built into the future.


The Art House, Wyong

The Art House

The Art House is the centre of arts on the Central Coast. Since opening in 2016, it has become a venue of national significance and was awarded Performing Arts Centre of the Year in 2022, whilst also providing a state-of-the-art performance space for the local community.