Youth as Warriors of Change

Primary School Program – Friday 11th June 2021

The first Words on the Waves Writer Festival will be held on the scenic coast peninsula with a diverse range of authors and illustrators coming together to celebrate writing, literature, and Australia’s cultural and environmental future.

The School’s Program, presented in partnership with SCBWI, is a wonderful opportunity for students to meet their favourite authors and illustrators and talk about big ideas. We want to inspire students to think about the world that they live in, and how they can make a positive impact through their words and actions.

Central Coast kids will learn what authors and illustrators do, hear amazing stories, ask questions and get creative with hands-on writing and illustration workshops.

Tickets $5 per student per session (inc. GST). Sessions limited to 100 students. All sessions suitable for grades 3 – 6.

Dates and Venues

Friday 11th June, 2021 Primary Program 
(Suitable for students grades 3-6)

Jasmine Green (JG) Umina Beach
and Umina Beach SLSC (UB)


Arrive: 9.30am
Morning Sessions (2 options): 10.30am – 11.30am
Mid-Morning Sessions (2 options): 11.30 – 12.15pm
Book Signings and Lunch Break (2 options): 12.30pm – 1pm
Afternoon sessions (2 options): 1.15pm – 2pm


Morning Sessions

9.45 am
Jasmine Green

Welcome to Country with local Elders

10am – 10:20am
Jasmine Green

Ursula Dubosarsky

“Read for your Life”

Australian Children’s Laureate 2020-21 Ursula Dubosarsky

10:30am – 11:15am
Jasmine Green 1A

Dub Leffler

There was a HUM of excitement!

With Dub Leffler

The importance of Australia’s Indigenous cultures. Join talented illustrator storyteller Dub Leffler for an entertaining session on the importance of understanding culture and connecting to and honouring heritage.

Dub reads from  his book  There was a Boy and Sorry Day by Carol Vass illustrated by Dub Leffler, Dub talks about art to share the value of storytelling, reveals what we can gain by actively listening to stories and communities different to our own, and demonstrates how by doing this, the world becomes a better place.

General Capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative thinking, Ethical Understanding, Intercultural Understanding

10:30am – 11:15am
Umina Beach SLSC 1B

Susanne Gervay

Stories that Change the World

With Susanne Gervay

What is fiction? What is non-fiction? How does fiction and non-fiction connect to create story that reveals truth and changes the world? The journey to create, Susanne’s new novel  ‘Heroes of the Secret Underground’ reveals the power of non-fiction to inform fiction. It reveals the heroism of young people and challenges them to critically think about their world.

General Capabilities : Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Understanding

11:30am – 12:15pm
Jasmine Green 2A

Deb Abela

Sea Monsters, Flying Machine and Flooded Cities

With Deb Abela

Deb Abela’s anger about inaction against climate change inspired her to write Grimsdon, a novel about kids living in a flooded city, with sea monsters, flying machines and a feisty, sword-wielding female hero. Kids loved it and harassed her to write New City, and after even more kid harassment, she wrote the third and last book, Final Storm.

Deb will focus on the issues that inspired the novels, the research and how this led to key characters and events. She’ll also discuss some innovative ways we are now acting to take care of the planet. Studied widely in Australian schools, the series forms an entertaining literature base to springboard students to learn more about this global, important issue.

General Capabilities: Literacy,Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding

11:30am – 12:15pm
Umina Beach SLSC 2B

Oliver Phommavanh

A Thai-Riffic! Journey

With Oliver Phommavanh

Join Oliver as he takes the students on a journey of writing his Thai-riffic! book. Students will get an insight into two main characters, Lengy a Thai kid and Mr Winfree, his crazy English teacher. They’ll discover how much of the book is true. Oliver uses his teacher and stand-up comedian experience to bring out the funny side of writing. Students find out where story ideas come from and how easy it is to write wacky and silly stories. There’s fun and a dash of drama in this interactive and entertaining talk.

General Capabilities: Literacy,Critical and Creative Thinking, Intercultural Understanding

Afternoon Sessions

1:15pm – 2pm
Jasmine Green 3A

Yvette Poshoglian

Share Your Smile

With Yvette Poshoglian

Have you ever thought about telling your own story, true or imagined? Are you interested in writing, drawing, or both? If the answers are yes, then this fun and interactive session with award-winning author Yvette Poshoglian. Learn how to brainstorm ideas, make lists, incorporate your own photos and drawings, and use your imagination like never before to tell your own unique story.

Students to bring a book and pen ready to start creating.

General capabilities  Literacy, Personal and Social Capability

1:15pm – 2pm
Umina Beach SLSC 3B

Kirli Saunders

For those Who Plant Trees

With Kirli Saunders and Dub Leffler

For those who plant trees, this session explores climate, bushfires, and healing. Written from the point of view of 11-year-old, Bindi and her friends on Gundungurra Country. Author Kirli Saunders and illustrator Duff Leffler talk about the book.

General Capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative thinking, Ethical Understanding, Intercultural Understanding

How to Book

The Primary School Program goes live on Monday 2 November 2020.
All sessions are $5 per student. All sessions have a 100 student LIMIT. All sessions suitable for grades 3 – 6.

Teachers/Guardians: Free entry when accompanying students. Teacher/Guardian supervision is required at all sessions. If parents are bringing small groups you are expected to remain for the duration of the session.

To register your interest:

Support our first 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.