‘Engage young people with the written, spoken, digital and visual word’

In December 2015, Karen Bale & Suzanne Penson, Teacher Librarians at St Joseph’s Regional College, and MacKillop College, both in Port Macquarie met to plan this event. Our rationale was that between Bellingen (2 hours north), and Newcastle (3 hours south), there was no active readers/writers/literature events scheduled.

Since December 2015, we have worked constantly to curate a dynamic and exciting program, sourcing creatives locally, nationally, and internationally. We believe this event will place Port Macquarie ‘on the literary map’ – our wish is that it be ongoing.

We have curated a program of presentations, workshops and exhibitions which complement our stated vision. Our plan is to include all secondary schools in the Hastings Valley – Public, Independent and Catholic.

We have been very fortunate to secure funding, including a grant from the Catholic Schools Office, Lismore, and a Community Partnership Grant from Charles Sturt University. Support of other kinds has been sourced from Holiday Coast Credit Union, and others.