Top illustrators, authors to present at literary festival

GLADSTONE'S sister city relationship will be celebrated during the city's premier literature event in July.

A Celebration of Manga and Anime, organised in conjunction with the Gladstone region's sister city Saiki, is one of two new features slated for the sixth biennial Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale.

The carnivale will be launched at the opening of Gladstone's Multicultural Week on July 25.

The event runs from July 27-30 and will also introduce Net a Story: Book Trailers Project.

Six top authors and illustrators - Narelle Oliver, Sarah Davis, James Roy, Anna Fienberg, Peter Carnavas and Tristan Bancks - will be the guest presenters for the event.

Write On! Workshops for Adult Writers and Illustrators will kick off the program on July 27.

Young people are the focus of Write On! Workshops for Teenagers and there will be 50 school sessions and workshops.

Other features of the carnivale include a panel discussion and literary dinner with guest authors and illustrators.

Peter Carnavas, Sarah Davis and Narelle Oliver, all illustrators, will feature in an exhibition at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum from June 27 to August 2.

"It is fantastic that children and adults can meet with and learn from some of Australia's most acclaimed authors and illustrators right here in Gladstone," Gladstone mayor Gail Sellers said.

"Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale has attracted thousands of attendees since its inception and really has earned its growing national profile."