coolum-herosWhat a thrill to be invited to the inaugural Sunshine Coast Readers and Writers Festival organised by Wendy O’Hanlon and her team. I did a talk on ‘The Voice of Endangered Animals’ and ‘Self Publishing in the Digital Age.’ I met some amazing outback characters and it was great to network with authors. The beautiful Janet deNeef (Director of the Ubud Reader’s and Writer’s Literary Festival) opened the festival with an inspiring speech. I stayed at the glamorous Coolum Caprice hotel and every morning looked out to sea hoping to see a whale or frolicking dolphins.