Free reading program for the Central Coast

A new reading program has been launched for the wider community in NSW's Central Coast, including a specifically designated stream for seniors.
Central Coast free reading program. Image is three middle-aged women holding books, standing on a balcony overlooking greenery, a lake and a hill.

In conjunction with NSW’s Words on the Waves Writers Festival, which has a new festival precinct in 2024, a free Central Coast-wide book club and reading project, and a new grant aimed at connecting seniors, have just been announced.

Central Coast Reads will be launched in March as a community-wide reading program, incorporating book clubs and author talks into the existing festival program. Its objective is to not only promote reading and facilitate social and human connections through a shared love of books, but also to position the Central Coast region as a hub of “readers” on the cultural map of Australia.

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Thuy On is Reviews Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She was the books editor of The Big issue for 8 years. Her first book, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was published by University of Western Australia Press (UWAP). Her next collection, Decadence, was published in July 2022, also by UWAP. Twitter: @thuy_on