Somerset Storyfest is a nationally recognised youth literature organisation based on the Gold Coast.

Throughout the year, we host a series of events connecting our audience with books and authors. Our annual festival engages over 70 schools from throughout Queensland and NSW. 

Somerset Storyfest has evolved in the past four years previously trading as the Somerset Celebration of Literature. In 2018, we became a registered cultural organisation, such development has allowed us to expand from a three day children's writers festival to a literary organisation which now hosts an annual calendar of events throughout the Gold Coast and regional Queensland. We have a collective of authors which are regular presenters through our Storyfest On the road programme which sees authors being taken into schools for presentations and workshops - there is a specific focus on providing opportunities for disadvantaged children and regions. We have key partnerships with various children's literacy organisations, most notably the Australian Children's Laureate. In 2021 we partnered with them to present their National Conference as a lead in to our Festival. Jacqueline Harvey currently sits as our Patron. The Storyfest board includes an esteemed group of individuals with extensive experience in the not-for-profit and educational sector. All board members with a passion for the development literacy programmes putting books in to the hands of children.

Our CEO, Andrea Lewis - has over 25 years extensive experience in the events industry both within Australia and internationally. Andrea has spearheaded the growth of Storyfest over recent years and plans are underway to broaden further into regional Queensland, taking the Writers Festival to the bush. Andrea was awarded the 2019 Gold Coast Businesswoman of the Year in the category of Arts, Culture, Tourism, and Entertainment

Key achievements include our Storyfest On the road programme, now in its 3rd year, engaging with schools and providing an additional revenue source for local artists and arts workers. Our Little Lending Library initiative connects with local community champions and we have installed over 60 libraries throughout the Gold Coast and Brisbane. To connect with our corporate entities, we host Storyfest Business Lunch series and a Charity Golf Day - funds raised through these events, continue to keep our On the road programme sustainable.