Whitsunday Writer's Festival

Passion and prose in paradise…at the 2017 Whitsunday Writers Festival

Media Release: 21.04.17

The Whitsunday Writers Festival is a friendly and fun festival, with fabulous food, stimulating workshops and inspiring speakers, all overlooking the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands. Now in its eighth year, the festival is due to take place again at Lure, Abell Point Marina, and promises the usual potpourri of passion and prose in paradise.

“We are very fortunate to be able to hold our festival in such a stunning location as Lure, at Abell Point Marina,” festival founder Gloria Burley said. “Attendees can mingle with authors over delicious food and take in the stunning views of the Whitsunday Islands and Coral Sea. “We are known for being a very friendly festival where everyone feels welcome, whether they are a writer, an aspiring writer or someone who simply loves reading and books. “The workshops on Friday are for those who want to hone their writing skills and the Saturday authors talks are all about listening to people who have followed their dreams and their passion, and being inspired by their creative journeys.”

The authors’ line-up this year includes Sallyanne Atkinson, the first female Lord Mayor of Brisbane and author of ‘No Job for a Woman’, who will share her experiences of being in the top job in a man’s world.
Adventurer Linda Frylink Anderson will talk about her experiences sailing around the world with her husband, which she has turned into two books, ‘Sailing in My Sarong’ and ‘Salvage in My Sarong’.

Award-winning author Craig Cormick will speak on Saturday and also present a creative writing workshop on Friday, and memoir-writer Helena Pastor will share her tips and tricks for writing about one’s life in both a workshop and a one-hour talk. Professor Mo Khadra, meanwhile, will talk about his new book ‘Honour, Duty and Courage’, a compelling story of two doctors on the front line, which follows his bestselling books ‘The Patient’ and ‘Making the Cut’.

There will also be a Welcome Party on Friday night, a Gala dinner on Saturday night and a Long Table Lunch on Sunday to close the festival.

For more details and a complete rundown of speakers and workshops go to www.whitsundaywritersfestival.com or call Gloria on 0422 026 793.

For media enquiries and images please call Deborah Friend on 0488 760 800 or email deborah@writeawaywhitsundays.com.au

The three-day Whitsunday Writers Festival includes:

Friday June 16 Writing workshops all day with Craig Cormick, Helena Pastor and Pagan Malcolm (see website for details). Evening Welcome Party (free for everyone!) with complimentary finger food courtesy of Fish D’Vine plus cash bar

Saturday June 17 One-hour author’s talks all day (five authors). Gala Dinner featuring keynote speaker and catered by well-known local business Fish D’Vine

Sunday June 18 Panel discussion – Coal or Coral? Facilitated by local marine biologist Tony Ayling. Plus a Long Table Lunch to close the festival

The full weekend is only $290, which includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea every day, the Gala Dinner on Saturday night and Sunday lunch. A Saturday day pass is just $100 and includes lunch and morning/afternoon tea (save $50 on the cost of purchasing individual tickets).

Tickets for individual authors’ talks on Saturday are available for just $30 and the workshops on Friday are $65. Visit www.whitsundaytickets.com.au for all the information and a link to buy tickets.

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