Friday, June 14, 2013

Writers Festival With A Difference

Writers Festivals are popping up all over Australia – some in the most unlikely places. Those in the capital cities are becoming  crowded with little hope of getting anywhere near the presenting author, let alone being able to ask a question (an indication of how popular they are becoming).

Now in its fourth year, the Whitsunday Writers Festival is unique in that it specifically offers the opportunity of close contact with the authors over drinks and dinner. This year the festival will be held 12-14 July at Coral Sea Resort, Airlie Beach, a principal sponsor of the event.  The Whitsundays are about as beautiful a setting for a writers festival as you can imagine, and yes, the water is really that colour.

This year's speakers include such names as Anita Heiss, a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales and author of Am I Black Enough for You, Joyce Morgan and Conrad Walters, authors of Journey on the Silk Road, L.A. Larkin, author of Thirst, who will lead a one day thriller writing workshop on Friday 12th July, and marine biologist Tony Ayling.

Previous speakers include David Hill, ex CEO of ABC television and Susan Wyndham Literary Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald who both commented that the festival has a lot to offer everyone, including the guest speakers. As July is peak season for the Whitsundays, this Writers Festival can be combined with a winter holiday. It is a wonderful way to escape the cold weather down South and not as far as Ubud. For further details go to or contact the organizer, Gloria Burley on 0422026793.

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