Kimberley Writer’s Festival
Book lovers from Busselton to Wyndham travelled to Kununurra for the Kimberley Writers Festival earlier this month.
Writers Shane McCarthy, Samantha Martin, Anne Crawford, Fiona Palmer, Glenn Swift and Ahmad Fuadi spoke at several sessions during the three-day event.
For Martin, an Aboriginal woman who grew up in Wyndham and Doon Doon and now lives in Cairns, it was a week where she got to reflect on her own successes and how far she had come to be presenting at the festival.
After fighting through personal hardships in life and at school she talked about finding herself and going on to have her own TV series Bush Tukka Woman and book.
She said the show had resonated with many people at home and abroad and she was humbled to be able to represent Australia when she travelled to events overseas.
McCarthy, a comic book writer originally from regional Victoria but now living in Perth, said he had spent an incredible few days in the Kimberley having visited several schools to teach students about how comics are made.
He enjoyed being able to talk to groups of children about being a comic book writer, having written titles such as Batman and Transformers, and their eagerness to learn about the different jobs there were in the industry.
While there have been successes, such as creating a Transformers character popular in Japan and who has featured in the past two movies of the Michael Bay-directed film franchise, McCarthy spoke about turning his attention to creating stories with his own characters.
Fuadi, an Indonesian fiction writer has said he was grateful to be invited to the Kimberley writer’s festival.
He has said he has had a pleasant experience and this was his first time in Kununurra.
Kimberley Writers Festival speakers Ahmad Fuadi, Samantha Martin, Anne Crawford, Fiona Palmer and Shane McCarthy.