Douglas author to speak at festival
PORT Douglas and Melbourne based author Chilli Kippen will be a guest speaker at the Cairns Tropical Writers Festival, which runs from August 12-14.
Chilli (her pen name) will be a panellist at The Lure of Fiction session on Saturday, August 13, from 11am to 12:30pm, at the Rydges Tradewinds Hotel on the Esplanade.
The session includes panellists who have come to fiction from a variety of backgrounds, such as science and journalism.
Then on Sunday she will be a panellist on the Biggest Book Club event, a ticketed session that runs from 10am till noon followed by a buffet lunch.
Chilli Kippen enjoyed a lengthy career as a magazine journalist and later moved into screenwriting for documentaries.
“The stories I wrote as a journalist for magazines were fairly light and I think that pointed me later in the direction of fiction,” Chilli said.
She worked on documentaries for a while, including one on indigenous education, and later tried her hand at feature film writing.
“That was closer to my heart, to write creatively,” Chilli said.
“Getting scripts picked up by producers is very difficult and like a lot of screenwriters I decided to turn to novels, because there is more chance of that getting picked up for a film.
“And I found that I really love writing novels, so I think that’s where I’ll sit.”
Chilli and her husband first visited Port Douglas around 30 years ago and 20 years ago built a house here, to get away from Melbourne’s winters.
Chilli will be signing copies of her latest book at Whileaway Bookshop on August 29 from 10-11am.
Chilli Kippen, Port Douglas fiction writer