Dou­glas au­thor to speak at fes­ti­val

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - REAL ESTATE - Shane Ni­chols

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.

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Chilli Kip­pen, Port Dou­glas fiction writer

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