Aus­tralian au­thors set the bar at Whit­sun­day Writ­ers Fes­ti­val

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THRILLERS re­flect the big po­lit­i­cal, so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues of our times with many sto­ries start­ing by sim­ply ask­ing, “What would hap­pen if that sce­nario went hor­ri­bly wrong”.

Th­ese were the words of author L.A. Larkin who held a very in­for­ma­tive one-day thriller writ­ing work­shop as part of the Whit­sun­day Writ­ers Fes­ti­val on the week­end.

The aim of the work­shop was to en­cour­age new writ­ers to come for­ward, gen­er­ate new ideas and un­cover the frame­work of good against evil.

“What is won­der­ful about the struc­ture of most thrillers is that good wins out and I think that gives us hope that there are good peo­ple in our trou­bled world who will stand up for the right things,” she said.

Thrillers can take many forms, ad­dress­ing is­sues of cli­mate change and ris­ing sea lev­els which is the un­der­tone of L.A. Larkin’s lat­est thriller Thirst, to the as­sas­si­na­tion of a pres­i­dent which is a com­mon theme of well-known author Tom Clancy, or the so­cial in­jus­tice against women in Swe­den which is rep­re­sented in the Mil­len­nium tril­ogy by Steig Lars­son.

The full day con­fer­ence on Satur­day fea­tured spe­cial guest speaker Anita Heiss, a mem­ber of the Wi­rad­juri whose lat­est book Am I Black Enough For You won her wides- pread lit­er­ary ac­claim.

Event or­gan­iser Glo­ria Bur­ley said hear­ing about her ex­pe­ri­ences as an in­dige­nous woman and author was one of the high­lights of the event.

“I felt that some mem­bers of the au­di­ence were al­most as tal­ented as the au­thors them- selves and I am hum­bled to have been able to as­sist in their de­vel­op­ment,” she said.

Other lit­er­ary names in at­ten­dance were Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald jour­nal­ists Con­rad Wal­ters and Joyce Mor­gan and lo­cal marine bi­ol­o­gist and author Tony Ayling.

LIT­ER­ARY TAL­ENT: Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald jour­nal­ists Con­rad Wal­ters and Joyce Mor­gan, thriller author L.A. Larkin, event or­gan­iser Glo­ria Bur­ley, lo­cal marine bi­ol­o­gist and author Tony Ayling and pro­lific in­dige­nous writer Anita Heiss shared their ex­pe­ri­ences at the Whit­sun­day Writ­ers Fes­ti­val at the Coral Sea Re­sort on Satur­day.

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