Writers Festival aims to be bigger and better in 2014
THE literary wheels are already in motion for the 2014 Whitsunday Writers and Readers’ Festival, to be held from October 10-12.
A new committee, consisting of Louise Mahoney, Liz Down, Dan Van Blarcom, Rachael Smith, Jen Copsey and festival founder Gloria Burley, are aiming to grow the festival into a large scale community event.
“We want the days to be all about writing, reading, books and words – at night though, the festival will change shape – hosting live theatrical story telling, a comedy night and a long-table lunch with live music on the last day,” Ms Burley said.
Now in its fifth year, the 2014 festival will kick-off on Friday, October 10, with an opening ceremony at the Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) club.
The festival will then be divided into three streams encompassing travel writing, self-publishing and memoirs/ autobiographies.
Ms Burley said that ultimately the festival was about intimate events held at venues chosen for their outdoor, beautiful settings, in which people could “be inspired, get together and exchange thoughts, words and ideas”.
Whitsundays Marketing and Development Limited (WMDL) chief executive officer Danial Rochford said his organisation was looking forward to working with the festival team to ensure a great event.
“It’s really exciting to see a new, re-vitalised committee with a lot of energy and passion, looking at a new and exciting event that builds on the traditions of previous years,” Mr Rochford said.
“You just have to look at similar events in Byron Bay and Ballarat – each year they are a major crowd attraction and I think we can do the same here,” he said.
Tickets will be on sale from July 1, with prices starting from $25 for one event.
There will also be events that are free of charge and open to anybody to attend.
The committee would love to hear from potential sponsors and volunteers as well as any community members with new and fresh ideas.
For more information or to become involved, phone Rachael Smith on 0450 636 492.
FULL STEAM AHEAD: Whitsunday Writers' Festival committee members Louise Mahoney, Liz Down, Gloria Burley and Rachael Smith are planning to make this year's event the biggest and best yet.