Writ­ers Fes­ti­val aims to be big­ger and bet­ter in 2014

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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