Win­ner of ‘best job’ to in­spire our writ­ers

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Inge Hansen

BEN Southall is re­turn­ing to the Whit­sun­days and is set to in­spire young writ­ers in the re­gion for the an­nual Whit­sun­day Writ­ers Fes­ti­val.

In 2009, the pre­sen­ter, dig­i­tal jour­nal­ist and self pro­claimed ad­ven­turer, beat 35,000 in en­trants to win Best Job in the World be­com­ing the “Care­taker of the Is­lands of the Great Bar­rier Reef”.

In Novem­ber 2014, Mr Southall re­leased his book ‘The Best Job in the World’ which he will dis­cuss at the fes­ti­val along with his ex­ten­sive ad­ven­tures.

This year, the fes­ti­val will be held from Fri­day, Septem­ber 2 un­til Sun­day, Septem­ber 4 at Lure, Abell Point Ma­rina with food sup­plied by Fish D’vine.

Af­ter be­ing away for 18 months on an in­ter­na­tional trip, Mr Southall said it would be his first writ­ers fes­ti­val and was look­ing for­ward to his re­turn.

“I want to in­spire other peo­ple and in­spire peo­ple to travel,” he said.

“My sto­ries are based on my ad­ven­tures and max­imis­ing my ex­pe­ri­ences on planet Earth.”

Mr Southall said he wants to make the most of the ex­pe­ri­ence and speak to other guest speak­ers to be in­spired him­self.

“I’d also love to talk to ex­perts about how they would put books to­gether and see what they think makes a good story,” he said.

“It’ll be re­ally in­ter­est­ing to hear what they have to say.”

Founder of the fes­ti­val Glo­ria Bur­ley said Mr Southall was the per­fect choice as a guest speaker with an in­cred­i­ble story and an an­i­mated per­son­al­ity.

“I was look­ing for somebo- dy who ev­ery­body knows and every­one in the Whit­sun­days known him af­ter he won the Best Job award,” she said.

“He’s very good at sell­ing him­self and we’re very ex­cited about him com­ing.”

Ms Bur­ley said at­ten­dees can ex­pect to be thor­oughly en­ter­tained.

“Every­one will meet like minded peo­ple and learn a great deal about what the guest speak­ers dis­cuss,” she said.

“You can ex­pect to be pam­pered with great com­pany, great entertainment and great food.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.whit­sun­day­writ­ers­fes­ti­val.com. Tick­ets can be pur­chased on­line at www.whit­sun­dayt­ick­ets.com.

ADVENTURE: Ben Southall at the end of his Best Ex­pe­di­tion in the World – a four-month, 1600km kayak along the Bar­rier Reef.

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