Writ­ers fes­ti­val brings lit­er­ary tal­ent to town

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THIS year’s Whit­sun­day Writ­ers Fes­ti­val will have the unique priv­i­lege of host­ing a 2017 Queen’s Hon­our Award re­cip­i­ent.

Mo­ham­mad Hassen Khadra picked up the award last week and will be among four authors who will fea­ture at the fes­ti­val this week­end.

Other authors in­clude the first fe­male Lord Mayor of Bris­bane, Sallyanne Atkin­son, Linda Frylink An­der­son, Craig Cormick and He­len Pas­tor.

Whit­sun­day Writ­ers Fes­ti­val or­gan­iser Glo­ria Bur­ley said not only was she ap­proached by a num­ber of the authors, but three of them were ex­tend­ing their stay.

“If you have the Writ­ers Fes­ti­val, which is be­gin­ning to get well known and the Whit­sun­day is­lands, which are very well known, would you like to come here for an au­thor’s tour for a week­end? They couldn’t get here fast enough,” she said.

Ms Bur­ley ex­tended her grat­i­tude to ev­ery­one who had sup­ported the fes­ti­val since its in­cep­tion.

“The Whit­sun­day Writ­ers Fes­ti­val ex­tends grate­ful thanks to all spon­sors with­out whom the fes­ti­val sim­ply could not hap­pen, es­pe­cially the Re­gional Arts Devel­op­ment Fund,” she said.

Fes­tiv­i­ties com­mence on Fri­day with a num­ber of work­shops and a Wel­come Party. This will be fol­lowed by an au­thor’s talk and gala din­ner to be held on Satur­day night. On Sun­day there will be a Long Table Lunch and a “Coal or Co­ral” dis­cus­sion.

For tick­ets call Glo­ria Bur­ley on 0422 026 793.

FA­MOUS FACES: Sallyanne Atkin­son, He­lena Pas­tor, Craig Cormick, Pro­fes­sor Mo­hamed Khadra and Linda Frylink An­der­son are guest speak­ers at the Writ­ers Fes­ti­val this week­end.

OR­GAN­ISER: Glo­ria Bur­ley at the Writ­ers Fes­ti­val.

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