Writ­ers revel in an

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Peter Car­ruthers Peter.Car­ruthers@ news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

KEY NOTE speaker at the Whit­sun­day Writ­ers Fes­ti­val and first ever fe­male Lord Mayor of Bris­bane, Sallyanne Atkin­son, de­liv­ered the same kink of hon­esty from the floor as she penned in her mem­oir en­ti­tled No Job For a Woman.

Re­mem­ber­ing a mo­ment of her “ac­ci­den­tal life” in an Ed­in­burgh laun­dro­mat while wash­ing dirty nap­pies, Sallyanne re­flected on how she be­came in­volved with pol­i­tics.

She said she was ac­costed while do­ing the laun­dry by a mem­ber of a po­lit­i­ca­ly­charged mother’s group who of­fered babysit­ting.

She had al­ways had an in­ter­est in pol­i­tics but hear­ing the word “babysit­ting” when car­ing for three kids un­der four years old was what got her at­ten­tion.

She said her ex­pe­ri­ence at the Whit­sun­day Writ­ers Fes­ti­val had been a fan­tas­tic one and she was happy to play a part in the Whit­sun­days bounc­ing back af­ter Cy­clone Debbie.

“It has brought writ­ers from all over Aus­tralia to take part,” she said.

“Be­ing writ­ers we will all go back and talk about it and write about how won­der­ful the Whit­sun­days are.

“Af­ter Cy­clone Debbie we re­ally need to be get­ting that mes­sage out that the Whit­sun­days still are beau­ti­ful and peo­ple are still wel­come.”

Sallyanne said she en­joyed a won­der­ful day on the water last week and vis­ited White­haven Beach. “It was bliss,” she said. Sallyanne joined a host of ac­com­plished au­thors in­clud­ing Daryl Barnes, Mo­hamed Khadra, Helena Pas­tor, Craig Cormick and Linda Frylink An­der­son.

On Fri­day writ­ing work­shops were held, fol­lowed by pre­sen­ta­tions by the au­thors and a gala dinner at Lure on Satur­day.

Writ­ers Fes­ti­val

PHOTO: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

WRITE ON: Whit­sun­day Writ­ers Fes­ti­val Au­thors Daryl Barnes, Mo­hamed Khadra, Sallyanne Atkin­son, Helena Pas­tor, Craig Cormick, Linda Frylink An­der­son and com­mit­tee mem­bers Vanessa Har­tle (left) and Deb Friend (right) at Lure on Satur­day.

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