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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.
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.