In­ti­mate meet

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❝au­thors Most have had in­ter­est­ing lives be­cause oth­er­wise they wouldn’t write a book.

— Deb Friend

com­mit­tee mem­ber and writer/jour­nal­ist Deb Friend said it was an in­ti­mate gath­er­ing this year which al­lowed the crowd a high level of en­gage­ment with the fes­ti­val’s guests.

“We pitch the fes­ti­val as a re­ally friendly, small, in­ti­mate fes­ti­val where the at­ten­dees can mix with the au­thors and that is re­ally one of our strengths,” she said.

The writ­ing of any book is a jour­ney and Deb said the au­thors this year shared so much of that jour­ney and their lives with the Writ­ers Fes­ti­val crowd.

“At the fes­ti­val you very much be­come a part of the au­thor’s own per­sonal jour­ney, which is nice,” she said. Deb said the an­nual fes­ti­val sup­ported by the Re­gional Arts and De­vel­op­ment Fund brought to­gether as pun­ters a mix of pub­lished au­thors and aspir­ing writ­ers yet to be pub­lished, with a wish to be in­spired.

“Most au­thors have had in­ter­est­ing lives be­cause oth­er­wise they wouldn’t write a book,” she said.

“So a lot of our at­ten­dees purely want to sit and lis­ten and hear au­thors talk about their books.”

Lo­cal marine bi­ol­o­gist from Hy­de­away Bay, Tony Ayling, fa­cil­i­tated a timely dis­cus­sion about the Great Bar­rier Reef and the coal in­dus­try on Sun­day after­noon to close the event.

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