❝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.