Kim­ber­ley Writer’s Fes­ti­val

Broome Advertiser - - HAPPENINGS - An­nie Hall

Book lovers from Bus­sel­ton to Wyn­d­ham trav­elled to Ku­nunurra for the Kim­ber­ley Writ­ers Fes­ti­val ear­lier this month.

Writ­ers Shane Mc­Carthy, Saman­tha Martin, Anne Craw­ford, Fiona Palmer, Glenn Swift and Ah­mad Fuadi spoke at sev­eral ses­sions dur­ing the three-day event.

For Martin, an Abo­rig­i­nal woman who grew up in Wyn­d­ham and Doon Doon and now lives in Cairns, it was a week where she got to re­flect on her own suc­cesses and how far she had come to be pre­sent­ing at the fes­ti­val.

After fight­ing through per­sonal hard­ships in life and at school she talked about find­ing her­self and go­ing on to have her own TV se­ries Bush Tukka Woman and book.

She said the show had res­onated with many peo­ple at home and abroad and she was hum­bled to be able to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia when she trav­elled to events over­seas.

Mc­Carthy, a comic book writer orig­i­nally from re­gional Vic­to­ria but now liv­ing in Perth, said he had spent an in­cred­i­ble few days in the Kim­ber­ley hav­ing vis­ited sev­eral schools to teach stu­dents about how comics are made.

He en­joyed be­ing able to talk to groups of chil­dren about be­ing a comic book writer, hav­ing writ­ten ti­tles such as Bat­man and Trans­form­ers, and their ea­ger­ness to learn about the dif­fer­ent jobs there were in the in­dus­try.

While there have been suc­cesses, such as cre­at­ing a Trans­form­ers char­ac­ter pop­u­lar in Ja­pan and who has fea­tured in the past two movies of the Michael Bay-di­rected film fran­chise, Mc­Carthy spoke about turn­ing his at­ten­tion to cre­at­ing sto­ries with his own char­ac­ters.

Fuadi, an In­done­sian fic­tion writer has said he was grate­ful to be in­vited to the Kim­ber­ley writer’s fes­ti­val.

He has said he has had a pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence and this was his first time in Ku­nunurra.

Pic­ture: Peter de Krui­jff

Kim­ber­ley Writ­ers Fes­ti­val speak­ers Ah­mad Fuadi, Saman­tha Martin, Anne Craw­ford, Fiona Palmer and Shane Mc­Carthy.

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