What Wil­liam McInnes had to say about Fraser Coast writ­ers

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS -

FOR crit­i­cally-ac­claimed Aus­tralian ac­tor and author, Wil­liam McInnes, the best things about Her­vey Bay are scal­lops, prawns, writ­ers and foot­ballers.

The author of five best-sell­ing books and star of shows in­clud­ing Blue Heel­ers, My Brother Jack and The Time of Our Lives was the key­note speaker at this year’s Lines in the Sand Writer’s Fes­ti­val at the week­end.

Au­thors Paul Wil­liams, Steven Lang, Boolarong Press man­ager Dan Kelly and USC cre­ative writ­ing pro­fes­sor Gary Crew were among the guest speak­ers at the event, now in its sec­ond year.

Mr McInnes told the Chronicle he was im­pressed with the Fraser Coast’s writ­ing com­mu­nity, who were “ea­ger to get up and have a crack”.

“That pas­sion is re­ally good, (writ­ing) is about telling sto­ries, and the writ­ten word is a way of for­mat­ting that,” Mr McInnes said.

“Writ­ers fes­ti­vals aren’t just about books any­more, they’re about all sorts of things like pod­casts, e-books, blogs, and peo­ple con­nect­ing via so­cial me­dia.

“But that’s what is so good about it.”

Mr McInnes spoke to a packed au­di­ence about life and fa­ther­hood, the sub­jects of his re­cently pub­lished book Fa­ther­hood: Sto­ries about be­ing a Dad.

When asked if he would be back for next year’s event, Mr McInnes said he was “al­ways up for a re­turn visit”.

“For those as­pir­ing writ­ers, I would just say have a crack, write about some­thing you want to write about,” he said.

“Don’t write what you think peo­ple would like to read, and don’t ever think your story is not worth be­ing told.”

Au­thors He­lene Young, Bar­bara Hannay and Christine Wells, be­low, with their books at a sign­ing ses­sion.

Pho­tos: Blake Antrobus

LINES IN THE SAND: Sa­man­tha Pledger gets a book signed by Aus­tralian author and ac­tor Wil­liam McInnes at the Lines in the Sand Writer's Fes­ti­val on Satur­day.

Author and USC lec­turer Shel­ley Davi­dow dur­ing her work­shop at Fraser Coast's USC cam­pus.

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