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John Marsden

John Marsden was born in Victoria, Australia in 1950.  He went to many different primary schools, and from an early age enjoyed the journeys into magical worlds that reading could provide.  His teachers in Grade 4 and Grade 6 encouraged


Nick Earls

Nick Earls writes long, short and medium-sized fiction, so far including thirteen novels and numerous shorter works. With the publication of the Word Hunters trilogy in 2012/13, he is now officially also a writer for children. Reputable reviewers have compared


Kimberley Freeman

Kimberley was born in London and her family moved back to Australia when she was three years old. She grew up in Queensland where she currently lives. Kimberley has written for as long as she can remember and she is


Frances Whiting

Frances Whiting is one of Australia’s best-known and popular writers. A senior feature writer for Queensland’s premier weekend magazine Q Weekend in the Courier Mail, Frances is also a much-loved columnist for the Sunday Mail and other Sunday newspapers around


Matthew Condon

Matthew Condon is a prize-winning Australian novelist and journalist.  Educated at the University of Queensland and the Goethe Institute, Germany, he is the author of ten novels and short story collections including The Lulu Magnet, A Night at the Pink Poodle,


David Metzenthen

David Metzenthen is an Australian writer for children and young adults who was born in Melbourne, Victoria in 1958. As a child, David was a nature boy; he loved fishing and farm work, exploring the bush, and being outdoors under the stars.


Lesley & Tammy Williams

Lesley Williams is forced to leave Cherbourg Aboriginal Settlement and her family at a young age to work as a domestic servant. Apart from a bit of pocket money, Lesley never sees her wages – they are kept ‘safe’ for


Morris Gleitzman

Morris Gleitzman is an author of children’s and young adult fiction. He has gained recognition for sparking an interest in AIDS in his controversial novel Two Weeks with the Queen (1990). Born in 1953 in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England, Morris Gleitzman claims to have read every book he could


Susan Johnson

Born in Brisbane but moving to Sydney at the age of three months, Susan Johnson spent her childhood around Sydney’s North Shore (St.Ives) and moved to Queensland with her family, to a pineapple farm, where she finished her last years of high school. Johnson attended


Graeme Simsion

Graeme Simsion is a writer of screenplays, short stories, novels and a couple of short plays as well as an occasional producer of films. Formerly an IT specialist (data modeling) and founder of a business and IT consultancy Simsion also helped


Anne Buist

Professor Anne Buist is the Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and has over 25 years clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry. She works with Protective Services and the legal system in cases of abuse, kidnapping,


Josephine Moon

Josephine took the long route to fulfilling her dream of being a writer, writing ten manuscripts in twelve years and stopping off in more jobs than she can count. Her longest careers have been as a teacher (three years) and an


Katherine Howell

Katherine Howell was born and raised in Sydney. After leaving school she worked in various jobs, including as an animal handler and bookshop sales assistant, and went to university for a year to study science. Keen for something different she


Ian McIntosh

Growing up in Normanton in Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria, Ian McIntosh is a former a Rodeo Clown and Rodeo Cowboy.  Despite always having a love for writing Ian really only launched his career as an author in 2014 with a successful


Tania Cox

Tania Cox is a teacher and author who is a local to our region. Born and raised in Ayr, Cox grew up with an older sister and two younger brothers on a farm with lots of dogs, cats, chooks, cranky parrots and

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Congratulations fabulous Festival and for gearing up to do it again in 2016. Ignite Your Mind 2015 was the most stimulating and exciting weekend of wordsmithing and storytelling highlighted by the fabulous banquet in the old Masonic Hall that reflected the strong Italian influence in the Burdekin. The attention to detail was extraordinary with a full program and smooth operations. As a writer, it was a pleasure to be a part of it. As a reader, it was a fabulous opportunity to hear some of my favourite writer’s chat about their books and their writing experience.

Annabelle Brayley 2015 Speaking Author

As a veteran of literary festivals in Australia, I was taken aback by the inaugural Burdekin Readers' & Writers' Festival. The weekend was superbly organised, the hospitality relentless, and the enthusiasm palpable. What I particularly took away from the festival was that it truly lived up to its promise...this was a genuine "readers'" festival, and the interaction with the local readers and writers was extraordinary and something that gets lost in the larger writers' festivals. I found the entire experience warm and memorable

Matthew Condon 2015 & 2016 Speaking Author