2015 Festival Program

Friday July 17

7am—9am             ABC Live Broadcast 

Come for Breakfast with the ABC – outside broadcast at Theatre forecourt.

8.30                           Registration – Tea & Coffee

10.00 – 11.00          Two Funny Guys

Nick Earls & David Hunt talk to young adults about their books

10.00 – 11.00         Stories from the Bush

Annabelle Brayley talks about characters living and working in the bush – nurses, vets, footy players

10am -12noon  WORKSHOP      The Power of Words and Photography

This workshop is for writers and photographers.  Michael Bromage, producer for ABC Open, will give you useful tips for getting your stories noticed online.

Camera’s or phones would be handy though not essential.

This workshop is sponsored by the ABC and is free. Bookings required

11.00 – 11.15         Author signing/Tea & Coffee

10.30 – 11.30          Story Time with Tania

Story telling for the very young and young at heart – local author Tania Cox’s  characters will come alive in more ways than one

11.30 – 12.30          Yarns with Don

Don is a ‘man of the land’ who writes stories of pioneers, bushrangers, cattle duffing, love, and the hardships of living in the outback

11.30 – 12.30  Nick Earls at St Francis School – session with primary children.

11.30-12.30            Love and Landscapes

Nicole Alexander will discuss her stories of love and the land.  The historical aspect, the love story and the landscape are intertwined.

11.30 – 1.30            Cooking up Memories – Workshop and Lunch with Dominique Rizzo

Listen to Dominique’s travel and food tales, learn about food and recipe writing and participate by sharing your own food tales and memories.
Cost $35   Bookings required

12.30-1.30               Lunch

1.30 – 2.30              Corruption Most Foul

Matthew Condon discusses the role of investigative journalism, political corruption and whistleblowers

1.30 – 2.30               Love and Crime in the Tropics

Helene Young’s books have something for everyone – romance, crime and suspense, set in North Queensland

1.30 – 2.30              The Truth of the Matter

Lindsay Simpson’s forte is true crime.  She discusses real-life crimes such as Daniel Morcombe, the Honeymoon Dive and NSW Bikie Wars

1.30 – 4.00                  WORKSHOP   The Fundamentals of Writing

Join Nicole Alexander to learn the craft of writing in this lively, interactive session which will introduce you to both the fundamentals of writing and the joy of storytelling. By the end of this workshop you will have been introduced to the elements of plot, theme, setting, character, conflict and voice, as well as the various techniques used to stimulate the imagination. Examples from well-known literature/the silver screen will be used to illustrate points.

Cost $30 Bookings required

2.30 – 3.00              Author signing/Tea & Coffee

3.15 – 4.15              Alternative Take on History

David Hunt, the comic and the historian all rolled into one, and his humorous and alternative take on Australia’s history

3.15 – 4.15              Resilience 

Robert Hoge, an extraordinary person living an ordinary life, talks about his life, his family and overcoming hardships

3.15 – 4.15              Conversation with Nick

Nick Earls sees the funny side to life. His popular fiction centres around everyday life with characters whom we recognise.

4.15 – 4.30              Author signing

6pm       Dinner with the Authors

Come and dine with all our authors.  Bubbles, beer and antipasto at 6pm in Anzac Park Rotunda followed by an Italian Banquet in the Masonic Hall.  You will be entertained throughout the night and guest speakers will be Nick Earls, Robert Hoge and Lindsay Simpson.

Cost $75   

Saturday July 18

The following sessions require a $10 Saturday Pass – Purchase tickets now or at the registration desk on the day.

This Pass enables you to attend as many sessions on the Saturday as you wish, except for the writing workshops which need to be booked separately.

All sessions will take place in either the Theatre or adjoining Library.

8.30                           Registration – Tea & Coffee

9.00-10.00               Alternative Take on History

David  Hunt, the comic and the historian all rolled into one, and his humorous and alternative take on Australia’s history

9.00 – 10.00                        Conversation with Nick

Nick Earls sees the funny side to life.  His popular fiction centres around everyday life with characters who we are familiar with.

9.00 – 10.00                        A Sense of Place

Nicole Alexander, Annabelle Brayley and Helene Young discuss the impact that ‘setting’ plays in their novels whether it be the remoteness of the outback or tropical north Queensland

9.00 – 10.00                        The Truth of the Matter

Lindsay Simpson’s forte is true crime.  She discusses real-life crimes such as Daniel Morcombe, the Honeymoon Dive and the Bikie Wars in New South Wales.

10.00-10.30                        Author signing/Tea & Coffee 

10.30 – 11.30              To Market, To Market: pitching to publishers

Got a great idea for a biography, or just finished your fiction masterpiece, but not sure what the next step is? Join Queensland Writers Centre as we guide you through the steps of submitting your work to market. Pick up some insider tips and gain the insight you need to get your foot in the door. 

10.30 – 11.30          Corruption Most Foul

Matthew Condon discusses the role of investigative journalism, political corruption and whistleblowers

10.30 – 11.30         Love and Landscapes       

Nicole            Alexander will discuss her stories of love and the land. The historical aspect, the love story and the landscape are intertwined.

10.30 – 11.30         Resilience

Robert Hoge, an extraordinary person living an ordinary life, talks about his life, his family and overcoming hardships.

10.30 – 12.30 WORKSHOP Writing Popular Fiction

Popular fiction, with its elements of suspense, romance or crime is one of the most popular genres for readers. Join Helene Young for a broad overview of the elements of writing popular fiction. You’ll explore how to build strong characters, look at dialogue versus narrative and learn to develop story arcs and more.

Cost:    $30 Bookings Essential

11.30-12.00          Author signing

12.00 – 1.00                           Lunch

1.00 – 4.00   WORKSHOP  Life Writing

Have you ever dreamed about writing your life story? Or writing your parents’ story? Then this is the workshop for you. Lindsay Simpson will show you the best way of getting those memories down in an interesting and readable way.

COST:     $30    Bookings Essential

1.15 – 2.00              Love and Crime in the Tropics

Helene Young’s books have something for everyone – romance, crime and suspense in a North Queensland setting

1.15 – 2.00              Stories from the Bush

Annabelle Brayley talks about characters living and working in the bush – nurses, vets, footy players.

2.15-2.30                    Author signing

2.30-3.30                   Bushrangers and Babies

Local authors, Tania Cox and Don Douglas discuss their books – Tania writes for young children and Don writes fictional pioneering stories of the outback