12th, 13th & 14th October, 2018

Ignite Your Mind Burdekin Readers and Writers Festival 2018 is starting to take shape and planning is well in hand to ensure that festival number three, on October 12th, 13th & 14th, will surpass the standard set in previous years.


As with past festivals Friday’s program will centre around children; from toddlers in kindergarten through to students attending High School, all who attend will have the opportunity to connect with writers and learn the inside stories of their books.  A rare experience for kids in regional areas and one many of us wish we had been afforded at their age.

Over the weekend event attendees will be offered a smorgasbord of Literary talent from which to choose, with a stellar cast of high profile, award winning Australian authors chatting about their works.


It will be a weekend of insight, information, education and entertainment but most of all ENJOYMENT!!!

Testimonials From the Authors of Our 2018 Festival

Crime Writer

Michael Robotham

Journalist, Blogger, Author

Holly Wainwright

Journalist & Author

Matthew Condon


Fiona McCallum

Romance Author

Tess Woods

Author, Satirist & Historian

David Hunt

Investigative Journalist, Crime Fiction Author

Caroline Overington

Investigative Journalist, Author

Chris Masters

Fiction Author

Natasha Lester

Aboriginal Advocate, Advisor & Author

Warren Mundine

Freelance Writer, Blogger, Children's & Non-Fiction Author

Allison Tait

Fiction Author

Melina Marchetta


Jacqueline Harvey

Children's & Fiction Writer

Michael Gerard Bauer

Young Adult Writer

Oliver Phommavanh

Writer & Graphic Artist

Shannon Horsfall

Actor, Children's Entertainer & Author

Jay Laga'aia

Author & Lawyer

Stephen Roche

World- Renowned Linguist

Emeritus Professor Roland Sussex


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We hope you can join us this October!