About Us

Ignite Your Mind Burdekin Readers & Writers Festival occurred for the first time in July, 2015. That first year was a roaring success and we are excited to build on that momentum in 2016 with another amazing line up of Authors joining us for the festival.

‘Ignite Your Mind 2015 was a fabulous festival to be a part of. This was a ‘readers festival’ in the truest sense, with a fascinating weekend program that included a mix of well-known authors as well as great entertainment. The intimacy of the event allowed a level of contact between writers and readers not possible at larger festivals and of course the famed Burdekin hospitality added to an unforgettable experience.’

Where we began

A small group of amateur writers known as Pen Pushers began meeting in Ayr in 2013.

Having experienced Writers Festivals and Writing Workshops in other cities and towns around Queensland, we felt it would be wonderful to offer to our community and neighbouring communities the opportunity to experience an event focusing on the joy of reading and writing. We have built a weekend festival which we believe offers so much.


Where we are now

The aim of this three day festival is to offer an entertaining and enjoyable cultural event which differs from the sometime industrial feel of big city festivals. We want to bring you the most renowned authors from across the country, but deliver the event with our small town charm.

The 2016 Burdekin Readers and Writers Festival will be held over three days. Friday 15th July will see us delivering an exciting line up of school workshops and programs to get both primary and secondary school children excited about reading, the joy of books and perhaps even the possibility of becoming writers themselves.

Friday evening will see a spectacular Dinner Event, which was a sell out event last year. This beautiful evening will showcase the amazing talent we were able to bring to the region and kick off the weekend with a fun and festive evening.

Over the weekend, Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th July, you will be able to enjoy a wide range of workshops, author talks and more. Click here to see the 2015 program and stay tuned for more details on the program for 2016.

Where we are headed

The hope is build the “Ignite Your Mind” festival into a showcase annual event in the North Queensland calendar every year for many years to come. If you would like to get involved, discuss sponsorship opportunities or have any other enquiries we invite you to contact us – click here for details.

This is a community focused event which could not be possible without the support of local businesses, the backing of the Burdekin City Council and the amazing time and energy so willingly volunteered by our committee members.