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It’s The Write Time For A Festival

Story: Jodie Woodward  | Photo: Bruce Redman
Published On : May 25, 2021
It’s The Write Time For A Festival
Local readers and writers will soon converge for the inaugural Moreton Bay Readers and Writers Festival.

Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland (FAWQ) president Jim Higgins said the idea for the festival came as a way to celebrate the centenary of the organisation, and to bring readers and writers together.

“I have been approached by many local writers seeking support and advice on how to connect with people who can assist in the writing and publishing process,” Jim said. “This event will begin a process of providing a network of support for local writers that will enable them to connect with the people they need in a cost-effective and manageable way.”

The festival will include panel discussions, workshops, performances, and presentations for readers of all genres, as well as writers of all levels.

The theme for the festival is Stories Creating Connections. Original member of the festival organising committee, FAWQ member and local author Jodie Lane said with so many people feeling isolated from family and friends at the moment, connection was critical.

“Humans love stories similar to their own, but even reading or hearing new stories they begin to relate to experiences they have not had themselves,” Jodie said. “The magic of the storyteller is to take the reader along for the ride and let them feel – when we feel, we connect emotionally and feel less alone, and our lives are richer for it.

 “We thought it would be marvellous to host something that didn’t try to compete with the Brisbane Writers Festival, but augment it with a focus on emerging as well as established local writers.”

Jim said he looked forward to seeing the positive outcomes from people coming together and connecting at the event.

“The highlight for me would be the opportunity this event provides for people to get together and share in the creative process of storytelling with so many authors and writers,” Jim said.

All library events are free to attend. Tickets to other events are $15 for adults, $10 for ages 12-17, and children under 12 are free. People can visit to browse the books for sale and meet with the authors who will sign copies.

For more information, go to: www.moretonbayreaderswriter...

Moreton Bay Readers and Writers Festival
Friday 18 June – Sunday 4 July
Redcliffe Library and other Moreton Bay Regional Council libraries.
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