From the 23rd to the 29th April, the Sandcliffe Writers Festival will celebrate the area’s diverse literary talent and the many ways words can be shaped to impact, inspire and entertain.
For the last four years, Adele Moy had been organising the Sandcliffe Writers Festival and had tried to include events and writers that will satisfy a broad range of interests. “We try and aim as broadly as possible with what we include in the Festival,” she says. “This year there is something to interest everyone, with Indigenous writers, crime writing, lighter romance and poetry.”
Adele first organised the Festival after realising that there was nothing locally that was designed specifically for writers. “I decided it was something there was definitely room for since our region is such a culturally rich area,” she says.
The Festival will kick off on Sunday, April 23, with an event entitled ‘Insights of an Outsider’ at the Brisbane Square Library. This will feature Writer’s Fellowship recipient Melissa Lucashenko and author, Venero Armanno. Thursday, April 27 will see the Festival moving closer to home, with an evening with author of the ‘Starcrossed’ series, Leisa Rayven at Sandgate Library from 6:30pm. A Literary Dinner with Matthew Condon, author of over ten books including a true crime trilogy, will be held on Friday, April 28.
On Saturday, April 29 at Bracken Ridge Library, authors June Perkins, Duncan Richardson and Michael Aird will talk about inspirations they find on their own creative journeys. Next, ‘Write of Passage’ will explore the way the power of words has been used to shape the world today and will feature Author and Journalist Susan Johnson, editor and writer Lauren Daniels, and ‘Bayside Star’ journalist Jacqueline Henry.
Finally, there will be a poetry writing workshop with spoken word artist and live art producer Angela Peita.
n The Literary Dinner with Matthew Condon will be held at the Chandelier Bar & Grill and will cost $30. All other events are free of charge. For bookings and enquiries, contact Adele at email@example.com or ph. 0402 121 155.
By Ellen Moynihan