Festival to bring Boonah writers together

48 SHADES OF BOONAH: Author Nick Earls will be the keynote speaker at the Boonah Writers Festival
48 SHADES OF BOONAH: Author Nick Earls will be the keynote speaker at the Boonah Writers Festival

Organisers of the first ever Boonah Writers Festival say they hope the event will bring together authors from around the region.

Preparations have been finalised for the inaugural event which takes place on April 29-30.

Across the two days workshops and question and answers sessions will be held on the topics of romance, horror, crime, playwriting and writing for children.

President of the Boonah and District Cultural Foundation Graeme Crouch said it was a coup for the event to secure popular author Nick Earls as the keynote speaker.

“To have someone so successful, who writes from a local perspective in such an entertaining way is so exciting for the festival because he can pass on his great knowledge to anyone who attends,” he said.

“Nick will speak at the writers dinner where participants will be able to mix and mingle with established writers to pick their brains and ask any questions they have about being a writer.”

Mr Crouch said the festival, which has been years in the making, was an opportunity for locals to learn about both the craft of writing but also the process of getting published.

“Not only will there be sessions with published authors, but also literary agents and publishers who will give tips about some of the unknown parts of the industry,” he said.

“The overall aim of the festival is to have local writers to develop their skill and see their work come to life on the page.”

Mr Crouch said it was also a great opportunity for writers to be among their peers.

“Hopefully it can break the isolation that some writers can get stuck in when attempting to put together a piece of work,” he said.

The foundation, which also runs the Boonah Arts Festival, was awarded a grant by the Regional Arts Development Fund to start the Writers Festival this year.

It is hoped more than 50 people will register for the event, with plans to continually grow and make it an annual event.