Boonah Writers Festival dinner to feature Shane Webcke

WRITERS: Diners at last year's Boonah Writers Festival dinner.
WRITERS: Diners at last year's Boonah Writers Festival dinner.

RUGBY league legend and NRL Hall of Famer Shane Webcke will be giving a talk at this year's Boonah Writers Festival gala dinner presented by The Boonah and District Cultural Foundation.

Writers Festival convenor Diana Hockley said Webke was a good fit for the Boonah event, being a former Bronco who turned his hand to farming and had also penned two autobiographical works- Warhorse: Life, Football and Other Battles (2006) and Hard Road (2009).

She said Webcke's books described his tough early life, the tragic death of his father in a work accident and his football career, with his forthright, insightful opinions and hard-hitting views about the game of rugby league.

Ms Hockley said the festival would start at 8am on May 4 with the gala dinner to be held that evening. 

"We have nine hours of workshops and presentations from visiting writers," she said.

"There will be writers of crime, romance and travel as well as a ghost writer and a forensic pathologist."

Ms Hockley said tickets for the gala dinner could be bought separately or as part of a package deal to attend the entire festival.

"The cost is $320 for all workshops and all meals over the weekend including the gala dinner," she said.

"For those who just want to attend the dinner and see Shane Webke, tickets are $75 or $70 for Cultural Foundation members."

She said during his talk at the dinner Webcke would share a few stories about his football career, retirement, managing a farm through drought and remaining grounded throughout it all.

Spaces are expected to fill quickly so register for the Writers Festival or book your spot for the gala dinner at