TIME OUT: William McInnes gains a lot of satisfaction from hearing stories about other people’s holidays, the subject of his latest book Holidays.
TIME OUT: William McInnes gains a lot of satisfaction from hearing stories about other people’s holidays, the subject of his latest book Holidays. Contributed

Author enjoys laid-back time in Gladstone region

HOLIDAYS are treasured by people everywhere and renowned author and actor William McInnes believes it is when people are most real.

McInnes has been in the Gladstone region for the past week, launching the Read Around Gladstone program: One Book One Gladstone.

One Book One Gladstone is a three-month community reading initiative that encourages residents to read the same book and share insight afterward.

McInnes's book Holidays is the first cab off the rank.

Pulse caught up with him as he was having lunch at Agnes Water yesterday.

"I am having a cold drink and listening to '80s music at The Tree," he said.

"There is a guy here eating prawns like a machine. He isn't looking at the prawn when he's peeling it, it's beautiful. Class act."

Q. What's your experience been like in Gladstone?

A. Gladstone is lucky to have a terrific library service, it's really great. You can tell a lot about a community by the use of their library.

There's so many talented and interesting people in every corner of Australia and Gladstone is chockers full of them.

I've just been to the library at Agnes Water. It was nice and laid-back. I fell asleep!

Q. Tell us about your book Holidays.

A. It's just about that shared experience people in Australia have about holidays.

Almost every holiday somebody else has shared with you. A holiday disaster is even more fun in a way.

Every other day of the year you are supposed to be doing what's expected of you - holidays is your time.

My whole life is a holiday, this is supposed to be my work, so I am very blessed.

Q. What particular holidays stand out in your memory?

A. My favourite of the worst Christmas holidays was when my extended family get together.

They were strangers to me, but we are connected by blood. We caught a bug and everyone who didn't have it knew they would get it.

On Christmas morning my great grandma was sitting there having a whisky and said this has been the worst holiday ever.

"We have had more runs than Bradman," she said.

It's a cherished memory.

Q. What do you enjoy most about your job?

A. I love hearing people's stories, all my family love a yarn or two. I have been lucky enough to have written books people like to read.

It's a big plus, but you don't take for granted.



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