Sue Norris gets to read at the fourth Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale which gets underway in Gladstone tomorrow.
Sue Norris gets to read at the fourth Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale which gets underway in Gladstone tomorrow. BRENDA STRONG

Meet award winning writers

LITERARY enthusiasts from across the region are about to set sail on a motivational journey of words, pictures and stories with tomorrow’s launch of the Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale.

The fourth literary festival to be celebrated by the Gladstone region, this year’s event will feature award-winning Australian authors and illustrators Colin Thompson, David Miller, Lisa Shanahan, Michelle Taylor and Christine Harris.

Offering a program for all ages and interests, the festival will include an exciting range of workshops and events for school students, parents, teachers, librarians, readers, writers, illustrators and general members of the public.

It all begins tomorrow with a series of writing and illustrating workshops for adults at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum plus a panel discussion on writing and publishing with the authors and literary agent Margaret Kennedy.

Gladstone City Library young people’s librarian Sue Norris said the free panel discussion was open to workshop participants only and would be a great opportunity for budding local authors to have their questions answered.

Ms Norris said the workshops were aimed at providing participants with the motivation and confidence to go ahead and have a go.

She said since starting in 2005 the literary festival had grown beyond the expectations of organisers.

“The aim was to set about lifting the profile of literary events in the local area,” Ms Norris said.

“It proved to be very successful and has grown ever since.

“We (CLCC committee) are really appreciative of the funding grants provided by the Regional Arts Development Fund, Rio Tinto Alcan and other local sponsors.”

Ms Norris said about 3400 children were booked in for the school sessions at CQUniversity running from Monday to Wednesday with schools from across Gladstone, Bundaberg, Yeppoon and Biloela attending. Bookings are still being taken for the workshops and can be organised by telephoning Ms Norris at Gladstone City Library on 4976 6400.

CARNIVALE CAPERS

Tomorrow (Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum)

Writing and illustrating workshops for adults with Colin Thompson (9am-11.30am), Lisa Shanahan and David Miller (12.30pm-3pm).

Cost is $25 per workshop.

One-on-one sessions with Margaret Kennedy Agency (11.30am-1.30pm).

Panel discussion on writing and publishing (3.15pm-4.15pm).

Literary dinner at Scotties Bar and Restaurant (7pm). Cost $45.

Monday to Wednesday (CQUniversity’s Leo Zussino Building)

School sessions (primary and secondary).

Monday (Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum)

Launch of "New Horizons" exhibition with David Miller and Colin Thompson at 6.30pm.

Exhibition will be displayed until August 7.

"Net a Story" online project for students convened by Kathryn Apel will conclude at 12.30pm.

Tuesday (Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum)

A special lunchtime celebration and signing of work by local artist Bindi Waugh at 12.30pm.



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