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WriteFest 2021 is coming to Gympie Regional Libraries

Gympie Regional Libraries are hosting WriteFest 2021 from Friday, 10 September to Sunday 12 September.

The event is designed for anyone who loves Australian literature and wants to learn more about what inspires our nation's authors.

The weekend is packed with workshops and a wide variety of activities including writing, author talks and learning tools to unlock your creative potential.

On Friday, 10 September from 10am, join one of Queensland’s best-loved children's writers, Chris Collin, at Gympie Library.  Chris will perform his new book The Things You Can Do with Blue Whale Poo.  At 1pm, join Charlotte Barkla, author of the Edie’s Experiments series and All Bodies are Good Bodies. Then at 6pm, we talk online to Kyle Perry, bestselling breakout author of The Bluffs, as he discusses his new a heart-stopping thriller set on the rugged coast of Tasmania about family bonds and betrayals, and the hidden dangers that lurk in the deep.

On Saturday, 11 September from 10am, join Alienor le Gouvello at Gympie Library as she talks about her new book Wild At Heart. The story follows Alienor and her horses on a three-year journey stretching an extraordinary 5330 kilometres from Healesville in Victoria to Cooktown in tropical Far North Queensland.  From 1pm, we have Julie Fison online as she talks about her books, as well as showing us how we can write your own stories. Then at 3pm, a fabulous line-up of historical fiction authors will discuss their works, writing and more in an online Q&A panel hosted by Nicola Robinson. Jaclyn Crupi, author of Garden Like a Nonno, will be uncovering the secrets of the green-thumbed nonnos in a special online gardening talk at 6pm.

On Sunday, 12 September at 10am at Gympie Library, we have author Janet Lee in a Queensland Writers Centre workshop. Learn how to get deep inside the minds of significant characters and better understand their motivations, choices and psychological state. At 1pm, join us online for a fabulous Rural Romance Q&A panel hosted by Rachel Johns. To round out the weekend, listen to Sandie Docker online at 6pm as she discusses her fourth novel, The Wattle Island Book Club.

To reserve your place at WriteFest 2021, book online at www.eventbrite.com.au

For more information, click here or call 1300 307 800.

Writefest 2021 is proudly brought to you by Gympie Regional Libraries and the Bendigo Bank of Gympie.


Mayor's Column - Wednesday, 28 February 2018 Mayor's Column - Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Spring is here and if you’re like me you’re chomping at the bit to get outside and get amongst the action. Whether its getting into your garden, meeting up with friends, or seeing a live show, you can do all of that and more this September in the Gympie region.

One community event that is taking place is the Valley Bees Open Day at the Pavilion, this Saturday from 9am. If you have ever wanted to try your hand at beekeeping but don’t know where to start, this event gives you the chance to watch demonstrations, ask questions and network with others in the community. 

If you can’t make it to the open day, the Valley Bees run information sessions and demonstrations at Landcare on the first Saturday of each month, and at Honey Bee Resort Kandanga on the third Saturday of the month.

Council’s arts and culture program RESET Gympie kicked off last month, and September’s line up of events has something for everyone.

On Saturday, 4 September from 6pm, Creative Arts Gympie region is opening their new creative space and gallery at 39 Monkland Street. This free event is a great opportunity to get together and celebrate an exciting new space dedicated to creatives in the Gympie region.

There are two great shows taking place at the Pavilion during RESET Gympie.
The lads from OKA will be performing on Friday, 10 September from 7pm to 9.30pm. This show combines an exciting blend of music that draws upon their indigenous connection to place and country to create their signature Australian earth sound.

On Saturday, 25 September from 7.30pm, Briefs Factory International will be presenting their amazing show Dirty Laundry. If you’re looking for a fun night of disco dancing, a little bit of circus and great comedy, this one is for you.

Finally, Story Vessels - ‘Boundaries’ Lines - Between - Apart will be on display at the Gympie Regional Gallery from Thursday, 9 September to Saturday, 2 October. This amazing exhibition explores the concept of how society’s perception of ‘boundaries’ has shifted since COVID-19. 

Check out the entire RESET Gympie program by visiting www.gympie.qld.gov.au/RESET

Mayor Glen Hartwig

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