It’s been a while but I’ve been busy trying to put the program together for the Cairns Tropical Writers Festival – check out http://www.cairnstropicalwritersfestival.com
The program will be launched at the wonderful ” Tea for Two” event planned for Friday 27th June in the Botanical Gardens, Cairns.
I said to a writing colleague recently that putting the program together was like doing a Rubic’s cube whilst drunk. Right when you think you have everything in place you notice one tiny little problem, you make the adjustment, but … that leads onto another tiny little adjustment and so on which brings a cascading effect of hugely demoralizing proportions.
I’ve taken a rest from fiddling for the moment. It will be ready for 27th June, it will be on the festival website and you will be able to start planning your festival experience. Which workshops, which chats, which book signings – so hard to choose. Seeing the program for the first time will be like opening a gorgeous box of chocolates. The difference is with a writers festival program it’s none fattening so you can gorge to your hearts’ content filling your head with knowledge and not gaining a single kilo!
I invite you all to “Tea for Two”, hosted by Tropical Writers Inc. featuring the effervescent Elizabeth Martin and the intriguing talent of Josephine Moon.
Collins Booksellers of Smithfield will be managing the book sales.
The first Cairns Tropical Writers Festival brainstorming session in March brought an absolute flood of ideas, not just on the day but they continued to flow in via e-mail.
I’ve just got back from the second brainstorming meeting and it’s as if some sort of magical process is happening – a theme is developing the ideas are taking shape the programme seems to be almost putting itself together.
Thanks must go to those regional writers who travelled from as far afield as Townsville, Port Douglas, Mossman and even the outer reaches of Gordonvale.
It’s time for me to get some sheets of butchers paper so I can plot out the rough draft of how the two days – 13th and 14th September will look. Whatever happens it will be exciting.
Keep a close watch on http://www.cairnstropicalwritersfestival.com for developments and the big news on our star presenters.
This is a reminder that the next Brainstorming meeting will be:
Saturday 5th April at Rydges Tradewinds 10.00am – mid-day with complimentary morning tea/coffee.
We had a wonderful turn out to the meeting in March and since then have had so many fantastic suggestions for content in the public arena, workshop requests and workshop presenters stepping up to the plate.
Check out this link for photo’s of that first meeting. http://www.cairnstropicalwritersfestival.com/2014-gallery/2014-gallery.html
The writers of this region are phenomenally talented and this shines through in the quality of proposed events, the ideas and suggestions which have come from as far afield as Townsville. This is what makes it so exciting for the committee.
I can see it all taking shape before my eyes.
If you can’t attend this session and have an event proposal please e-mail to me asap at email@example.com
As many of you know Queensland Writers Centre QWC are sponsoring Veny Armanno ( senior lecturer in Creative Writing at QUT ), to present a Masterclass at the festival. Veny is keen to provide whatever the writers of this region request.
Check him out: http://www.emsah.uq.edu.au/venyarmanno
Please give some serious thought on content for his Masterclass – you can bring your ideas or send them to me in an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
On behalf of the committee I look forward to welcoming you all to another Brainstorming Odyssey!