Queensland Minister for Arts Ros Bates
Brisbane Writers Festival Celebrates 50 years
Victor P Taffa
Arts Minister Ros Bates has congratulated the Brisbane Writers Festival, as it blows out the candles on 50 years.
Ms. Bates says the event is one of the most popular on Queensland’s festival calendar, attracting interest from around the globe.
“More than 200 authors from Australia and overseas will converge in Brisbane for an enticing program of workshops, master classes, readings and sessions.” Ms. Bates said.
“This is an event that has matured and grown over the years. Its world-wide interest helps to cement Brisbane’s place as a cultural destination with an innovative and exciting arts and cultural calendar.”
“The festival is accessible to all, offering free sessions and delivering on the Newman Government’s promise to makes the arts accessible to all Queenslanders.” Ms. Bates said.
The State Government provided support of $309,000 to ensure the festival continues to be a success into the future.
Ms. Bates says it’s a thoroughly modern event and particularly important in this National Year of Reading.
“Innovative projects such as Many Writers, One Story engage authors, with the story being written tweet by tweet by over 50 writers in 50 days.” Ms. Bates said.
“Word is Play invites thousands of Queensland students from years’ four to 12 to participate in workshops, writers-in-residence session and online chats.”
Local authors Simon Cleary, Venero Armanno, Susan Johnson and Benjamin Law will take part in the festival.
International best-selling writer David Vann will also speak about his latest novel Dirt.