Sandcliffe Writers Festival 2014

July 11, 2014 - 1:14 pm 12 Comments

Sandcliffe Writers Festival 2014 Saturday, 30 August, 2014. Bracken Ridge Library.
9.30am -11.00am: Researching and Writing True Crime Stories Presenters Deb Drummond, Janice Teunis and Steve Bishop.
11.00am-11.30am: Morning Tea
11.30am-12.30pm: In Conversation with Local Writer, Aunty Ruth Hegarty
12.30pm-1.30pm: Lunch
2.00pm-5.00pm: Poetry workshop with Samuel Wagan Watson
Bracken Ridge Community Hall
10.30am-12.30am: Writing workshop for Primary-aged children Duncan Richardson.
12.30pm-1.30pm Lunch
2.00pm-5.00pm: Writing and Illustrating for Children (Adult workshop) with Peter Carnavas.
Sunday, 31 August, 2014, Sandgate Town Hall
1.30pm: Welcome to Country by Sam Watson
1.45pm: Official opening by Lord Mayor or Victoria Newton
1.50pm: Yulu Burri Ba Dance Troupe
2.10pm: LOVING THE AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPE PANEL DISCUSSION 1 a panel of four writers, Sam Watson, James Moloney, Joshua Walker and Matt Condon will each speak for 20 minutes on the topic, followed by question time. This panel will be chaired by Jay McKee.
4.00pm: Afternoon Tea break
4.30pm: LOVING THE AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPE PANEL DISCUSSION 2 with Jackie Huggins, Susan Johnson, Jillian Boyd, and Kristina Olsson, chaired by Jackie Huggins.

12 Responses to “Sandcliffe Writers Festival 2014”

  1. Adele Moy Says:

    Sandcliffe program looks great, We’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone to the events and workshops (don’t forget to book your place for these) at Bracken Ridge Library on the Saturday and the panel discussions at Sandgate Town Hall on Sunday afternoon. But, there’s another couple of venues not to be missed, Eclectea for poetry presentations on Sunday morning and Cardigan Bar on Sunday evening. Start the day at Eclectea at 10am with some of Geri’s gorgeous food and drinks while you’re entertained by the writers and readers, grab some lunch at one of Sandgate’s many venues, wander into to the Town Hall for some lively discussions and debate, then finish off the festival by heading over for more writers reading and presenting while you enjoy , drinks and light food at Chris and Abbi’s Caardigan Bar.

  2. cheryl Says:

    EclecTea and the Cardigan bar will be showcases of our local talent, so it should be a very interesting day and night. You never know, people who perform at these venues might end up in the main part of our program next year, since we have funding for two more years of the Sandcliffe Writers Festival.

  3. Keir Salter Says:

    G’day Good folk,

    Program looks great! I was hoping that Steve Bishop would be in one of the Town Hall discussions, as I’ve been stuck into his book. No matter though; I’ll try to read Condon’s latest before the festival.

    Good work guys!

  4. Cheryl Says:

    Hi Keir,
    Steve Bishop will be at the Bracken Ridge library at 9/30 with Deb Drummond, and Jan Teunis.whose grandfather was put into Boggo Road by Frank Bischof where he allegedly hanged himself. I think these three writers will make a great combination, because all the detective work that Deb and Janice did was purely their own research. They didn’t factor into the investigation the corruption of the police at the time, the naked ambition of Bischof, the sheer disregard he had for the public he was “protecting.” Matt Condon reveals in his latest book, “Jacks and Jokers” that Bischof was also a pedophile. Since he founded the Juvenile Aid Bureau as an advisory service, to keep kids out of prison, and received a Father of the Year award for these specific services one year, this is particularly sinister.

    Steve, as you know, blew the lid on the corruption in 2012. Yet there is no doubt much more to be revealed. I think this will be a fascinating session. I realise you’re coming all the way from the other side of Brisbane, and then some, but I recommend an early night on Friday so you will be up bright and early for the festival. (Yes, I know, I sound like somebody’s mother. Well I am.) Don’t forget to book your place at the library. (3667 6060)

  5. Katy Says:

    Cheryl, how do I contact you directly regarding the festival? Do you have an email or phone I can contact you on? alternatively, please email me or call me on 0406 952 655. Katy More

  6. Cheryl Says:

    Hi Katy,
    The Festival email is

  7. Kylie Fedrick Says:

    Hi, can you give a little more detail about what the poetry workshop with Samuel Wagan Watson might entail?

  8. Cheryl Says:

    Hi Kylie,
    Samuel is one of our finest contemporary poets. He will be taking into his workshop people who love poetry. They don’t have to have any experience as poets, just need to be passionate about it. Having said this, there maybe a few people who have written poems—even had one or two published. Several of my friends have told me they would love to write a decent poem and so I have referred them to Smo’s workshop. They’ve not written anything before, as far as I know. A good teacher will inspire and encourage them to write something—maybe set them on a path to pursue the Muse for the rest of their lives. Who knows? Samuel is a lovely, gentle man and I think this session will be very special.

  9. Gloria SIMPSON Says:

    Cheryl… We would really like to attend the sessions on 31st August at Sandgate Town Hall. Is it necessary to book ? How can I do that if required?

  10. Janine Quine Says:

    Hi Cheryl

    Am trying to upload your program on our website, my facebook but am having trouble. Is there a website with the whole program for me to put on our sites. All of you have done such a great job.

  11. Cheryl Says:

    Dear Gloria,
    No need to book for Sunday.
    Looking forward to seeing you there.
    Best wishes,

  12. Samuel Watson Says:

    So looking forward to today – picking up the dry ice, ink and strawberry around lunchtime for the writing workshop!

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