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Public Arena

The venue for all the events listed below is Rydges Tradewinds Hotel, unless stated otherwise.

Cost: $2 per adult, per day allows access to the full day’s Public Arena programme, N.B Children Free. 

 

SATURDAY, 15th SEPTEMBER

9.00-9.15am

Official Festival opening

With:Carol Libke, President Tropical Writers Inc.

9.15-10.00am

Three Dimensional storytelling - From Page to Stage

With: David Stavanger, Tony Robertson, Merwez Whaleboat

10.00-11.00am

Tropical Writers – Published authors share their work

11.00-11.30am

Patrick White-Revival of a Genius

With: Glyn Davies

11.30am-12.00

Researching for stories – getting the facts right

With: Researchers from Cairns Historical Society

12.00-1.00pm

John Boyne reads from ‘The Absolutist’

followed by
John Boyne in Conversation
And a Q & A session

1.10-1.50pm

The Future of Poetry

With: David Stavanger, Helen Ramoutsaki, Dosia Reichhardt

1.50-2.30pm

Writing for children & young adults

Includes Q & A session

With: Marianne de Pierres, Katherine Battersby, Katrina Germein, Ann Harth

2.30-3.10pm

Book launch & signings
‘Great Australian World Firsts: the things we made, the things we did

With: Chrys Spicer

Includes Q & A session

3.10-3.50pm

Social Media and how it can work for you

With: Katherine Battersby, June Perkins, Leandro Palacio

3.50-4.30pm

Book Launch & Signings

"Mask of Deceit" by Hettie Ashwin

4.30-5.00pm

Writing and Portraying words for film

With: Aaron Fa’aoso,‘The Straits’, Jimi Bani‘Mabo’, Merwez Whaleboat ‘Mabo’

5.00pm

Official close of Public Forum Day One

With: Official close of Public Forum Day One

7.00pm

Pre dinner drinks

7.30pm

Literary Dinner

With: Keynote speaker Matthew Reilly

 

SATURDAY, 15th SEPTEMBER - Cairns City Library, Meeting Room 1

10.30am-12.00

Free children's workshop 'Making Your Words Dance'

with Katherine Battersby, for ages 8 years upwards, bookings essential. For full details Refer to the Ticketed Events page.

12.30-1.30pm

Digital Storytelling with June Perkins.

June discusses her community focused digital storytelling with Leandro Palacio from ABC Open.


SUNDAY, 16th SEPTEMBER

9.30-10.00am

Tropical Writers reading Poetry

10.00-11.00am

Matthew Reilly Talk & book signing

With: Matthew Reilly

11.15am- 12.00

Book Creators Circle

12.00-1.30pm

Biggest Book Club

Books: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward, Memoirs of an imaginary friend by Matthew Green, Cold Grave by Kathryn Fox

With: Tim Ferguson, Marianne Delacourt, Pip Sheehan Lowther,
Kier Shorey, Amanda Cranston

1.30-2.10pm

The Tropical Imagination

With: Stephen Torre, Bhama Daly & Noela McNamara

2.10- 2.40pm

Guest Book Distributor PeakXpression

With: Pip Sheehan Lowther

2.40 – 3.30pm

Announcing & awarding of Children’s writing competition winners and runners-up

Winners will read their work

With: Carol Libke, Tropical Writers Inc. President

3.30-4.10pm

Book Launch & signings
‘The Hand of Fate’

With: Joyce Berendes

4.10pm

Official close of Festival