Bill Wilkie’s first book, The Daintree Blockade: the Battle for Australia’s Tropical Rainforests, won the Premier’s Award for Work of State Significance at the Queensland Literary Awards in 2017. His research into the history of the struggle to prevent the construction of the Bloomfield road through the Daintree rainforest has taken him from the National Library of Australia in Canberra to remote hippie camps in isolated tropical rainforests. Bil’s writing interests include Queensland’s Bjelke-Petersen years, the counter-culture of the 1970s, the environment, and current Queensland politics. He has written for the Saturday Paper, Griffith Review (online), Writing Queensland, Ecotone and Newsport. His second nonfiction book will be about the Cedar Bay hippie community and the police raid of the 1970s. More info at: http://daintreeblockade.com.au/
THE DAINTREE BLOCKADE: THE BATTLE FOR AUSTRALIA'S TROPICAL RAINFOREST
2.15 pm - 3.00 pm
ENTRY with Weekend Pass
FESTIVAL FRINGE EVENT - Port Douglas
Douglas Shire Hotdesk and Whileaway Bookshop & Café will host this month’s Hotdesk, focusing on writing, publishing and all things “booky”. Cairns author Fiona Bell will join local writer Bill Willkie for an informal conversation with host Claire Tierney. Fiona will be promoting her new debut book WATERHOLE which will be available for purchase with Fiona on hand for signings.
MONDAY 13 AUGUST
FREE EVENT - All Welcome