Festival of Stories sure to be a page-turner

Date published: 18 May 2017

Time is running out to book seats for this year’s literary festival Savannah: Townsville’s Festival of Stories.

Authors including Magda Szubanski, Mem Fox, Jackie French, Professor Frank Bongiorno and Fay Gee-Hoy will be among the authors making an appearance for the festival from May 25-28 at Mercure Townsville.

Residents are invited to register for FREE sessions such as:

  • Q&A with Magda Szubanski
  • Book launch by Jackie French
  • Conversations with Fay Gee-Hoy
  • Junior Writer’s Club with local author Ian McIntosh
  • Zine-making workshop with Jeremy Staples
  • 1980s roller disco and presentation by Frank Bongiorno

Other sessions require a cost, with the maximum price only $25.

Community and Cultural Development Committee chair Cr Colleen Doyle said the event was designed to inspire North Queensland residents to read, write, tell stories and connect with each other and their local library.

“It’s very exciting that these accomplished authors are coming to Townsville for our event and I’m sure Townsville residents will come out in big numbers to learn from them and possibly be inspired to write themselves,” Cr Doyle said.

“It’s also an opportunity to meet local authors and to be involved in workshops and exciting sessions.

“The four-day program offers a great variety of opportunities for avid readers and writers of all ages.”

Ticket bookings are essential for all sessions and workshops, including those that are free, and numbers are limited.

For more information and to book your tickets, visit www.ticketshop.com.au

Festival sponsors are the Townsville Bulletin, 4TOFM, Mercure Townsville