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Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Acclaimed Aussie Crime Writer Set To Attend Local Writers Festival

The revitalised Whitsundays Writers Festival is gaining momentum, with the recent announcement that acclaimed Australian crime writer Garry Disher will join the lineup of prestigious speakers at the highly anticipated event due to be held this September.

Garry Disher, author of the novels ‘Hell To Pay’ and ‘The Divine Wind’, is also a three-time winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best Novel.

He is known for his captivating characters and engaging narratives and is eager to meet with fellow writers and readers at the 2024 Whitsunday Writers Festival.

Garry’s presence at the festival promises to be a highlight, as he shares insights into his award-winning career and engages with writers and readers alike.

Festival President Karen Jacobsen is thrilled to have the likes of Garry on the lineup.

"Fostering an exceptional roster of speakers for our regional writers festival is a testament to the literary richness of our nation,” she explained.

“We are honoured to have Australia's leading writers, including Garry Disher, grace our event.

"With over 50 novels to his name and a plethora of international and national accolades, Garry's presence adds a dynamic dimension to our festival."

"Stay tuned for ticketing details, set to be announced soon after the full program launch. Early bird enthusiasts are encouraged to register on our website to secure exclusive discounts."

This latest announcement means that Garry Disher joins forces with the 2023 Miles Franklin Award winner, Shankari Chandran, in spearheading this year’s Whitsundays Writers Festival. The festival is dedicated to showcasing the finest literary talents in regional Queensland at beautiful Airlie Beach.

After a seven-year hiatus, the festival's return marks a momentous occasion, promising an immersive celebration of literature, culture, and creativity. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Whitsundays, this event is poised to elevate the region's cultural landscape to new heights.

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