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New Authors Announced For Writers Festival Line-Up

Two Australian literary powerhouses have been announced to feature in the all-star cast at the Whitsundays Writers Festival which is set to take place in September.

The two highly acclaimed authors are Anne Buist and Graeme Simsion who are renowned and admired writers who have both published acclaimed novels.

Graeme Simsion, celebrated for his bestselling novel The Rosie Project and Professor Anne Buist, eminent psychiatrist and prolific author, will grace the Festival with their presence to discuss their latest collaborative work, The Glass House – a story of mental health from a practitioner’s perspective, as it follows a trainee psychiatrist as she learns on the job.

Anne, Chair of Women's Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, brings her decades of clinical and research expertise to the forefront in The Glass House. With a diverse literary background spanning the Natalie King crime fiction series to psychological thrillers, Anne’s contribution to our Festival is highly anticipated.

Meanwhile, Graeme’s literary prowess shines through with The Rosie Project, a comedic masterpiece that has captured the hearts of millions worldwide and is now set for a Hollywood adaptation starring Henry Cavill.

With over five million copies sold in forty languages, Graeme’s debut novel has dominated the literary scene, spending a remarkable 65 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.

Karen Jacobsen, President of the Whitsundays Writers Festival, expressed her excitement at having these two literary luminaries join the event.

"To have two celebrated authors joining our stellar line-up is a terrific coup," Jacobsen remarked.

"We promised Australia’s leading writers, and we are blessed with Anne and Graeme’s involvement to reveal insights about their latest release.”

"As we announce our authors, we will soon share news about the Festival’s tickets and how to purchase," Karen noted.

"My advice is to jump on our website and subscribe to receive Festival news so you don’t miss out!’

Set against the stunning backdrop of the Whitsundays, this event promises to be a cultural highlight, featuring an array of distinguished authors including Miles Franklin winner Shankari Chandran, award-winning crime writer Garry Disher, international best-selling author Sally Hepworth, and renowned author and screenwriter Christos Tsiolkas.

Authors Anne Buist and Graeme Simsion. Photos supplied

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