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LitChat Event

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Thursday 13 July, 4pm – 6pm
Pansy Wood Centre, Whitsunday Anglican School
Presented by Hannie Rayson

This event is a must for teachers, librarians and parents who want practical advice that can be used either in the classroom or at home, to help students convert everyday dialogue into an engaging and credible story that a reader can relate to.

Earn Professional Development points and be entertained!
(Certificates will be issued at the event.)

Hannie Rayson is the author of fourteen plays.  A graduate of Melbourne University and the Victorian College of the Arts, she has an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from La Trobe University. Her plays have been performed throughout Australia and overseas, in English and in translation. The plays include Mary, Room to Move, Hotel Sorrento, Falling From Grace, Scenes from a Separation (Co-written with Andrew Bovell), Competitive Tenderness, Life After George, Inheritance Two Brothers, The Glass Soldier, The Swimming Club, Extinction and Power Play.

Hannie's extraordinary talent has not gone unnoticed with the play Life After George, the only play to ever be nominated for the Miles Franklin Award; an award normally reserved for novelists. She has been awarded two Australian Writers’ Guild Awards, four Helpmann Awards, two NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award as well as the Age Performing Arts Award and The Sydney Myer Performing Arts Award.

We are truly honoured to have someone of Hannie’s calibre visit Mackay and host this event!

Bookings are essential. Tickets $40, includes refreshments

Ph: 4969 2076 or email [email protected]

With thanks to the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association

WorkPac Literary Dinner

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Friday 14 July, 6:30 pm until late
Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre

The Festival culminates in the WorkPac Literature Dinner, held on the final night of the Festival. This celebratory event provides an opportunity for guests to meet the authors in a relaxed environment, and to be entertained by guest speaker William McInnes.

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to hear film and television actor and author William McInnes – one of the most accomplished and popular actors on the Australian landscape today. Equally at home in theatre, film and television, comedy and drama, he has played countless lead and supporting roles in some of the most successful and memorable productions this country has had to offer and has multiple AFI and Logie nominations for this extensive body of work.

Williams is also the author of nine books, Full Bore, A Man’s Gotta Have a Hobby, Cricket Kings, That’s Be Right, The Making of Modern Australia, Worse Things Happen at Sea, co-written with his late wife Sarah Watt, The Laughing Clowns, The Birdwatcher and Holidays.

William was most recently seen in the SBS drama series Deep Water.

PLUS Enjoy a delicious three-course meal and dance to the groves of Mango Junction, the well-known and widely enjoyed local 4-piece covers band.

Tickets are $125pp.

Bookings are essential

Call the MECC ON 07 4961 9777 or visit


"Each July local educators receive a charge of creative energy from the authors of the Voices Festival. The annual LitChat event, formerly known as the Educators' Forum, is undoubtedly a professional development highlight for teachers of language, literacy and literature. Every LitChat over the years has been memorable. Jackie French told stories of pesky wombats. Isabelle Carmody described her writing space in Prague. Mem Fox mastered the 'read aloud'. John Marsden spoke of a school without staff rooms. Carol Wilkinson explained the importance of finding the story in history. Narelle Oliver and Emma Quay showed the importance of the visuals. Morris Gleitzman advocated that even the young be given the opportunity to explore big issues. Andy Griffiths linked laughter to literacy. Each visiting author shared their tips on how to encourage readers and to guide emerging writers and illustrators, but they also gave an insight into the creative process. They reminded educators to provide an environment of words and wonder, as 2016 visiting poet, Harry Laing said, 'to open up a space where students can walk their imagination.'"

Sue Hamilton-Smith, ALEA QLD State Director and Master Teacher, Fitzgerald State School.