President’s News – June 2014
Hello Members and Friends
As I write, we are in the final stages of accepting bookings for the Gold Coast Writers Festival on June 14 & 15. I encourage you to book now, as closing dates for ticket purchases are June 9 for the Luncheon and June 13 for the Saturday, unless sold out prior. Please go to the website to ensure you are able to attend both the Saturday READ. WRITE. CREATE. event at Helensvale Library and Cultural Centre, and the Literary Luncheon at Currumbin RSL on the Sunday. www.goldcoastwritersfestival.com.au.
Promotions for the festival have been ongoing, with articles in several magazines and planned radio interviews for Kay Danes, Jeannie Barker and myself over the coming week. This is all very exciting and we are extremely grateful for the support of local media. Our thanks also to the many in-kind and financial sponsors and supporters of the festival. Yesterday, Jeannie and I attended a libraries event at Robina Community Centre and were given the opportunity to speak to attendees about the festival. Thank you to Alison and Louise from Gold Coast Libraries.
Many thanks to our secretary, Louisa, who was joined by volunteers Elena Ornig and Jill Smith, for a fundraiser sausage sizzle at Masters Robina. We have several more sausage sizzles booked at Masters stores throughout 2014 – Sunday 17 August, Masters Coomera; Sunday 7 September, Masters Nerang; Sunday 23 November, Masters Coomera. Your help is needed, so if you are able to volunteer, please contact Louisa by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Our thanks to Masters for their support and provision of barbecues and other equipment. A date has also been offered to us by Bunnings Burleigh on Friday, 1 August. However, whether we accept depends on the availability of volunteers. If you are able to assist on this date, please contact Louisa this week, so we can confirm with Bunnings.
The May meeting was extremely interesting, as always. Guest speaker, Domenico ‘Mick’ Cacciola offered an insight into his days with the Queensland Police force leading up to the Fitzgerald Enquiry. Police work has its challenges at the best of times, however this appears to have been a time of enormous conflict and turbulence within the force. Many thanks to Mick, who will be one of our guest authors at the Literary Luncheon. It was also great to hear from Andy McDermott on his two latest books. Our next guest speaker is Tania Elizabeth, whom some of you have met at the last two meetings. We will also hear from Clare and Goran, from Gothic Zen Studios, on creating book trailers.
I look forward to seeing you at the festival in two weeks and at the meeting on June 21.
Until we next connect, I wish you a wonderfully creative month!