President’s News – November 2013
Well, what an exciting month it has been!
The 2013 Gold Coast Writers Festival was a huge success. On Friday, October 25, four schools hosted authors for a range of workshops. A huge thank you to Gary Ivory for coordinating the day, and to Palm Beach Primary, Surfers Paradise Primary, Bellevue Park Primary and Merrimac High Schools for acting as hosts. Many schools joined students at these venues and the feedback has been nothing short of brilliant. Thank you also to the authors, staff, teachers and coordinators for your invaluable efforts and assistance. As it happened, it was also World Teachers Day.
On Saturday, October 26, we held the annual Literary Luncheon. Guests enjoyed the interaction with the authors at each table and, Keynote Speaker, Ray Martin proved to be a hit. The queue for book signing seemed like it would never end and most guests left with anything from one, to an armful of Rayʼs books, including his newly released book of photographs, Ray Martinʼs World. We were honoured to have a preview of this book, with the ofﬁcial launch held later in the week.
Sunday, October 27 saw the presentation of free workshops by Gold Coast Libraries at the Robina Community Centre. We look forward to expanding on this next year and would like to thank Alison and Louise for coordinating and presenting the workshops.
Shortly, your committee will focus on plans for the festival in 2014. Community and business partnerships are growing and we look forward to a fabulous year ahead. This year we are grateful for the sponsorship and support received from Palmer Higgs, Julie Boyd, Lions, Gold Coast Libraries, participating schools, as well as supporters listed on the website. The Gold Coast Writers Association has funded a major part of this yearʼs events and will need to focus on fundraising to replenish the account. If you have suggestions for funding, sponsorship or liaisons that can be explored and developed, please let me, or a member of the committee know.
I would like to offer a special thank you to your committee and Julie Boyd for their amazing contributions, in particular over the past month or so. I wish to acknowledge the contributions of Jeannie Barker in relation to all IT matters and publicity materials, plus Jeannieʼs personal support to me. A huge thank you goes to Christina Jablonski and the team at the luncheon venue, Palmer Higgs, for the enormous task of coordinating the catering. I apologise if I have missed mentioning the speciﬁc efforts of any individual, however I wish to reiterate my enormous gratitude. This kind of event cannot come to fruition without the united endeavours of the team.
The October meeting offered members and guests a plethora of information. Members shared their achievements and guest speaker, Dr Clarence Tan, enthralled the audience with his knowledge of technology and development in a broad range of areas ranging from health to NASA. Thank you for inspiring us, Clarence.
We are excited to bring you the online newsletter in a new format. Please let us know your feedback and thoughts, to enable us to ﬁne-tune the concept. The aim is to offer a more effective way of bringing the newsletter to you, as well as making it interesting and easily accessible. Thanks again to Jeannie for the implementation of this.
I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting on Saturday, November 16, or via the next newsletter.
Wishing you a fabulously creative month!