Drawing a line in the sand

Annabel Crabb headlines Lines in the Sand festival.

Taking a break on the coast isn’t always all about the beach.

For the budding author or avid reader, heading down to the Fraser Coast this month is more about cultural pursuits then anything aquatic – though there is no reason that can’t be on the agenda too.

For those looking for something a little different in a quick break away, author, journalist and TV presenter Annabel Crabb is the keynote speaker at Fraser Coast Libraries’ Lines in the Sand festival of inspiration for readers and writers this month.

Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said Ms Crabb was a journalist and presenter who had covered Australian politics for 20 years so should offer some fascinating insights and anecdotes.

“Annabel has had a very interesting career and her latest book is Well Hello: Meanderings from the world of Chat 10 Looks Three, co-written with her friend and colleague Leigh Sales,” Cr Seymour said.

“She and Leigh teamed up to create their hit podcast, Chat 10 Looks three, in 2014 and Well Hello, which was published in September 2021, is their first book together.

“Annabel will deliver the keynote address at the festival on Saturday 17 September at 9.30am at the University of Sunshine Coast’s Fraser Coast campus auditorium.”

Cr Seymour said best-selling author Rosalie Ham would also be speaking on Saturday 17 September at 1pm and conducting an all-day workshop, titled “Crafting Your Words” on Sunday 18 September as part of the festival.

“Rosalie has written several novels including The Dressmaker, which was made into a popular film starring Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth,” he said.

“We’ll also be hearing from author and journalist Chris Hammer on Friday 7 October.

“Chris wrote the Martin Scarsden series of novels which have been bestsellers in several countries.

“He has also had a 30-year career as a journalist and has worked for The Bulletin, Fairfax and on the SBS program, Dateline.”

Cr Seymour said tickets were free and numbers were limited, so people would need to book quickly to secure a place in the audience once tickets were released.

“It’s going to be a great festival for readers, writers and everyone interested in fascinating stories. The libraries have copies of the authors’ books which people can borrow for free, so I’d encourage those who aren’t already familiar with the speakers’ work to check them out,” he said.

Bookings so anyone interested in attending should check the libraries website, https://www.eventbrite.com.au/cc/lines-in-the-sand-1057449; Facebook page, www.facebook.com/LibrariesFC; or ticketing channel, frasercoastlibraries.eventbrite.com, for more information.

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