USC offers bite of reality at writers’ festival

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USC offers bite of reality at writers’ festival


Doctor of Creative Arts student Melanie Myers. Photo by Glenn Hunt

16 October 2014

A multi-award-winning Brisbane novelist now studying a Master of Creative Arts at the University of the Sunshine Coast will be among USC’s literary contingent at the Reality Bites Festival from 23-26 October.

Will Elliott, who won five awards for his 2006 horror book ‘The Pilo Family Circus’ and has published seven other books in 10 countries, will appear at two sessions of the annual non-fiction writers’ festival to be held at Cooroy and Eumundi.

Mr Elliott will be focusing on his 2009 memoir, ‘Strange Places’, about schizophrenia.

This year’s festival will be the third under the artistic direction of Melanie Myers, pictured, who is studying a Doctor of Creative Arts and tutoring at USC.

“Bringing together a festival that showcases the best non-fiction writing in Australia is a real thrill. It’s about big ideas as well as the craft of writing,” Ms Myers said.

“USC and Reality Bites are a natural fit because both are interested in intellectual investment on the Sunshine Coast.”

Ms Myers said she would also share the latest knowledge about Australia’s publishing industry and book markets with her USC Creative Writing students.

Festival sessions to be chaired by USC academics include: English Leader Dr Clare Archer-Lean on Place of Origin, Politics Lecturer Bronwyn Stevens on Seeking Refuge, and Associate Lecturer Dr Ginna Brock on Academic to Accessible: To Publish or Not to Publish.

Other highlights will be the launch of a new anthology called ‘Australian Love Stories’, a conversation with Lindsay Simpson who wrote ‘Looking for Daniel’ with Bruce and Denise Morcombe, and Maxine McKew discussing inequality in education.

Julie Schomberg

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