Sailing and culture will combine at the Whitsunday Writers Festival, due to be held at Lure, Abell Point Marina, from Friday, June 16, to Sunday, June 18, 2017.
Airlie Beach has always been a sailing mecca for boaties from all over the world and this year’s Whitsunday Writers Festival celebrates this, the region’s sailing culture, and the award-winning Abell Point Marina.
Linda Frylink Anderson, author of “Sailing in My Sarong” and “Salvage in my Sarong”, will be one of the keynote speakers at this fully packed weekend. Linda is an “author, artist, scribbler, wife, mother, teacher and adventurer” and has been sailing around the world with husband Bill on their boat Valium. Originally a blogger, she was encouraged by her followers to turn her experiences into two books…so far.
Whitsunday Writers Festival founder Gloria Burley said Linda promised to be very entertaining with her tales of the high seas. She will speak on Saturday morning. “Linda has had the courage to live her dreams, setting sail to circumnavigate the world with her husband aboard a boat they built in their own backyard,” Ms Burley said. “Now she spends her time sailing and writing books and is a true inspiration to all of us who aspire to lead a more relaxed and fulfilling life doing what we really want to do. “The Whitsundays are the sailing capital of Australia, so she will be very popular. We are very pleased to have her speak at the festival, which is going to be three days of fabulous fun, food, entertainment and enlightenment, all overlooking the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands, from Lure, Abell Point Marina.”
There are workshops on Friday (June 16), one-hour authors’ talks on Saturday (June 17) and a panel discussion on Sunday morning (June 18).
Festival attendees are also invited to a free Welcome Party on Friday night (June 16) at Lure, Abell Point Marina, with finger food and a cash bar.
There is also a Gala Dinner on Saturday night and a Long Table Lunch on Sunday to close the festival.