News – Festival of Independent Writers and Publishers

Only fourteen days to go to the Festival of Independent Writers and Publishers, so we hoped you’ve reserved your place. Here are some of the exciting authors we have lined up for Storytelling and Business and A Very Australian Affair.

Daniel Prokop: Author, script writer, radio host, inventor, parent-educator, keynote speaker, Rites of Passage leader, high school basketball coach and stand-up comedian. Daniel is also a devoted father of two children and a husband and they all live together which is a bit nuclear. Daniel studied little boys in their “natural” corporate environment for 13 years, owned a franchised business in a major shopping centre and employed twelve staff for 9 years and has also worked for a harm prevention charity. Three vastly different sand pits, all linked by similar childish behaviour, some of it Daniel’s.

Chris Whitecross is the creator of the Arrowdynamic® Model of Management Performance™ and the designer of the programs and workshops offered by the company. Since 2003, he has delivered his practical yet powerful message about management and leadership through his Foundations of Leadership Workshop Series. He is sought after as a coach, trainer and experienced speaker at conferences, retreats and forums across Australia. Chris’ background in human resources, international business, financial planning and general management mesh with his tertiary qualifications bringing to each program a unique combination of practical experience and knowledge which he shares with participants.

Ann-Maree O’Neill co-authored and published Reasons 2 Reward which was launched in Las Vegas. After holding senior positions for 20 years with Australia’s well-known Theme Parks: Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet n Wild Water World, Paradise Country and Australian Outback Spectacular, she decided to fulfil her dream of creating a range of reward, recognition and motivational products for businesses and schools that have a direct impact on business success through the maximization of employee performance. As an international speaker and in her role as the Human Resources manager at the Southport Sharks, she continues to deliver a strong message that people are our greatest asset.

Julie Boyd is an educator, psychologist, consultant, and author. Following a professional career that took her from a tiny country town to working with international corporations, Julie is now enjoying writing and assisting others to publish their work. Julie is also a political and community activist deeply concerned about the future of our society and world.

Julie Baythorpe has been writing all of her life. For many years, she taught creative writing in classrooms across Queensland and started writing full time when she retired from teaching. She has written and published numerous short stories, poems and journal articles. The Lavender Principal is her first full length novel in the amateur detective murder mystery genre. She is co author of a book of short stories Love, Lies, Laughter and a Few Little Tears. Julie is currently writing her second novel The Silo Deadfall.

Peta-Jo is a newspaper subeditor who shamelessly embraces the side of her that writes fiction. Her book, Wedding Etiquette For Ferals, received the Queensland Art’s Council New Regional Writer Scholarship in 2004 and was awarded a three-week stay at Varuna Writer’s House. Her romance novels tackle the displacement of young people in regional Queensland. The book’s launch got plenty of exposure in Brisbane newspapers, plus on Seven Local News and ABC Radio. Peta is currently writing her second novel, The Crushing Season.

Joan Songaila is a graduate of the N.Z. School of Physiotherapy. She won the first National Women’s water ski championship and wrote the titles for her photographer husband. Her stories were published in the N.Z. Herald’s Saturday magazine. After her husband’s death, she met an Australian-Lithuanian Displaced Person. She decided his would be the best story she had ever written. She spent the next ten years honing his biography, Journey to Paradise, which was published as an e-book in 2000 and later self-published.

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