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Winton Outback Writer's Festival
We all love a great Australian Yarn (that's a story or tale, not a ball of wool!). If you like to hear a classic outdoor Australian story or if you fancy yourself as a writer, then this might be the festival for you.

Outback Writer's Festival Winton
Image courtesy of Outback Writer's Festival

In June 2016, the Outback Writers' Festival will be held in the town of Winton, in outback Queensland. At this festival writers and readers will come together to share in the telling of outback Australian stories.

There will be Master Classes for people who are interested in fiction and non fiction, including how to write and how to publish your work. There will be award-winning and best selling authors at the Winton Outback Writers's Festival. Listen as they share their own trials and tribulations of writing fiction and non fiction, and tell about their successful publishing tales. The event is for all ages and is for everybody who loves a good read.

Winton Club, Winton QLD
Image courtesy of Outback Writer's Festival

More About the Outback Writer's Festival

The Festival will be held at the Winton Club. The Outback Writers' Festival Inc. is a non profit incorporated association founded in 2015.

The Festival aims to engage writers and readers who will enjoy and advocate for more Australian stories. The Festival also aims to encourage children of isolated and rural families, and indigenous children, to engage in more reading and writing of stories. And the Festival aims to promote the Outback as an important tourism destination as well as to tell the stories of the Outback, as an Australian cultural art form.

Another aim of the Festival is to tell the history of the Australian Outback, of the Indigenous people and their cultures and of the generations of settlers who opened up this frontier.

The Programme

In brief: On Tuesday 21st you can Register at the Winton Club at 6.00pm. Then there is a Meet and Greet Function at 7.00pm at the Winton Club - with finger food served and a Cash Bar.

On Wednesday 22nd June there is a Poet's Breakfast at 7.30am at the Winton Club - with Ron Pearce. You can register for the Writer's Festival at 8.30am, and the Festival opens at 9.00am. At 9.30am there will be a Keynote Address - The State Of Play, presented by Dan Kelly, Publisher and General Manager of Boolarong Press.

You can view the whole Programme online here.

Some of the authors at the Outback Writer's Festival will be Sue Williams, Don Douglas, Helene Young, Ross Davies, John Morrison and Norah Kersh.

The Outback Writer's Festival supports The Royal Flying Doctor Service - a charity founded for the people of the Outback.

About Winton, Queensland

The Outback Writers' Festival is being held in the iconic town of Winton, Queensland. Winton is the home of Waltzing Matilda.

Winton is in Central Western Queensland. It is on the Landsborough Highway. Geographically speaking, Winton is 178 kilometres north west of Longreach, 472 kilometres south east of Mount Isa, and approximately 1,353 kilometres from the city of Brisbane. Winton covers 53,935 square kilometres and has a population of about 1,600 people.

How to Get There

You can get to Winton by driving there, or you can travel by air, by rail or by coach.

If you're driving to Winton, there are bitumen roads or you can travel off-road. If you're driving to Winton, then remember to take care and check your mobile phone reception areas.

I had a look at this page on Queensland Rail Travel. It shows that you can travel by rail to Longreach and then travel by coach from Longreach to Winton.

Flying to Winton

If you want to fly in to Winton, then you would fly by REX - Rex Regional Express service to Winton. Flights to Winton operate on Tuesday and Thursday, on a loop that departs from Townsville, and that connects with QuantasLink flights in Longreach.

The airport is 5 kilometres out of town. There isn't a taxi service in Winton at present. Your accomodation provider may be able to provide a pick up service.

Or you could take the daily QuantasLink flight from Brisbane to Longreach, and hire a car from Longreach - there are several car hire companies including Avis and Budget.

Check out the websites - REX, and Quantas for more information.

Rail Travel to Winton

You can travel to Winton on the Spirit of the Outback rail journey, if you prefer rail travel rather than driving.

Rail services leave Brisbane twice a week and travel up the East Coast of Queensland, to Rockhampton, then the service travels inland to Longreach. From Longreach, there is a coach service to Winton.

Westbound services leave Brisbane on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Eastbound services leave Longreach on Mondays and Thursdays.

The train journey between Brisbane and Longreach travels 1,325 kilometres and takes 24 hours.

For more information about getting to Winton by train you can contact Queensland Rail Travel.

Travelling to Winton by Coach

You can travel to Winton with Bus Queensland. If you want to book an online ticket you can head to the Bus Queensland web site, or you can phone 1300 287 537 to speak to a staff member.

Bus Queensland holds the Queensland Government contract for long distance coach services in Queensland. Their new coaches offer passenger comfort - so you can sit back and relax as you are driven to Winton by Bus Queensland. This long distance service arrives daily at Winton at 12.05pm, at the Newsagent on Elderslie Street. And the service departs from the same stop at 1.25pm daily.

See you there!

You might meet Dan Kelly, who is a publisher and the General Manager of Boolarong Press. Some of the authors who will be at the Festival are Sue Williams, Don Douglas and Helene Young.

The authors at the Festival will be discussing their own journey to publishing their work. The outback characters you will hear about are both real and fictional.

If you are living in Winton, or want to head to Winton in June 2016, you will be able to speak to authors, and you might become inspired to get your novel published at long last!
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Why? For the love of a good outback Australian Yarn
When: 6.00pm Tuesday 21st June to 12.30pm Thursday 23rd June
Phone: (07) 4657 1384
Where: 18 Oondooroo St, Winton QLD 4735
Cost: Varying Prices
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