Renowned Australian authors are preparing to head to Dalby for the first ever Words Out West Readers and Writers Festival, an event that is promising to inspire, uncover and excite all ages and interests.

The premier event, which begins on February 14, will see Australian literary royalty taking part in panel discussions and presentations as part of the three-day program. Featured Author, John Marsden, said Words Out West was an excellent chance to share thoughts about language, stories, writing and reading. “These are such valuable aspects of being human,” Mr Marsden said. “Language is the most powerful tool we have, and the more effectively we can use it, the more successful we are likely to be. It is a delight to be involved in a literary event such as Words Out West which inspires people to put pen to paper and share their real-life experiences or capture their imagination in words.”

Mr Marsden has written more than 40 book and sold more than five million copies worldwide, including the much loved story Tomorrow, When the War Began. He joins a stellar line up of literary professionals including Fleur McDonald, Rachael Treasure, Hayley Maudsley, Tony Park and David Fagan.  The three day program includes a Writers Retreat at the Bunya Mountains and two main festival days featuring talks from a huge line-up of authors, bloggers, illustrators, journalists and podcasters.  The program also features the Words Out West Gala Dinner which includes a three-course menu. special host and Narrator Stig Wemyss and keynote speaker and Australian Paralympian Kurt Fearnley AO. Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said the Festival would offer something for all. “Words Out West is an exciting opportunity for our region to come together and hear from some of the best in the business right here on home soil,” he said.

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