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                                           Presented by The Boonah & District Cultural Foundation Inc

Libby Harkness - Ghostwriting

LIBBY HARKNESS PHOTONew Zealand-born Libby Harkness has lived and worked in Australia as a journalist, editor and writer for more than forty years. She has published more than 35 books including the internationally acclaimed Looking for Lisa (Random House 1992).
Today Libby is a specialist ghostwriter and her most recently published works include Turia Pitt’s best-selling story Everything to Live For (Random House 2013), Owen Beddall’s tell-all Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant (Random House 2013) and Simon’s Gillard’s poignant memoir Life Sentence: A Police Officer’s Battle with PTSD (Penguin Random House 2017). Libby lives in Sydney.

Alison Stewart - Romance

ALISON STEWART 317 x 338Award winning Australian author, Alison Stuart has been writing stories since her teenage years. A past president of the Romance Writers of Australia, Alison has published eight full length historical romances, both independently and through Harlequin Australia and innumerable short stories have appeared in anthologies. She is presently working on two full length Australian historical romances for Harlequin MIRA and, writing as A.M. Stuart, will be releasing her first historical mystery in 2019 for Berkley Publishing (USA). 


Lee Mylne - Travel Writing

LEE MYLNE 300 x 338Lee Mylne is an award-winning Brisbane-based travel journalist who has written for a wide range of Australian and international publications over her 30-year career. She is a contributor to a wide range of newspaper travel sections, consumer and trade magazines, inflight magazines, and websites. She is a former president and a Life Member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers and is regularly invited to speak at writers’ festivals and travel writing seminars and workshops around Australia. She has travelled to more than 60 countries and is constantly delighted and surprised by new discoveries. When she’s not travelling, she’s usually planning the next adventure or writing about the last one.


Gabrielle Lord - Crime

GABRIELLE LORD 225 x 338Award-winning crime writer, Gabrielle Lord will be talking about the creation, structure, and outline writing that she used to control the massive C365 series. She will have a Power Point presentation of this – of how to start – from the very beginning of the idea, to the story-lining, the structure and final outlining of the work prior to hitting page one, draft one of the actual writing. As in all areas of life, planning is everything, from building a house to building a story.
Anyone can follow this simple procedure- but of course, the inspiration to do so, must arise from the creator.



Dr Sarah Gardner - Forensic Pathology

 Dr Sarah Gardner is a Forensic Scientist and Lecturer with a PhD in Chemistry with twenty years experience working for the UK Police Force, Home Office and the Forensic Science Service. She teaches at Bond and Griffith Universities, Queensland.


Lynne Stringer Editing

LLynne1 225 x 338nne Stringer began writing professionally as a journalist and was the editor of a small newspaper (later magazine) for seven years, before turning her hand to screenplay writing and novels.  Lynne has been editing non-fiction for 20 years and fiction for seven years. She currently works as a professional editor and proofreader and has worked for both traditional and self-publishing companies. She is the author of the Verindon Trilogy, a young adult science fiction series, and Once Confronted, a contemporary drama.