Big name authors to close Coast literary festival
  • Thursday 23 July 2009

Leading Australian writers and personalities including ABC radio’s Richard Fidler, best-selling author Barry Heard and cult novelist John Birmingham will headline the final weekend of the Reality Bites literary festival on August 1 and 2.

Broadcaster and journalist Fidler will interview Barry Heard on the poignant memoir of his searing experiences as a young conscript in the Vietnam War. Hear about Heard’s emotional and psychological meltdown after the conflict, and the inspiring story of reclaiming his life post-war.

From Vietnam to controversy of a different kind, Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull is the hot topic when Australian federal politics takes centre stage. What are Turnbull’s chances of taking the reigns as PM? Is he too explosive? Hear it from the experts – Sydney Morning Herald political sketch writer Annabel Crabb and author and senior journalist at The Australian George Megalogenis will discuss Turnbull’s chances with John Birmingham.

The final day of the festival will see Birmingham uncover the nation’s buried Indigenous past and discuss the holes in our history with two of Australia’s most prominent Aboriginal voices, Dr Anita Heiss and Bruce Pascoe, as well as the rise of Aboriginal voices in the historical record.

This will be followed by one of the country’s foremost environment and conservation experts, Sunshine Coast local Professor Ian Lowe. Climate change, growth and consumption are the challenges we face, but where do we go from here? Hear Lowe’s views on the values and technologies we need to embrace to create a more sustainable future.

Tickets are selling fast so book a spot before it’s too late. Head to or call 5472 0107 to book your spot or to order a free program.