Integrity on the menu
  • Tuesday 24 June 2008

Melbourne-based Graham Pitts is part of the exciting line of up of established writers presenting at Reality Bites, the literary festival being held 5-6 July.

Pitts’ new play Haneef: The Interrogation is based on the transcripts of more than 6,000 questions asked of Dr Haneef during his detainment on suspicion of assisting a terrorist organisation. The first person to be held under Australia's new anti-terrorism legislation, Haneef was taken into custody and held for 12 days without charge.

Pitts is best known for Emma-Celebrazione! the story of an Italian migrant to Australia, produced Australia wide, but has also written extensively on East Timor and worked on numerous community-based projects with marginalised groups.

His session in the Reality Bites program focuses on the ingretiy of representation – a topic he is not only familiar with but passionate about.

Pitts will also appear in the final session of the Reality Bites program on Sunday, led by Gideon Haigh, author of numerous books including Silent Revolutions, Game for Anything, The Cult of the CEO and Asbestos House, and winner of the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction 2006. This session will explore the reality of non-fiction writing, reading and writing to understand the queastion - why are we so fascinated with the truth?

Some of Australia’s award winning writers will be presenting at Reality Bites, which is the only writers festival in the country that focuses on non-fiction writing.

Copies of the full program and bookings at 07 5472 0107 or email bernice.childs@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Reality Bites in Noosa: A literary feast for writers and readers
Where: Majestic Theatre, Pomona
When: Saturday 5 - Sunday 6 July 2008
Festival opening – 6:30PM Friday 4 July at Berkelouw Books, Eumundi