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Soon speaking at the Gold Coast Writers Festival

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As the festival draws nearer, we would kindly ask all of you to please spread the word as much as possible via social media, but also please ask as many of your friends and family as possible. So please personally invite as many people as you can: don’t be modest and don’t hold back! My session, featuring Jan Murray, Karen Tyrrell, myself (Jean-Francois Vernay) and John Clark (chair) is billed to take place in the auditorium at Robina Community Centre on Saturday 27 October at 3 pm.

The Honourable Ros Bates MP will be opening the festival at 8.45am on Saturday 27 October and all participants shall be present.

There will be a massive book sale, so here are my titles:

The Great Australian Novel – A Panorama, translated by Marie Ramsland (Melbourne: Brolga, 2010) and prefaced by Nicholas Jose: $ 25

Un Doux petit rêveur (Montmoreau: Les 2 encres, 2012) : $15

Water From the Moon: Illusion and Reality in the Works of Australian Novelist Christopher Koch (New York: Cambria Press, 2007) Hardback: $75.

Check out our bionotes on the festival WEBSITE(see below). We’ll all be signing copies of our books at the Festival. Let’s hope the festival is a great success. Most importantly, have fun! Here's the full programme:

Day 1 (Friday) will consist of a series of workshops:

SEMINARS: (these require tickets)

10-10.45 Self Publishing Land Mines and How To Avoid Them with DANIEL PROKOP

11-11.45 Publishing for Profit with ANTHONY PUTTEE


1-1.45 Self Editing - Tips From a Professional Manuscript Assessor with LOUISE CUSACK

2-2.45 The Digital Evolution

3-3.45 Manuscript to Market with LAUREL COHN

POETRY READINGS (these are free and will be held in parallel with the ticketed workshops)

9-9.45 Caroline Glen

10-10.45 Duncan Richardson

11-11.45 Phillip Ellis

12-12.45 Lesley Synge

1-1.45 Richard Allen

FRIDAY Evening Informal DINNER at Krish India

Day 2 (Saturday) will feature discussions, panels and featured writers including:

Tim Ferguson, Krissy Kneen, Jennifer Bacia, Jean-Francois Vernay, Michael Jacobson, Jan Murray, Simon Groth, David Reiter, Meg Vann, Andy McDermott, Sandy Curtis, David Craig, Sally Collings, Rowena Cory Daniells, Anita Bell, Pamela Rushby, Michelle Worthington, Karen Tyrrell,

8.45 - 9 WELCOME by Minister for the Arts


9-9.45 Writing for Children

10-10.45 The Thrill Of The Chase


12-12.45 Romance VS Erotica

1-1.45 The Novel Journalist

2-2.45 Become a Human Lie Detector

3-3.45 Truth or Dare: Memoir & Faction (being on this panel)

4-4.45 Fantasy and Sci-Fi

INDUSTRY Information SESSIONS (These will run parallel with the Panel Sessions)

9-9.45 Writing For The Screen

10-10.40 Self Publishing Now

10.40-11.20 TBA

11.20 -12.00 Becoming Self Published

12- 12.45 Getting Published

1-1.45 Digital Publishing


3-3.45 My Planets - Future Of Writing

4-4.45 SPECIAL WORKSHOP The Art of Comedy Writing with Tim Ferguson

4.45-5.00 Announcements including Competition Winners


Day 3 (Sunday) will give you the opportunity to dine in style at a LITERARY LUNCHEON with the Gold Coast Writers Association and guest authors.

This festival is designed to bring together ALL authors, including self-published and independently published, with publishers and printers who may assist them.

It is advisable to book your sessions now

The Gold Coast Writers Festival is also designed as an expo for writers to be able to showcase their work to those most important people, READERS.

Jean-François Vernay acknowledges the financial assistance of La Province Sud for generously sponsoring this experience.


Je remercie Monsieur Pierre Frogier et l'association ACCES de me permettre de représenter les auteurs néo-calédoniens en Australie dès la fin octobre 2012.

J'y présenterai la traduction de Panorama du roman australien des origines à nos jours (Paris: Hermann / Collection Savoirs Lettres, 2009), 250 pp, livre qui, après réimpression, entre dans sa deuxième édition (2012).

La dernière fois que The Great Australian Novel – A Panorama (Melbourne: Brolga, 2010) (traduction de Marie Ramsland et avant-propos de Nicholas Jose) fut proposé à la lecture devant un public, c'était au Festival de France à Freycinet en mai 2012 avec le concours d'ACCES et de la coopération régionale du Gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Calédonie. Qu'ils en soient remerciés.

The Great Australian Novel – A Panorama est disponible auprès de Pan MacMillan: URL:http://www.panmacmillan.com.au/display_title.asp?ISBN=9781921596391&Author=Vernay,%20Jean-Francois

On peut désormais tout savoir sur les invités du premier festival des écrivains de la Gold Coast, il suffit de cliquer sur la rubrique WRITERS (voir lien infra)

Longue vie au festival des écrivains indépendants de la Gold Coast!

Jean-François Vernay.

Soon speaking at the Gold Coast Writers Festival

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