BWF is made possible with the help of a whole host of incredible people, including our Head of Production Bill Hazard. For months, Bill has been working away to bring the Festival to life, including leading the way to realise the enormous task that is Angel's Palace to life.
Which event at the Brisbane Writers Festival are you most looking forward to attending?
- Angels Palace Performances, Gordon Hookey and Alexis Wright in conversation.
Tell us something about you we don’t already know…
- I used to play the clarinet and kids at school called me Acker Bilk – I gave it up and taught myself guitar.
From the artists attending at this year’s Brisbane Writers Festival, who do you look to for inspiration?
- Most of them but particularly Alexis Wright, Anosh Irani, Alec Doomadgee.
Is there a particular book that you have read which still remains with you today?
- Leaves of The Banyan Tree by Albert Wendt.
People who attend the Brisbane Writers Festival will be able to hear many stories that will be thought provoking, where do you seek your ideas from?
- I’m inspired by music, film, art and literature. Anything that’s a little abstract and open to personal interpretation. For me, that’s where the special ideas come from.
The power of a story can create conversations, what are you hoping for people to be talking about after BWF this year?
- I hope people go away with a better insight into the lives and worlds of others. Hopefully it inspires conversations that make the world a better place for everyone.
What book are you next looking forward to reading?
- Terra Nullius by Claire Coleman.
What do you like most about working on BWF?
- The staff, the dedicated volunteers and having the opportunity to gather so many amazing artists in one place for a few days.
What is one thing you cannot resist?
- Pedro Ximenez over vanilla ice cream
And finally... Can you offer any tips on how to fit in more reading into our busy lives?
1) Turn the TV off
2) Put your phone away
3) Don’t have children