Gloucester Writer's Festival booked

LINDY Dupree has taken a few risks.

She moved to Gloucester and saw there was no book shop so she opened one.

Then last year she started the Gloucester Writers’ Festival because there was nothing like it in the region.

‘‘As an organiser of the festival you bite your nails,’’ Ms Dupree said.

‘‘People don’t pre-book, they just turn up.’’

This year the festival begins on Friday.

Ms Dupree thinks rumours of the death of books are wildly exaggerated but the festival is covering all facets of the industry, including e-book publishing and a mix of genres.

Last year crime featured. This year history and children’s writing will star.

‘‘Last year we had about 150 hard-core visitors at the festival,’’ Ms Dupree said.

‘‘The Hunter Valley is full of creative souls.’’

This year’s special guests include Carol Baxter, author of Captain Thunderbolt and His Lady: The True Story of Bushrangers Frederick Ward and Mary Ann Bugg and other narrative non-fiction books and author Susanne Gervay, who is also an ambassador for the 2012 National Year of Reading.

Author and editor of about 50 books and emeritus professor at the University of Sydney, Michael Wilding, will make his second appearance at the festival.

Events begin about 9.30am on Friday and finish on Sunday afternoon.

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