- Tuesday 09 May 2017
Image: Author Michael Robotham. Credit Tony Mott.
A colourful arts and craft fair, storytelling workshops, a bush dance, a celebration of books and a coastal walk to create awareness of our region’s rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture are just some of the local community events set to benefit from council’s March round of Minor Community Grant funding.
Council has awarded more than $20,000 to 15 not-for-profit community groups holding events in 2017.
One grant recipient was the Celebration of Books, Maleny, an annual three-day festival celebrating books, writing and reading being held this year from July 14-16.
The event engages local authors, artists, bookshop owners, local businesses, the local library team, book collectors and other like-minded arts organisations, as well as attracting internationally and nationally recognised authors and literary commentators.
With the help of the community event grant, the festival will develop a flyer and banners to help promote the weekend, as well as hire two local venues for festival events.
Celebration of Books, Maleny coordinating team member Claire Booth said the 2017 festival would delight book lovers of all ages.
“The Celebration of Books was created by a group of local reading enthusiasts with a passion or books,” Ms Booth said.
“Now in our sixth year, the program features internationally awarded crime writer Michael Robotham, nationally recognised literary commentator Kate Evans from ABC Radio National, authors Melissa Ashley, Roanna Gonsalves and local author Steven Lang as well as literary commentator Clare Archer-Lean from USC.
“In addition, we have an exciting range of activities including a workshop for aspiring authors, a poetry reading on the Maleny Community Precinct, music, book and illustration displays, children’s activities, film screenings and more.
“Raising awareness of the festival and increasing attendance is a key priority for us this year and the community event grant will help us to do that.”
Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Maleny was gaining a reputation as a literary town.
“The Celebration of Books is a highlight on the Hinterland events calendar,” Cr McKay said.
“It is a wonderfully organised festival that features an impressive line-up of speakers and activities, all thanks to the passionate group of locals who volunteer their time to deliver the event.
“I’m an avid reader and book lover myself, so I’m very much looking forward to this year’s festival.”
For a full program of events and to find out more about Celebration of Books, Maleny visit www.celebrationofbooksmaleny.com
To find out more about the Community Grants Program, visit council’s website or contact a grants officer on 5420 8616.