Author Ben Southall at the Whitsunday Writers Festival.
Author Ben Southall at the Whitsunday Writers Festival. Peter Carruthers

Ben is challenging authors to 'break the mould'

BEN Southall is an adventurer, mountain climber, runner, kayaker and reluctant author.

He made the Whitsundays his home after winning the Best Job in the World competition, run by Tourism Queensland in 2009.

Since then he has kayaked 1600kms along the Great Barrier Reef, has been the fastest ever to ascend the tallest mountain in each state in Australia and launched his own show on the Nat Geo's Adventure Channel.

This weekend he is back in the Whitsundays challenging authors at the Whitsunday Writers Festival to push through their fear of the unknown and have a go.

The tagline of his own book called Best Job in the World reads "how to make a living from following your dreams".

"I wanted to spill my brains over the last 10 years and the craziness of travelling round Africa and Best Job and being here in Queensland," he said.

"It's had been a big success for someone who never thought I would write a book."

Mr Southall said he was enjoying being back in the Whitsundays and was delighted to give back to the community of Airlie Beach.

His presentation at the writer's festival was designed to encourage writers to challenge themselves to "break the mould" and ask the question: am I a strong enough person to face the fear of the unknown and follow my dreams?

Ms Southall will speak at a dinner Saturday night with Prof Bryan Fry beginning at 6.30pm at Lure, in the south village of Abell Point Marina.


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