THE former managing director of the ABC, David Hill, will be in Airlie Beach between July 20-22 for the Writers Festival at the Coral Sea Resort.
THE former managing director of the ABC, David Hill, will be in Airlie Beach between July 20-22 for the Writers Festival at the Coral Sea Resort.

Former ABC boss coming to Airlie

THE former managing director of the ABC, David Hill, will be in Airlie Beach between July 20-22 for the Writers Festival at the Coral Sea Resort.

Mr Hill is also a former chairman of the ABC board.

He was managing director from 1987 until 1995.

He is also a former chief executive and director of the NSW State Rail Authority, head of Sydney Water, director of the Australian National Airlines Commission and former chairman of Australian Football.

He is also chairman of CREATE - a national organisation responsible for representing the interests of young people and children in institutional care and is a writer.

Mr Hill has written several best-sellers including '1788' and 'The Gold Rush'.

He was born in the UK and came to Australia by ship in the fifties as an unaccompanied minor.

Mr Hill will be joined by his wife at the festival as well as guest speakers such as 'The Big Issue' editor Chris Flynn, British geologist Professor Chris Turney, prize-winning screen writer Cory Taylor, freelance writer Leeza Baric and ABC Book Show's Sarah L'Estrange.

Tickets for the event are available at the Coral Sea Resort shop and cost $50 for the Friday night that will be a meet and greet with the authors, $100 for the full day conference on Saturday including morning and afternoon tea and lunch and $75 on Sunday including morning tea and lunch.

The dinner on Saturday night costs $120.

Event co-ordinator Gloria Burley said these discounted rates for Whitsundays residents were made possible thanks to funding from the Whitsunday Regional Council and sponsorship from Coral Sea Resort.

"The reason we are hosting this event is to showcase the Whitsundays and try to bring people here from elsewhere," she said.

This is the third Writers Festival held in the Whitsundays and the first time it has been hosted on the mainland.

For more information about the festival visit wowfestival.blogspot.com or the Cannonvale and Proserpine Libraries.


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