SPEAKER: Professor Bryan Grieg Fry with a king cobra.
SPEAKER: Professor Bryan Grieg Fry with a king cobra.

Get bitten by the bug at Whitsunday Writers Fest

SNAKES might be a way of life in North Queensland and can certainly prove tiresome at times but for Professor Bryan Grieg Fry, they literally are his life.

Mr Fry will talk about the deadliest job in the world at this year's Whitsunday Writers Festival and regale audiences with tales of catching venomous snakes in over 40 countries, including inhospitable and war-torn regions, all of which is in his book, Venom Doc.

A qualified venomologist, Prof Fry has been bitten by 26 venomous snakes and survived a near-fatal scorpion sting while in the Amazon jungle.

Billed as "one of the most remarkable memoirs you'll ever read", Venom Doc is his quirky take on a dangerous and exciting life that has seen him travel the globe as a celebrated snake catcher and educator.

"Bryan is a scientist who lives his passion and refuses to let the very real chance of death stop him doing what he loves," said festival founder Gloria Burley.

"This sort of passion is what we want and when I read his book, I thought, wow, this is someone I would love to come and talk at this year's festival.

"I am very excited that Bryan accepted my invitation to be one of our speakers on Saturday.

"We have also asked him to be our keynote speaker at Saturday night's literary dinner, as I think he will be very entertaining."

The one-hour author talks on Saturday also include Lindsay Jane Simpson (true crime writer) and Annie Seaton (romance novelist).

Digital journalist and adventurer Ben Southall will also speak.

He is well known in the Whitsundays for winning best job in the world in 2009 and becoming caretaker of Hamilton Island, which he put into his 2015 book, The Best Job in the World: How you can make a living from following your dreams.

Tickets for Saturday's inspirational authors talks cost $30 each or a full-day pass costs $120.

There are also writing workshops a 15 Minutes of Fame for local authors to talk about their books and their own personal journey.

Call Gloria Burley on 0422 026 793 if you would like to speak. See http://www.whitsundaywritersfestival.com for more information or follow the festival on Facebook.

Writers fest

What: Whitsunday Writers Festival 2016

Where: Lure, Abell Point Marina

When: Friday, September 2 to Sunday, September 4

Tickets: http://www.whitsundaytickets.com.au


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