For director Nene Davies, the idea of starting a writers festival up here on the Capricorn coast grew from when her family opened Chapter Books and Coffee in 2017. Fuelled by a passion for promoting books, writing and reading, Nene then happened across a couple of fellow writers at book club, who agreed that a writers festival was a great idea. This group of three grew to a committee of six and the wheels were set in motion for the dream to become a reality. The committee have brought local and Australia-wide authors, publishing professionals and creatives together, to share their passion and love of the arts at a festival not seen in this region before. The committee hopes the Capricorn Coast Writers Festival will help to support and further develop creativity and the arts in Central Queensland and is excited to showcase this beautiful corner of the world.
Who We Are
Nene Davies - Director
In 2002 Nene, her husband and three children emigrated to Australia from Pembrokeshire, Wales and settled on the Capricorn Coast. Next stop on the family adventure was Brisbane, where Nene lived until 2016 when she moved back to Yeppoon and the family opened Chapter Books and Coffee. Nene is the author of five contemporary novels and lives by the beach at Cooee Bay where she writes full time.
Amy Andrews - Programming Coordinator
Amy Andrews is an award-winning, USA Today best-selling, Australian author who has written seventy plus contemporary romances across the traditional and digital markets for several different publishers. Her debut novel was published in 2005. She was on the national executive of Romance Writers of Australia for six years. During her tenure she organised two national conferences and went on to fulfil the role of president for two years. Amy was born and educated in Rockhampton and, after many years living in Brisbane, has recently moved back to Central Queensland.
Nicky Way - Marketing Coordinator
Nicky Way is a feature writer, blogger, publicist, marketer and latent yoga teacher. In between raising three small boys, Nicky has worked in the branding, advertising, marketing, events, community engagement and mining industries for the past 20 years for organisations like the Brisbane River Festival. She has worked as a volunteer on projects like the Mudgee Readers Festival and The Yeppoon Village Festival. Her most recent desk job was Communications Officer for the Fitzroy Basin Association. Nicky has moved more than 42 times and is very excited to finally call her Cooee Bay beach house home.
Shelley Russell Nolan - Sponsorship Coordinator
Shelley Russell Nolan is a speculative fiction author. She is a member of the Queensland Writers Centre and the Regional Writers Reference Group. Shelley reviews science fiction and fantasy books for The Reviewers and Aussie Speculative Fiction.
Lincoln Bertoli - Media Coordinator and Event Advisor
Lincoln Bertoli is a writer and photographer based on the Capricorn Coast. In 2016, he released his second children’s book – an award-winning commemoration of the 12-month anniversary of Cyclone Marcia. He is an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and his work has appeared in Great Walks, Grind, Australian Geographic Outdoor, Outer Edge and ABC online. Lincoln lives with his wife on Fig Tree Farm and teaches journalism, media writing and communicating for social change at Central Queensland University.
Sarah Thomasson - Festival Allrounder
Sarah is an avid reader, gardener, traveller, cook, and mother of sons. Migrating from the UK in 1979 and moving to Yeppoon in 1981, she has maintained a keen interest in English literature, creative and performing arts. Sarah has also worked in community pharmacy for many years, and is passionate about the use of Natural Medicines as a means to achieving health and well being. She lives in Farnborough, overlooking the beaches and bays north of Yeppoon, and the distant Byfield ranges.