Author Isobelle Carmody with Lorelia Brunner, 11, and her mother Kate Brunner.
Author Isobelle Carmody with Lorelia Brunner, 11, and her mother Kate Brunner. Mike Richards

Gladstone showcases writing programs

GLADSTONE has been chosen as the first regional Queensland town to showcase a range of reading and writing programs in partnership with the Brisbane Writers Festival.

Twenty-two budding writers were treated to a free workshop by well-known fantasy author Isobelle Carmody on Saturday at Boyne Island Library.

The workshop was one of a number of programs in schools and libraries around Gladstone last week with Ms Carmody and indigenous graphic novelist Brenton McKenna.

Ms Carmody said storytelling needed to move outside of cities.

"People in regional towns have different stories to tell and writing gives them an opportunity to tell those stories," she said.

"The people in this room are from all walks of life," she said. "I don't treat the kids different to adults."

"We are all writers and have different things to say."