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Books can stretch kids’ imagination in a way that electronic gadgets can’t

That’s according to author, publisher and CQUniversity graduate Elaine Ouston, who is organising the second annual Central Queensland Literary Festival in Rockhampton from June 19 to 23.

“Everything is being delivered electronically to kids these days, including images, voices and sounds, so they are missing the need to use their imagination to picture the characters and settings in books,” Ms Ouston says.

“We started the festival to boost the reading and writing culture in Rockhampton.”

Ms Ouston has a career background as a graphic artist and in a range of creative writing roles. She completed a Master of Letters with CQUniversity in Rockhampton under the supervision of Dr Wally Woods and established Morris Publishing Australia four years ago “to help publish books by new authors that weren’t getting a look in with the big publishers”.

Now based in Kilcoy, Ms Ouston is known for her The Mystery of Nida Valley book series which is popular in school libraries for its mix of magic, time travel and educational facts about Australia’s megafauna. Details are via http://themysteryofnidavalley.com/ .

After the success of last years’ CQ Literary Festival, the event is returning with many more opportunities for CQ residents.

“As well as full-day workshops at three schools, there will be opportunities for students, interested persons, and local writers, with a full day of workshops presented by 10 of Australia’s favourite authors, a writing competition open to adults and students, and a professional development day for teachers, librarians, and support staff,” Ms Ouston says.

“The popular CQ Literary Luncheon will be on again this year. It will be held at the same venue as the Writers’ Workshops day but it will be open to everyone. ”

The presenters for the CQ Literary Festival include Paul Collins, Leigh Hobbs, George Ivanoff, Meredith Costain, Phil Kettle, Adam Wallace, Peter Carnavas, Dimity Powell, Royce Bond, and Elaine Ouston.

More details on the festival can be found at http://www.morrispublishingaustralia.com or by phoning 07 5498 1332.

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