Molly Meldrum.
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Molly Meldrum to bring his reality to festival

IAN "Molly" Meldrum, David Leser, Mandy Sayer, John Birmingham, Matt Condon and Henry Reynolds are among the writers and thinkers headlining this year's Reality Bites Festival.

The four-day festival of books and ideas will run from October 23-26 in Cooroy and Eumundi.

Now in its seventh year, this literary event has grown annually.

While the workshop program and community events will remain at the festival's second home, the Cooroy Library, the 2014 program of panel discussions, readings, author talks and close-up sessions will be held in Eumundi.

"We are delighted to be able to bring Reality Bites to Eumundi," Sunshine Hinterland Writers' Centre president and event manager Annette Hughes said.

"We have always enjoyed a great relationship, especially with the Eumundi Green, and the Eumundi Historical Association always sponsored our festival launch."

Artistic director Melanie Myers has put together 36 individual events with more than 30 local and interstate authors. Workshops begin on Thursday, October 23, continuing through until the Saturday at the Cooroy Library with a range of skills-development workshops and seminars for amateur and professional writers.

By popular demand, the pitching clinic draws an avid crowd of prospective authors to watch colleagues try out their stories on a panel of experts, including University of Queensland publisher Alex Payne.

The festival program starts in Eumundi at the Green Room, upstairs at the Imperial Hotel, on Friday.

The Green Room will be the festival hub where patrons can sit on the wide veranda over a glass or two of wine between sessions.

On the Saturday and Sunday, the big-issue panels will take the stage at the Eumundi School of Arts.

"Real love and real crime will be in focus as author Lindsay Simpson talks about the process of co-writing Looking for Daniel with Bruce and Denise Morcombe, and their 10-year quest to find out what happened to Daniel," Myers said.

Meldrum will talk with rock journalist Toby Creswell about Molly's long-awaited memoir of the Countdown years.

This event is set to sell out, but is included in the three-day festival pass.

Book now online at www.realitybitesfestival.org and save up to 30% on packages and festival tickets.


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