Phil and Anne Diamond, with Tricia Hudson, all of Suffolk Park, enjoying the finer things of life on Saturday.
Phil and Anne Diamond, with Tricia Hudson, all of Suffolk Park, enjoying the finer things of life on Saturday.

Aspiring writers gather at festival

ASPIRING and inspiring authors alike gathered at Belongil Fields for the Byron Bay Writers Festival over the weekend and among them was possibly the next Roald Dahl, seven-year-old James Simpson, of Knockrow.

Insisting on joining his parents, James said this was his first time to the annual festival.

“I love reading,” he said. “My favourite book is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.”

James's mother, Alice Hudson, said he was looking forward to New South Wales hip-hop duo, CuzCo, appearing on stage on Saturday.

Easily attracting one of the largest, and youngest, crowds were Wire MC and Choo Choo, better known as CuzCo.

With their alternative form of education the boys use hip-hop music and literacy workshops to help young people from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

“We use hip-hop as a strong tool to uplift kids in Australian and Aboriginal communities, but it's not like we're hip-hop Nazis,” Choo Choo said.

Other big drawcards included television personality Gretel Killeen who spoke of her life on the small screen, as a single mum and how writing her memoirs, The Night My Bum Dropped, helped to answer important questions while going into the next stage of her life.


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