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Brisbane Writers Festival Presents 2016 Inspire Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse Today

On Saturday 18 June Brisbane Writers Festival will present the 2016 Inspire Festival - this year at Brisbane Powerhouse.

Inspire Festival is designed to evoke inspired thought and positive action in your own life.

Featuring dynamic speakers from around the country including Stan Grant and Mark Bahnisch alongside home grown Queensland talent including Tim Fairfax AC, Catherine McGregor AM and the dynamic duo behind Orange Sky Laundry, Inspire Festival will make you think, feel, and act.

Brisbane Writers Festival Acting CEO and Festival Director Julie Beveridge said, "Whether you join us for the whole day or just attend the session that speaks to you the most - you will have the opportunity to listen to people who have actually made the transition from everyday lives to leading a more inspired and meaningful life.

"Each session will explore themes relevant to all of us and will surprise, challenge and provoke, but most of all give you that call to action which will inspire you and those with whom you share your life to take it forward in a positive way."

When: Saturday 18 June from 10am

Where: Brisbane Powerhouse

Tickets: Single Session $35; Conc. $30; Festival Pass (inc. Friday night opening drinks) $120; Conc. $111 (Booking fees apply)

Bookings: or 07 3358 8600

Inspire TALK

Time 10am - 11.30am

Speakers Robin Bailey, Trent Dalton, Stan Grant

In this age of social media, texting and tweets the art of the truly inspiring conversation is being lost. Three conversational maestros who have established careers curating and creating intimate portraits of the lives and stories of others share their deep insights into the art of conversation and how it can encourage human connection and conversation.


Time 12.30pm - 2pm

Speakers Mark Bahnisch, Dr Lorann Downer, Jan Owen AM

Host Erik Jensen

It's an election year. Once again we will go to the polls and exercise our democratic right to choose who leads our country. What does democracy mean in modern Australia? Do we vote with our heads or hearts? What do we need to consider when we head to the polls later this year?

Inspire DRIVE

Time 3.00pm - 4.30pm

Speakers Catherine McGregor AM, Tim Fairfax AC, Michael Ross, Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett

The speakers in this session were all awarded Australian/Queenslander of the Year awards this year. What drives them to follow their dreams, and what inspires them to give themselves so openly to their area of focus?

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