On 14 October 2018, at the invitation of Ms Mickey McKellar, I moderated a session of the Ignite Your Mind Festival in Ayr with the author and journalist Chris Masters focused on his book No Front Line: Australia’s Special Forces at War in Afghanistan.
This was the first time I had attended or participated in the BRW Festival, but I certainly plan to do so again.
I was reared in North Queensland, but spent 40 years (1976-2016) serving in the Australian diplomatic service before returning to North Queensland to take up my appointment as Chancellor of my alma mater, James Cook University, from March 2016.
I was greatly impressed by the standard of the BRW festival – by the high quality of the writers participating and of the festival arrangements.
The whole event is a great credit to all involved and a significant contribution to the intellectual and cultural life of our region and State.
I commend it highly.
Bill Tweddell – Chancellor – James Cook University