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The Rock & Roll Writers Festival is currently back on the bookshelf, awaiting inspiration.
The co-founders, Leanne de Souza and Joe Woolley are busy living life, learning, reading and listening to music. Maybe we’ll return in the future – you never know. In the meantime, join our mailing list and you’ll be the first to know when we’re back…
A Rock & Roll Writers Festival celebrates the creative relationship between writing and music. Fans of music and writing get up close and personal with the creators of stories and songs.
The festival will surprise, entertain, enlighten and challenge - through discussions and interviews with some of Australia’s finest authors, songwriters, lyricists and commentators.
We love bands that incorporate literary concepts and references into their songs, as much as we love books that include references to music to enhance the experience for the reader.
We are fans of great writing and great songs. Words and music that make you cry, laugh, gasp, shout and above anything else feel.
"Music is the shorthand of emotion" Leo Tolstoy
The festival is a a unique, weekend-long curated event that initiates discussion of how music and literature influence each other, by bringing together leading authors, musicians and artists in a program of interviews, presentations, talks and panel discussions.
Program: The festival takes place in Brisbane over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of April, 2017.
The location will be The Old Museum, a much-loved performance venue that boasts several large studio spaces . Panel events will be held in the studios, while access to the bar, catering, book store and music retail will be open to the public, free of charge.
There will be a mix of panel discussions and author/songwriter interviews, and we’ll be making sure there is plenty of opportunity for audience questions.
The full program of events will be released in February 2017.
The leadership team of the first ever Rock And Roll Writers Festival is Leanne de Souza and Joe Woolley.
Leanne de Souza
Leanne de Souza is a highly-respected veteran of the Australian music industry. With 25 years’ experience working in artist management and events she has represented various high profile, award winning, commercially successful and critically acclaimed contemporary musicians.
A long-standing champion and advocate for contemporary music Leanne is currently engaged as the Curatorial Advisor (Music) for the Museum of Brisbane, is the Executive Director of the Association of Artist Managers (AAM) and a Trustee of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).
As Neil Finn once said, “better to jump than hesitate”. Having grown up obsessed with music, it was inevitable that Joe would ignore good advice and end up getting involved by managing Brisbane bands including Shutterspeed, Grand Atlantic, WE ALL WANT TO and Screamfeeder, running a record label, touring around Australia and overseas, creating a small but perfectly-formed touring festival, and generally misbehaving.
Having been enlisted as a band manager when Nirvana’s success was reinventing the way the music industry operated, Joe has enjoyed a front-row view of the Australian scene for nearly 25 years now. He remembers more than half of it.
Joe has never been asked to be on a board, or lecture, or even provide advice except at 5 o’clock in the morning after a long night out. Let’s be honest, that’s probably not going to change.