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Gold Coast Writers Literary Luncheon with Ray Martin

Ray Martin to be guest speaker at Literary Luncheon 

Popular television journalist Ray Martin will be guest speaker at the Gold Coast Writers’ Association 2013 Literary Luncheon to be held on Saturday October 26 in Robina. 

Martin’s lifetime in journalism began as an ABC cadet in Sydney in 1965. After working in Perth and Canberra, he was posted to New York for a decade as the ABC’s North America correspondent. In 1978 he switched to Channel 9 where, together with George Negus and Ian Leslie, he helped launch the award-winning program 60 Minutes for which he still reports today. 

In between Martin hosted Midday for a decade; A Current Affair for almost as long plus countless network specials, Federal elections and Carols by Candlelight, winning five Gold Logies; more than twenty Silver Logies, and an unmatched number of People’s Choice Awards. 

Martin was awarded an Order of Australia in 2011 for his journalism; his work with indigenous Australians, and his long involvement with charities, including as Chairman of the Fred Hollows Foundation and the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and as Patron of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and the Aboriginal Employment Strategy. His bestselling autobiography, Ray: Stories of My Life, was published in 2009. 

Other guest authors will also be taking part in the October 26 Literary Luncheon, which runs from 11.30am to 3pm at The Fairway Room, Palmer Gold Coast (formerly Robina Woods Golf Course), corner Ron Penhaligon Way and Great Southern Drive, Robina. Tickets for the luncheon, which includes a three-course meal, are $45 for Gold Coast Writers’ Association members and $65 for non-members.  (Note: You must be an official paid-up member of the Gold Coast Writers' Association to access the discounted member tickets - NOT just a member of the Meetup group).

For tickets and further details, see the website www.goldcoastwritersfestival.com.au/bookings/ or contact [masked]


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for organising the day with the children, and the invite to lunch. Ray was great, his stories are just amazing.

    October 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    You can submit feedback on the festival website too:
    http://www.goldcoastwritersfestival.com.au/submit-feedback/

    October 27, 2013

  • Clarence T.

    Excellent speaker and great people at meetup!

    October 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for organising this, listening to Ray has given me food for thought. I moved here last year and I find all these events wonderful to attend!

    October 27, 2013

  • Mark W.

    Gold Coast Writers Literary Luncheon with Ray Martin was a brilliant function. Ray shared many experiences in his Journalistic career. We were also given a rare insight into his passion for Photography. Many of us were privileged to getting his latest Book signed.

    October 26, 2013

  • Elena O.

    It was a wonderful event!

    October 26, 2013

  • Elena O.

    Last year I enjoyed the 2012 Literary Luncheon and looking forward to attend Gold Coast Writers Literary Luncheon with Ray Martin.
    Last year it was a quite memorable event but I am already detecting that this year it will be even better. Looking forward to listen our guest speaker Ray Martin and feeling blessed to have that opportunity. Thank you GCWA! Proud to be a member of such excellent organisation!

    My warmest regards,
    Elena Ornig

    September 27, 2013

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