On Saturday 13 June, 2015, Brisbane Writers Festival will hold its inaugural INSPIRE : FESTIVAL at the
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

INSPIRE : FESTIVAL is designed to evoke inspired thought and positive action in your own life. Featuring dynamic speakers from all over the globe including happiness habits expert Gretchen Rubin (USA) Cross of Valour recipient Allan Sparkes (AUS), international journalist Hannah Pool (UK) and design guru Vince Frost (AUS) INSPIRE: FESTIVAL will make you think, feel, and act.

Each session throughout the day will explore themes relevant to all of us and will surprise, challenge and provoke, but most of all inspire.

Morning Session – INSPIRE : LIVE Starting from 9am

Meet four amazing people that each have a unique story to tell. INSPIRE : LIVE is not a guide to life, nor a blueprint for how we choose to live our lives. INSPIRE : LIVE is an exploration of the choice to
live, the choice to live our truth, and the choice to live through.

Group Captain Catherine McGregor AM, shares her story of suffering with Gender Dysphoria, and making the choice to live as who you really are. Stephen Damiani walks us through his journey to not only find the cause of his son’s rare form of Leukodystrophy, but to find a cure. Allan Sparkes CV, VA, speaks candidly about puling through the darkness and deciding to live after struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Adopted from an Eritrean orphanage and raised in the United Kingdom, Hannah Pool tells her remarkable story of discovering Eritrea, and the journey to find her family.

Afternoon Session – INSPIRE : LIFE Starting at 2pm

Five outstanding speakers will help us discover why the little things matter and how you can improve your life experience through every detail of your day. INSPIRE : LIFE is focused around showing us how we can transition some of our unpleasant habits into positive ones and have you leaving this session with a new toolkit for meaningful change and a more inspired life.

Vince Frost will show you how the design process can help you to work better at living better. Dr Carmel Harrington will reveal whether you are sleeping right and Martina Sheehan & Susan Pearse explore the fine art of paying attention. Gretchen Rubin will explore happiness habits and show us how we can use happiness as a muscle that needs to be flexed.

When: Saturday 13 June 2015
Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane
Tickets: Full Day Pass- $115.00; Morning or Afternoon Session – $65.00 each

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