LITERATURE / ENVIRONMENT
Sean Dooley returns to twitch again
Sean Dooley has two major strands to his life - comedy writing and twitching. A twitcher is like an extreme-sports version of a birdwatcher - the type of person that will drop everything to travel across a country to see a bird they haven't seen before.
Having gained a law degree, Sean ended up working as a television comedy writer - obviously! In 2001 his work and his obsession for birds came together in a one-man show for the Melbourne Comedy Festival.
His greatest claim to fame is that in 2002 he broke the Australian bird-watching record for seeing the most species in the one year. He then wrote about it in The Big Twitch - selling beyond anyone's expectations, thereby publicly outing himself as a birdnerd. He has since been a contributor to The Age, ABC radio and 3RRR, writing and talking about… birds. His latest book is an A-Z guide to the secret world of birdwatching, Anoraks to Zitting Cisticola (true spelling).
Join Sean for an ornithological escapade through the Noosa National Park and have more fun over breakfast at Ma Mensa with Caroline Baum.
TWITCHING IN THE PARK, Sean Dooley
Bird walk* Sunday 6 6.15am $50** Noosa National Park
Bird talk Sunday 6 8.00am $45^ Ma Mensa Trattoria
Duration: (Bird walk) approximately 1.5 hours, (Bird talk) 2 hours.
* Meet at the Noosa National Park entrance, Park Rd. Noosa Heads at 6.15am for bird-walk.
** Ticket price of $50 includes breakfast and walk.
^ Ticket price of $45 includes breakfast only. Ticket for walk cannot be purchased separately.
Downloadable: Full 'The Noosa Longweekend' Festival Programme
Event Name: The Noosa Longweekend
Dates (2008): 4-13 July 2008
Location: various venues and locations throughout the Noosa Shire
Telephone: 07 5474 9941
Fax: 07 5474 9940
Combine arts and culture with sun and sand at The Noosa Longweekend in one of the world's most enviable destinations. The Noosa Longweekend is an annual 10-day festival of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, food, film, literature and thought-provoking, barrier-breaking forums, that has become recognised as one of Australia's foremost regional cultural events. The Noosa Longweekend offers a unique cultural experience that engages audiences with a quality artistic program, world-class cuisine, and the stunning natural environment unique to Noosa. Established in 2002 by prominent Australian playwright David Williamson, his wife Kristin and former Berlin Philharmonic violinist Brett Dean, the festival continues to attract some of Australia's and the world's best artists, performers, writers, film-makers, musicians, environmentalists and commentators.
The 2008 program includes Amanda Muggleton, Max Gillies, Opera Australia, Circa, Geraldine Doogue, Barrie Cassidy, Maggie Beer, John Buchanan, Kaz Cooke, Hugh Mackay, Monsieur Camembert, The Idea of North, Sara Storer. Plus an extensive free community program including lots of school holiday activities for kids, teens and families.
Noosa's unique geography and village-style atmosphere provide the inspiring backdrop for this festival that offers visitors beautiful beaches and national parks, fabulous food and culture - nourishment for the body, mind and soul. A celebration that embraces diversity, The Noosa Longweekend presents a broad program of ticketed, low-cost and free events that entertains, enlivens and inspires its many different audiences.
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