May 24


06:00 pm - 07:30 pm

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Queensland Writers Centre


Red Box, Level 2

State Library of Queensland Stanley Place, South Brisbane, QLD 4101

South Brisbane, QLD, AU, 4101


Featuring A.S. Patric and Guests

Join Queensland Writers Centre as we invite A.S. Patric, Shelley Davidow, Amanda O’Callaghan, Jasmin McGaughey, Allanah Hunt, and Simon Cleary to read their work against the backdrop of the Brisbane River. Afterwards, there will also be a pop-up bookshop selling the works of the speakers, with an opportunity to have them signed by the authors themselves. Come for fine words and warm isolated, and stay for the cheap wine.


This is a Literary Salon. More information on program formats and level definitions can be found here.

About A.S. Patric

A.S. Patric’s debut novel, Black Rock White City, won the 2016 Miles Franklin. He has also published two story collections: Las Vegas for Vegans (shortlisted in the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards) and The Rattler & Other Stories. His stories are winners of the Ned Kelly Award and the Booranga Prize and twice published in Best Australian Stories. In November 2018 he published his third collection The Butcherbird Stories.

About Shelley Davidow 

Shelley Davidow is the award-winning author of 45 books. Writing across genres, recent titles include Shadow Sisters (University of Queensland Press, 2018), Whisperings in the Blood (University of Queensland Press, 2016), Playing with Words (co-authored with Paul Williams; Palgrave Macmillan, UK, 2016), and Fail Brilliantly (Familius, USA, 2017). Currently, she is a full-time academic at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

About Amanda O’Callaghan

Amanda OCallaghans short stories and flash fiction have been awarded and shortlisted in the Bath Flash Fiction Award, Flash 500, Carmel Bird Award, Aeon Award, Bristol Short Story Prize, and Fish Short Story Prize. She holds a PhD in English from UQ, and is a recipient of a Queensland Writers Fellowship. She lives in Brisbane. This Taste for Silence (UQP) is her debut collection. It will be launched on June 4th at Avid Reader. 

About Jasmin McGaughey

Jasmin McGaughey is an aspiring author and editor. She started her tertiary education in the world of psychology and justice, but after completing her degree she realised her passion is writing. Currently, Jasmin is studying a Masters of Writing, Editing and Publishing at The University of Queensland and working as an Editor Intern at black&write!

About Allanah Hunter

Allanah Hunt is a Barkindji creative writer who is finishing her PhD in Creative Writing at Anglia Ruskin University and is an editor intern at the State Library of Queensland. She has had several short stories published and has become the recipient of a Boundless mentorship. She likes to use writing to bring awareness to contemporary issues.

Simon Cleary

Simon Cleary is the author of three novels. His first novel, The Comfort of Figs (2008), is a genesis story for his adopted home of Brisbane, while also exploring the changes to landscape that come with the creation of cities. His experience hitch-hiking in Algeria during a civil war informed his second novel, Closer to Stone (2012), which deals with impacts of extreme beliefs. His third novel, The War Artist (2019), interrogates the human cost of war – for families and communities as well as for soldiers – and explores journeys of healing from trauma.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This event is for attendees aged 18 years and above. 

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Information on getting to the State Library of Queensland can be found here.

What can I bring into the event?

You don’t need to bring anything to this event other than your ticket!

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact us by phone on 07 3842 9922 or email us at

What’s the refund policy?

If Queensland Writers Centre cancels an event, we will try to reschedule it for a later date. If we cannot reschedule the event, or if you are unable to attend on the amended date, your payment will be refunded in full.
Except in special circumstances, if you cancel a booking for, or are unable to attend an event, workshop, seminar, or course, Queensland Writers Centre cannot provide a refund. You can contact us to discuss your situation on 07 3842 9922 or email us at

Terms and Conditions

All information is correct at the time of publication. We reserve the right to make changes to the advertised program information (including course content and tutors), but if this occurs, we will try to provide as much notice as possible.
We expect that all participants will behave respectfully and professionally towards their tutor and fellow students. We reserve the right to remove anyone who behaves in an aggressive or disruptive manner. If a participant is asked to leave the class on this basis, we will not offer a refund.
We cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or expense sustained by students as a result of an event or circumstance whether arising from natural cause, human agency or beyond our control otherwise.


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