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Level 2, State Library of Queensland Stanley Place, South Brisbane, QLD 4101

South Brisbane, QLD, AU, 4101

Literary Salon with Ryan O’Neill and Magnificent Guests

Join Prime Minister’s Literary Award winner Ryan O’Neill, Laura Elvery, Simon Groth, Grace Lucas-Pennington, Carmen Leigh Keates, and Adam Hadley for fine words, warm anecdotes and cheap wine.


Literary salon. More information on program formats and level definitions can be found here.

About Ryan O’Neill

Ryan O’Neill was born in Glasgow in 1975, and lived in Africa, Europe and Asia before settling in Newcastle, Australia, with his wife and two daughters. His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Meanjin and Best Australian Stories. He is the author of the short story collection The Weight of a Human Heart and Their Brilliant Careers, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Miles Franklin Award and won the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for fiction.

About Carmen Leigh Keates

Carmen Leigh Keates won the 2015 Whitmore Press manuscript prize, leading to the publication of her debut poetry collection, the cinema-themed Meteorites, which was shortlisted for the 2017 QLD Literary Awards. Carmen is co-editor of Foam:e online poetry journal. She has a PhD in writing from UQ and works at QUT.

About Simon Groth

Simon Groth is a writer and editor whose books include Concentrate and Off The Record: 25 Years of Music Street Press. His first two novels were shortlisted in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and his short fiction has been published in Australia and the United States. Simon is director of if:book Australia, a leading developer of experimental publishing and exploration.

About Laura Elvery

Laura Elvery is a writer from Brisbane. She has been published in Griffith ReviewThe Big Issue Fiction Edition, Review of Australian Fiction and Award Winning Australian Writing. Laura’s debut short story collection, “Trick of the Light”, will be released by UQP in March.

About Grace Lucas-Pennington

Grace Lucas-Pennington is a young Aboriginal woman of Bundjalung/European descent. Growing up, she spent her time between Northern NSW and the Logan/Brisbane area. Grace is interested in publishing, politics, media, social justice, and the arts. She is passionate about First Nations writing, and promoting our stories. Grace has a position with the Black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing Project as an Editor. Her poem An Arrival was highly commended in the 2017 Oodgeroo Noonuccal Poetry Prize.

About Adam Hadley

Adam Hadley is a Brisbane based crime writer, poet and MC who has performed at the Sydney Opera House, The Cloncurry Merry Muster and Rodeo, The Queensland Poetry Festival, and the Alice Springs Writers Festival, where a leather daddy nearly choked him to death with a fistful of Pavlova. He has sold stories to The Fanciful Fiction Auxiliary, Killeroo and Decay Magazine. In 2016 he was accepted into the Hardcopy manuscript development program run by the ACT Writers Centre to workshop his novel Grim Harvest, a psychopulp western set in North Queensland.


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

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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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