Mhairead MacLeod‘s historical novel The False Men will be published in September 2017 in the UK. The manuscript of The False Men was developed in the 2013 QWC/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program.  

Amanda O’Callaghan‘s Things has been long-listed for the 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize.

Mocco Wollert is launching her memoir Bloody Bastard Beautiful at the Community Centre, Keperra Retirement Village on Sunday 23 July, 2017.

Fiona Robertson is the recipient of a Katharine Susannah Prichard Fellowship for 2017.

In November 2016 Andrea Gallagher released her first published book, Superstar Grandmas, and sent the second, Mega-rad Grandads, to print (due for release in early 2017).

Anna Daniels‘ Vogel shortlisted romantic comedy Girl In Between with Allen & Unwin was launched at Riverbend Books, Bulimba on Thursday 27 April at 6.30pm.

Brian Robertson has published his memoir A Gordon For Me with Ringwood Publishing about his time in the Gordon Highlanders Regiment during the Cyprus Emergency. More information is available at

Pauline Sorensen has won the 2016-17 Stringybark Short Story Award with her story A Nice Boy. This will be published in an anthology of the same name, along with stories from other finalists.

Denise Neville writing as Neive Denis released Connections in April, and writing as Kayla Danoli released On the Way to Istanbul in May.

Cathy McLennan was shortlisted for the Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year in the 2017 ABIA Awards for  Saltwater, published by University of Queensland Press.

Victoria Carless is launching her debut young adult novel The Dream Walker at Avid Reader from 6:00pm on Thursday 29 June, 2017.

Anni Webster has been accepted into the HARDCOPY 2017 professional development program to develop her nonfiction manuscript Imagining Isabella. HARDCOPY is a special initiative of the ACT Writers Centre and funded by the Australia Council for the Arts.

Mehran Rafiei‘s memoir A Persian Odyssey has been published by CreateSpace (Amazon).

Luise Manning has released her new children’s picture book Turtle Needs Help on World Turtle Day, 23 May 2017. This is available through her website

Robert Morris has co-edited and released the final edition of small packages, a pocket-size magazine including poetry, art work and interviews. Small packages, issue 12 was published in November 2016 and reprinted in March 2017.

Kelly Mether‘s short story Wittenoom was Highly Commended in the 2017 Nature Conservancy Australia Nature Writing Prize.

Sarah Williams has published her rural romance novel The Brothers of Brigadier Station with Serenade Publishing.

Karenlee Thompson was a finalist in the 2017 Tasmanian Writers’ Prize for Alice … Incomplete. Her short story will be included in the Forty South Short Story Anthology 2017 to be launched in September.

Anna Daniel‘s debut romantic-comedy novel Girl in Between was published by Allen & Unwin and released in April, 2017.

Mocco Wollert‘s poem Golden Penda Autumn was published in the May issue of Positive Words.

Theresa Smith‘s fifth novel Lemongrass Bay was released on 14 May, 2017. This novel was developed towards publication by Theresa as part of QWC’s Year of the Edit program for 2016/17.

Robin Storey has published her sixth book, the suspense noir fiction A Time for Penance on Amazon in May 2017.

Sandy Driessens has published her fourth children’s book Butterfly Breeze, one of three winners in the Book Links Online Pop Up Butterflies in Brisbane Writing and Illustrating Competition. Written and illustrated by Sandy, Butterfly Breeze is inspired by the butterfly migration through Brisbane in November 2016.

Mocco Wollert‘s Rain Sonnet has been published in the April edition of SCOPE.

Deputy Premier the Hon. Jacklyn (Jackie) Trad will launch Lesley Synge‘s Wharfie, a biography of Brisbane unionist and activist Wal Stubbings, at Avid Reader on 25 May, 2017. Lesley Synge is both co-author and publisher.

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