ABC Radio Brisbane’s Rhianna Patrick is in conversation with Ann-Marie Priest this International Women’s Day, where they’ll discuss Ann-Marie’s latest book, A Free Flame: Australian Women Writers and Vocation in the Twentieth Century. The book explores the lives of four women, Gwen Harwood, Dorothy Hewett, Christina Stead and Ruth Park, who all went on to become notable Australian writers.

Where: Avid Reader

When: 8 March, 6.00pm

Cost: $7.50

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Join Di Farmer as she launches artist Debra Hood’s new book Confetti, which celebrates Bulimba homes and the people who occupy them.

Where: Riverbend Books

When: Thursday 22 February, 6.30pm

Cost: FREE but bookings essential

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Queensland Poetry Festival will be showcasing contemporary Australian voices from both the page and stage for Riverbend’s first poetry series of 2018. Featured poets include Raelee Lancaster, Phillip Hall, Ofa Fanaika, and Jeanine Leane – get in quick as the event regularly sells out.

Where: Riverbend

When: 27 February, 6.30pm

Cost: $8.00

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From the big names in Asian Australian literature to emerging authors you are yet to discover, join local writers Yen-Rong Wong and Mirandi Riwoe as they share their top picks to set you on your reading journey and discuss some of their own experiences as Asian Australian writers.

Where: Brisbane Square Library

When: Sunday 25 February, 11am-12noon

Cost: FREE

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Legendary Australian showman Dave Graney returns to the page with his third book, Workshy, revealing the lengths he has gone to avoid anything that really feels like work. From his childhood in South Australia to the punk rock scene of 1980s London, he’ll divulge how he worked very hard at not working at all.

Where: Avid Reader

When: 22 February, 6.00pm

Cost: $7.50

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Join author David Luhrs for the launch of his debut novel 10 Wilson Street.

Where: Avid Reader

When: Tuesday, 20 February, 6-8pm

Cost: FREE

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Join Mark and Tom Delaney for the launch of their book Low Carbon and Loving It, an ordinary person’s, easy-to-read guide to climate change.

Where: Avid Reader

When: Friday, 16 February, 6.00pm

Cost: Free, but RSVP essential

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Former Australian Greens leader Christine Milne interweaves the personal and political to recount a truly inspirational life. A famously private woman, this is not the Christine Milne you’ve seen before. Join Christine in-conversation with Venero Armanno as she shares her story of Australian politics as told in her book An Activist Life.

Where: Brisbane Square Library

When: Wednesday 14 February, 6-7pm

Cost: FREE

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Join Dr. Charlie Corke as he speaks about one of life’s most important decisions and his new book Letting Go: How to Plan for a Good Death.

‘Too frequently, we leave it too late to start to think — but a crisis is never the best time for careful thought.’

Where: Avid Reader

When: 12 February, 6.00pm

Cost: $7.50

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The Illegitimate Adventures of a Theatrical Eccentric is a funny and engaging biography that romps through a history of the times from the perspective of one who made the most of his eclectic talents. Virginia will talk about her experiences writing this biography of her great grandfather.

Where: Brisbane Square Library

When: Sunday 11 February, 11am-12noon

Cost: FREE

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Riverbend welcomes comedian and radio and television personality Meshel Laurie to celebrate the release of her book, Buddhism for Unbelievably Busy. Drawing on her long and varied career (from working front desk at a brothel to anchoring a drive-time radio show), Meshel shares her own experiences with wit and wisdom and details the principles she’s learnt as a practicing Buddhist.

Where: Riverbend

When: 8 February, 6.30pm

Cost: $8.00

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Cass Moriarty is in-conversation with author Kali Napier discussing her novel The Secrets at Ocean’s Edge. Inspired by the author’s own family history, The Secrets at Ocean’s Edge is a haunting, memorable and moving tale of one family’s search for belonging.

Where: Avid Reader

When: Thursday, 8 February, 6.00pm

Cost: Free, but RSVP essential

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Join Lee Holmes as she returns to Riverbend to launch her new book Supercharge Your Gut! to kick you into shape for the new year.

Where: Riverbend Books

When: Wednesday 7 February, 6.30pm

Cost: $8.00

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Join Janita Cunnington, author of The River House, as she discusses her new novel set in Brisbane, Child of Mine.

Where: Brisbane Square Library

When: Sunday 4 February, 11am-12noon

Cost: FREE

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Songbirds of Childers is a free singer/songwriting workshop for Women from the Childers and Surrounding area. Join Melinda Wells and Roz Pappalardo as they lead you through a relaxed and fun song-writing workshop inspired by our own stories. Participants and lead artists will be recorded in a studio with a performance locally at The Paragon Theatre and potentially in Brisbane in April 2018.

Where: Vintners Secret Winery

When: 24-27 January, 1-5pm

Cost: Free

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Lynette Noni launches her fourth book in The Medoran Chronicles. As part of Riverbend’s Read Like a Girl program in 2018, the launch gives you the chance to obtain a copy of the book and have it signed one week prior to its release in bookstores.

Where: Mount Alvernia College

When: 25 January, 5.30pm

Cost: Free

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The Rockhampton Regional Council Library Service is calling for expressions of interest from speculative authors, graphic artists, poets and artists to attend the annual CapriCon 2018 Steampunk and Pop Culture Convention on Saturday 7 April 2018.

Authors and other creative industries will have pride of place at the convention at the Rockhampton Regional Library in our Authors Alley. The free convention provides a great opportunity to sell your books or works to a very responsive audience. This year our conference attracted 6500 visitors to the one day event and we anticipate a significant increase in numbers for our 2018 convention. Authors are provided with a table, chairs and a display board, and in some cases an opportunity to speak in a panel will also be offered.

Please contact Ann-Maree Dyer, Client Services Supervisor at Rockhampton Regional Libraries (libraries@rrc.qld.gov.au / 07 4936 8297) before 2 February 2018 to secure your spot.

For those who haven’t come along to a Race before here’s what you need to know: A Writing Race is a self-directed, one-hour writing session done in the company of online peers.

The Race takes the form of a comment stream within the Writing Race Event created on the AWM Facebook page. Just ‘join’ the event and then comment in the stream on the ‘AWM Writing Race’ Page. Once the race starts, you write at your own pace (or edit or scene plan or research) until the end of the hour.

Invite your friends and remember there are Races scheduled every week!

When: Every Wednesday evening, 8pm

Where: Online

Cost: Free

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A monthly cafe reading series for the over worked and under appreciated writer. Come along to Wild Readings at Mu’ooz Restaurant and read a short extract of your work to a live audience. Wild Readings is a free monthly reading series aiming to give everyone’s writing an airing regardless of genre, media or publishing status. Look for our Facebook page facebook.com/wildreadings or just send us a sample of your work at wildreadings@yahoogroups.com and we’ll take it from there.

When: third Tuesday evening of every month, 6.30pm for 7-8 pm
Where: Mu’ooz, 54 Mollison Street, West End
Cost: free

Book Links’ Travelling Suitcases are filled with interesting and curious keepsakes from five of Queensland’s top children’s book authors and illustrators as well as a new case for Australian Children’s Laureate Jackie French. They include their books; edited manuscripts and a DVD of the artists at works.  Activities to use in the classroom and in public libraries are included to extend Literature and Arts learning.  The Travelling Suitcases will be of particular use to regional, rural and remote schools, and public libraries who have limited or no access to visiting authors and illustrators.

Jackie French – author of picture books, junior, and young adult novels, Australian Children’s Laureate 2014- 1015, and 2015 Senior Australian of the Year

Narelle Oliver – author and illustrator of picture books for all ages

Kerry Argent –  illustrator of picture books for young children

Gregory Rogers – author and illustrator of picture books for all ages

James Moloney – author of junior and young adult novels

Michael Gerard Bauer – author of junior and young adult novels

How the program works:

  • Each suitcase can be borrowed for 5 weeks.
  • It is free, but each borrower is required to pay the forwarding postage to the next borrower or the Book Links office.
  • Fill out the TS booking form 2014 for schools and libraries, and email to info@booklinks.org.au
  • After borrowing, fill out the feedback form and email to info@booklinks.org.au
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