The Zine and Indie Comic Symposium is a 3 day celebration of the zine and comic mediums. The ZICS fair includes: guest panels, workshops, and the zine and comic market.

When: 18 – 20 August 2017
Where: The Edge, State Library of Queensland
Cost: Free

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The Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University and the Australian Centre of Asia-Pacific Art (ACAPA), Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) would like to invite you to Perspectives: Asia seminar presented by Senator The Hon. Penny Wong, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Labor Senator for South Australia.

When: Thursday 3 August 2017, 12:30pm – 1:30pm (doors open at 12:00noon)
Where: Cinema A, Gallery of Modern Art, Stanley Place, South Brisbane
Cost: Free
Bookings essential.

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The Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival Inc was launched last year in 2016 to provide an international platform for our regional creatives to promote their work, and importantly, to attract creatives from around Australia and the world to showcase their work – to open our minds to new and exciting performers who are celebrated in regions such as Europe and Asia and yet are relatively unknowns in Australia.

When: 12 – 13 August 2017, 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Coolum Civic Centre and Jack Morgan Park, Coolum, Sunshine Coast
Cost: Various

Join The Angels band members Rick and John Brewster for the launch of their memoir The Angels – the authorised story of one of the biggest names in Australian rock’n’roll.

The Angels roared out of the 1970s with multi-platinum albums, hits and record-breaking tours. The band was formed by the trio of Rick and John Brewster and Doc Neeson. Songs from their classic albums are as pertinent today as they were when they were released, thanks to John and Rick, the genius songwriting team, who, together with Doc, generated some of the greatest rock ever produced in this country.

When: Monday 07 August, 6pm for a 6.30pm start
Where: In store at Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary Street, West End
Cost: $7.50
Bookings: ONLINE or 3846 3422

Tony Jones, one of Australia’s most admired journalists, has written a brilliantly compelling thriller, taking us from the savage mountains of Yugoslavia to Canberra’s brutal yet covert power struggles in a novel that’s intelligent, informed and utterly suspenseful.

When: Thursday 10 August, 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Where: The Greek Club, West End
Cost: $17.50
Bookings: ONLINE or 3846 3422

Join The Young & the Restless Bookclub as they host Kayla Rae Whitaker for the Brisbane launch of The Animators. Funny and heartbreaking by turn, The Animators is a dazzling story of female friendship, the cost of a creative life, and the secrets that can undo us.

When: Thursday 10 August, 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Where: Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary Street, West End
Cost: $7.50
Bookings: ONLINE or 3846 3422

Too Right: Politically incorrect opinions too dangerous to be published except that they were is a satirical state of the union delivered by the most marginalised voice in Australian media: an angry, white male. Move over Alan Jones and Andrew Bolt, Australia’s leading conservative privileged white man has arrived. And even better, he’s written a masterpiece that dismantles every loony left – or even vaguely moderate – political argument ever made in this country!

In Too Right, Peter Chudd, Australia’s most controversial far-right columnist tells it like it is, unafraid of who’s ‘offended’ by his ‘poorly researched’ opinions. Global warming? The only thing warming the world is the hot air from environmentalists. And what would climate scientists know about climate science anyway? Welfare? Well, that’s anything but, well, fair. Racism? Every columnist has a right to be a bigot – and how dare people dismissive him as a ‘white man’.

When: Friday 11 August, 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Where: Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary Street, West End
Cost: $7.50
Bookings: ONLINE or 3846 3422

Join Tex Perkins for the launch of his memoir Tex. Singer. Songwriter. Swamp child. Soul man. Tex Perkins is a true rock’n’roll animal. In this loud, uncut, no-holds-barred, laugh-out-loud, and take-no-prisoners memoir, the enigmatic king of the Australian music underground lays bare an extraordinary life lived on the road, on the stage, and on the edge.

Raised a bible-thumping Catholic and beaten bloody on the streets of Brisbane for being a “cow-punk”, skinny Gregory Perkins flees to Sydney and mutates into “Tex”, rogue leader of The Dums Dums, Thug and Salamander Jim before finding a strange kind of success, celebrity, sex symboldom, and icon status as Tex Perkins, snake-hipped, honey-voiced, often bloodied frontman of influential Aussie bands the Cruel Sea, Beasts of Bourbon and Tex, Don & Charlie… and inventor of “Zoneball”.

When: Wednesday 9 August, 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Where: The Greek Club, West End
Cost: $17.50 ticket, $35 book, $42.50 ticket & book (save $10)
Bookings: ONLINE  or 3846 3422

Julian Burnside, QC Australian barrister is launching his book at the Greek Club. Rich with fascinating case studies, and eloquent in its defence of civil society, Watching Out is a beacon of legal liberalism in an intemperate age.
When put to the test, most people have difficulty identifying what justice is, especially when there is tension between proper process and a desired result. Due process is inherent in our conception of justice. But bad process can yield the right result, just as good process can produce the wrong result. The legal system is designed to produce justice. We call it the justice system — sometimes un-selfconsciously, sometimes with bitter irony. It is designed to produce justice according to law. Whether it achieves that goal is not the subject of general agreement.

When: Monday 7 August, 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Where: The Greek Club, West End
Cost: $17.50 ticket, $30
Bookings: ONLINE or 3846 3422

Have you always loved writing? Do enjoy inventing exciting characters and plots? Do you have great ideas but sometimes get stuck? Join Deborah Abela, author of over 20 novels, as she takes you through a series of fun activities to help you become a better writer. You will explore the writing process from developing ideas, to planning outlines and, most importantly, creating characters and plots readers will love.

Where: Meeting Room 1.B, State Library of Queensland
When: 10:30 – 12:30pm, Sunday 6 August 2017
Cost: $20 Book Links member (ie family is a member), $25 non-members


Writing for children can be fun and rewarding but most of it is simply hard work and a lot of practice. Join children’s author, Deborah Abela, author of over 20 novels, as she takes you through a practical, hands-on session of writing activities to hone the skills you need to write for kids. Deborah loves what she does and is keen to share her experiences of and insights into this specialised and incredibly exciting profession. 12:30 – 2:00pm.

When: 12.30 – 2pm, Saturday 5 August
Where: Meeting Room 1.B, State Library of Queensland
Cost: $15 Book Links members, $25 non-members


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
  • After borrowing, fill out the feedback form and email to

Join author Mocco Wollert for the launch her hilarious Darwin memoir Bloody Bastard Beautiful at the Community Centre, Keperra Retirement Village.

When: 2:30pm to 4:00pm, Sunday 23 July 2017
Where: Community Centre, Keperra Retirement Village, 998 Samford Road, Keperra.

At the Townsville Writers and Publishers Centre in Riverway Arts Centre writers groups meet regularly to workshop the craft of writing. They are supportive and friendly communities to belong to and there are opportunities for collaborative projects but no expectations to do so.

Venue: Riverway Arts Centre 20 Village Boulevard, Thuringowa Central, meet in the foyer a few minutes prior.

For information: 0409 121 221

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Romance and Commercial Fiction Writers Group

The heart of any romantic with a pen in hand is more than welcome to this new exciting writers group to share works and advice. As the name suggests, this group is aimed for the romantically inclined creative writer who would like to engage with other passionate wordsmiths who enjoy the genre.

When: the fourth Wednesday of the month 7pm – 9pm (meet in the foyer a few minutes before 7pm)


Speculative Fiction Writers Group

Dipping into all genres of fantasy and fiction, the Speculative Fiction Writers’ Group offers support and publishing opportunities, often in the form of collaborative anthologies. The latest project headed by TWPC member Marley is focused on the diverse lore of the mythological vampire, utilising all perspectives of the participating writers to create a collection of fictional works detailing vampires throughout history. The group is not just limited to one project however so those who are eager to engage in our local literary community, produce works and further develop as a potential author are always welcome to come along.

When: Tuesday fortnightly 7pm – 9pm (meet in the foyer a few minutes before 7pm)


Verb Writers Group

The Verb Writers group is all about writers and poets who are interested in connecting with like-minded creatives, developing skills and receiving feedback on their personal works. Run by Ariella van Luyn, lecturer in creative writing at JCU, this popular group gives useful tips on publishing opportunities, how to effectively dedicate time for your creative work and get the most out of your literary passion. This group also regularly engages in collaborative writing projects, so if you have yet to explore what Verb has to offer and wish to join the tribe; you are encouraged to give it a try.

When: second Thursday of the month 6.30pm – 8.30pm (meet in foyer a few minutes before 6.30pm)


Emerge Writers Group

Emerge presents an opportunity for interested students and teenagers to get involved in the community and extend their passion for writing and find their own tribe among like-minded writers. If you are between the ages of 13 to 17 or know of someone who would like to participate, please feel welcome to join this great opportunity to learn new forms of creative writing as well as the tools needed for any young aspiring author.

Where: online

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The Townsville Cultural Festival is a not-for-profit community festival organised by the Townsville Intercultural Centre. The festival showcases the diversity of Australian music, food, arts and culture, bringing tens of thousands of people together each year in celebration of life itself. Performing groups will be offering everything from folk, blues, hip-hop and punk, to Indigenous Australian music and dance, drum circles, fire shows, cabaret, poetry, theatre and traditional dance groups from around the world. Over 100 food and market stalls from around the world, will offer arts and crafts, cuisines, fashion and produce, and around the grounds you will find art features, interactive games, roving performers, show rides, yarning circle, henna tattoo stalls and gypsy fortune tellers. Join us in this celebration of Unity in Diversity.

Venue: 1 James Cook Drive, Douglas

For information call: 07- 4772 4800

Richard Flanagan joins Richard Fidler in conversation for a reflection on the writer’s life, career and his new novel First Person. To write his most recent novel Richard drew deeply from personal experiences to explore the vexed question of what is truth? In this blistering story of a ghostwriter haunted by his demonic subject, the Man Booker Prize winner turns to lies, crime and literature with devastating effect.

When: 7pm, Wednesday 11 October 2017
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre
Cost: $35 / 30

Join us as Kim Scott speaks in conversation with Melissa Lucashenko about his new novel, Taboo.

From the two-time winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award comes a work charged with ambition and poetry, brutality and mystery, about a young woman cast into a drama that has been playing for over two hundred years. Be sure not to miss this opportunity to hear from one of Australia’s most powerful literary voices.

Taboo tells the story of a group of Noongar people who revisit, for the first time in many decades, a taboo place: the site of a massacre that followed the assassination, by these Noongar’s descendants, of a white man who had stolen a black woman. They come at the invitation of Dan Horton, the elderly owner of the farm on which the massacres unfolded. He hopes that by hosting the group he will cleanse some moral stain from the ground on which he and his family have lived for generations. But the sins of the past will not be so easily expunged. Taboo is a novel of return, and of healing; of renewal, as well as destruction; and,ultimately, of hope as much as despair.

When: 6.30pm on Monday 7th August
Where: Riverbend Books. 193 Oxford Street, Bulimba
Cost: $8
Bookings: 3899 8555, in person, Online

Local designer Tahn Scoon has written a beautiful new book, and she’s coming to Riverbend to tell us all about it! Join us as we take a look through Luxe Vintage, and benefit from Tahn’s extensive design knowledge.

Home Beautiful stylist Tahn Scoon will share her insider styling tips on how to add warmth and luxe to rooms, without breaking the bank. Discover some of the tricks Tahn uses to make a home ‘magazine worthy’ and learn how to apply them to your home. Luxe Vintage is a beautifully illustrated interiors book packed full of inspirational ideas, practical decorating advice and step-by-step projects.

Come along  and meet this style-savvy local author – and be sure to bring along any questions you have about how to luxe up your living space!

When: Wednesday 2nd August at 6.30pm
Where: Riverbend Books. 193 Oxford Street, Bulimba
Cost: $8
Bookings: 3899 8555, in person, Online

Join co-authors David Peetz and Georgina Murray for the launch of Women, Labor Segmentation and Regulation: Varieties of Gender Gaps. This book re-shapes thinking on ‘gender gaps’—differences between men and women in their incomes, their employment and their conditions of work. It shows how the interaction between regulation distance and content, labor segmentation and norms helps us understand various aspects of gender gaps.

It brings together leading authors from industrial relations, sociology, politics, and feminist economics, who outline the roles the family, state public policy, trade unions and class play in creating gender gaps, and consider the lessons from international comparisons.  While many studies have focused on the role of society or organisations, this book also pays attention to the role of occupations in promoting and reinforcing gender gaps, discussing groups such as apparel outworkers, film and video workers, care workers, public-sector professionals like librarians, chief executives, academics, and coal miners.

This book will be of interest to practitioners, policy makers, academics and students interested in understanding why inequality between men and women persists today—and what might be done about it.

When: Tuesday 25 July, 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Where: Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary Street, West End
Cost: Free
Bookings: RSVPs essential – ONLINE or 3846 3422

Join Andrew McMillien, with a salon of emerging writers, in-conversation with Rusty Young, the international bestselling author of Marching Powder, to discuss his novel Colombiano – a novel that blends fact and fiction in the unpredictable world of post-Escobar Colombia.

For seven years Rusty Young lived and worked in Colombia, interviewing special forces soldiers, snipers, undercover intelligence agents, and members of two vicious terrorist organisations – the FARC and Autodefensas. During this time he was both shocked and touched by the stories of child soldiers he encountered. He vowed to one day turn their tales into a book and let their voices be heard.

Colombiano is an epic tale of rural villages held to ransom, of jungle drug labs, cocaine supermarkets, witch doctors, and buried millions; of innocent teenage love, barbaric torture, and meticulously planned revenge. Superbly told and by turns gripping, poignant, and darkly comic, Colombiano is the remarkable story of a boy whose moral descent becomes a metaphor for the corruption of an entire nation. Both blockbuster thriller and electrifying coming-of-age story, Rusty Young’s powerful novel is also a meditation on the redeeming power of love.

When: Friday 4 August, 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Where: Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary Street, West End
Cost: $7.50
Bookings: RSVP ONLINE or 3846 3422

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