You Am I frontman, Tim Rogers’ iconic album, What Rhymes With Cars and Girls is brought to life in this feel-good musical love story. Performed with a live band led by Rogers, What Rhymes with Cars and Girls is an intimate musical jewel that sees two lovers brought together by a conjunction of the stars and a pizza delivery gone weird.

It’s a raw and complex urban romance – a balm for the hardest of hearts, and solace for anyone who has ever been in love. Playwright Aidan Fennessy has threaded these beautiful songs across the class divide to create a stunning new tale of contemporary love in Australia.

When:  25 October– 04 November 2017

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Profoundly moving as well as wickedly funny, The Life to Come reveals how the shadows cast by both the past and the future can transform, distort and undo the present. This extraordinary novel by Miles Franklin-winning author Michelle de Kretser will strike to your soul. 

 When : Tuesday 03 October, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where : Loft West End, 100 Boundary St, West End

Cost: $17.50, ticket & book (save $10.00) – $40.50. 

Purchase online here or call 3846 3422

 ABC Radio National’s Books & Arts Sarah Kanowski is in-conversation at the Loft West End with Michelle de Kretser discussing her new novel The Life To Come. 

Set in Sydney, Paris and Sri Lanka, The Life to Come is a mesmerising novel about the stories we tell and don’t tell ourselves as individuals, as societies and as nations. It feels at once firmly classic and exhilaratingly contemporary.

 Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia when she was 14. Educated in Melbourne and Paris, Michelle has worked as a university tutor, an editor and a book reviewer. She is the author of The Rose Grower, The Hamilton Case, which won the Commonwealth Prize (SE Asia and Pacific region) and the UK Encore Prize, and The Lost Dog, which was widely praised by writers such as AS Byatt, Hilary Mantel and William Boyd and won a swag of awards, including: the 2008 NSW Premier’s Book of the Year Award and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, and the 2008 ALS Gold Medal. The Lost Dog was also shortlisted for the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, the Western Australian Premier’s Australia-Asia Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Asia-Pacific Region) and Orange Prize’s Shadow Youth Panel. It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her last novel, Questions of Travel, received 14 honours, including winning the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

 For more information about this or any other Avid Reader Event contact Krissy or Madeleine at or call 3846 3422


Join Victoria Carless as she discusses her new young adult novel The Dream Walker, her writing process and gives writing advice.

Sixteen-year-old Lucy Hart has been counting the days till she can get the hell out of Digger’s Landing – a small Queensland fishing hamlet home to fifteen families, a posse of mongrel dogs, and Parkers Corner Store (no apostrophe and nowhere near a corner). But just like the tides Lucy’s luck is on the turn, and as graduation nears her escape plans begin to falter; her best friend, Polly, is dropping out of school to help pay the bills, and Tom has been shipped off to boarding school, away from the flotsam of this place. And then there’s Lucy’s nightlife, which is filled with dreams that just don’t seem to belong to her at all . . .

 When the fish stop biting, like they did when her mum was still around, Lucy realises she isn’t the only one with a secret.

 ‘A surreal story set in a real world, a town failing to make ends meet, where everyone is fighting for survival against each other… It is a story that has moments of hope and moments of darkness.’ The Book Muse

 Victoria Carless is a published playwright and holds a PhD in creative writing. Sometimes she teaches and works in libraries. Victoria lives in Brisbane with her family and two dogs. The Dream Walker is her first novel.

When: Friday 22 September, 1:00-2:00pm

Where: Where the Wild Things Are Bookshop, 191 Boundary Street, West End

Cost: Free

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OzAsia Festival partners with Open State to present a daylong series of transcultural, transmedia events. Writing China is a literary banquet of sound, text and image from Australia and Greater China – fill your plate and think outside the takeaway box.

When:  Sun 8 Oct 11am – 6pm

Where: Open State Hub, Victoria Square

Cost: Free

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Have fun creating memorable realistic characters with acclaimed YA author Christine Bongers. Learn how to develop complex layers in your main character, by getting inside their heads. Discover the power of humour, back story, motivation, desires and fears in creating characters that leap off the page and into your heart.  

 Christine Bongers is a former broadcast journalist who is now happier writing fiction. She has published three critically acclaimed novels for young people. Intruder, her latest novel for teens, won the DAVITT Award for Best Debut Crime Book and was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers. Dust was a CBCA Notable Book and Highly Commended in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Children’s fiction. Henry Hoey Hobson was short-listed for the CBCA Book of the Year, the Qld Premier’s Literary Awards and the WA Premier’s Book Awards. Christine loves sharing her love of reading and writing and never lets the truth get in the way of a good story.   

When: Friday 22 September, 10am – 12pm

Where: Where the Wild Things Are, 191 Boundary Street, West End

Cost: $7.50

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Fiction and non-fiction writers are invited to join internationally best-selling novel writer, Josephine Moon, to discover diverse ways to use food in story. This one-day course gives you a raft of new writing tools to approach food in your writing with more fun, depth and elegance. Bring your pages to life with mouthwatering descriptions and tantalising facts to hook your reader and keep them reading till the very last bite.

When: Sunday, 5 November 2017, 9am-4pm

Where: Cooroy (Noosa hinterland, Qld)


$110 -adults

$75 teens -(13-19)


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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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Queensland Theatre, in partnership with ABC Radio National presents the Queensland exclusive Women in Theatre forum.

Hosted by  ABC Radio National’s Books & Arts presenter Sarah Kanowski, and recorded for ABC Radio National, the forum asks four leading women of Australian theatre what it takes to build a sustainable career in their industry. Sarah will be joined on stage by Chenoa Deemal (The 7 Stages of Grieving), Marta Dusseldorp (A Place to Call Home), Joanna Murray-Smith (Bombshells) and Paige Rattray, Queensland Theatre’s Associate Artistic Director (Switzerland). Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment

When: 10 October, 6.30pm

Where: Bille Brown Studio, Queensland Theatre, South Brisbane

Cost: $20 non-subscriber, $15 subscriber, $10 student

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Storytelling is a powerful way of making sense of our lives, learning from our experiences and sharing wisdom with others. Through creative reflection and the shaping of our story, we gain a stronger sense of perspective and control over the past, a deeper connection with the present, and a clearer vision of the future.

Createplace is pleased to present a series of workshops offering a unique opportunity to explore storytelling techniques across a range of art forms, guided by expert mentors in arts and wellbeing.

Workshops include:

  • Your Story: Essential tools for beginner memoir writers
  • Quests and Voyages: Writing about where we’ve been and what we’ve learned
  • Change Your Story, Change Your Life: Possibilities for change using creating writing
  • Happily Ever After: Strategies for problem-solving through the lens of fairy tales
  • Your Voice: Digital storytelling for everyone
  • Sing About It: Songwriting for the absolute beginner
  • Poetry as Self-Care: Journey to beauty, joy and peace

When: sessions range from 8 October to 19 November

Where: State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane

Cost: $120 per session

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From love, fashion and family to infidelity, addiction and domestic violence, Marian Keyes has brought her unique brand of brilliance, compassion and humour to the most difficult subjects, and to the more light-hearted, in a writing career spanning 22 years. As a writer and commentator, Marian is loved by an extraordinarily broad cross-section of women, not least for her ability to be funny, honest and vulnerable about her own life.

Now, with her eagerly awaited thirteenth novel, The Break, she turns her attention to one of the most pervading issues of our times: how to sustain a long-term relationship and, with it, a very modern dilemma: would you consider taking ‘a break’ from your relationship?

Come along and have enjoy breakfast and a laugh with one of Ireland’s funniest literary voices.

When: 24 October, 7am

Where: Riverbend Books, Bulimba

Cost: $40

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Join six published local authors for an honest reflection on their paths to publishing and their experiences with either traditional publishing or self publishing.

We’ll be in conversation with Kylie Kaden, Maggie Christensen, David Bobis, Amy Andrews, Debbie Terranova, and Davide Cottone. These writers stretch the breadth of the traditional, hybrid, and indie publishing scenes. Book sales and signings available. Afternoon tea provided.

When: 21 October, 3pm

Where: The Letter Lounge, 110 Windsor Road, Red Hill, Brisbane

Cost: $18.76

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The Scone Literary Festival is a new writers festival that seeks to promote books and to nurture a love of literature, learning and writing. The festival motto is ‘Maintain the Page’. Featured guests include Peter FitzSimmons, Don Watson, Rosalie Ham and Melissa Lucashenko, among others.

When: 11 and 12 November

Where: Scone NSW, Upper Hunter Country

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Welcome to Moopertown! In Moopertown, everyone is special – in their own special way!

Join the Mooper team at Wild Things for a Super Workshop! There will be a reading, a Q&A and a sing along. You can learn some writing ideas from Fiona Harris (author) who will run a writing workshop and Scott Edgar (illustrator) will run an illustration workshop where everyone will create their own Super Mooper! To finish off, you will get to learn the Moopertown song!

Where: Where the Wild Thins Are Bookstore, 191 Boundary Street, West End

When: Thursday 21 September, 10am

Cost: Free. Bookings essential.

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Join bestselling author Tony Ryan as he discusses The Next Generation: Preparing Today’s Kids For An Extraordinary Future.

Today’s children will be an unprecedented global force—are they ready?

The Next Generation maps out the world of possibilities ahead for today’s young people and reveals the skills and habits they’ll need to take full advantage of their unique futures.

This book explores the evolution of “coming of age” in a world where teens are already an entrepreneurial force and shows you how to instil the talent, skills and instincts today’s children will need to make the most of their future.

When: Tuesday 26 September, 6pm

Where: Avid Reader Bookstore, 193 Boundary Street, West End

Cost: $7.50

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Connect with culture and engage with local Aboriginal storytellers these school holidays. Open to students from Grades 3 and 4, these free sessions invite children to hear traditional stories from the Glasshouse Mountains (Caboolture) and learn all about the sea and its creatures (Redcliffe).

When: Friday 29 September

Where: Caboolture and Redcliffe Public Libraries

Cost: Free

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Join Trent Jamieson who is in-conversation with Ben Peek discussing his novel The Godless the first in an exciting new fantasy series.

Ben Peek is the critically acclaimed author of The Godless and three previous novels Black SheepTwenty-Six Lies/One Truth, and Above/Below, co-written with Stephanie Campisi. He has also written a short story collection, Dead Americans. In addition to this, Peek is the creator of the short-lived psychogeography pamphlet, The Urban Sprawl Project. With the artist Anna Brown, he created the autobiographical comic Nowhere Near Savannah.

When: Monday 25 September, 6pm for 6.30pm start

Where: Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary Street, West End

Cost: $7.50. RSVP online.

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Artist Elizabeth Gould spent her life capturing the sublime beauty of birds the world had never seen before. But her legacy was eclipsed by the fame of her husband, John Gould. The Birdman’s Wife at last gives voice to a passionate and adventurous spirit who was so much more than the woman behind the man. Join poet, writer, birder and academic Melissa Ashley as she discusses her experiencing in writing her debut novel The Birdman’s Wife. Book by calling Brisbane Square Library on 3403 4166.

When: Sunday 24 September, 11am – 12pm

Where: Brisbane Square Library

Cost: Free

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Voting for The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year as part of the 2017 Queensland Literary Awards is now open.

The winning author will receive a $10 000 prize at the QLAs in October, with The Courier-Mail‘s sponsorship matched by funding from the Queensland Government.

The winner of The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year will be announced at the QLA ceremony, to be held at the State Library of Queensland on Wednesday 4 October.

The shortlist:

  • The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley (Affirm Press)
  • Vancouver by Nick Earls (Inkerman & Blunt)
  • Ghost Empire by Richard Fidler (HarperCollins)
  • A Hundred Small Lessons by Ashley Hay (Allen & Unwin)
  • Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms by Anita Heiss (Simon & Schuster)
  • To Prey and To Silence by Joan Isaacs (A and A Publishing)
  • For a Girl by Mary-Rose MacColl (Allen & Unwin)
  • Saltwater by Cathy McLennan (UQP)

When: Voting closes 25 September 2017

Where: vote online at

Join former ABC Classic FM classicist Eddie Ayres for the launch of Danger Music – a remarkable story about the power of music and courage to be one’s self.

Eddie Ayres has a lifetime of musical experience – from learning the viola as a child in England and playing with the Hong Kong Philharmonic for many years, to learning the cello in his thirties and landing in Australia to present an extremely successful ABC Classic FM morning radio show. But all of this time Eddie was Emma Ayres.

In 2014 Emma was spiralling into a deep depression, driven by anguish about her gender. She quit the radio, travelled, and decided on a surprising path to salvation – teaching music in a war zone. Emma applied for a position at Dr Sarmast’s renowned Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, teaching cello to orphans and street kids.

In Danger Music, Eddie takes us through the bombing and chaos of Kabul, into the lives of the Afghan children who are transported by Bach, Abba, Beethoven and their own exhilarating Afghan music. Alongside these epic experiences, Emma determines to take the final steps to secure her own peace; she becomes the man always there inside. In 2016, Emma became Eddie.


Danger Music is Eddie’s second book following Cadence: Travels with Music. He is currently writing a children’s book which will be published in 2018.

When: Wednesday 27 September, 6pm for a 6:30pm start

Where: Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary Street, West End

Cost: Free – RSVPs essential ONLINE or 3846 3422

Join a Salon of emerging writers when Ben Hobson is in-conversation with Rachel Leary discussing her novel Bridget Crack.

Van Diemen’s Land, 1826. A desperate convict flees into the wilderness. But the land that hides her will show her no mercy.

A brilliant literary debut from a writer of rare talent.

When: Thursday 28 September, 6pm for a 6:30pm start

Where: Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary Street, West End

Cost: $7.50 – RSVP ONLINE or 3846 3422

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