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DR SUSAN CARLAND is an Australian academic, author and feminist, who is best known for her ongoing media presence speaking on her academic speciality of women in Islam. She has a PhD from Monash University’s School of Social Sciences, where she is a lecturer and researcher at Monash University’s National Centre for Australian Studies. Susan is a regular paper reviewer and a panellist on numerous TV programs. In 2017 she was listed on the official ‘Who’s Who of Australian Women’ and has also been named on the ‘500 Most Influential Muslims in the World’ list. Susan is an ambassador for the charity Possible Dreams International, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, and is also a certified scuba diver! For those who don’t know, Susan is married to popular Australian writer, academic, lawyer, media presenter, musician and host of ‘The Project’, Waleed Aly. He did well there. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)

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This page is devoted to events and activities of interest to writers, illustrators and readers! Go to entries below the quick list for more detailed information.

  • It’s back! This year, the BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL celebrates The Big Stories (and the little ones in between) with over 100 authors coming to Brisbane to celebrate our shared love of literature. Head for the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) and other venues in the Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane. The BWF is ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 10 September 2017.
  • For those who can’t get into the city, once again the BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL (in cooperation with BBC and Logan libraries) will bring FREE BWF AUTHOR TALKS to your local Brisbane and Logan North Libraries on Friday, 8 September and Saturday, 9 September 2017. Please see the listing for details of who will be where and when.
  • MARIA LEWIS hosts a free day of interaction with young adult fiction superstars and fresh voices in LOVE YA!, BWF’s annual celebration of Young Adult fiction, at the Brisbane Square Library on Saturday, 9 September 2017 from 11.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
  • Join author CHRISTINE WELLS as she discusses her novel of passion, intrigue and betrayal – The Traitor’s Girl, at the Banyo Library on Saturday, 9 September 2017.

 

The Event: THE BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 10 September 2017.

Venue: Throughout the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) and other venues in the Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane. If you don’t know your way around, go to the BWF Website at http://uplit.com.au for directions and a map.

Cost: Some events are ticketed and some are free. Pick up a program at Brisbane City Council libraries or at the State Library of Queensland. Also view the BWF program here http://uplit.com.au/festival/brisbane-writers-festival-2017/programBWF Tickets: http://uplit.com.au/festival/brisbane-writers-festival-2017/buy-ticketsIf you need to contact the festival for some reason, find BWF details at  http://uplit.com.au/festival/uplit/about/contact.

What’s happening: This year, the BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL celebrates The Big Stories (and the little ones in between). CEO and Artistic Director of the BWF, Zoe Pollock, says that Brisbane will welcome over 100 authors this year to celebrate our shared love of literature and the lifelong enrichment reading can give us.

Who’s coming, you ask? For pictures and biographies of the writers you know and love, along with many you are yet to discover, there are two web pages to visit: for BWF Participants: http://uplit.com.au/festival/brisbane-writers-festival-2017/writers, and for Word Play writers http://uplit.com.au/festival/word-play-2017/writers-1.

At this year’s event, Graham Hookey has brought to life Alexis Wright’s seminal novel Carpentaria through a large-scale interpretive artwork. You can immerse yourself in the world of Carpentaria through a program of performance and talks in an incredible live literature experience. Don’t miss it!

 

The Event: MEET AUTHORS FROM THE BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL AT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

Date and time: Friday, 8 September and Saturday, 9 September 2017.

Venue: Brisbane Council Libraries and Logan Libraries (see below for dates and times and who’s coming). If you don’t know your way to the venue, go to the Brisbane City Council website at http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au for directions, phone the BCC switchboard on (07) 3403 8888, follow what’s happening on Twitter @BNElibraries and check out Facebook.com/BrisbaneLibraries. Also, go to http://uplit.com.au/festival/uplit/about/contact, but only if you really need to contact the festival for further information. Call TransLink on 13 12 30 for information on public transport to your local library.

Cost: FREE, but you need to register athttp://uplit.com.au to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Once again, the BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL, in partnership with BBC and Logan libraries, will bring FREE AUTHOR EVENTS across Brisbane and Logan for those who can’t get into the city. Go to BWF pages at http://uplit.com.au/festival/brisbane-writers-festival-2017/writers to read about the authors and their works. Here’s a rundown on who’ll be where:

Friday, 8 September 2017: DON WATSON, from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. at Garden City Library; CATHERINE McKINNON, from 11.00 a.m. to 12 noon at Annerley Library; SARAH SCHMIDT, from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. at Hamilton Library; REBE TAYLOR, from 4.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. at Bracken Ridge Library; CHRIS JOHNSTON and ROSIE JONES, from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 at Carindale Library; JOHN SAFRAN, from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. at Chermside Library.

Saturday, 9 September 2017: PATRICIA EDGAR and DON EDGAR, from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. at Fairfield Library; ROBERT DREWE, from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at Sunnybank Hills Library; MARK McKENNA, from 11.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. at Logan North Library; KERRIE DAVIES, from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. at Holland Park Library; CHARLES MASSY, from 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. at Coopers Plains Library.

 

The Event: BWF: LOVE YA! – FOR READERS AND WRITERS AND ALL WHO LOVE YOUNG ADULT FICTION

Date and time: Saturday, 9 September 2017 from 11.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Venue:Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane City. Visitors should ring the library on (07) 3403 4166 if they get lost, but you can’t register on this number (see below).

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential as places are limited. Don’t ring the library – register on http://www.uplit.com.au.

What’s happening: LOVE YA is a perennially popular event at the Brisbane Writers Festival for lovers and writers of Young Adult fiction, and it returns to the Brisbane Square Library in the city this September. Revel in the power of words to build, escape, destroy and imagine new worlds during this annual celebration of YA fiction. There will be panels, Q & As and book signings for lovers of the genre, no matter what age you are.

MARIA LEWIS hosts a free day of interaction with young adult fiction superstars and fresh voices. In addition to panels and talks there will be giveaways and games. Turn up for A GREAT ESCAPE at 11.00 a.m., OUT OF THIS WORLD at 12.45 p.m., GENESIS: THE CREATION OF A FANTASY WORLD at 2.30 p.m., and THE OLD KINGDOM at 4.15 p.m. To check out who’s coming and to register click on http://www.uplit.com.au.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR CHRISTINE WELLS

Date and time: Saturday, 9 September 2017 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

Venue: Banyo Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Banyo Library on (07) 3403 2200 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Join author CHRISTINE WELLS as she discusses her novel of passion, intrigue and betrayal – The Traitor’s Girl. What’s the plot? After receiving a mysterious summons from her long-lost grandmother, Australian teacher Annabel Logan agrees to visit her grandmother’s home in the Cotswolds.

When Annabel arrives at magnificent Beechwood Hall, it appears abandoned and the local villagers have no idea where the reclusive Caroline Banks might be. Concerned that her grandmother’s secret past has caught up with her, Annabel’s stays on for an investigation that takes her from the streets of Seville, Paris, and London in the thirties and forties, to the modern English countryside.

 

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GENERAL LAYOUT MAP OF THE STATE LIBRARY OF QUEENSLAND (SLQ). Most Brisbane Writers Festival events will take place at SLQ and the QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY THEATRE, in the Cultural Centre Precinct at South Brisbane, but events will also be held in BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL and LOGAN LIBRARIES. The BWF’S BOX OFFICE will be open one hour prior to the first event each day of the Festival, but you’d be wise to make sure that you get into the sessions you really want to go to by pre-booking online at the BWF’s new website at uplit.com.au or by phoning (07) 3255 0254 from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., Monday to Friday. (Map courtesy of the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) – Click on the pic for a larger/clearer image)