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WRITER WATCH: KELLY DOUST. ‘Dressing the Dearloves’. Kelly Doust is author of the novels ‘Dressing the Dearloves’ (September 2018) and ‘Precious Things’, both published by HarperCollins. Also ‘A Life in Frocks’, vintage fashion bible ‘Minxy Vintage: how to customise & wear vintage clothing’ and The Crafty Minx series of craft books. With a background in book publishing and publicity, Kelly has worked in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia, and has freelanced for ‘Vogue’, ‘The Australian Women’s Weekly’ and ‘Sunday Life Magazine’. She lives in Sydney with her husband and daughter, and works as a Lifestyle Publisher for Murdoch Books. Visit Kelly’s website at https://kellydoust.com.au. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Doust: modified by L.J. May)

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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.  

  • Learn how to use your journal to find your authentic voice during this practical JOURNALING FOR WRITERS WORKSHOP presented by the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) at the Carindale Library on Saturday, 15 September 2018.
  • The NETWORKING FOR AUTHORS SEMINAR presented by the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) covers building relationships with your peers and connecting with various writing organisations, in order to relieve the loneliness of the long distance writer. Head for the Chermside Library on Saturday, 15 September 2018.
  • At the AWG QUEENSLAND EVENT: A HARROWING EVENING WITH LEIGH McGRATH AND STEPHEN M. IRWIN, spend an evening of chills, thrills and insight into the creative and development process with the co-creators and writers of the critical and popular hit ABC TV series Harrow. Gather at The Heritage Lounge, The Waterloo Hotel, Cnr Ann Street and Commercial Road, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, on Wednesday, 19 September 2018 at 7.00 p.m.   
  • AUSTRALIAN READING HOUR (ARH) is not just for children. Hear some of Brisbane’s best-loved authors talk about the books that have had the biggest impact on them. Meet CHRISTINE WELLS at the Grange Library, NATALIE JANE PRIOR (FAMILY EVENT) at the Bulimba Library, MARY-ROSE MacCOLL at the Ashgrove Library, KRISTINA OLSSON at the Garden City Library, and DAME QUENTIN BRYCE at the Indooroopilly Library. All events are on Thursday, 20 September 2018. See the listing for the various times. 

 

The Event: JOURNALING FOR WRITERS WORKSHOP WITH THE QWC.

Date and time: Saturday, 15 September 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

Venue: Carindale Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Carindale Library on (07) 3407 1490 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Writing a journal is a great way to develop regular writing practice and develop your writing skills. Learn how to get started and use your journal to find your authentic voice during this practical JOURNALING FOR WRITERS WORKSHOP presented by the Queensland Writers Centre QWC).

 

The Event: NETWORKING FOR AUTHORS SEMINAR WITH THE QWC.

Date and time: Saturday, 15 September 2018 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.

Venue: Chermside Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Chermside Library on (07) 3403 7200 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Writing can be a solitary pursuit, but there is much to be said for having a strong network around you. This NETWORKING FOR AUTHORS SEMINAR, presented by the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC), covers how to build relationships with your peers and connect with various writing organisations.

 

The Event: AWG QUEENSLAND EVENT: A HARROWING EVENING WITH LEIGH McGRATH AND STEPHEN M. IRWIN

Date and time: Wednesday, 19 September 2018 at 7.00 p.m. (Come early – speakers begin at 7.30 p.m. sharp)

Venue: PLEASE NOTE: The venue for this event has been changed from the Waterloo Hotel, to the King Room at QA Hotel, 64 James Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

Ticket price: Cost: $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Tickets are available on the AWG website at http://www.awg.com.au/events/qld-event-a-harrowing-evening-with-leigh-mcgarth-and-sephen-irwin and at the door (if paying at the door, please bring correct change). Cash bar is available at pub prices.

What’s happening: Spend an evening of chills, thrills and insight into the creative and development process with the co-creators and writers of the critical and popular hit ABC TV series Harrow – LEIGH MCGRATH and STEPHEN M. IRWIN.

Hear how Leigh and Stephen conceived, developed and brought their internationally renowned show to the screen, as well as their insights on how to break into and build a career in the brave and bold new landscape of the Australian screen industry. Conversation and Q & A will be followed by networking/social drinks with local writers, directors, producers and other members of the Queensland film and television industry.

Between them, Leigh and Stephen have built amazing careers. LEIGH MCGRATH is an AACTA and Logie Award-nominated creator, producer and writer of film and television drama, comedy, and animation for Netflix, ABC Studios International, BBC, ITV, Freemantle International and the Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning Hoodlum Productions. She has worked extensively both locally and internationally as a Script Producer and Story Editor, including on ITV’s long-running police drama series The Bill and the Seven Network’s Home & Away.

STEPHEN M. IRWIN is a screenwriter and novelist. His debut novel The Dead Path was named Top Horror Novel 2011 in the American Library Association’s RUSA Reading List. His second novel, The Broken Ones, was listed by Kirkus Reviews among the 100 Best Fiction of 2012. Stephen was a creator and writer of Australian crime drama series Secrets & Lies, remade in the USA for ABC. His other writing credits include feature Australia Day (FOXtel) and miniseries Wake In Fright (Network Ten). Stephen is also co-creator (along with Leigh McGrath and Hoodlum’s Nathan Mayfield and Tracey Robertson) and head writer of the upcoming Netflix series Tidelands.

 

The Event: AUSTRALIAN READING HOUR (ARH) FOR ADULTS – WELL-KNOWN AUTHORS TALK ABOUT THEIR FAVOURITE BOOKS

Date and time: Thursday, 20 September 2018 at various times (see below)

Venue: At the Grange, Bulimba, Ashgrove, Garden City and Indooroopilly libraries – see the listing of authors below.  

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the libraries concerned to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: AUSTRALIAN READING HOUR (ARH) aims to encourage parents and carers to share a book with their child for 10 minutes a day, or an hour a week. Reading a book to a child not only helps brain development but also gives a child the best chance of becoming a good reader, with all the social and educational benefits that reading brings.

Australian Reading Hour is not just for children. Hear some of Brisbane’s best-loved authors talk about the books that have had the biggest impact on them, the books that have challenged and inspired them, the books that have held special meaning for them in their lives, and the books that they return to time and again. Meet them at the following libraries:

  • CHRISTINE WELLS, from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. at the Grange Library – phone (07) 3407 2523 to book your place(s).
  • NATALIE JANE PRIOR (FAMILY EVENT), from 3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. at the Bulimba Library – phone (07) 3407 8223 to book your place(s).
  • MARY-ROSE MacCOLL, from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at the Ashgrove Library – phone (07) 3407 1940 to book your place(s).
  • KRISTINA OLSSON, from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at the Garden City Library – phone (07) 3403 7745 to book your place(s).
  • DAME QUENTIN BRYCE, from 6.30 p.m. to 7.15 p.m. at the Indooroopilly Library – phone (07) 3407 0009 to book your place(s).

 

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WRITER WATCH: WILLIAM McINNES is one of Australia’s best-known storytellers and actors. His new book, ‘Fatherhood’ is a subject close to his heart. ‘Fatherhood – Stories about being a Dad’ is about family: William’s memories of his father and the memories he’s creating as a dad with his own son and daughter. Warm, witty and nostalgic, these tales are full of memories: the happy, the hilarious, the sad, bad, and the unexpectedly poignant moments. You’re sure to recognise yourself and someone you love in these pages. If you’re looking for a good read after you’ve finished ‘Fatherhood’, check out Bill’s hilarious ‘A Man’s Got to have a Hobby’, Cricket Kings, ‘That’d be Right and the non-fiction book ‘The Making of Modern Australia’. (Photo by Tessa Ross-Phelan; modified by L.J. May)