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‘Youth is often a scoffer at destiny’ – Edward Counsel

YOUTH WEEK EVENT FOR PEOPLE AGED 12–25: SOMERSET YOUTH WEEK – KILCOY, TOOGOOLAWAH, ESK AND FERNVALE. It’s all happening with Scooter, BMX, Skate Board, Climbing Rock Wall Championships, a Movie Night and Discos across the region. Date and time: Saturday, 6 April to Sunday, 14 April 2019. It’s FREE but registration is required for some activities – visit the website at www.somerset.qld.gov.au for more information. If you have queries, contact: Ruth O'Dowd, Phone: (07) 5424 4000 or email her at mail@somerset.qld.gov.au Venue: Kilcoy, Toogoolawah, Esk and Fernvale, 2 Redbank Street, Esk, Qld. Wheelchair access without assistance. (Photo 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.  

  • Hear AWGIE nominated radio dramatist, award-winning playwright and celebrated short film writer D.M. CAMERON talk about the inspiration behind her critically acclaimed debut novel Beneath the Mother Tree, set on an island in Moreton Bay. She will be at Wynnum Library on Tuesday, 30 April 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. and Chermside Library on 30 April 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
  • Join author FELICITY McLEAN, who will speak about her intriguing new novel The Van Apfel Girls are Gone. Part mystery, part coming of age story, this is Picnic at Hanging Rock for a new generation. Feel the chills at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Tuesday, 30 April 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Meet SOPHIE HANSEN, the creator of My Open Kitchen podcast, to talk about her new recipe book, A Basket by the Door. Sophie believes in simple, tasty and seasonal food made with love and shared generously. Take your taste buds to Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Wednesday, 1 May 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Join bestselling author PAIGE TOON as she discusses her new novel If You Could Go Anywhere. How far would you go for love? Find out at the Wynnum Library on Thursday, 2 May 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.
  • Budding poets aged 11–14 years will learn about BLACKOUT and ERASURE POETRY and expressing themselves through this visual medium, at the Sunnybank Hills Library on Thursday, 2 May 2019 from 5.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. 

 

The Event: MEET RADIO DRAMATIST, PLAYWRIGHT, SHORT FILM WRITER AND AUTHOR D.M. CAMERON

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet D.M. Cameron’: Tuesday, 30 April 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. at Wynnum Library (Phone: (07) 3403 2199); Tuesday, 30 April 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Chermside Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7200).

Ticket price: FREE but bookings are required at the presenting library by contacting them on the phone numbers given above.

What’s happening: D.M. CAMERON is an AWGIE nominated radio dramatist, award-winning playwright and celebrated short film writer. Hear her talk about the inspiration behind her critically acclaimed debut novel Beneath the Mother Tree, which is set on an island in Moreton Bay and weaves Irish myth with Indigenous history into a contemporary, spine-chilling mystery.

The novel is a dark and magical exploration of the boundaries of love and our concept of belonging, which has been described as ‘captivating literature, beautifully expressed and a delight to read.’ Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for D.M. Cameron to sign.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR FELICITY McLEAN

Date and time: Tuesday, 30 April 2019 at 6.30 p.m.

Venue: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford St, Bulimba Queensland 4171.

Ticket price From $8.00. Ticket only: $8.00. Ticket and Book deal: $34.00. Phone: (07) 3899 8555, email info@riverbendbooks.com.au or go online at http://riverbendbooks.com.au and click on Events to book your place(s). PLEASE NOTE: Riverbend does not issue paper tickets for events; your name will be on a list at the door, and they do not issue refunds or exchanges for event tickets.

What’s happening: Join author FELICITY McLEAN to hear about her intriguing new novel The Van Apfel Girls are Gone. Part mystery, part coming of age story, the novel is set in a distant suburb, on encroaching bushland, over the long hot summer of 1992. Blackly comic, sharply observed and wonderfully endearing, this is Picnic at Hanging Rock for a new generation.

'We lost all three girls that summer. Let them slip away like the words of some half-remembered song and when one came back, she wasn't the one we were trying to recall to begin with.'

Tikka Molloy was eleven and one-sixth years old the summer the Van Apfel sisters disappeared. Hannah, beautiful Cordelia, and Ruth vanished during the night of the school's Showstopper concert at the amphitheatre by the river. Now, years later, Tikka has returned home to try and make sense of the summer that shaped her, and the girls that she never forgot.

Felicity McLean is a writer and a journalist, whose writing has appeared in The Good Weekend, the Daily Telegraph, the Herald Sun, the Big Issue and more. She has written both fiction and non-fiction books, and has been published by HarperCollins Publishers, Allen & Unwin and Black Inc.

As a ghostwriter, Felicity has collaborated with celebrities, sports stars, business leaders and others. Her latest book, Body Lengths, was co-written with Olympian Leisel Jones. It won the 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards 'Reader's Choice' for Small Publisher Adult Book of the Year, and it was Apple iBook's 'Best Biography of 2015′.

 

The Event: MEET PODCAST CREATOR AND AUTHOR SOPHIE HANSEN

Date and time: Wednesday, 1 May 2019 at 6.30 p.m.

Venue: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford St, Bulimba Queensland 4171.

Ticket price: From $8.00. Ticket only: $8.00. Ticket and Book deal: $34.00. Phone: (07) 3899 8555, email info@riverbendbooks.com.au or go online at http://riverbendbooks.com.au and click on Events to book your place(s). PLEASE NOTE: Riverbend does not issue paper tickets for events; your name will be on a list at the door, and they do not issue refunds or exchanges for event tickets.

What’s happening: Meet SOPHIE HANSEN, the creator of My Open Kitchen podcast, to talk about her new recipe book, A Basket by the Door. Nothing says 'I love you, I've got you and I'm here' better than a parcel of food you've taken the time to make, wrap and deliver. So, season by season, here are 130 recipes to cook for loved ones who might be moving house, busy with a newborn, celebrating a milestone, recovering after illness, grieving, or just in need of a little love and appreciation. 

A Basket by the Door is friendship, connection and heartfelt country hospitality made edible. There are recipes here for sharing and giving on every occasion: an easy bundle of fresh dips and lavosh biscuits to take along to drinks, portable breakfast to surprise a friend, a sturdy picnic cake and sandwiches in a basket for lunch (even in the office), comforting ragu and chocolate mousse to enjoy while wallowing on the sofa, and ideas to take when invited for dinner or a weekend away. The ways to connect and show you care with food are endless.

Sophie Hansen was born and raised in Sydney, and is now living with her family on their farm just outside Orange in country New South Wales. She trained in journalism and has over 20 years' experience as a features writer. Sophie has contributed to Australian Country Style and Outback magazines; she was an editor for Slow Food International's English website, lived in Italy for 3 years, and is fluent in Italian.

In 2013 Sophie set up her blog Local is Lovely, and her podcast, My Open Kitchen is going into its third season. Sophie has been awarded Australian Rural Woman of the Year in recognition of her commitment to rural communities.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR PAIGE TOON

Date and time: Thursday, 2 May 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.

Venue: Wynnum Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Wynnum Library on (07) 3403 2199 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Join bestselling author PAIGE TOON as she discusses her new novel If You Could Go Anywhere. How far would you go for love? Angie has wanted to travel her entire life. But at 29, she has never been anywhere; never even stepped outside the small opal mining town in the Australian outback where she grew up. When her long-suffering grandmother passes away, Angie, her sole carer, is finally set free, with the whole world laid out before her.

But upon uncovering a letter from her late mother to her absent father, everything Angie thought she knew is thrown into question. With help from an enigmatic stranger called Alessandro, she sets off to find out the truth – about her family, about her past, about who she really is – on a journey that will take her to the bustling metropolis of Rome, the glittering fjords of Norway and beyond. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or you can bring your copy from home for Paige to sign.

 

The Event: BLACKOUT AND ERASURE POETRY – FOR PEOPLE AGED 11–14 YEARS

Date and time: Thursday, 2 May 2019 from 5.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Venue: Sunnybank Hills Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Sunnybank Hills Library on (07) 3407 0571 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Sometimes less is more. Learn about BLACKOUT and ERASURE POETRY and try your hand at expressing yourself through this visual medium. This session is ideal for people aged 11–14 years.

 

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YOUTH WEEK EVENT FOR PEOPLE AGED 12–25: CAPRICON STEAMPUNK & POP CULTURE CONVENTION – ROCKHAMPTON. The annual CapriCon Steampunk and Pop Culture Convention will feature big names in the pop culture world with a HUGE range of activities for young people and the entire community. Check out the CapriCon Rockhampton Facebook page and www.rockhamptonregion.qld.gov.au/CommunityEvents/Major-Council-Events/CapriCon for more information. If you have any queries, phone (07) 4936 8043, or email libraries@rrc.qld.gov.au. Date and time: Saturday, 6 April 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. It’s all FREE and bookings are not required. Venue: Rockhampton Showgrounds, New Exhibition Road, Rockhampton City, Qld. Wheelchair access without assistance. (Photo by L.J. May)