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BWF: ‘You know how it is in the kid's book world; it's just bunny eat bunny.’ – Anonymous

THE BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL – Thursday, 5 September to Sunday, 8 September 2019. There are few children’s and young adult fiction authors as well loved as JOHN MARSDEN. On Saturday, 7 September, hear him in conversation with Will Kostakis from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. in the new Rumpus Room space, on the River Decks at SLQ (if you get lost, don’t panic – lots of volunteers will tell you where to go). On Sunday, 8 September on the Queensland Terrace from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 a.m., John will also be talking to James Moloney about his new book ‘The Art of Growing Up’, in which John pulls together everything he’s learned in his thirty years’ experience as a young adult author, teacher, and school principal. Don’t miss him – and tell the kids! (Photo courtesy of John Marsden: 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.  

  • Join bestselling author of The Brothers of Brigadier Station, SARAH WILLIAMS, and her audiobook narrator, Logie-nominated star of McLeod’s Daughters, MYLES POLLARD, as they discuss her novels, his awe-inspiring performance, and how listening to audiobooks can actually make you smarter. Take your heart and brain to the Chermside Library on Thursday, 26 September, and the Carindale Library on Friday, 27 September 2019.
  • Meet author MELANIE MYERS to talk about her new book Meet Me at Lennon’s, the story of a mysterious murder of a young woman found strangled with a nylon stocking in the mangroves on the banks of the river in wartime Brisbane. Contemplate The River Girl Murder at the Ashgrove Library on Saturday, 28 September 2019.
  • Join award-winning children’s author DAVINA BELL as she reads from her latest picture book, All the Factors of Why I Love Tractors. With irresistible rhyming text and unforgettable illustrations by Jenny Lovlie, this story is sure to charm and amuse the whole family. Drive the kids into Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Saturday, 28 September 2019 at 3.30 p.m.
  • Attend a special mid-morning event with writer and historian MARGARET COOK, who will speak about her book A River with a City Problem: A History of Brisbane Floods, which focuses on the floods that devastated South East Queensland in 2011 and asks ‘who was to blame?’ Swim into Riverbend Books, Bulimba for this special mid-morning event, on Thursday, 3 October 2019 at 11.00 a.m.
  • There has been a lot of confusion about what a voice for Indigenous Australians actually means. Hear Torres Strait Islander man, THOMAS MAYOR, speak about his important new book Finding the Heart of the Nation: The Journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice, Treaty and Truth. Since the Uluṟu Statement from the Heart was formed in 2017, Thomas has travelled around the country to promote its vision of a better future for Indigenous Australians. Find out what it’s all about at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Thursday, 3 October 2019 at 6.30 p.m.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR SARAH WILLIAMS AND AUDIO BOOK NARRATOR MYLES POLLARD

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet Sarah Williams and Myles Pollard’: Thursday, 26 September 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Chermside Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7200); Friday, 27 September 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. at Carindale Library (Phone: (07) 3407 1490).

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

What’s happening: Join bestselling author of The Brothers of Brigadier Station, SARAH WILLIAMS, and her audiobook narrator, Logie nominated star of McLeod’s Daughters, MYLES POLLARD, as they discuss her novels, his awe-inspiring performance, and how listening to audiobooks can actually make you smarter

What’s the plot? She came to the outback to marry the love of her life. She just didn’t expect him to be her fiancé’s younger brother. When Meaghan Flanagan, a vet-nurse from Townsville, moves to Brigadier Station to marry the man of her dreams, she is shocked to discover that perhaps her fiancé isn’t the man she wants waiting for her at the altar. The man she’s destined to marry just might be his younger brother.

Set in the drought-stricken plains of Julia Creek, North Queensland, and the coastal city of Townsville, this is a rural romance that will keep you engaged until the very last page. Books will be available for purchase at the event or bring your copy from home for Sarah to sign.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR MELANIE MYERS

Date and time: Saturday, 28 September 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

Venue: Ashgrove Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Ashgrove Library on (07) 3407 1940 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Meet author MELANIE MYERS to talk about her new book Meet Me at Lennon’s, the story of a mysterious murder. As university student Olivia Wells sets out on her quest to find an unpublished manuscript by Gloria Graham – a now obscure 20th Century feminist and writer – she unwittingly uncovers details about a young woman found murdered.

Strangled with a nylon stocking in the mangroves on the banks of the river in wartime Brisbane, the case soon became known as The River Girl Murder. Can Olivia rewrite history to bring justice to The River Girl, whose life was so brutally taken? Even if the past can’t be changed, is it possible to undo history’s erasure? Books will be available for purchase at the event or bring your copy from home for Melanie to sign.

 

The Event: STORYTIME WITH AWARD-WINNING CHILDREN’S AUTHOR DAVINA BELL

Date and time: Saturday, 28 September 2019 at 3.30 p.m.

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

Ticket price: You will receive a $5.00 gift voucher with your booking and places are limited. Book quickly to reserve your spot! NOTE: Book for children only – parents and chaperones are free of charge. 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 except in case of event cancellation.

What’s happening: Join award-winning author DAVINA BELL as she reads from her latest picture book, All the Factors of Why I Love Tractors. With irresistible rhyming text and unforgettable illustrations by Jenny Lovlie, this story is sure to charm and amuse the whole family.

What’s it about? When Frankie McGee insists on borrowing yet another book about tractors, his mum crumbles. She begs him to read a book about something else – cars, planes, cranes, trains – anything! Frankie launches into all of the various, glorious factors that make up the love that he has for all tractors – but will he be able to bring his mum around?

 

The Event: MEET WRITER AND HISTORIAN MARGARET COOK

Date and time: Thursday, 3 October 2019 at 11.00 a.m.

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

Ticket price: $8.00. 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 except in case of event cancellation.

What’s happening: Attend a special mid-morning event with writer and historian MARGARET COOK, as she speaks about her book A River with a City Problem: A History of Brisbane Floods. When floods devastated South East Queensland in 2011, who was to blame? Despite the inherent risk of living on a floodplain, most residents had pinned their hopes on Wivenhoe Dam to protect them, and when it failed to do so, dam operators were blamed for the scale of the catastrophic events that followed.

A River with a City Problem is a compelling history of floods in the Brisbane River catchment, especially those in 1893, 1974 and 2011. Extensively researched, it highlights the force of nature, the vagaries of politics and the power of community. With many river cities facing urban development challenges, Margaret Cook makes a convincing argument for what must change to prevent further tragedy.

Margaret Cook holds a PhD in history from the University of Queensland. She is a member of the Professional Historians Association, has a significant body of work in environmental and social history and heritage conservation, and has worked in cultural tourism and the museum sector.

Margaret is a former Deputy Chair of the Queensland Heritage Council and Vice President of the National Trust of Queensland and was inducted into the Ipswich Heritage Hall of Fame in 2015. She is currently a consultant historian and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Queensland and La Trobe University. Margaret lives in Ipswich with her husband and two sons.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER MAN THOMAS MAYOR

Date and time: Thursday, 3 October 2019 at 6.30 p.m.

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

Ticket price: $8.00 for ticket only. Ticket and Book $45. 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 except in case of event cancellation.

What’s happening: THOMAS MAYOR is a Torres Strait Islander man born on Larrakia country in Darwin. As an Islander growing up on the mainland, he learned to hunt traditional foods with his father and to island dance from the Darwin community of Torres Strait Islanders. In high school, Thomas’s English teacher suggested he should become a writer.

Head for Riverbend Books to hear Thomas Mayor speak about his important new book Finding the Heart of the Nation: The Journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice, Treaty and Truth. This is a book for all Australians. Since the Uluṟu Statement from the Heart was formed in 2017, Thomas has travelled around the country to promote its vision of a better future for Indigenous Australians. He’s visited communities big and small, often with the Uluṟu Statement canvas rolled up in a tube under his arm.

Through the story of his own journey and interviews with 20 key people, Thomas taps into a deep sense of our shared humanity. The voices within these chapters make clear what the Uluru Statement is and why it is so important. And Thomas hopes you will be moved to join them, along with the growing movement of Australians who want to see substantive constitutional change.

Thomas believes that we will only find the heart of our nation when the First Peoples – the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders – are recognised with a representative Voice enshrined in the Australian Constitution.

When his teacher advised Thomas to become a writer, he had no idea that he would become one of the first ever Torres Strait Islander authors to have a book published for the general trade. Instead, he became a wharf labourer from the age of seventeen, until he became a union official for the Maritime Union of Australia in his early thirties.

Quietly spoken in character, Thomas found his voice on the wharves. As he gained the skills of negotiation and organising in the union movement, he applied those skills to advancing the rights of Indigenous peoples, becoming a signatory to the Uluru Statement from the Heart and a tireless campaigner.

Following the Uluru Convention, Thomas was entrusted to carry the sacred canvas of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. He embarked on an eighteen-month journey around the country to garner support for a constitutionally enshrined First Nations voice, and a Makarrata Commission for truth-telling and agreement-making or treaties. Thomas’s journey continues, both in person and through the pages of this work. The book is his gift to the campaign for Voice, Treaty and Truth. Like the Uluru Statement from the Heart, he hopes that all Australians will accept it.

 

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THE BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL – Thursday, 5 September to Sunday, 8 September 2019. The BWF is your chance to get up close and personal with your favourite authors, with book shop sales and book signings under the atrium in the Knowledge Walk always very popular. Most BWF events will take place in and around the Cultural Precinct at the State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art, on Stanley Place, South Brisbane. These are very large buildings and they can be a bit daunting. Fear not – there will be 300+ enthusiastic volunteers as well as security staff to tell you exactly where you need to go. The BWF Box Office opens one hour before the first event each day – find it in the Knowledge Walk on the street level of the State Library of Queensland, from Tuesday, 3 September to Sunday, 8 September 2019. As well as ticketed events, in 2019 the BWF program includes over 25 free events through Love YA at the Brisbane Square Library, Authors In Your Suburb at various BCC Libraries, and appearances at the main Festival. To find out what’s on, go to the website at https://www.bwf.org.au, or pick up a hard copy of the program at your local BCC Library. (Photo by L.J. May)