Write Around Moreton Bay
Dive into worlds of magic and mystery at this year’s Readers and Writers Festival, Write Around Moreton Bay, hosted by Moreton Bay Region Libraries.
The Festival will take place at Arana Hills Library on Saturday 15 October and at North Lakes Library on Sunday 16 October.
A variety of well known authors will present at the Festival, including Hugh Lunn, Kim Wilkins, Kylie Chan, A A Bell, Trent Jamieson, Stephen M Irwin and Julie Nickerson.
Highlights include: Gods, Demons and Dragons: Chinese myth and martial arts with Kylie Chan, Get it Out There: digital futures for readers and writers with Simon Groth from if:book Australia, The Devil is in the Detail : researching fiction with A A Bell and Stephen M Irwin,Steampunk, Swords and the Supernatural : speculative fiction in Australia with Kylie Chan, Trent Jamieson and Kim Wilkins and two session with Hugh Lunn – Hugh Lunn – Lost for Words.
Writers haven’t been forgotten, with session designed especially for them, including: Show Me the Money! : fund your writing through grants with Dr James Lergessner, Freelancing : making money from your writing with Tiana Templeman and Haiku : explorations and deceptions (a practical writing journey through Haiku) Haiku workshop with Duncan Richardson.
Printed programmes are available in all Moreton Bay Region Libraries.
Saturday 15 October
|2-3pm||The Devil is in the Detail : researching fiction||Fantasy/crime/romance writer A A Bell and horror/suspense writer Stephen M Irwin will discuss the research that goes into writing fiction. Hear how Anita developed her unique plot and main character for the multi-award winning Diamond Eyes, and how Stephen delved into police procedure for his acclaimed new supernatural thriller The Broken Ones.|
|3.30-4.30pm||Writing for Kids : why it isn’t as easy as you think!||Julie Nickerson, author of the Pippa series (Aussie Nibbles),Lucia Masciullo, award winning illustrator, and Katherine Battersby, author and illustrator of Squish Rabbit, discuss writing and illustrating books for children.|
3.30 – 5.30pm
|Haiku : explorations and deceptions (a practical writing journey through Haiku)||Poet Duncan Richardson will lead this free workshop for beginners and writers with some experience in Haiku and related forms, e.g. Senryu, Tanka, etc. Some outdoor inspiration and writing is planned, weather permitting, so bring a notebook, pen and hat. There will be a follow up session 10-11am on Saturday 22 October at Arana Hills Library.|
|5-6pm||Show Me the Money! : fund your writing through grants||Successful local writer, Dr James Lergessner, will share his tips and tricks for making profitable grant applications to fund writing. In recent years Caboolture Shire Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council, RADF and Jupiter’s Gaming Community Benefits grants have effectively endorsed James’ entire body of work.|
|6.30-8pm||Hugh Lunn – Lost for Words||Hugh Lunn will revisit the rich, inventive and roguish language Australians used to speak, before globalism stole it away. He will cast his satirical eye over the madness of modern language: the road signs, the asterisks, the gobbledegook and corporate speak that have replaced our euphonious direct language.|
Sunday 16 October – North Lakes Library
|10-11am||Gods, Demons and Dragons : Chinese myth and martial arts||Best-selling author Kylie Chan will discuss how she weaves Chinese mythology, culture and martial arts into her Dark Heavens Trilogy and The Journey to Wudang Trilogy.|
|11.30am-12.30pm||Hugh Lunn – Lost for Words||Hugh Lunn will revisit the rich, inventive and roguish language Australians used to speak, before globalism stole it away. He will cast his satirical eye over the madness of modern language: the road signs, the asterisks, the gobbledegook and corporate speak that have replaced our euphonious direct language.|
|1.30-2.30pm||Steampunk, Swords and the Supernatural : speculative fiction in Australia||Three of Australia’s leading speculative fiction writers, Kylie Chan, Trent Jamieson and Kim Wilkins will discuss the rise and current popularity of speculative fiction in Australia and their love of the genre.|
|3-4pm||The Future of the Book : digital futures for readers and writers||Simon Groth, writer and manager of if:book Australia will explore the future of books and publishing. Does the digital revolution really spell the end of paper publishing? How can writers use new publishing opportunities to their advantage? And what does the rise of the eBook mean for readers?|
|4-5pm||Freelancing : making money from your writing||Freelance Writer Tiana Templeman will take a warts and all look at the life of a freelancer. She’ll expose the pitfalls for new players and give her tips and tricks for getting your writing into print – and being paid for it!|
About the writers…
Katherine Battersby is a children’s writer and illustrator whose first picture book, Squish Rabbit, will be published in Australia, the US, China and other countries. She has had many short stories published in anthologies and magazines, and in 2010 was awarded a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship for her writing. She adores reading, rabbits and anime, and thinks exclamation marks are evil. Visit her world at www.katherinebattersby.com
A.A. Bell is the Winner of the Prestigious 2011 ASFF Hemming Award for SF and Fantasy Themes for the multi-award winning fantasy Diamond Eyes, now also with a sequel Hindsight. A third book in the series, Leopard Dreaming, will be released soon. A A Bell also writes as the Multi-Award winning Children’s & YA author, Anita Bell with eight bestselling non-fiction titles and over 160 short stories, articles and poems published in the last 12 years under various pen names.
Kylie Chan married a Hong Kong national in a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony in Eastern China, lived in Australia for ten years, then moved to Hong Kong for ten years. During that time she learnt a great deal about Chinese culture, coming to appreciate the Chinese customs and way of life. Since returning to Australia, she has used her knowledge of Chinese mythology, culture, and martial arts to weave stories that appeal to a wide audience. She is the author of two bestselling Speculative Fiction trilogies: Dark Heavens Trilogy (White Tiger, Red Phoenix and Blue Dragon) and The Journey to Wudang Trilogy (Earth to Hell, Hell to Heaven and Heaven to Wudang). Both trilogies have recently been released in the US and the UK. Find out more about Kylie Chan athttp://www.kyliechan.com/
Simon Groth is a writer and editor whose first two novels were shortlisted in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and whose short fiction has been published in Australia and the United States. His co-edited collection Off The Record: 25 Years of Music Street Press (with Sean Sennett), was published in 2010. Simon is the manager of if:book Australia, exploring digital futures for authors, readers, and publishers. Find out more about Simon Groth at http://simongroth.com/
Stephen M Irwin is a Brisbane-born filmmaker and novelist. His short films and short stories have won many competitions across Australia and around the world. His acclaimed debut novel, supernatural thriller The Dead Path, was published around the world and named Top Horror Title in the American Library Association’s 2011 reading list. His second novel, The Broken Ones, was released in August 2011. Find out more about Stephen M Irwin at www.stephenmirwin.com
SF writer and Silent Motion Picture Actor, Trent Jamieson is currently writing a series of novels called Death Works. The third, The Business of Death, was released in September. They’re about Death – you know, the Grim Reaper? He is also working on a duology for Angry Robot Books the first of which is called Roil and was also released in September. The second in this series is called Night’s Engines and is due for release in 2012. If you like the steam, and the punk, you might like `em. When not writing, Trent works at The Avid Reader Bookshop in West End- the best indie bookshop in the world (he’s not biased or anything). find out more about Trent Jamieson at http://www.trentjamieson.com/
Dr. James G. Lergessner is one of Queensland’s distinguished historians, biographers and memoir writers. He started his writing career in 1993 as a professional, contracted author with Boolarong Press, Brisbane. Formerly a university professor of education and academic consultant in Australia and Canada, James is a passionate observer and recorder of life and events in Brisbane, the State of Queensland and Australia. He has published twenty books (seventeen non-fiction and three fiction works) related to early Queensland, namely Brisbane, the Caboolture Shire and Moreton Bay Regional Council areas, Bribie Island, and Australia generally. From 2004 to 2009 Caboolture Shire Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council RADF and Jupiter’s Gaming Community Benefits grants have effectively endorsed James’s entire body of work. Find Dr James Lergessner’s books in our libraries.
Hugh Lunn was named a Queensland Icon for the state’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2009. He was in good company, including Wally Lewis, Susie O’Neil, Powderfinger and the Great Barrier Reef. Hugh is well known for the best-selling Australian childhood classic Over the Top with Jim. Hugh has written two books on Australia’s lost language — Words Fail Me and Lost for Words. As a journalist in the 1970s, he won three national Walkley Awards for feature writing. His memoir about 13 months in Vietnam as a Reuters war correspondent — Vietnam: A Reporter’s War — won the Melbourne Age Book of the Year literary prize in 1985, was published in New York, and is still in print there and in Australia. Hugh returned to writing biography with The Great Fletch — about his friend Kenny Fletcher of Annerley Junction, who was a Wimbledon and Davis Cup champion. Find out more about Hugh Lunn at http://www.hughlunn.com.au/
Lucia Masciullo is an artist, full-time painter and illustrator of children’s books. She was born in Livorno, Italy, where bushes smell of rosemary and saltiness. She moved to Australia in 2006. She has illustrated the ‘Our Australian Girl’ series for Penguin, as well as a number of picture books. Her most recent book is Come Down Cat, written by Sonya Hartnett. Find Lucia’s books in our libraries. Find out more about Lucia Masciullo athttp://www.luciamasciullo.com/
Julie Nickerson liked to make her own books when she was young, but didn’t consider a career in writing and became a medical scientist instead. She later spent many years overseas where she had a variety of jobs, none of which involved science or writing. When she moved back to Australia, she started writing stories for her children and finally realised that working with words was what she really wanted to do. Julie’s first book, Pippa’s Perfect Ponytail, was released in Penguin’s Aussie Nibbles series in 2009 and has recently been reprinted in Australia and published in China. Her second book, Pippa the Perfect Flowergirl, was released in May 2011. Find out more about Julie Nickerson at
Duncan Richardson has published poetry and prose in magazines and books since 1982, including Pula! a haiku journey through Botswana. He has served as haiku editor for the on line magazine stylus and is currently co-editor of the journal paperwasp. In 2008, his verse play The Grammar of Deception was produced and broadcast by ABC radio. He is currently working on a second haiku journey through Eastern Australia.
Tiana Templeman is a Brisbane based author, freelance writer and qualified corporate trainer. She reviews for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide and writes for such diverse markets as The Weekend Australian, South China Morning Post, Australian Travellermagazine and the Australia Council for the Arts. She holds a Master of Creative Industries from the Queensland University of Technology. Tiana is also the author of the travel title Absolutely Faking it. Find out more about Tiana Templeman atwww.tianatempleman.com.
Kim Wilkins was born in London, and grew up in Redcliffe. She has degrees in literature and creative writing, and teaches at the University of Queensland and in the community. Her first novel, The Infernal, a supernatural thriller was published in 1997. Since then, she has published across many genres and for many different age groups. Her latest books, contemporary epic romances, are published under the pseudonym Kimberley Freeman. Kim has won many awards and is published all over the world. She lives in Brisbane with her husband and two small children. Find Kim’s books in our libraries. Find out more about Kim Wilkins at http://fantasticthoughts.wordpress.com/
Dates / Times
Arana Hills Library, 15 October 2011
North Lakes Library, 16 October 2011
All events are free
Bookings for this event are recommended.
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