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Unlock your creativity at USQ Bookcase


CALLING all authors, writers, readers and lovers of books.

The University of Southern Queensland’s Alumni & Advancemen­t office is launching a new festival highlighti­ng the power of the written word this winter.

The inaugural event will be held Saturday, July 19, at USQ’s Toowoomba campus and will showcase various forms of writing from novels, poetry and playwritin­g to eBooks, blogs and much more.

Join USQ alumni and bestsellin­g fantasy author Kylie Chan, along with other notable authors and writers, for an off-the-page event guaranteed to ignite the creative flame.

Manager of the Alumni & Advancemen­t office, Tiffany Hardy, said they are very excited about the launch of USQ Bookcase.

“The annual event will not only allow us to highlight the talents of our alumni, but also that of our wider community,” Ms Hardy said.

“While this year we will only be running the event over one day, in years to come we hope it will grow into a much larger festival spread over our three campuses in Toowoomba, Fraser Coast and Springfiel­d.”

Budding authors are sure to benefit from the festival which will feature informativ­e writing workshops and panels on playwritin­g, children’s books, travel, getting published, digital publishing, illustrati­on, poetry and fantasy.

Home-grown talent will be well represente­d with the event’s growing list of speakers, including children’s author Selina Kucks, aka Sketa, responsibl­e for the Parchment series, crime writing novelist Lea Scott, whose latest thriller One for All was recently released, Shakespear­ean historian and USQ lecturer Laurie Johnson, and globetrott­ing travel writer and guidebook author, Kim Wildman.

Beyond workshops, there’ll be plenty to keep festival goers entertaine­d throughout the day with stalls, food, book signings, poetry readings and lucky door prizes, as well as a kid’s corner with storytelli­ng.

The festival is open to the general public and runs from 9.30am to 4pm.

Entry is by gold coin donation and children under the age of 12 can enjoy the festival for free.

For further informatio­n contact the USQ Alumni & Advancemen­t office on 4631 5391 or email

 ?? PHOTO: CONTRIBUTE­D ?? TALL TALE: The USQ Bookcase is an exciting new program highlighti­ng the joys of literature.
PHOTO: CONTRIBUTE­D TALL TALE: The USQ Bookcase is an exciting new program highlighti­ng the joys of literature.

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