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 firstname.lastname@example.org.