USQ Bookcase is a real page-turner

CURTAIN UP: Playwright, author and USQ alumnus David Burton speaks at last year's Bookcase writers' festival.
CURTAIN UP: Playwright, author and USQ alumnus David Burton speaks at last year's Bookcase writers' festival.

USQ Bookcase writers' festival is not just for writers or aspiring authors, it's also for the bookworm in all of us and those just wanting a different perspective on life.

The three-day event, now in its fourth year, kicks off on Friday, July 21 with the opening night celebration at which you can rub shoulders with award-winning authors and writers while enjoying drinks and canapes.

The Bruce Dawe National Poetry and high school Get Writing competition winners will be announced here.

But Saturday is the real page-turner, with a full program of events from 9.30am-4.30pm including everything from blogging to writing for therapy, overcoming writer's block, writing for children, crafting a compelling protagonist to life-story writing and visual narrative, as well as the keynote speech by author and investigative reporter Amanda Gearing and her panel on the 2011 floods.

There's also a special In Memoriam to pay tribute to children's author, illustrator and linocut artist Narelle Oliver, a USQ alumna who grew up in Toowoomba and died late last year, but was responsible for award-winning books including Don't Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen.

There's author Q&A sessions and book signings, and tickets for the day cost just $10, with children under 12 entering free.

At night, watch the special charity presentation of Don't Tell and a Q&A with the author, for just $5, proceeds from which go to Bravehearts.

Then on Sunday, get really serious with a range of masterclasses on investigative journalism, eBooks, flash fiction and social media.

To find out more, including prices of masterclasses, go to

Topics:  toowoomba

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