I recently signed up to receive the Writers eNewsletters from the Moreton Bay Region Libraries and I’m so glad I did. It is full of exciting Library Events – Meet the Authors, Community Events, Workshops, Competitions and Calls for Submissions (from Hachette, Penguin Books Australia and Allen and Unwin).
Here’s a few up-coming events that caught my eye:
* The next Writers Seminar is on Tuesday 5 February, 10am at Burpengary Library and is on the topic of writing for children. Think you have a kids book just waiting to burst out of you? Or perhaps it already has burst out and you’re not sure what to do with it now? Come along and gain some useful insights from published local children’s author Julie Nickerson. To book a place in this seminar, phone Burpengary Library on 3888 5366.
* Meet the Author: Tamara Nowitzki
Where: Arana Hills Library, 3 December, 10.00am
Tamara Nowitzki is a Paralympic swimmer who competed in both the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, where she won a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke competition. In 2001 Tamara was diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder, Dopa-Roseponsive Dystonia. Tamara went from walking 10km, bike riding, climbing trees, and roller skating to hardly being able to hold her head up and eat, her body wracked by painful muscle spasms. Tamara’s autobiography, No Ordinary Girl, is the story about the struggles and triumphs that make Tamara Nowitzki No Ordinary Girl.
Free. Bookings required.
* Dr Karl Kruszelnicki: 50 Shades of Grey Matter
Dymocks, Westfield Carindale, 6 December, 1.00pm
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane, 7 December, 6.30pm
Welcome to the wonderful world of Dr Karl, where oddities are embraced, facts reign supreme, curiosity is king and brightly coloured shirts are compulsory! In 50 Shades of Grey Matter, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki applies his trademark straight-talkin’-no-high-falutin’ scientific sense to a brand new range of Big Questions that you never knew you even wanted to ask, but now desperately need to know the answers to. Free. Bookings required.
And saving the best til last…
I love Mem Fox stories and I have always wanted to hear her talk about children’s books and reading so now I might just be able to!
* Mem Fox and Judy Horacek: Good Night, Sleep Tight
Riverbend Books, 11 December, 7.00pm
Chermside Library, 12 December, 6.30pm
Celebrate the release of Mem Fox and Judy Horacek’s latest book Good Night, Sleep Tight. National Year of Reading ambassadors Mem Fox and Judy Horacek will challenge parents to think about how best to encourage a lifelong love of reading and discuss the collaborative process and their contribution to children’s literature. Cost: $10 (Riverbend Books) or Free at Chermside Library.
If you’d like to see what other events and workshops are on or have a look at the competition and submission sections, go to their website here.