Brisbane Writers Festival has begun! #BWF13




Brisbane Writers Festival 2013 (#BWF13) began with a number of exciting events across Brisbane city at the start of the week (including some especially amazing sessions for the kids), and last night we enjoyed a lovely launch event, the highlight of which was Steve Kilbey (The Church) performing Under the Milky Way.


Following the formalities we were treated to the warmth, humour and deep insight of acclaimed action thriller writer, Matthew Reilly.

You can scroll through the tweets from the event (and the entire weekend!) here. I’ll be live tweeting again from 12:45pm today when I’ll attend the Crazy Rich Asians session, with Benjamin Law, Kevin Kwan and Oliver Phommavanh.


Follow @BrisWritersFest & @xsentertainment on Twitter to keep up with what’s going on.



And the other literary news: The Queensland Literary Award Winners have been announced! The winners – Queensland writers among them – were presented hand-crafted trophies and $5000 cheques earlier this week.


Queensland Literary Awards Chair Dr Stuart Glover said, “We are proud, for a second year, to present the prizes on behalf of the people of Queensland to our 11 worthy winners, drawn from a field of 48 writers and more than 550 original entries.


“We aim to acknowledge the achievement of Australian and Queensland writers and the importance of books and reading to the community.”


QLA was established last year after the demise of the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards. The new awards are funded through $160,000 raised directly from the community, business, and from major cultural and educational institutions.


Dr Glover said, “We are delighted that community support for writers and the awards has lived on into a second year – evidenced by the $20,000 raised through our Pozible campaign in just 4 weeks.


“The awards have established a unique place in the Australian cultural landscape. This very large suite of awards is run by a mix of volunteers and part-time staff with help from every sector of society. It is hard work, and the writers love that the community has come together to support what they do.


“This year our 30 volunteer judges were particularly impressed with the diversity of the titles. Last year’s fiction prize went to a deserved old hand, Frank Moorhouse and this year it is exciting to have a Queensland female winning writer Melissa Lucashenko, for Mullumbimby, a novel that explores conflict and difference within the indigenous community. The focus of Australian writing and writers is part mercurial but also partly reflective of wider social trends.


“The financial returns for being a writer–$12,000 a year on average is very low—but the quality of Australian and local writing is very high. We are delighted to do what we can to support a handful of writers, and raise the profile of important new works and writers”


Queensland Literary Award Winners 2013


Deloitte Fiction Book Award: Mullumbimby by Melissa Lucashenko


The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year: The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton


University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award: Boy, Lost by Kristina Olsson


State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award: Jam Tree Gully by John Kinsella


University of Southern Queensland History Book Award: The Flash of Recognition: Photography and the Emergence of Indigenous Rights by Jane Lydon


Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award: Like a House on Fire by Cate Kennedy


Griffith University Young Adult Book Award: A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty


Children’s Book Award: Don’t Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen! by Narelle Oliver


Gadens Feature Film Script Award: “Healing” by Craig Monahan & Alison Nisselle


Emerging Queensland Author Manuscript Award: “Gap” by Rebecca Jessen


Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award “Heat and Light” by Ellen van Neerven


Check out the Brisbane Writers Festival program here.





1 Response to “Brisbane Writers Festival has begun! #BWF13”

  1. September 6, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I bought “Mullumbimby” at the BWF shop on Wed. I read the review ages ago and have been meaning to buy it. Now she has been awarded the Deloitte Fiction Book Award – woohoo!

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