Karen Tyrrell won an RADF grant to publish picture book Harry Helps Grandpa Remember in May 2015 to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia.Award-winning author Kendall Talbot, has released her much anticipated action adventure romance, Treasured Secrets with Escape Publishing. The sequel, Treasured Lies, is due out 1 October 2015.  Caroline Glen was runner-up in the Earth Vision competition with her poem 'To Sue', and won the Jean Stone Poetry Award with 'West for Wonder'.  ▪  Adele Jones's second YA novel, Replicate, will be released in October by Rhiza Press.   ▪Lindsay Boyd has had his story Modern Love published on anaksastra.com and his story Card is included in the second Gold Dust 'Best of' prose anthology to be launched in November this year.Kathy George's Gothic manuscript Sargasso has been short-listed for the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards - Unpublished Manuscript, Emerging Author section.The MacGregor, the second novel in the Nightshifters series by Jenny Brigalow, is out this month through Harlequin Escape. Jenny has sold her teen novel The Overlander to Bloomsbury Spark (USA) for publication mid this year.  Allison Paterson has had Anzac Sons: Five Brothers on the Western Front, her children’s version of  Anzac Sons: the Story of Five Brothers in the War to End All Wars, accepted for publication with Big Sky Publishing. It was released in April.  ▪  David Hardy launched his non-fiction anthology Bold:  Stories from older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (The Rag & Bone Man Press) in Brisbane on 4 December at Queensland AIDS Council and 7 December at Avid Reader, and in Townsville at Mary Who? bookstore on 10 December.  ▪Geoff Barlow’s series of articles on famous Queensland Governor Sir Walter Campbell, published in the Owen Dickson Society E-Journal, were recognised recently by an invitation to Government House. Co-written by Professor James Corkery, the articles have now been cited in the Canadian Parliamentary Review, several Australian legal journals and a number of academic texts.Zenobia Frost has received an ArtStart grant and will be mentored throughout the year by Bronwyn Lea in Brisbane, Warsan Shire in London and Adrianne Kalfopoulou at the Black Forest Writing Seminars in Freiburg.  Sharmayne Riseley received a highly commended award for her story ‘Fish Families’ in the Stringybark Short Story Award 2015, and it has been published in the awards anthology Standing By. The anthology  is available now as an e-book, and will be in print from 15 June 2016.  ▪Pamela Rushby is  pleased to announce her historical novel, Sing a Rebel Song, set in Barcaldine during the 1891 Shearers’ Strike, has been published by Omnibus Books.June Perkins has launched her e-book After Yasi – Finding the Smile Within.Jennifer St George’s sixth book, The Billionaire’s Passionate Revenge, has been published by Destiny Romance, a Penguin Books Australia imprintLindsay Boyd's literary fiction mystery novel Inevitable has been published by Black Rose Writing.  Barry Roseberg's story, 'A Close Shave', has been accepted for the anthology  Growing Pains.  ▪Geraldine Borella has had her short story ‘Achilles and the Maple Leaf’ published in Busybird Publishing’s magazine Page Seventeen and won second place in The Scribe Writers competition with short story ‘One potato, two potato...’.Lesley Synge’s novel Cry Ma Ma to the Moon, illustrated Brisbane artist Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox, is now an e-book on Amazon.Jarryd Luke has received an ArtStart grant and will be undertaking a residency at Gulkistan in Iceland.  Avril Sabine has published her novel, Dragon Blood 1: Pliethin, which was developed in QWC’s Year of the Novel, with more in the fantasy series to follow.  ▪Deanne Seigle-Buyat got third prize in the Rockingham Short Fiction Awards for 'Castles in the Air'.Lesley J Mooney, who has published novels Broken Threads and The Link of Destiny using FeedARead, had her poem ‘Only Just A Name’ published in Mackay newspaper The Daily Mercury.'Tang the Burmese' a poem by Mocco Wollert was published in Scope in May. 'War Child' was published in the Lane Cove Literary Awards Anthology 2015 and 'Jacaranda Dawn', 'Corners' and 'Ode to a Lost Moment' were published in Australia Times.Nothing Lasts Forever by Althea Foster has been published by Xlibris. It is available on Amazon.com.  ▪  Andrea Baldwin has been selected to participate in the Affirm Mentorship Program 2015, a partnership between Affirm Press and Varuna the Writers' House, to develop her contemporary adult novel "The Child Pose" for publication.  ▪Emmanuelle Buecher-Hall has self-published her children’s book Merlin’s Voyage in English and French. Gold Coast author, Dimity Powell's short story, 'Park Ride', will be featured in this year's Short and Twisted 2015 anthology, due out July via Celapene Press. 'Park Ride' was shortlisted for the Charlotte Duncan Award 2014. ▪Julie Kearney’s short stories have been published and commended. ‘Killing Him Softly’ was shortlisted and highly commended in the Alan Marshall Short Story Award; ‘The Forgiveness of Trees’ was also shortlisted and highly commended in Books Ireland IMRAM Short Story Competition; her memoir ‘Stepping in the River’ will appear in Transnational Literature; and  ‘Are you Ready’ has been published in the Stringybark Anthology. Margaret River Press is publishing her story ‘Fork in the Path’. She was also selected for HARDCOPY, the ACT Writers Centre manuscript development program.  Trent Jamieson has won Best Horror Novel and Best Fantasy Novel for Day Boy in the 2016 Aurealis Awards.  ▪  The Twisted Knot by J.M. Peace will be published by Pan Macmillan and released in July. It is the sequel to A Place to Run.  ▪  Jacqui Halpin and Jack Turner have published the memoir,  A Long Way From Misery with Crown Mountain Press. It is also available on Amazon.  ▪Graeme Buckley has published his first e-book, Simon and MacGuffin. It is available now from Amazon.  Not Just Black and White, by Lesley Williams and Tammy Williams  was shortlisted for the Indigenous Writer's Prize in the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards.  ▪Neville Mills recently published his fourth book, The Curious Letters of Mervyn Mudal. More details on his website www.nevmills.comMark Lingane's books, Fusion and Sucker have both been listed in the top ten self-published books (worldwide) of 2015 by the Bookbag. Sucker was also listed in the Favourite Indie Books of 2015 by SPR.    My Big Bear Story, written by Cherie Curtis (also known as Cheryse Durrant) and illustrated by Jacqui Read, was launched by Creative Regions in November as a useful tool for discussing the issue of family violence with children.  ▪  Boyd Craig's second book, the novella Following your knows, has been published through InHouse Publishing.  ▪Fiona Robertson has celebrated her debut publication with her short story 'The Drive-In' published in The Suburban Review.Mocco Wollert has had children’s story ‘Miss Applebee Turns Red’ published in The Australia Times Children’s Magazine and a haiku published in Scope (FAWQ) Magazine. Her poem ‘Gallipoli No More’  was published in an anthology of Anzac poems called When Anzac Day Comes Around.Inara Strungs has published her first novel, Sunstone, through Palmer Higgs.Verity Croker's short story, 'Grasskiller', will be published in the 40 Degree South competition anthology later this year.Ian Laver, Sunshine Coast Writer, won second prize for his hard hitting story, ‘Up Ahead’ in the 2015 Henry Lawson Society’s Gulgong Literary Awards Open Short Story.Gisella McIntyre's first novel 'Fleeting Moments' has been launched as ebook with Amazon by Xlibris.Yvonne Mes' picture book, Meet Sidney Nolan (Random House Australia) illustrated by Sandra Eterovic will be launched Sunday the 13th of September at the StoryArts Festival Ipswich. Her second picture book, Oliver's Grumbles (Dragon Tales Publishing) illustrated by Giuseppe Poli is due for release in October this year.Bella Sharma has published The Journey of a Gambler's Wife. It is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and on Kindle.  ▪Hazel Barker’s short story, 'Love at First Sight', was long-listed in the Lane Cove Literary Award competition and her manuscript, See No Evil: story of a war child was short-listed in the Barnardos Great Aussie Prize Competition 2014.'The Other Girl' by Robyn Osborne has been shortlisted for the 2016 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction.Scholastic will publish two books by Pamela Rushby in 2016. Princess Parsley will be released in July and Lizzie and Margaret Rose will be published and released in October.  Barry Rosenberg's story, 'And A Cup of Tea For James' has been accepted for the anthology Displacement to be published by Horrified Press.  ▪

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