Craig Munro has been shortlisted for the 2017 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship.Errol Bray's second novel The Quarters published by Clouds of Magellan Press will launch at Avid Reader in West End on 16 March, 2017.Jacki Ferro co-authored Rhonda Collard-Spratt's memoir Alice's Daughter: Lost Mission Child, which was published by Aboriginal Studies Press in April 2017. This book will be launched at Avid Reader on National Sorry Day, Friday 26 May 2017.Frances Isaac's latest novel Isabel was published in England and released in January, 2017.Lindsay Boyd's story The Passenger has been published in Issue 31 of Gold Dust Literary Magazine.Jane Smith's book Shoot-out at the Rock, the first in her children's historical fiction series Tommy Bell the Bushranger Boy, has been listed in the Children's Book Council of Australia's Notables for 2017.Chris Pearce's The Great Daylight Saving Time Controversy has been published by Australian eBook Publisher and is available at Amazon, Kobo, Apple and Google. This non-fiction eBook covers the origins of daylight savings time and the history of the scheme in each country that has used it.Mehran Rafiei's memoir A Persian Odyssey has been published by CreateSpace (Amazon).Mocco Wollert has published The Beating of Wings, with watercolour paintings by Pam Cain.Emma Mactaggart's fourth children's book Lily Fabourama Glamourama has won a Silver IPPY Award in the Best Children's Illustrated E-Book category, and was translated into Indonesian to be launched in June. Her fifth book Where is the True Ewe will be launched on Sunday 22 April, with an exhibition of its illustrations at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery until May. Where is the True Ewe is a picture book for adults, written in homage to Mem Fox's Where is the Green Sheep.James Raven published Retaliation, the finale of his Sentinels of Tzurac science fiction trilogy, with CreateSpace as a paperback and an eBook.John Ahern’s travel memoir On The Road…With Kids, the winner of the Qld People’s Choice Book of the Year 2015, is to be released in the USA by Trafalgar Square Publishing in May. Movie rights for On The Road…With Kids have recently been purchased by Aquarius Films.Karen Tyrrell will launch The Battle of Bug World, Song Bird 2 at Logan North Library on Saturday 24 June, at 11am.Bette Guy has had one of her short stories included in Reader's Digest's 100 Word Short Stories collection for 2016.Maggie Christensen has published her sixth novel, Champagne for Breakfast, a heart-warming story of second chances set in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.  Trish Blackwell writing as Patsy Kemp has released her memoir The Drover's Daughter, published by Brolga Publishing, about her family's experiences on the stock routes of Queensland and New South Wales. It will be released in the UK, USA and Canada in June and in Germany in August.Betsy Roberts' first novel Summer Feet was published by Malua Publishing in December 2016 and is available in both print and eBook formats.Kathryn Gossow's first novel Cassandra has been published by Odyssey Books.Claire Austin's romance novel The Blue Triangle will be published by Luminosity Publishing UK in late May.Mocco Wollert's Rain Sonnet has been published in the April edition of SCOPE.Marisa Parker's Goodbye to Italia was awarded an indieBRAG (Book Readers Appreciation Group) medallion.Anni Webster has been accepted into the HARDCOPY 2017 professional development program to develop her nonfiction manuscript Imagining Isabella. HARDCOPY is a special initiative of the ACT Writers Centre and funded by the Australia Council for the Arts.Mocco Wollert's poem Solomon: The Stray Persian was published in the November issue of FAW magazine, Jacaranda was published in Positive Words magazine, and Sometimes I Dream was published in SCOPE February 2017.Allison Paterson is a recipient of the May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust's Creative Time Fellowships for 2017, and her latest children's picture book Shearing Time was released in March this year.  June Perkins will present at this year's Sandcliffe Writers Festival on the 29th of April. June has also had four of her poems featured on the Australian Children's Poetry blog: The Arts Class, Outback Afternoon, The Caterpillar's Song and First Day.Lynne Lumsden Green will be a presenting on the topic of Australian Steampunk Authors at CapriCon: Steampunk and Pop Culture Convention in Rockhampton this April.Shannon Horsfall's second picture book Nomax! will be published by HarperCollins in June 2017 and the paperback edition of her first picture book Was Not Me!, also published by HarperCollins, will be released in July 2017.Lindsay Boyd's short story Walls has been published in the Lower View online journal at https://lowerview.com .Tara East's short story Haunted was published in volume 21 of Text Journal.Andrea Baldwin's short memoir Occasionally, A Stranger to Watch the Stars With has been published in the Autumn edition of Meanjin.Ian Grace has published his debut novel Kill Radius as an eBook and in paperback, available through Amazon.Mocco Wollert's poem Harem - A Fantasy was published in the March edition of SCOPE, and her two poems City Tree and Brisbane were published in the March edition of The Australia Times. Mocco's poem Nonet - Eaglehawk won second prize in the poetry category of the 2017 Mulga Bill Writing Award at the Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Festival.Brian Robertson has published his memoir A Gordon For Me with Ringwood Publishing about his time in the Gordon Highlanders Regiment during the Cyprus Emergency. More information is available at http://agordonforme.com. Fiona Robertson is the recipient of a Katharine Susannah Prichard Fellowship for 2017.Karenlee Thompson will launch her collection of short fictions Flame Tip as part of a double book launch event at Avid Reader from 6pm on Wednesday 28 June, 2017.In April, Susan Currie spoke on ABC Radio National's Ockham's Razor program about her recently published book A Prescription for Action: the life of Dr Janet Irwin. A transcript and audio file of the segment is available online.Pamela Jeffs' short story 'Cards and Steel Hearts' has been published in the Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier anthology by Falstaff Books.Anna Daniels' Vogel shortlisted romantic comedy Girl In Between with Allen & Unwin will be launched at Riverbend Books, Bulimba on Thursday 27 April at 6.30pm.Dimity Powell's picture book The Fix-It Man has been published by Exisle Publishing.Lea Davey has published her second novel Silkworm Secrets, a contemporary fiction set in South-East Queensland.Rae White's poem tweets i never published was featured in Cordite Poetry Review Issue 57.0: Confession. Rae's poem blizzards expected throughout the week was published in Woolf Pack Issue 8.Christine Stewart's short story Mates was selected for inclusion in The Outback vol. 2, a collection of short stories from the 2017 Outback Writers' Festival in Winton.Laura Elvery has won the 2017 Margaret River Short Story Competition for her story Joiner Bay.Kelly Mether's short story Wittenoom was Highly Commended in the 2017 Nature Conservancy Australia Nature Writing Prize.Samantha Wheeler has published her fourth children's book Wombat Warriors with UQP.Joanna Barrett's short story The Whites of Her Eyes placed second in the 2017 Mulga Bill Writing Award short story category at the Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Festival.Robert Morris has co-edited and released the final edition of small packages, a pocket-size magazine including poetry, art work and interviews. Small packages, issue 12 was published in November 2016 and reprinted in March 2017.Ben Hobson's novel To Become a Whale will be published by Allen & Unwin, to be released in June 2017.Mirandi Riwoe's novella The Fish Girl is the joint winner of Seizure's Viva la Novella V prize and will be published in September 2017.Carmen Leigh Keates' poetry collection Meteorites, published by Whitmore Press, was reviewed by Simon West in the Weekend Australian.

Queensland Writer’s Life – Deborah Disney

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

Queensland Writer’s Life – James Moloney

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

The child as protagonist

Finegan Kruckemeyer

My plays are generally regarded as Theatre for Young Audiences, but in truth this is not by virtue of themes or tone differing from adult plays, but by something as arbitrary as a child protagonist. It is then construed as a work for young people, but two simple factors discredit this: those who sit in more

Queensland Writer’s Life – Andrew McMillen

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

Queensland Writer’s Life – Marianne de Pierres

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

Storytelling through songwriting

Dion Read

To the stranger on the street, songwriting might seem like a powerful, mysterious art. What else could explain the song that makes you cry, exposing your soul and speaking to you at your deepest level? Yet the songwriter often vaguely describes the songwriting process as though they “woke up with it in their head” or, more