Brisbane Literacy


As the cliché goes, reading can travel you to places without moving,

other than turning the pages with your fingers and searching for the perfect position for joyful literary absorption. If you want to learn more about Brisbane, we recommend you to grab books that are written by Brisbane authors or those with stories which are set in the city.


Your understanding with the city will surely broaden, thanks to various authors' perspective of the land. Discovering Brisbane's literary side is also the same way of learning more about its people, and history.

Literary fanatics shouldn't miss the Brisbane Writers Festival, which is hailed as rhe premier annual literary event in the state of Queensland.

For twelve years and counting, the five-day festival has been showcasing the best of local, national and international writing to Brisbane. Before it was called by its present name, the Brisbane Writers Festival is known as the Warana Writers Weekend, exclusive for writers, in the 1960s.

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It welcomed the public in 1985, changing its name to Warana Writers Week, and has been held at South Bank and was partnered by the University of Queensland Press. The event has then become embraced by a large audience and in 1996 the event become an incorporated association and on the

title of the Brisbane Writers Festival. Up to date, the event has been a common ground for the best writers not just in Brisbane and Queensland, but also writers of high caliber around the world. Literary enthusiasts will also have the chance to see and meet their favorite authors as well as engage in different writing workshops. The festival is being held at the State Library of Queensland and will grace the year from September 17 to 21.

With the city's aim to discover more of its literary talents is the birth of a story writing competition named One Book Many Brisbanes. It is a search for

the ten best stories made by Brisbane authors and will be collected and be published in an anthology. There are no limitations with regards to theme.

Some of the winners in the 2007 contest are Matthew Jones' "In Brisbane", Janet Whiters' "Winged Feet", Jennifer Barrett's "Chocolate, Coe and Dimes" and Laurie Cordingley's "My Recollections of the 1974 Australia Day Flood." The competition was introduced in 2006, and is currently inviting authors to submit their stories for inclusion in the 2008 anthology.

Here are some of the suggested books to read made by and/or for Brisbane. Some of these works actually depict life in the city. Nick Earls is one of

them, a novelist from Brisbane and is notable for having books that always put readers in the Brisbane setting. Majority of his works are humorous

popular fiction. His novels have reaped a number of awards: “Zigzag Street” has won the 1998 Betty Trask Award and “48 Shades of Brown” grabbed

the 2000 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award. His latest work is the “Thomposn Gunner.”