Friday, May 27, 2011

Read 6 to Win 6

Gold Coast Libraries are running a competition that challenges you to read 6 books and post your reviews to their site giving you the chance to win 6 more books to keep for yourself.

Visit the site here to see the terms and conditions.

Entries must be received by 5pm, Friday 26 August 2011.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Miles Franklin Literary Award Shortlisted Authors Talk

Invitation to an evening with 2011 Miles Franklin Literary Award Shortlisted Authors.

Shortlisted authors Roger McDonald (When Colts Ran) and Chris Womersley (Bereft) will be appearing at the State Library of Queensland to discuss their highly acclaimed shortlisted works from 6.30 – 7.30pm on 26 May 2011. 

This free event is a wonderful opportunity to hear these writers speak about the writing process and to gain an insight into their shortlisted works.

Bookings are essential so please email if you would like to attend.

To learn more visit the Miles Franklin website here.


 HEYWIRE is a competition open to young people aged between 16 and 22 that gives the opportunity to upload your stories and opinions about things that affect you.

Their website states "Anyone can upload stories to this website, but you have to be aged between 16 and 22, and live outside Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide or Perth, to be eligible to win the Heywire Competition. Each year in September/October the best stories that have been uploaded throughout the year are chosen to be broadcast across the ABC. The roughly 40 winning entrants get the chance to go to Heywire Youth Issues Forum in Canberra in February."

Check out the poster in the library or click here to go to their site.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Indigenous Authors

Check out Anita Heiss' blog for her list of her top 100 favourite Indigenous authored books as part of her 'Black Book Challenge'. It is her version of the BBC Book Challenge which itself lists 100 best loved books as voted for by the public. Their version lists all of the usual suspects however Anita's list contains novels by Indigenous authors you may not have heard of before. It's worth a look.

Dr Anita Heiss is an author and a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales.

New Books

We've added lots of new books to the library shelves over recent weeks. Check out the 'NEW BOOKS' page on the blog for a selection.

Monday, May 9, 2011


The 'Get Reading!' annual celebration of books and reading runs from 24 August to 30 September this year, but don't wait until then to get involved. Visit the website, register early and check out the lists of great reads from years past.
The great thing about this event is that you can download free copies of  the first chapters of many of the books in the 2010 guide.  This annual guide lists 50 books you can't put down ... and they guarantee them to be 50 great reads. There are books for everyone so its definitely worth a look.

Visit the website here to find out more information.