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Queensland Writers Centre's gift to you! Leave the mayhem of 2020 behind you with this FREE Q&A with Rosalie Ham, author of The Dressmaker!

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with Christine Jackman and Rosalie Ham


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Queensland Writers Centre's gift to you! Leave the mayhem of 2020 behind you with this FREE Q&A with Rosalie Ham, author of The Dressmaker and now the sequel, The Dressmaker's Secret!

To replace Queensland Writer’s Centre’s annual Christmas party, we are holding a very special Christmas event featuring a Q&A with Rosalie Ham, author of the incredibly successful novel, The Dressmaker, and now its sequel, The Dressmaker’s Secret. And, because this year has been such a challenging one for many of our writers, this event is completely FREE!

Beginning at 6:00pm, hear about the Writers Centre's absolute rollercoaster of a year from CEO, Lori-Jay Ellis. During this address, we will announce and celebrate the recipient of the 2020 Johnno Awards for their outstanding service to writers and writing in Queensland.

Then from 6:30pm, join journalist and author, Christine Jackman, as she interviews the amazing Rosalie Ham with questions submitted by you, our vibrant members!

The Dressmaker shot off shelves in 2000 as Rosalie Ham’s debut novel, and in 2015, the story went to new heights with the critically acclaimed movie adaption starring Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, and Hugo Weaving.

To submit a question for Rosalie Ham, fill in this form here. Questions will be collected and vetted before the event. Please note that only questions asked by active QWC members will be considered. Membership will be cross-referenced and confirmed with every submission. Questions must be submitted before November 22.

Finally, all attendees will receive a promo code for the Library Bookshop that will give them a 10% discount and free shipping on The Dressmaker's Secret and Rosalie's previous works.

So, give yourself the least-expensive gift this Christmas and come along!

About Rosalie Ham

Rosalie Ham is one of Australia's bestselling authors, and also writes for stage and radio. Born and raised in Jerilderie, NSW, Rosalie’s fresh, unusual and entertaining voice debuted with her first novel, The Dressmaker in 2000. This story was brought to life on screen in 2015, where the film won five AACTA awards. Her further novels include Summer at Mount Hope (2005), There Should be More Dancing (2011) and The Year of the Farmer (2018). When she is not writing, Rosalie teaches literature and addresses students and study groups on her books and writing in general. She holds a BA in Education and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing.

About Christine Jackman

Christine Jackman is a journalist, author and communications consultant. Having worked in New York as a foreign correspondent and in the Canberra press gallery, she later specialised in newspaper and magazine feature writing, winning a number of awards. Her latest book, Turning Down The Noise, explores the power of quiet places and practices in our increasingly noisy modern world.

About Lori-Jay Ellis

Lori-Jay is the CEO of the Queensland Writers Centre. Queensland born and raised, Lori-Jay embodies creativity and innovation; she brings an enthusiasm and thirst for new ideas as well as a firm belief in nurturing creative talent, and proven leadership success in both the arts and business sectors. Early on she produced and directed funded short films, and as part of her mid-life crisis she is a self-published speculative writer. She brings to the role a personal passion for the written word and a genuine love for all things indie.

How to Connect to the Live Stream:

When you buy a ticket, you will receive two emails. One will be your receipt from Eventbrite. The other will be an email from Queensland Writers Centre on behalf of Crowdcast, our live stream provider. The latter email will thank you for registering for the course and provide you with a link to the video. A representation of this email is below; the 'Visit Event' button will take you to the live stream's landing page.

It is only through this link in which you may access the live stream, so it is important that you check that you have received it. In case you misplace this email, you will receive another email with the live stream link 10 minutes before the course is scheduled to start. If you don't receive the initial email when you buy the ticket, contact us on 07 3842 9922 or at


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Unless otherwise stated, Queensland Writers Centre workshops and events are suitable for participants aged 16 years and over. If you are under 18 years of age, please check with us for suitability before purchasing a ticket.

Can I ask the instructor questions as a live stream viewer?

We will have a live stream facilitator monitoring the chat section, so if there is a recurring question being asked, that employee will ask the instructor on the viewers' behalf. Naturally, the instructor will also provide time to answer such questions; however, depending on the number of live stream viewers, for the tutor to answer everyone's question within the time allocated can be a challenge, so please understand.

What should prepare for the event?

We suggest having either a pen and paper or electronic note-taking device as you watch the live stream.

How do I access the event?

Once you have purchased a ticket on Eventbrite, you will receive two emails: one from Eventbrite confirming your purchase and another from the live stream provider, Crowdcast, with your unique link to the live stream. If you do not receive two emails, please check your spam folder or else please contact QWC.

Can I playback the live stream after the event has happened?

Yes! You will have access to the live stream for seven days after the event. If you are watching the playback after the live stream, please keep in mind that you won't be able to use the chat feature and ask questions to the presenter. For the best experience, we highly recommend watching live. After seven days your access will be revoked. You cannot purchase access to the live stream after the physical event has started. 

What am I allowed to say in the group chat?

The group chat is a fantastic way to interact and collaborate with other online participants, the QWC live stream facilitator, and the presenter. We expect members to be courteous and respectful in the group chat. The same behaviour you would conduct yourself in person at a QWC event is expected online. The QWC live stream facilitator will ban any participants who don't abide by these rules so other participants can enjoy the event. If you are banned you will not be refunded the admission.

How do I improve the video quality of my live stream?

Every live stream is broadcasted in high definition. To watch the live stream in the best quality, select the gear icon in the bottom left of the video and select the highest possible resolution (in most cases this is 720p).

What internet browser should I use?

Our live stream provider, Crowdcast, recommends using Google Chrome to watch the live stream. However, the live stream does support Firefox, Opera, Edge, and Safari.

Can I watch the live stream on my mobile device?

On Android, Crowdcast can be used with Chrome for Android or Firefox for Android.

On iOS, you can use the Crowdcast app or view in your favourite Mobile browser!

If using the app, you can access the event by clicking the link sent to your email on your device and this will open the event in the app.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact us by phone on 07 3842 9922 or email us at

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