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Going to the Ends of the Earth (with Notebook)

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Red Box, Level 2, State Library of Queensland

Stanley Place, South Brisbane


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Writing at the Ends of the Earth (with notebook)

How far will you go to get a story – into the jungles of Cambodia? Across the steppes of Mongolia – by bicycle? How about a caravan in a wildlife park surrounded by pythons, down a coal mine, on a giant cargo ship across the Tasman sea? These writers have gone to such lengths, and more, to gather material for their stories. Now they’re ready to sit down with a quiet drink and tell you all about it.

About Laura:

Laura Jean McKay is the author of Holiday in Cambodia, a short story collection that explores the electric zone where local and foreign lives meet. Holiday in Cambodia has been shortlisted for three national book awards, including the 2014 NSW Premier’s Literary Award, the 2014 Queensland Literary Award and the 2015 Asher Award for books on an anti-war theme. Laura’s writing has been published in The Best Australian Stories, Award Winning Australian Writing and the North American Review. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne and the recipient of a Martin Bequest Traveling Scholarship.

About Tom Doig:

Tom Doig is a journalist, travel writer, oral historian and academic. He is the author of Mörön to Mörön: two men, two bikes, one Mongolian misadventure (Allen & Unwin, 2013) and The Coal Face (Penguin, 2015), about the catastrophic 2014 Hazelwood Mine fire. The Coal Face was joint winner of the 2015 Oral History Victoria Education Innovation Award. Tom is currently a journalism PhD candidate at Monash University, writing a longer book about the Hazelwood Mine fire, to be published in 2018.


An 'In Conversation' event - suitable for everyone

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


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Red Box is located on Level 2 of the State Library of Queensland.

There are several parking and transportation options:

  • Parking underneath State Library or Queensland Museum costs $16 per entry.
  • There is limited street parking available on Merivale Street, Montague Road and Hope Street at an hourly rate.
  • A drop-off point is located on the ring road outside SLQ, next to the bus stops.
  • The Cultural Precinct BusWay and South Brisbane Train Station are a short walk from State Library.

What can I bring into the event?

You can bring pen and paper or a laptop along with you to write with. If you do bring a laptop, please note there is no access to power in the seating area of this auditorium.

The venue runs quite a cool air-conditioning system so we advise bringing a jacket, jumper or cardigan with you.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact us by phone on 07 3842 9922 Monday – Friday between 9am and 5pm or email us at: qldwriters@qwc.asn.au

What's the refund policy?

If Queensland Writers Centre cancels an event, we will try to reschedule it for a later date. If we cannot reschedule the event, or if you are unable to attend on the amended date, your payment will be refunded in full.

Except in special circumstances, if you cancel a booking for, or are unable to attend an event, workshop, seminar, or course, Queensland Writers Centre cannot provide a refund. You can contact us to discuss your situation on 07 3842 9922 or email us at qldwriters@qwc.asn.au

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