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12 October, 2023

Chance to meet a host of local authors at event

Meet published authors and learn about their writing journeys at the Local Author Showcase event at the Mareeba Library on Monday.

Chance to meet a host of local authors at event - feature photo

Five authors will be on hand to meet visitors, answer questions, talk about their books and be available for book signing.

All authors are affiliated with Bowerbird Publishing, which was established by Julatten author Crystal Leonardi to provide writers across the country with an opportunity to publish their books. 

“Showcasing these authors is my way of supporting my authors but also providing an event for locals to attend and celebrate our local talent,” Ms Leonardi said. “Our region is rich in culture, history and incredible stories, so it’s an absolute joy to assist writers in sharing their stories through publishing.”

The authors include Colleen Taylor, Nicola Baker, Alan Isherwood, Chantal Munro and Sandy Davies.

Ms Taylor is a true trailblazer in the region and is dedicated to preserving the rich history woven by local pioneers, drovers and miners. Her passion for documenting these stories was evident in her independent success of the publication of Cooee-Cooee: Colleen’s Collected Stories and her recent publication Unearthing Einasleigh and District Bygone Days.  

In her poignant memoir The Thing About Jed, Ms Baker shares her harrowing journey through her son's life-altering diagnosis of Moyamoya Disease. This is her first book, and she aspires to give strength and hope to anyone facing adversity. She founded the charity Moyamoya Australia to provide information, support and networking to families dealing with the disease.

Mr Isherwood has created an intricate, emotionally sophisticated portrayal of the ensemble cast in his new publication Isherwood’s Australia featuring his extended family, childhood friends and tales of 20th-century Australia and beyond. Isherwood’s Australia is an outstanding example of how one man’s individual journey, combined with a rich family tradition of sharing stories, can unite generations in a stunningly relatable and compelling way. 

Ms Murno has entertained children and families for more than three decades. From Australia to the United States, she embarked on a journey as a children's entertainer and storyteller. Now settled in Far North Queensland, she continues to entertain with her first novel TickleTouch, An Environmental Fairy Tale aimed at young adults and adults young at heart.

Ms Davies lives by her mantra “it is never too late, and we are never too old” as she has accomplished her lifelong dream of being an author. Her book The Power to Rise Above is an anthology by 30 women from around the globe who shine a light on the various ways in which life circumstances can destroy a person and the power to rise above difficulties.

The event kicks off at 10am on Monday 16 October. 

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