Word Fest Toowoomba notched up a program of great events for March 2024.

THANKS to absolutely everyone who was involved along the way, and to those who came along to our events.  Entertainment money is tight for everyone, so we really appreciate the support.
Conversations With… saw book lovers, art lovers and poetry lovers, assemble in the surrounds of Kat Lynn’s spectacular photographic exhibition at The Write Gallery at The Lighthouse for an evening of literary entertainment. Our creatives were nationally recognised authors Michael Burge and Suzanne Leal, in conversation as colleagues on the literary scene.

Introducing the evening was celebrated local artist Anna Battle from Shiny Happy Artwho introduced the audience to her most recent paintings and spoke about the impact words have on the viewers of such paintings. Her engaging exposé of her creative process and the result and enjoyment she receives from comments of her viewers set the scene and enhanced the profiles of the six Empowering Women, Kat had engaged in her exhibition.

After Suzanne and Michael spoke about their recent works, The Watchful Wife and Tank Water, they embraced the questions readers often ask about the sustainability of characters, the importance of location and the choice of protagonists and antagonists in their works.

The evening was rounded off by the author of the new poetry anthology Broken Dolls.  Author, poet, essayist, reviewer and biographer Antonia Hildebrand, chose to follow the lives of broken women across the ages. From Cleopatra to Sinead O’Connor the images of her poems reflected the theme of invisibility of women, the disregard for women’s skills and achievements and the outcomes of neglect, abuse and disenfranchisement.

WFT was proud to be invited to launch the anthology at Impress Studio and Gallery at Wooloowin on Friday the 22nd of March.

Writer’s Retreat

On Saturday 16th March a small enthusiastic band of writers occupied the Training Carriage at Downs Steam Tourist Museum at Drayton for a lively writer’s workshop withMichael Burge. After a morning of skill building the group enjoyed a lunch prepared by Café Loco and a personal tour of the amazing Dreamtime Carriage on the platform before working individually with Michael through a mentoring session to Write Regardless. Our thanks go to Michael for such an engaging day.
A small group of writers supporting each other has been developed from this day to keep the motivation flowing.

Harmony Day

Harmony Day saw a great gathering of our multicultural community at Picnic Point where WFT was collaborating with Study Toowoomba and sharing knowledge and tastes of Bunya Nuts and Cob Loaf from our recently launched second edition More Tastes of Toowoomba.

While March was a busy month, April has lots to offer.

Writing Your Life Story – Wednesday 10 April

Limited spaces are available for this memoir writing workshop with Mardi Sands. You may have missed her at Words out West at Dalby but now is your chance here in Toowoomba. Full details, tickets and costs below.
Be quick and book your tickets online at www.wordfesttoowoomba.com.au/events

Puppet Making with recognised script writer and puppeteer Marianne Buchanan

School holiday fun for children at the Puppet Making workshop at Mosaic Hues – Level 1, Rowes Complex, Keefe Street CBD, Saturday 13 April.
Details and tickets available at www.wordfesttoowomba.com.au/events

Toowoomba Show Cooking Demonstrations 

WFT was delighted to be invited back to this year’s Heritage Founders Pavilion for cooking demonstrations on the following dates and times:

  • Thursday 18 April – 3:30 pm – Sri Lankan curry & Ezidi Naan and dips.
  • Friday 19 April – 4 pm – Nepalese Momo Dumplings
  • Saturday 20 April – 12:45 pm – Nepalese Momo Dumplings
  • Saturday 20 April – 4pm – Cob Loaf & Ezidi Naan and Homus

Copies of More Tastes of Toowoomba will be available for sale. Please come and support our fundraising efforts.


  • Trashion Parade – Thursday 6 May at Grand Central Shopping Centre.
  • Literary Lunch –  Thursday 6 June, Suzanne Leal guest author
  • Queensland Day Breakfast – Thursday 6 June, details of speakers and venues to come
  • Author Expo – Saturday 8 June, 12 wonderful diverse authors, workshops and popup bookshop – more details to come

Grab Your Trashion Parade Tickets Here:

Looking forward to seeing you at some of these events!