Lyndall Hill Takes on the Outback: A Journey from Word Fest Toowoomba to Winton Outback Writers Festival

Lyndall Hill Takes on the Outback: A Journey from Word Fest Toowoomba to Winton Outback Writers Festival

In late June of 2024, the dusty trails of the Australian Outback will welcome a new literary adventurer: Lyndall Hill, the creator and curator of Word Fest Toowoomba’. Lyndall has been extended an invitation to the Australian Outback Writers Festival, set to take place from June 20th to 22nd in the progressive town of Winton. This year’s theme, fittingly, revolves around the essence of the Outback, promising a celebration of Australia’s rich storytelling heritage amidst the iconic setting of the Waltzing Matilda Centre.

The Outback Writers Festival Inc., a non-profit organization established in 2015, stands as a beacon for promoting Australian literature, particularly narratives rooted in the vast and diverse landscapes of the Outback. With a set of admirable objectives, the festival aims not only to entertain but also to educate, inspire, and connect communities:

The festival commits to an annual rendezvous in Winton, serving as a hub for writers, readers, and enthusiasts to converge and share their passion for Australian stories. By engaging writers and readers alike, the festival endeavours to foster a deeper appreciation for Australian narratives, nurturing a culture that champions the diverse voices and experiences within the literary landscape.

One of the festival’s noble missions is to encourage literacy and storytelling among rural and indigenous children, recognising the transformative power of literature in shaping young minds and bridging cultural divides, but beyond its literary endeavours, the festival serves as a platform to spotlight the Outback as a significant tourism destination, inviting both domestic and international visitors to explore its rugged beauty and rich history. 
Through storytelling, the festival pays homage to the deep-rooted history and cultural tapestry of the Outback, honouring First Nations heritage and the resilience of generations past and present who have walked these lands.

Lyndall Hill’s anticipation is building, as she eagerly awaits the crisp Outback nights and the promise of festival fun. Her journey from Toowoomba to the serene landscapes of Winton is not just a physical one; it symbolises a seamless transition from one chapter of literary exploration to the next. Accompanied by her partner, Murray, Lyndall envisions a road trip punctuated by moments of reflection and inspiration, fueling her passion for storytelling, creativity and community engagement.

As Lyndall prepares to embark on this new adventure, she carries with her the spirit of Word Fest and the values it represents: inclusivity, creativity, and a profound appreciation for the power of words to unite and transform. In Winton, amidst the red earth and vast horizons, Lyndall Hill will find herself among kindred spirits, bound by a shared love for the Outback and the stories that echo across its timeless landscapes.

As the Australian Outback Writers Festival draws near, all eyes turn to Winton, where a new chapter in the story of Australian literature is waiting to unfold, along with the passionate vision of Lyndall this will be a remarkable event.

 As a Wordsmith and Director of Word Fest Toowoomba, Lyndall has written a Secondary School textbook (OUP); published multicultural recipe books, a collection of high profile Toowoomba identities and helped others through the self-publishing process. From a Poetry Slam in a boxing ring, Literary Lunches, Author Expos, Storytelling Under the Stars, writingworkshops in train carriages to panels, podcasts and organisations’ histories and giving anything a go, she writes business blogs and applications under MollyB Blogging and personal travel blogs under Travlyn. 

 

Word Fest Toowoomba 1000-word Short Story Competition

Word Fest Toowoomba 1000-word Short Story Competition

Word Fest Toowoomba is excited to announce our first-ever Writing Competition. 

Writers who are Australian residents are welcome to submit their 1000-word short story for this year’s writing competition. Entries must be unpublished work (not posted on any blogs personal or otherwise) and must not be under consideration elsewhere for other competitions. 

SUBMISSION FORM DOWNLOAD

Entry to Word Fest Toowoomba’s Writing Competition is $5.99 AUD. 

Open Theme

1st prize $100     2nd prize $50

Winning stories may be published in Word Fest Toowoomba’s 2024 book. 

Story Formatting 

  1. Make sure you DO NOT include your own name on your story/stories as it is ‘blind’ judging. 
  2. Use 12-point font (Arial, Times Roman)
  3. Use double spacing.
  4. Indent the first line of each paragraph.
  5. Include the TITLE of the story and the WORD COUNT on the first page of the story. DO NOT include your name in the document. 
  6. Save each story/entry as a separate Word document or a pdf.

Sending in your story and Entrant Details

  1. Purchase your entry fee
  2. Fill out the form
  3. Upload your story to the form
  4. Submit

Entries Close – Friday 19th May 11:59 PM (AEST)

RULES: Make sure your story has never been published (print, blogs and internet) and has not won or been acknowledged in any other competitions (awarded certificates or prizes). Please also ensure your story is not under consideration for a competition or publication.

Fireside Chats

Fireside Chats

At Another Life, Coffee and Wares on 114 Bellevue St, Toowoomba, an exciting series of events is set to take place every Friday evening from 6-7 pm starting from the 14th of April to the 19th of May. The event will feature distinguished community members from the HIGH VIS TOOWOOMBA, who will engage in conversation with Luca Greenleaf and Garry Chew.

This event provides an excellent opportunity for community members to come together and engage in meaningful conversations about the community’s issues, challenges, and opportunities. The discussions will be insightful and informative, providing unique perspectives on various topics.

Attendees can purchase a $10 ticket, which includes nibbles, while coffee will be available for purchase. Another Life, Coffee and Wares is a social enterprise that trains people with disabilities in the hospitality industry. By purchasing coffee, attendees will be supporting this fantastic initiative.

Luca Greenleaf and Garry Chew, who will be moderating the conversations, are highly respected community leaders. They have extensive experience in community engagement and are passionate about bringing people together to discuss issues that matter to them.

The distinguished community members from the HIGH VIS TOOWOOMBA who will be in conversation with Luca and Garry are well-respected individuals from different walks of life. They have made significant contributions to the community and have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.

This event promises to be an excellent opportunity for community members to engage in meaningful conversations, learn from one another, and gain insights into the community’s challenges and opportunities. It is an event not to be missed, and attendees are encouraged to secure their tickets early.

In conclusion, the event series at Another Life, Coffee and Wares featuring distinguished community members from the HIGH VIS TOOWOOMBA in conversation with Luca Greenleaf and Garry Chew is an exciting opportunity for community members to come together and engage in meaningful conversations. The event promises to be insightful, informative, and entertaining, and attendees will have the opportunity to support a fantastic social enterprise while enjoying nibbles and coffee.

Meet the Author

Meet the Author

Shirley Chambers, the author of Words From the Past, is set to host a book signing event at Another Life Coffee and Wares on 114 Bellevue St. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, 14th May and is proudly sponsored by Dymocks, the leading bookseller in Australia.

For the book signing, tickets are priced at $10, and it includes nibbles. Attendees can also purchase meals and drinks from Another Life Coffee and Wares, which is a wonderful social enterprise that trains people with disabilities in the hospitality industry.

Words From the Past is a memoir by Shirley Chambers, and it is a collection of memories, stories, and experiences from her life. The book is a testament to Shirley’s strength, resilience, and determination in the face of adversity. It provides a unique insight into the challenges and triumphs of a life well-lived.

At the book signing event, Shirley will be available to sign copies of the book and meet with readers. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase the book on the day and get a chance to chat with Shirley about her life experiences and inspirations.

This event is a great opportunity for book lovers to meet Shirley Chambers, an accomplished author, and gain insights into her life’s journey. It is also an excellent opportunity to support Another Life Coffee and Wares, a fantastic social enterprise that is doing great work in training people with disabilities in the hospitality industry.

In conclusion, the book signing event featuring Shirley Chambers’ Words From the Past is a must-attend event for book lovers in Toowoomba. The event promises to be an exciting and insightful experience, with the chance to meet the author, purchase the book, and support a great cause. Make sure to mark the date in your calendar and secure your tickets today!

Literary Lunch with Nikki Mottram

Literary Lunch with Nikki Mottram

WOW! WFT is thrilled to announce Nikki Mottram will be our GUEST AUTHOR at our LITERARY LUNCH on Thursday 1st June at the Toowoomba Town and Country Club at 58 Neil Street from 12 noon – 2 pm.

Book Your Ticket Here!

Nikki Is the author of CROWS NEST, the thrilling crime novel set in the local town. Nikki uses her background in child protection in her crime fiction. She has a psychology degree from the University of Queensland and has worked in London and Australia in positions protecting and promoting the welfare of children at risk of harm.  She has been published in the Boroondara Library Awards Anthology and shortlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize and the Hal Porter Short Story Competition.  In 2018 she was the recipient of a Katherine Susannah Pritchard Writers ‘ Centre Fellowship.  She grew up and resides in Toowoomba, and brings to her work an understanding of rural communities and their secrets.

Tickets for our Literary Lunch are limited to 100 people and will be on sale from April 7th online. The lunch will include a welcome drink, a two-course meal, the Fibbers Club and the chance to hear Nikki speak about her book. This event is not to be missed!

Harmony Day

Harmony Day

Harmony Day is an annual celebration in Toowoomba that promotes inclusiveness, respect, and a sense of belonging for all individuals, regardless of their cultural or linguistic background. This day provides an opportunity for people to come together and celebrate the diversity of the community.

Toowoomba is known for being a Refugee Welcome Zone, and Harmony Day is an excellent occasion to acknowledge and appreciate this fact. The community comes together to celebrate the contributions of refugees and migrants who have made Toowoomba their home.

One of the highlights of Harmony Day is the food, which is always a fusion of different cultures and traditions. Nazreen Yoosuf, a Sri Lankan and Southern Indian, prepared an Easy Chicken Curry and Rice dish, which was a hit among the attendees. The dish was a perfect blend of spices and flavours, reflecting the diversity of the community.

Ben Moore, another participant, prepared and served a Persian Quinoa and Feta salad, along with fresh tomato, cucumber, onion, and herb salads as side dishes for the delicious curry. The salad was a refreshing addition to the meal, and the guests enjoyed it thoroughly.

Harmony Day is an opportunity for people to come together and appreciate the richness of the cultural diversity in Toowoomba. It is a day to celebrate the contributions of refugees and migrants and acknowledge the importance of inclusiveness and respect in building a harmonious community.

Harmony Day is an essential event in Toowoomba that brings people together and celebrates the diversity of the community. The event provides an opportunity for individuals to appreciate and acknowledge the contributions of refugees and migrants who have made Toowoomba their home. The food, which is always a fusion of different cultures and traditions, is a highlight of the event, and it reflects the richness and diversity of the community.