Register your Interest for 2024 Events

Please see the EOI form below to register your interest in any of the below events. 

More Tastes of Toowoomba

We are creating another Taste of Toowoomba recipe book to share traditional recipes and to celebrate our cultural diversity.  If you would like to have your favourite recipe included in the book, complete the details below, outlining the recipe and why it is important to you.

Get on Board Writers’ Retreat with Michael Burge

16 March at DownsSteam Tourist Railway and Museum, Drayton

About Michael Burge:  
Michael Burge is a journalist, author and artist who lives at Deepwater on Ngarabal Country in the New England region of NSW.  His debut novel Tank Water is a coming-of-age crime thriller set in the bush and was released by MidnightSun Publishing.  His non-fiction debut Questionable Deeds: Making a stand for equal love (High Country Books) lifted the lid on familial, institutional and government homophobia in Australia.

Michael co-manages The Makers Shed, a creative hub in Glen Innes. Browse his books in his online bookshop and view his artwork at his online art gallery.  He is director of High Country Books. A graduate of Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art, Michael was touring co-ordinator for Arts North West.

In a series of hard-hitting articles for Guardian Australia, Margo Kingston’s NoFibs and Gay Star News, Michael’s journalism has always covered issues of equality, LGBTIQA+ history, popular culture, politics and pathways for independent artists and writers. He has also edited and written for Fairfax Media, Australian Community Media, Intermedia, United News & Media UK and News Corporation.  His article ‘Backwards to Bourke: Bulldust about Gays in the Bush’ was published internationally in the Journal of Australian Studies.

For more detail on his work history check out his LinkedIn profile.

The workshop will be held on site at DownsSteam Museum, which is located at the historic Drayton railway station and features a range of historic carriages, it’s very unique dreamtime carriage and a number of operational locomotives.  DownsSteam are planning to have day-trip train journeys operating in the very near future. 

Cost of workshop will be dependent on number of participants, but cost will include venue, catering and presenter fees.  A very unique opportunity to get your writing on board and on track! 

Words from the Past

March 2024 – To be confirmed.

Take a trip into the past to learn more of writers from the Darling Downs.  While many of us know the Steele Rudd story from Nobby, you may be surprised to discover many other writers from our local area.  WordFest is currently working with DownsSteam Tourist Railway and Museum to organise a steam train journey to Clifton.  More details to come.

Trashion Parade

9 May – Grand Central Shopping Centre

Next year’s theme is Mother.  This year’s parade was such a success, we can’t wait to see the designs that will be on display!  We want to see reloved, remade, reused, recycled, reworked, refashioned, recast, revised, redone, reforged, refitted … you get the picture!  To link in with Wordfest’s 2024 theme of Script to Stage, we will be asking that each garment has a story/script to accompany it on stage.  To assist with covering costs, there will be a small fee of $5 per entry.  

“One kind word can warm three Winter months.”

 

Japanese Proverb