Book Launch

Excitement is building for the Launch of Aileen Bradley’s Everyday was a Chooseday travel companion.  Word Fest Toowoomba was humbled to be asked to partner with Aileen to bring this enormous undertaking to fruition.

Aileen and fishing-fiend husband, Gordon, travelled Australia for 7 years of adventures, challenges and wonderful experiences of motor homing – and all in their 70s.  Aileen amassed 17 travel journals, and at the instigation of her family and friends, she has converted them into a detailed compendium of each route undertaken.  With an eagle eye for detail, and a steady photographer’s hand, she has presented a traveller’s reference: maps, humorous anecdotes, photos and intricate descriptions of each route, recommendations for attractions – both natural and man-made –  and particularly useful recommendations for camping spots and a TIP section that is a must for prospective tourers.  

This is a wonderful gift for armchair travellers or the means to avoid disasters and find hidden gems if planning trips in any direction around this vast nation.

You are Invited to the launch of Aileen Bradley’s Everyday was a Chooseday at
 Cobb and Co Museum
Tuesday (Chooseday) 19 December at 10 am
for Morning Tea and meeting and hearing author Aileen
Book Signing and Sales – Great Christmas Gift!
RSVP for catering 14 December to or 0447360349

Profile:  Michael Burge 

Word Fest Toowoomba is privileged and excited to have Michael presenting our Key 2024 Workshop at the exciting venue at DownsSteam Tourist Railway and Museum in March.  Details of the public author lecture and Writers’ Workshop are being confirmed and tickets will be available in the New Year……so stay tuned.

Michael Burge is an Australian author and journalist who lives at Deepwater in the New England region of NSW with his husband and their dogs. After graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Michael undertook media studies in the United Kingdom.

His non-fiction debut Questionable Deeds: Making a stand for equal love lifted the lid on familial and institutional homophobia in Australia during the marriage equality campaign. Michael has written, edited, directed and broadcast for Fairfax Media, Intermedia, United News & Media, Margo Kingston’s NoFibs and a range of lifestyle mastheads.

He is director of the annual High Country Writers Festival in Glen Innes. His complete works can be found at Tank Water is his first novel.

About Tank Water:  James Brandt didn’t look back when he got away from his rural hometown as a teenager. Now, he’s returned to Kippen for the first time in twenty years because his cousin Tony has been found dead under the local bridge.

The news that Tony has left him the entire family farm triggers James’s journalistic curiosity – and his anxiety – both of which cropped up during his turbulent journey to adulthood. But it is the unexpected homophobic attack he survives that draws James into a hunt for the reasons one lonely Kippen farm boy in every generation kills himself.

Standing in the way is James’s father, the town’s recently retired top cop, who is not prepared to investigate crimes no-one reckons have taken place. James must use every newshound’s trick he ever learned in order to uncover the brutal truth.

A coming-of-age story and crime thriller with a large and gentle heart.

Debbie Mulligan and Lyndall are heading to Inverell Library for the Workshop with Michael on December 9th to get a handle on how the Toowoomba Workshop will be.  Excited to have Michael on board.

The Nourish Program

WFT has been enjoying bringing the words involved in training for Certificate 3 in Hospitality to a fresh program in partnership with the Community Hub supported by Multicultural Australia and Ricky Adams.  Each Tuesday, an enthusiastic group of mature students hone their English language skills, learn hospitality skills through the Aurora Training  course, and practise their skills in how to operate the running of the school tuckshop at our hosts Darling Heights StateSchool.

An offshoot of this partnership has been the production of the next volume of our very popular multicultural recipe book.  Celebrating More Tastes of Toowoomba is well underway.  Thanks to the photography work of Cutta Murphy Photography, the generosity of recipe sharers and the compilation of the recipes by our wonderful volunteers, we are hoping to launch the new recipe book on Valentine’s Day – 14 February 2024. 

Invasive Species Concert and More

Please keep your holiday spirit running high on 27th January at Mouse Proof Brewery, Brook Street.  With 10 Punk Rock Bands playing between 11am and 11pm, including our chart topping local band Kathleen Turner Overdrive, plus profiling and partnering by Word Fest Toowoomba and Daniel Blades with his thought-provoking art providing the backdrop for the bands; and an outdoor artisan market and Storytelling Under the Stars you will be highly entertained.  Claim the date NOW.