Everyday was a Chooseday

After the success of Everyday was a Chooseday’s  launch at Cobb& Co Museum, it has sold out of its first print run, and is in negotiation for reprinting.  Congratulations to Aileen Bradley on such a great effort!

Everyday was a Chooseday

Sponsorship for 2024

This means we can support the smaller creative artists and events in the region.  Please support our sponsors 🤗

Thanks to the generous support of KC Strategic Media Services, Cracker Print and Paper, and All Star Brokers Insurance, our second recipe book, More Tastes of Toowoomba will soon be launching mouth-watering tastes from our wonderful multicultural community.  At this point we hope to launch it on Saturday 24th February in the Courtyard at the Rowes Complex near Ruby Lane Coffee and Flowers, hosted by Mosaic Hues.  * PLEASE save the date.

If you are a Volkswagon enthusiast…

You can also enjoy a drive out to Dubs on the Hill on Sunday 10th March (Date to Save) at the Crows Nest Tourist Park and pick up your copy of the recipe book, Aileen’s book, our other Word Fest publications and quality local artisan products at the Mosaic Hues stall.

Storytelling Under the Stars

Thanks to the support of Reconciliation Queensland for its grant funding support, the creative partnership with Mouse Proof Brewery, and the sponsorship of the Festival Flyer from Cracker Print and Paper, Word Fest Toowoomba was able to provide a community artist space at the Invasive Species Festival.

The recognition of the artistic talent of Daniel Blades and his team was extremely well received by the patrons and the mural will be a vibrant addition to the story of Toowoomba’s early history. The mural depicts the famous Meewah, or Table Top mountain, also known as One Tree Hill, the flora and fauna and the early Indigenous inhabitants. It stands proudly under the imposing building of the Unity/ Dairy Farmers co-operative which indicates the development of industry and the more recent history of Toowoomba and its key business identities.

During the evening when the mural was recognised, stories from other artists present were shared, and the quality of the works highlighted how the creative arts are blooming in Toowoomba with many Indigenous artists now nationally recognised for their styles and hard work and partnerships in the region. Word Fest Toowoomba will be sharing images and stories via our social media and podcast this week.

The input by the Queensland Government to this venture shows its commitment to the creative arts community in Toowoomba, and the confidence it has that this work will build awareness and understanding well into the future as more and more patrons attend other events along the revitalised Brook Street precinct, and learn the story of the mural and its significance. It indicates a very worthwhile addition to the diversity and inclusivity of Toowoomba.

Word Fest Toowoomba is excited to be presenting Ways to Tell Your Story workshops

With wonderfully innovative and resilient rural women in Hebel, Cunnamulla, Charleville and Mitchell from 25th February til 5th March.  If you have been watching the story of Muster Dogs on the ABC these stories will be just as engaging!  Stay tuned for the podcasts, written stories, videos and social media that will follow the workshops.

March Events 

And you need to book early for these exciting March events – and thanks to the early birds who have already let us know.  Limited spaces are available

  • Fri 8th – Word Fest Toowoomba supporting the  Women on the Move 20th Anniversary celebrations on International Women’s Day by writing their story.  
  • Fri 8th – A hungi featuring recipes from First Nations, Kiwi and New Caledonian recipes the new More Tastes of Toowoomba at Crows Next Tourist Park 
  • Fri 15th – Suzanne Leal in Conversation with Michael Burge –part of Kat Lynn’s exciting  month-long feature celebrating Inspiring Women at The Lighthouse PLUS a fabulous Art Exhibition of Daniel Blade’s work for sale and auction
  • Sat 16th – Writers Workshop and  Mentoring with Michael Burge – one not to miss at Downs Steam Tourist Museum at Drayton
  • Sun 17th – The much anticipated Steam Train adventure to Clifton with snippets from our Words From the Past history of the writers from the Darling Downs
  • Fri 22nd and Sun 24th  – Join the Jotters – a trail hunting for the words that highlight the CBD history with Debbie Mulligan

For booking information, check out the WordFest Toowoomba Event webpage at Events | Word Fest Toowoomba – A Writing & Word Festival or contact admin@wordfesttoowoomba.com.au