Free talks at Southside Library

Published on 24 June 2019


Bookworms are being encouraged to head to the Southside Library this week to enjoy a series of talks from authors on topics as diverse as gratitude, Waltzing Matilda, and a behind the scenes look into the world of publishing.

Communities Chair Councillor Rose Swadling said all of the talks would be free.

“Rockhampton Regional Council is delighted to be able to provide such interesting and accessible events at no charge to the public.

“Our libraries team does a wonderful job of bringing a range of thought provoking speakers to the region and this week is no different.

“On Friday morning Karen Purves will be sharing her story of how the practice of gratitude changed her life after her marriage ended and she became unemployed and homeless.

“On Saturday morning we will hear from W.Benjamin Linder, who has used his skills as a criminal barrister to produce a fascinating book about the truth behind the myths and folklore surrounding the song Waltzing Matilda.

“Finally on Saturday afternoon Dan Kelly, General Manager of Boolarong Press, will share his ‘7 Deadly Sins of Book Publishing’, providing dos and don’ts to aspiring authors.

“With so much on offer, make sure you head over to the Southside Library this week!”

All events are free of charge and will take place at the Southside Library on Bolsover Street.

Friday 28 June 10am – 11.30am: Karen Purves: “Gratitude Prompts”

Join Karen Purves as she talks about her latest book.

Karen discovered how powerful and life changing the practice of Gratitude can be after her marriage ended and a chain reaction of events began: she became homeless, without a job and abandoned by friends.

Karen will present a 40 minute interactive talk covering many aspects of gratitude and will have copies of her book “Gratitude Prompts” available for sale and signing.

Saturday 29 June 10am – 11am: W. Benjamin Lindner: “Waltzing Matilda”

Australia’s Accidental Anthem, a Forensic History

Waltzing Matilda ─ Australia’s Accidental Anthem written by a criminal barrister, is a forensic history of the events, the people and the places that led to the writing of Australia’s internationally famous song. This evidence-based approach dispels many of the myths and historical inaccuracies that have become folklore. Join the author for a fascinating look into the famous song and stay for a Question and Answer session.  Copies of the book will be for sale and signing by the author.

Saturday 29 June 2pm – 3pm: “7 Deadly Sins of Book Publishing”: Dan Kelly, General Manager, Boolarong Press.

Find out about what not to do when it comes to Book Publishing. Questions and Answers session included.