Southside Library to host four author talks

Published on 19 January 2023

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Rockhampton Regional Council is calling all bookworms, reading enthusiasts and book clubs to come along to the Southside Library for a series of upcoming Author talks.

Communities and Heritage Councillor Drew Wickerson said the library will host an author each month from January to April.

“These events have been really popular with the community, and I am super excited to see more authors join us this year,” Cr Wickerson said.

“First up, Gladstone author Jennifer McGuire will be at the library this Friday, 20 January, to talk about her courageous book Corporate Storm.  

“Subtitled A true story of a whistleblower’s fight for justice, this is a powerful account of how one woman stood up to intimidation and corruption in a large corporation in Central Queensland … and won!

“Then, on Friday 03 February, local historian and author Gail Grant will officially launch her new book From Glen to Gold.

“Based on Gail’s research into her own family history, this historical biography combines fact and fiction in the lively tale of Willie Grant and his family as they travel from Scotland to seek their fortune, first on the Victorian goldfields and then in the emerging city of Rockhampton.

 “Our third author is Montville artist, illustrator and author Jim Cox, who has recently released a stunning illustrated picture book for all ages, focusing on the tragic destruction of many of our native species.  

“Join us on Friday 31 March to hear Jim speak about his journey as illustrator for his new book, SOS: Save Our Species, which combines his two abiding passions – wildlife and art.

“Lastly, Friday 14 April, highlights Rockhampton author Sharon Hanna’s recent picture book Meet Mr. Pickles, the story of a loving friendship between a pet parrot and his owner, a young girl living with a rare neurological condition.  

“Sharon will discuss her writing journey and answer questions about her book, which focuses on acceptance, inclusion, empowerment and diversity.  

“All author talks are at 10:00am in the Southside Library Fitzroy Room. 

“We’re really looking forward to hearing these authors share their stories and can’t wait for the community to get involved.

“And the best thing is that all these events are free and open to everyone!”

“All you need to do is phone our Library Administration office on 4936 8043 (Monday-Friday, 8.30-5.00pm) to book your seat.”


Jennifer McGuire | Corporate Storm | 20 January | 10am-11am
Gail Grant | From Glen to Gold | 3 February | 10am-12pm.
Jim Cox | SOS: Save Our Species | 31 March | 10am-11am
Sharon Hanna | Meet Mr. Pickles | 14 April | 10am-11am