The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) annual Bookcase Writers’ Festival once again invites book lovers, aspiring authors and the wider community to enjoy a full weekend of literary events.

Kicking off with an opening night cocktail party launch on Friday evening, 21 July, there will be masterclasses, panel discussions and workshop sessions held by industry professionals over the following two days to indulge participants’ passions for writing, blogging, visual storytelling and much more.

This year’s special guest and keynote speaker is former USQ lecturer and award-winning investigative journalist Amanda Gearing. Amanda’s first book,

The Torrent: Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley, followed her coverage of Queensland’s tragic 2011 floods. Six years on, Amanda has released a new edition of the book where she re-interviews the survivors at the heart of the catastrophe and relays the collective wisdom of their multiple journeys towards recovery.

USQ Bookcase will host a panel discussion at the Writers’ Festival on Saturday with Amanda and several of the 2011 flood survivors interviewed in the book. With so many local communities and families having been touched by the 2011 floods in Toowoomba and surrounding areas, this will be a special and exclusive event.
A new addition to this year’s Bookcase Writers’ Festival is the charity screening

of Don’t Tell, to be shown at the USQ Toowoomba campus on Saturday evening, 22 July. Don’t Tell is the story of a young woman who fought back after enduring sexual abuse at a prestigious private school in Toowoomba years ago.

Amanda’s coverage of the international child sexual abuse scandal in 2013 led to an inquiry and reforms in Britain, as well as the 2017 feature film.

The full USQ Bookcase 2017 program of events is available at where you can also purchase tickets for masterclasses, the opening night cocktail party and other Writers’ Festival events.
With all events open to the public, USQ Bookcase promises to be a wonderful weekend for all who attend.