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8 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach,
Queensland 4573 Australia
Ph (07) 5448 2053

Events

LONG-AWAITED CHILD- Kellie Harriden

<noautolink>long awaited.jpg</noautolink> Long-Awaited Child is the story of my eight year journey to have a family of my own. I had met my partner, Ian, and we had decided the time was right to start trying for a family of our own, little did we know just how that one seemingly simple decision would turn out to be so incredibly challenging.

Our journey began with trying to fall pregnant naturally, to trying IVF numerous times, to seeking foster care or adoption as an option and finally to surrogacy to have our long-awaited babies.

During these days, months, years I had plenty of support around me, if I wanted it, however instead I felt very alone and embarrassed that I was not able to have a baby so effortlessly, which is how it seemed to be for everyone else. No one in my family or friend group had experienced what I was experiencing. Eight years of frustration, feeling deflated, feeling depressed at times, not knowing what to do eventually resulted in us having our long-awaited children, but it wasn't easy, we learned a lot along the way!

I aspire to make the journey easier on others, give them hope, help them navigate through their options. Over the years I've seen or heard in the media about other people having trouble too, which is why I decided to write the book and why I now help others to have their long-awaited child.

MEET THE AUTHOR
SATURDAY 20th OCTOBER 10am - 12 midday

RICHO - Rob Reynolds

<noautolink>richo.jpg</noautolink> Rob Reynolds tells the story of famous surfer Terry Richards...... I grew up surfing at Corrimal and Towradgi where Richo's reputation and influence were massive. He was certainly a hero of mine, particularly as a fellow goofy-footer, and our paths crossed frequently over the years without ever becoming mates.

He started writing the book while he was working in Queensland mines, spending long hours in transit, and filled a notebook with his recollections. So for Richo the idea started years ago. He had plenty of encouragement, including a film producer he met accidentally who couldn't believe that the unassuming bloke cleaning fish in the camping area used to compete with the world's best, and wanted to make a film about it. Richo took it as far as he could, but the whole thing stalled. A mutual friend suggested me as a co-writer, and next thing we were turning his anecdotes into a structured book together. And now we are mates.on in his new book RICHO.....

MEET & CHAT WITH THE AUTHOR - ROB REYNOLDS
THURSDAY 18th OCTOBER 10am - 12 midday

PETER BRADLEY - CONVICTED

<noautolink>CONVICRTED JACKET.jpg</noautolink> A unique history of Australia retold through the extraordinary lives of Peter Bradley’s three ancestors: a father, son and grandson.

James Bradley was a First Fleet convict found guilty of stealing a white linen handkerchief worth two shillings, and sentenced to seven years transportation to Australia.

Joseph Bradley worked his life in the most dangerous occupation of the time – whaling – and despite his parents being uneducated and illiterate went on to write a journal about his experiences, rich in history and insight.

Roland Bradley was a man of unionism and politics, and like his father and grandfather took up the fight against the rich and powerful through his involvement with the early Maritime union. In 1894, he wrote an account of surviving the shipwreck of the SS Kanahooka, which forced its inhabitants to wander the wilderness of North Queensland for 18 days.

Following the early struggles of a fledgling colony to nationhood, Convicted is an engrossing and highly imaginative retelling of the story of one family, entwined with the history of this country from the landing of the First Fleet in 1788.

AUTHOR TALK WITH WINE & CHEESE
THURSDAY 25th OCTOBER - 6.00pm
ON THE FOOTPATH.

THIS IS A FREE EVENT, BUT PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE COMING - FOR CATERING! PURPOSES - 5448 2053.
LIMITED SEATING - YOU ARE MOST WELCOME TO BRING A FOLDING CHAIR!

EMMA MIDDLETON - CHILDREN'S AUTHOR

We are thrilled to welcome EMMA MIDDLETON back to the shop for a morning signing and storytelling with colouring and simple crafts for the children. Emma's two fabulous picture books THE LION IN OUR LIVING ROOM and THE BEAR IN OUR BACKYARD are national best sellers, and Emma is a delight!

MEET & CHAT WITH THE CHILDREN'S AUTHOR
STORYTELLING, COLOURING & SIMPLE CRAFTS
SUNDAY 4th NOVEMBER = from 9.00am
IT'S FREE!

YAK ON TRACK - Heather McNeice?

<noautolink>yak on track.jpg</noautolink> It seemed like a good idea to Heather at the time: organise a challenging trek to raise funds for the education of young Bhutanese girls. Heather had walked in the Himalayas before, so how hard could it be on the trail to Lunana, Bhutan’s most remote plateau? On the 240-kilometre trek, she discovers that ‘hard’ doesn’t even come close.

Along with her friend Krista, like-minded lover of mountains and margaritas, a team of eccentric guides and far too many horses, Heather sets off into a landscape of savage beauty, where yetis are feared and only yaks feel at ease. As the team face blizzards, avalanches, altitude sickness and snow blindness, their reward is a rare glimpse of life in the last Shangri-La.

At its heart, this book is a love song to Bhutan and its people, an intimate portrait of the only remaining Buddhist kingdom of the Himalayas. Yak on Track is a delightful story about losing yourself but not losing your way.

Heather is donating a portion of her royalties from the sale of this book to the Australian Himalayan Foundation in support of a scholarship program for disadvantaged children in Bhutan.

(Photgraphy facilitated by Starry Nights Movies)

AUTHOR TALK WITH WINE & CHEESE
THURSDAY 8th NOVEMBER - 6.00pm
ON THE FOOTPATH.
THIS IS A FREE EVENT - ALTHOUGH WE WOULD APPRECIATE YOU LETTING US KNOW IF YOU INTEND TO JOIN US. (MAD IF YOU DON'T!)

WAKESTONE HALL - Judith Rossell

<noautolink>wakestone.jpg</noautolink> Judith is the brilliant author of the bestselling STELLA MONGOMERY INTRIGUE books - WITHERING-BY-SEA and WORMWOOD MIRE. These are wonderful stories for anyone around 8 years and upwards, who loves a good mystery!

WAKESTONE HALL - Stella Montgomery is in disgrace. The Aunts have sent her to Wakestone Hall, a grim boarding school where the disobedient are tamed and the wilful are made meek. But when a friend disappears, Stella is determined to find her - no matter the danger ...

Soon Stella is thrown deeper into the mysteries of Wakestone ... and her own past. Will Stella save her friend in time? And will she discover - at long last - where she truly belongs?

Bestselling writer-illustrator Judith Rossell returns with the breathtaking final adventure in this award-winning series.

MEET & CHAT WITH THE CHILDREN'S AUTHOR
SATURDAY 10th NOVEMBER - 10.00am - 12.00 midday


FISHING FOR THE PAST - Julian Pepperell

<noautolink>FISHING FOR PAST.jpg</noautolink> We are thrilled to be celebrate the release of local pescatorial author Julian Pepperell's FISHING FOR THE PAST.

After long voyages, hungry crews needed to be fed. On board every ship were the keen fishermen, , catching fish to eat, but also ready with a great fish tale. On some voyages there were the resident naturalists and artists, recording, sketching and painting each new species found – some familiar, some completely alien.

For tens of thousands of years Aboriginal people had been fishing these waters with spears, hooks, nets and traps, and gathering shellfish from the beaches, rocks and reefs. These activities were of considerable interest to the early mariners and were recorded in the same journals and diaries, so by these direct links we learn how the original inhabitants of this land fished at the time of first contact.

AUTHOR TALK WITH WINE & CHEESE
TUESDAY 20th NOVEMBER 6.00pm
ON THE FOOTPATH
THIS IS A FREE EVENT
LIMITED SEATING (you are welcome to bring your own folding chair)

WHAT WILL BE WORN - Melissa Fagan

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‘I raced through What Will Be Worn. It’s moving and alive, funny and tender. It is also a rigorous examination of the ways in which women shroud ourselves, figuratively and literally. I especially loved Melissa’s portrait of her mother, “the lost princess of Brisbane”. A very fine book.’

Susan Johnson, author of The Landing

Sometimes it seems the most invaluable stories can be found in the unlikeliest of corners.

For all who know Brisbane, McWhirters?, a once celebrated department store in Fortitude Valley, is an icon. For Melissa Fagan, it is also the starting point for this remarkable exploration of her mother and grandmother’s lives, and a poignant reminder of the ways in which retail stores and fashion have connected women’s lives across decades.

Behind the dusty shop counters of an Art Deco treasure, Fagan discovers both what has been lost and continues to shine. Ultimately this tender exploration of self and family, so exquisitely written, speaks of the ways in which life so often surprises us and of how the legacies of others can truly enrich our own relationships and lives.

‘With delicacy, flair, and an ever-questioning but never judgemental eye Fagan performs beautifully the dance of writing history, slipping seamlessly back and forth between what is known and what must be imagined.’

Peggy Frew, author of Hope Farm

MEET & CHAT WITH THE AUTHOR - MELISSA FAGAN
SATURDAY 8th DECEMBER - 10.00am - 12 midday


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