TWI Announcements

Book Launch

TWI -Our Public Anthology Launch

Thanks to everyone who attended, supported and helped in out Public Anthology Book launch.

It was a most enjoyable time.

A special thanks to our Patron, Stephen Torre BA PhD Qld for his encouraging words and comments. We cannot forget our readers who did such a splendid job in bringing their stories to life, Sally, Heather, and Carol who spend many a long hour compiling those stories into book format ready for publishing.

A New Book from Denise Petersen

A new book by Helene McCarthy

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A historical romance set amongst the building of the Kuranda Railway. Get immersed in the courage of the men who built the railway and their

families who supported them and the women who dared to love them.

Courageous Hearts is now available on Amazon.

A new book from Phil Dowsett


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Set against the backdrop of the rugged Kimberley landscape of Western Australia, a young bi-sexual man experiences the deepening love for a young woman and is drawn into a conflict he wants no part of. In December 1968, Luke, a university drop-out travels to the Kimberley to work on a cattle station, and is mentored by Donald an older Aboriginal stockman. He enters a world totally alien to him where tensions are on the rise between cattle stations and mining exploration. Luke is saved by Donald from death in a cattle stampede, and then starts a job as a coxswain for an old seaman delivering supplies to coastal settlements. Into Luke’s close circle come two people, Jason a young government bureaucrat, and Miranda the daughter of a diamond exploration company executive. Luke is drawn closer into Donald’s life and culture while his deepening love for Miranda challenges his easy relaxed bi-sexuality. Mired in the conflict between Miranda’s father and a cattle station owner, Luke fails to keep a personal promise to Donald that has shocking consequences.

A New book from Lenka Wagner

Tommy and Friends to the Rescue

When strange creatures turn up at the meadow, Tommy watches as his world is transformed from a peaceful forest he loves to an ugly place full of hidden danger. Can Tommy and his friends come to the rescue and make the forest a safe place again?

The story tells of Tommy’s first encounter with humans as he witnesses their careless behaviour when they visit the countryside. It gently explores the danger littering has on our natural environment and its inhabitants. It also shows that even though you may be small and insignificant you can accomplish great things.

Tommy and Friends to the Rescue is the second book in the Tommy series.

This book is suitable for children aged 4 to 7.

For further details, visit

Available from Jabiru Publishing at www.jabirupublishing/bookstore and Collins Booksellers, Smithfield.

Short stories for Heinz

We received a lovely letter from Ozcare thanking us for the short story contributions Heinz collates into a  booklet for their members to enjoy. A very professional product.

Heinz is always looking for stories to include, so please forward any you have to Heinz at the email below.


Anthology Launch

What a fabulous day!
Anthology Launch and Christmas Party.
Our thanks to all the readers and to the RSL for offering us their room and making such mouth-watering food.
Books are still available
at $20 a copy.
We sold over 100 copies, so stocks are limited!
The Anthology
Photo’s C/O Celia Berrell

Great attendance for Book Launch

What a wonderful attendance for our local author and member, Dave Hodges and his historical fiction book about the 1921 Mt. Mulligan Mining disaster ‘Little Miss Muffet’

It was so good to see so many members attending his launch.

To view Dave’s presentation Click Here

Our Retreat

Tropical Writers Retreat
16-18 February 2018
in Atherton

with Saga Land author :
Dr Kári Gíslason

 Saga Land


Friday 16 Feb. from 3.00pm to Sunday 18 Feb. 2018 at 3.00pmWHERE:
The Summit Rainforest Retreat & Conference Centre, Atherton
All meals included, all dining together from Fri night to Sun lunch
Optional one-on-one appointments with Dr Kári Gíslason late on Friday
Tutoring in the Conference Centre 9.00am – 5.00pm on Saturday
Tutoring in the Conference Centre 9.00am – 2.00pm SundayCOSTS:
Includes all tutoring, accommodation and meals.
All accommodation is twin-share between 3 buildings on site
(The views are fantastic. There is also a pool, so bring your cossies.)
TWI members  $270 (bunks)  – $290 (single bed)
Non-members $330Retreat places are limited to 20. Note that via this newsletter, TWI members are being notified in advance of the public, and may fill all spots. But be quick. Send an expression of interest via email with your name and contact details to: program@cairnstropicalwritersfestival.comTo re-read the NEWSLETTER   please follow the link

But wait, there’s more . . .

Stories of Saga Land Lunch
all about the legendary Vikings of Iceland

Writers on the Waterfront Lunch with author Kári Gíslason.
From 11.30am 16 February 2018 at Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns
Hosted by Cairns Tropical Writers Festival,
an initiative of Tropical Writers Inc.

(discounts for members. Membership is available)



Sad News

It is sad news that on the 18th of Oct 2017, Glyn Davies, a staunch supporter of TWInc passed away.

Glyn had been involved in a wide range of activities, events and projects presented by TW Inc since 2008 when he presented a workshop for the CTWF. He then produced a booklet for the 2010 CTWF, which featured work from workshop participants.

He was an inspiring presenter who particularly liked to explore place as a character.

As a member of a TWInc anthology selection panel Glyn was always respectful of the work produced by our writers and on occasion also edited work for publication.

A self confessed lover all things French he was a tall, gentle man, with a gracious manner and a disarming mellow timber to his voice.

Glyn stood out in any gathering.

Although very ill, he had only a week before his passing written a review on Anna Broiniwski’s book on Pauline Hanson.

Always encouraging, always willing to give his time and energy he will be sadly missed.

All our thoughts are with his wife Dianna and family at this sad time.

The sad passing of Chris Campbell-Thomson

Chris Campbell-Thomson was a founding member of Tropical Writers and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Chris is Centre back  in this 2008 photo.

Chris Campbell-Thompson was the ‘elder statesman’ of the group from the earliest days of Tropical Writers.  Chris’s writing style was unique, with a particular flair for dialogue. Immediately the reader would be placed on the scene with a runaway supermarket trolley or crouching amid artillery bombardments in various theatres of war. His stories were poignant, humorous and memorable. Chris stood tall and straight with the demeanor of a fine soldier yet his soft blue eyes, gentle disposition and nodding head showed he always had the full attention of his fellow writers. Vale Chris Campbell-Thomson. He will be sorely missed.

Stories of Saga Land Lunch

But wait, there’s more . . .

Stories of Saga Land Lunch
all about the legendary Vikings of Iceland

Writers on the Waterfront Lunch with author Kári Gíslason.
From 11.30am 16 February 2018 at Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns
Hosted by Cairns Tropical Writers Festival,
an initiative of Tropical Writers Inc.

(discounts for members. Membership is available)



To re-read the NEWSLETTER   please follow the link

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