Folks, last weekend it was unusually damp here in the Harbour City. So, as the rain hammered down on the roof of the Plasterboard Palace, I decided it was the perfect time to curl up with a good book.
And that book was, ‘The Long and the Short of It’, a collection of short stories contributed by The Gladstone Area Writers Group. Well, I was hooked from the get go in the introduction written by GAWG President, Pierre Fermier: “Writing is at the same time a generous and selfish endeavour…”
As something of a scribbler myself, I know exactly what he means. Over the years, I’ve spent too many hours tapping away at a keyboard when I should have been mowing, playing cards with my wife, or learning how to do something useful like, I don’t know, bricklaying.
But, as contributing writer Carole Chapmans’ bio says, ‘The written word lives longer than people…’, and probably much, much longer than any brick letterbox I’d construct.
So, if you happen to be an author, writer, biographer, diarist, novelist, romantic, storyteller or poet, then grab your beret because this week Gladstone is hosting the Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale!
There’ll be book launches, workshops, school sessions, exhibitions and talks with local and visiting writers, and if you’d like more information, then check out this link:
Finally, ‘The Long and The Short of It’ is a great read, and the best part is, you don’t have to wait for a rainy day to start it.