Thursday, February 6, 2014

An exciting start to 2014

a large handful of new and established members...

plus excellent reading....

leading to relaxed yet illuminating conversations...

Monday, January 20, 2014

2013 - A Very Good Year

2013 was the year First Thursday established itself as a mature forum for lovers of literature, for those who enjoy sharing in a relaxed yet vibrant milieu.

We’ve hosted three published authors this year and enjoyed some terrific reads leading to animated, enlightening, entertaining, and often hilarious discussions.

And we’re planning to enjoy plenty more in 2014.

But without members, there would be no First Thursday. So we, Joe and Hazel, would like to thank our dear Lit-Lovers for the wonderful contribution you make. And we invite you to join us again in 2014.

Our first meeting is on the first Thursday of February 2014, with the books ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck.

There is no January meet up.

Merry Christmas and a here's to a rich and fulfilling 2014.

Tiana Templeman

Exciting News!

Local travel author and journalist Tiana Templeman will be attending our meeting on 7th November to tell us about her work and the challenging process of becoming a published author.
Tiana Templeman is published with Random House. She is a freelance writer and experienced corporate trainer who tutors regularly for Queensland Writers Centre and other writer-based organisations. She has delivered ‘Working with the Media’ courses for Tourism Queensland and tutors journalism students at the Queensland University of Technology.
Tiana holds a Master of Creative Industries and is on the committee of the Australian Society of Travel Writers. She is currently completing a PhD on 'The Future of Freelance Journalism in Australia'.
Her first book, a travel narrative entitled Absolutely Faking It, has been reprinted numerous times and translated for overseas publication.
Tiana writes for a number of publications including The Australian, BRIDE Destination, The Sunday Mail, ninemsn, The Courier-Mail, Australian Traveller and The Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide
She appears regularly at industry events and as a guest presenter on ABC 612 Queensland and 4BC talking about where to go, what to do and travel industry trends.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

More exciting news!
Published Sci-Fi Romance author Lynne Stringer will be speaking at our December 5th meeting about her journey to publication, the recently published first novel in her trilogy and  the secrets to writing a publishable manuscript. 
You can RSVP for the meeting here and you can find out more about Lynne here.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Books on a Boat?

In February Thorsten and Alpha hosted our meeting aboard Thorsten's catamaran....

Our relaxed yet dynamic group tends towards the adventurous...

Yet First Thursday enjoys the informative too - members can meet informed readers as well as published authors at our hosted events and thereby discover the story behind the story.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Launching the First Thursday Book Club in 2013...

… with a River Cruise !!!

Well, the first book club of the new year 2013 is nearly upon us and instead of the usual meeting venue, The Burrow in West End, we have something special planned:

On Thursday, 7th February we will celebrate the new book year with a cruise down the Brisbane River on Thorsten’s sailing catamaran, HINA.

View of the meeting point
Start and finish of the book cruise is from a public jetty in West End, approximately 300 meters upstream of the Go Between bridge. The jetty can be reached from half way along Riverside Drive, West End. From Montague Road, turn right into Jane Street and continue straight down into Riverside Drive (the road bends to the right and runs alongside the river). You'll find it on Google Maps. There should be sufficient parking.

Important points:
  • Due to the size of the boat, the number of participants is limited this time to 8 book club members, please book early with Hazel. First in, first served!
  • Don’t wear your best clothes, I’m expecting a calm and easy cruise but the occasional wave (say from a city cat) might wet you.
  • Please do be on time! 18h30 for an 18h45 launch.
  • We’ll be aiming to be back by approximately 20h45, but do leave a bit of extra time in case of any unforeseen delays (pirates, sea monsters…)
  • Bring your own food and drink. I have an esky on board and it will be filled with ice. I’ll also have some glasses, plates and basic cutlery on board. Simple finger food, nibbles etc. are probably best, maybe something we can share around. There’ll be a table in the centre of the cockpit to place everything.
  • Unfortunately there is no bathroom on board or in the immediate vicinity of the landing jetty, so come prepared!
  • Bring a light jacket or windcheater.
  • Please give Hazel your mobile phone number just in case we need to cancel at the last moment due to bad weather. In that case of course the book club will still happen, just at the usual venue.

Also I Just have to say it at this point: This is not a commercial river cruise. I am of course licensed to operate my boat, have the required safety gear on board, including a life jacket for everyone. But you do come on board at your own risk and are expected to behave reasonably.

Even though I don’t think this is really an issue but I just had to get it out of the way!

Here are a couple of pictures of the boat, so you know what to look forward to.
And here is the anticipated river trip. How far we actually go depends a bit of course on actual conditions and I don’t want to go too fast (mainly so the motor doesn’t drown out the conversation).

View of the intended route
But we should get to see South Bank, Botanical Gardens and pass under the Story Bridge, possibly reaching as far as New Farm.

Thorsten Schulte
Ships Captain!

ps: Must acknowledge Thorsten's generosity in hosting this - a rare opportunity surely?