Books Links, the Queensland branch of The Children’s Book Council of Australia and the Queensland Writers Centre booked an adult and a children’s author on two steam train journeys which travelled throughout the state to celebrate Queensland’s 150th birthday.
Steam Train 1
On Monday 1st June, Gregory Rogers and Matt Condon flew from Brisbane to Townsville where they took part in two events for young people and adults. The following morning they boarded the steam train heading for Mt Isa with overnight stops at Charters Towers, Hughenden, and Cloncurry where similar events took place. They stayed in Mt Isa for 2 nights as the drawcard for the Family Fun Day celebrating Queensland Day on 6th June.
“This was a once in a lifetime journey… “
On a bright sunny morning on 17th August many enthusiastic and excited folk dressed in their country gear were gathered on the platform at Roma Street Station awaiting the arrival of the Q150 Steam Train.
Among those eager travellers were Nick Earls, Kim Wilkins and her son Luka, Hinemoana Baker (2009 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence) Kate Eltham (CEO of the Queensland Writers Centre) and me representing Book Links and the Qld branch of the CBCA. They travelled to Toowoomba, Chinchilla, Roma, Charleville before returning to Brisbane.
” … a very special event in my life. “
Click the link below to read a report of the journey written by Beth Green, President of Book Links (Qld) Inc – Q150ReportBeth