NSW author Simon Higgins has pledged half the royalties of his latest book release, Tomodachi: The Edge of the World to the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) for a writer mentoring programme and Kate Eltham, the organisation’s CEO has likened the move to ‘the captain of the Blues switching teams halfway through a State of Origin match to play for Queensland’!
Controversial it may be, but NSW resident and long term QWC member Higgins explains, ‘Early in my own writing career, wise words and warnings from established authors made all the difference… I want to see emerging writers helped – and launched – in just that way. QWC is surely the premier writing organisation in Australia. Given its mandate to support established professionals and develop new ones, it’s a god-send for writers.”
Praise indeed, and QWC can give itself a hearty pat on the back for such compliments – and, more importantly, thanks to Higgins’ generous donation its members can look forward to even more ‘expert advice and guidance to [help them] get their words from the page into the bookstore’.
If you’re in Brisbane and would like to add your support to this initiative head to Riverbend Books in Bulimba on Tuesday 8th October from 6pm for the official launch.
As long as you’re not a Blues supporter with a grudge.