The Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland, or FAWQ, is and always has been a significant force in Queensland’s cultural life. It was at the forefront of lobbying for a Cultural Centre in Brisbane, worked tirelessly to establish the Queensland Writers Centre and was closely involved in the  planning and conduct of the annual Writers Convention, which evolved into the Warana Writers Week and is now the Brisbane Writers Festival. Membership of the association covers all ages and writing experience – established writers, emerging writers and aspiring writers. There’s a place for you in FAWQ. For more information email fawqwrite@gmail.com. Membership application available here FAWQ_Membership_Application_2014


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The book is titled ‘They shall grow not Old’ and features the work of members of FAWQ. While the anthology is inspired by the centenary of the Gallipoli landing, it is not a history book, and neither is the material confined to stories about the Great War now known as World War I, but rather it is an attempt to capture the thoughts of our contributors on Anzac day and how war has impacted on their family and their own everyday life. The aim is to commemorate the Anzac spirit that is part of Australian society.

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They shall grow not Old will be launched by Dr. Stanton JSD Mellick. Dr. Mellick was born in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, where his World War I Australian Imperial Force father married before returning to Australia. Stanton, or Stan as he is mostly known, lived, grew up and was educated in Brisbane. He served five and a half years in World War II and finished as a major.

He has written a biography of Henry Kingsley for which he was granted a doctorate, been lead editor of the Academy of the Humanities edition of Henry Kingsley’s ‘The Recollections of Geoffry Hamlyn’, edited UQ Press’s Portable edition of that novel, edited the Qld section of the ‘Oxford Literary Guide to Australia’ and recently wrote ‘Writers’ Footprints’ 2010 a compilation of works and places memorializing Qld writers, poets and dramatists for which Paul Sherman did the Drama research. He has served on the board of St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, been Chair of Grace College Council being made a Fellow of both those bodies as well as the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. He was awarded an OAM in 2005 for his contribution to Australian Studies and for leading the restoration of St Paul’s Presbyterian Church on St Paul’s Terrace. His assistance at the University of Le Havre resulted in the Stan Mellick Centre being established there.

Copies can be pre ordered. Payment can be made by cheque to FAWQ inc or direct deposit to FAWQ Account. Contact fawqwrite @gmail.com for more details.

Contact Toni Hildebrand

Telephone 07-46140008

Mobile 0424560088

Email toni.fawq@hotmail.com


Due to the book launch there will be no March meeting of the FAWQ. The next meetings time and date will be posted here once finalised.