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2023 Pop-Up & Meet-the-Author with Heather Taylor Johnson

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Find out what Queensland Writers Centre has in store for you and your writing journey in 2023, plus meet author and poet Heather Taylor Johnson.

Whether you’re a new member and you want to meet fellow writers and the Queensland Writers Centre team, or if you just want to know what the Centre can do to support you and your writing, this event is for you! Plus, we are delighted to welcome Adaptable-shortlisted author and poet Heather Taylor Johnson for an in-conversation session, Q&A, and reading from her latest poetry collection Alternative Hollywood Ending (Recent Work Press 2022).

While you're here, you'll plan out your 2023 and find out more about our upcoming programs and services, including:

  • Queensland Writers Centre's '' suite of industry development competitions and programs - Adaptable, Publishable, Printable & Scriptable
  • Our year-round program of workshops and courses on writing, editing & publishing
  • GenreCon 2023, Australia's biggest genre fiction convention
  • Other membership benefits, including our quarterly WQ magazine
  • Writer's services including manuscript assessments, editing services, Writer's Mentorships and the Writer's Surgery program
  • Writing residencies including Varuna Fellowships, the year-round Fishbowl residency and the annual Flinthart residency
  • Our Fellowships & Access Fund and the opportunities we provide to all writers


This is an in-person pop-up event at Queensland Writers Centre for all writers.

About Heather

Heather Taylor-Johnson is a multi-form writer living and working on Kaurna land near Port Adelaide. Her most recent poetry books are the verse novel Rhymes with Hyenas and the collection Alternative Hollywood Ending. An anthology she edited, Shaping the Fractured Self: Poetry of Chronic Illness and Pain, was the winner of the Mascara Avant Garde Award and is read in disability circles around the world. Her second novel, Jean Harley was Here, was shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Fiction and optioned for a 7-part TV series through Queensland Writers Centre’s Adaptable program. She’s this year’s winner of Island’s Nonfiction Prize for an essay on art and illness and where the two come together. Recent shortlistings include the Red Room Poetry Fellowship and ABR’s Calibre Prize. She’s an arts critic and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide, which is the university where she received her PhD in Creative Writing in 2008.

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