Saturday 6 November sees the launch of the exciting new WRITE GALLERY which is the first of its kind in the Region.  Part of the Lighthouse Complex transforming 126 Margaret Street into the hub for writers and writing activities and exhibitions, the WRITE GALLERY is bringing Emma Mactaggart’s concept and vision to life.

To introduce the Gallery to the Toowoomba community, Ms. Mactaggart has generously opened the doors to the team organising the diverse Top if the Range Word Fest.  This event brings together over 25 local Toowoomba Darling Downs authors, booksellers, and literary groups to share their talents and publications.  Who knew there was so much talent on our doorstep?

To highlight the rich literary heritage of the Region, historical researcher, Shirley Chambers of BookSnaps, has produced the historical timeline of publications across the years up to 2000.  Thanks to the support of the long-time local printing firm, Cracker Print, and Paper, this will be on display to the public at the Gallery from 10 am to 2 pm.

The contemporary local regional authors will be there showcasing and signing their published works or introducing Toowoomba to the many groups preserving and continuing its rich literary history into the future.  This networking launch is the first event of many in an ambitious program of all things associated with words and writing across the 2022 calendar.  The highlight will be the 3 Day Word Fest on 3rd, 4th and 5th June which will bring a Writers in Schools program, a Writers Festival of guests, panels, and workshops, and a Family Day of picnics, readings, poetry, and word competitions.

This program will continue across the year supporting established events such as Unleash the Beast in March, Words out West in Dalby, Bush Poets, and Writers Retreats in our beautiful regional historic homes and Toowoomba venues.  It will celebrate the contribution librarians, teachers, street libraries, book shops, writers and readers make to our creative arts in our community.  The launch on Sat 6th November is the start of exciting times in the world of words.