New Website

Posted in Uncategorized on August 21, 2009 by belindajeffrey

Please click here to be redirected to my new website.


Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards

Posted in Authors and books with tags , , , , , , on August 21, 2009 by belindajeffrey

Yes, still from the old website and waiting for the transfer…

This morning I was fortunate enough to attend the announcement of the Premier’s Literary Awards at the State Library of Queensland. Click on the link to see all the short-listed books and authors. I’m delighted to see that Nam Lee’s, The Boat, was nominated in both the Fiction award and the Short Story collection category. Truly masterful writing and one of my favorite covers of all time.

Amy Barker, last year’s winner of the Emerging Author Manuscript category, this morning launched her book, Omega Park, and read from her published novel. She talked about how writing is her serious work and her job supports her writing. That writing is something she has no choice about. It must be done. I completely relate. Writing is so deeply important and essential to me, I cannot not do it. Perhaps thats why, as writers, awards are so important. Amy says that, although it sounds cliche, this award – and the publication that resulted from it – really has changed her life. Amy’s book will be launched at Avid Reader on the 3rd of September.

Brown Skin Blue is eligible for next year’s awards. (Gulping and crossing fingers in advance.)


Alain de Botton

Posted in Authors and books with tags , , , , , on August 19, 2009 by belindajeffrey

Ok, so I’m still posting from my old site, but not for long. Just waiting for the website wires and dentrites to realign themselves – within the day.

I came across this article about International author and philosopher, Alain de Botton, who is now writer in residence at London’s Heathrow Airport – which is such a cool idea. Ok, so his book is about Airports and travel but I love the idea of writing in a public space. The act of observation and interaction while writing. It’s such a different process than sitting at one’s desk in isolation and relying upon the concerted efforts of the inner mind.

I find that my mind opens up differently in a public space. Not just about what is going on around me, but it allows a different kind of ‘free association.’ In the act of distracting myself with who is walking by, what they are wearing, how they dress, what they say and what philosophical ideas this might trigger in my own mind, my subconscious is momentarily freed from the direct act of attention. My writing is fresher and more original. It is more organic and less cognitive. It’s a great part of my daily writing practice. I wonder if I can squeeze Brisbane Airport into my current novel set in 1956 on the Murray River in South Australia. Better let my subconscious percolate on that one.

I ran Alain’s event when he came to Brisbane and we sat 1200 people and I turned away hundreds of eager fans. After listening to this man’s presentation, I can see why he’s so popular. You can view his Brisbane gig on my youtube channel.


Alain de Botton – The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work 1.6

Posted in Uncategorized on August 19, 2009 by belindajeffrey

The truly lovely Alain de Botton talking about his latest book at the Queensland Irish Club, Brisbane, 22 April 2009. This event was presented by Brisbane’s Better Bookshops and we would like to th…

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Out with the Old…

Posted in Uncategorized on August 18, 2009 by belindajeffrey

This should be my last post from this particular website. You’ll still be able to find me at but it will soon take you to something a little spunkier (yes, I’m an 80’s girl) than this site. I have been spending days and nights expanding my mind to the new possibilities of website presence. I have sworn, laughed – almost cried – and pumped the air when I managed to get things to work. I’m happy with the new look and hope you will be too. Only thing is I’ll need you all to re-subscribe to continue to receive my blog posts…but you all will, right?

Here’s a sneak peak.


All you have to do is sometime over the next few days click onto my site, scroll down till you find the subscribe icon on the left, click it and sign up for email or RSS feed. You’ll be able to sign up to follow me on facebook, twitter, linked in, dig it, delicious, you tube and flickr.

Cheers from the old site. No, I’ll not miss her, though she has been good to me.


Brisbane’s Better Bookshops Newsletter

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , on August 17, 2009 by belindajeffrey


BBB’ newsletter is out. Great author events with Antony Beevor and others. There’s a  chance to win movie tickets to see Balibo and theatre tickets for QTC’s ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’. If you sign up to the newsletter by emailing you can go into the draw to win a copy of the book “The Last Ride”.

Click on the link here and check it out.

BBB August newsletter


All Aboard Again

Posted in Q150 steam train with tags , , , , , , on August 17, 2009 by belindajeffrey

DSCF2052DSCF1964The second ‘Writers Train‘ component of the Q150 steamed off from Brisbane yesterday. This time it’s Kim Wilkins, Nick Earls, Kate Eltham and Hinemoana Baker who are choofing off on the leg from Brisbane to Toowomba. And Kim’s son, Luka, is also tagging along for the ride. Check out the links and see what they get up to.

There was a great article in the QWeekend on Sat 15th from Matt Condon detailing the the trip we took back in June. It had me chuckling and smiling all over again.