MEET AND GREET: Ipswich Library will host Abdi Aden on Friday from 2–3pm and Naomi Alderman on Saturday from 10–11am.
MEET AND GREET: Ipswich Library will host Abdi Aden on Friday from 2–3pm and Naomi Alderman on Saturday from 10–11am. Contributed

Meet inspiring young authors

ASPIRING writers across Ipswich will have the chance to meet leading authors when the Brisbane Writers Festival comes to town.

The festival has partnered with Ipswich City Council to present free presentations from writers Abdi Aden and Naomi Alderman at Ipswich Library on Thursday and Friday.

Festival director and former Ipswich resident Julie Beveridge said she was thrilled to offer locals the opportunity to rub heads together with two of the world's best authors.

"I am most excited about the appearance of these two at the festival more than any other guests," she said.

"Abdi has an amazing personal story. He arrived in Australia as a refugee as a teenager. The journey he took to get here and the journey he embarked on after he arrived is simply remarkable.

"Naomi is both an Orange Prize-winning fiction writer and the creator of the interactive fitness app Zombies, Run!"

Ms Beveridge offered her advice to Ipswich's aspiring writers.

"Write, read, think, write some more, edit, talk with writers and submit your work to publications," she said.

"[Also] drink coffee."

Ipswich Library will host Abdi Aden on Friday from 2-3pm and Naomi Alderman on Saturday from 10-11am.

Bookings are essential.

Visit library. ipswich.qld. gov.au or phone 3810 6815 to book.


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