The recent floods throughout Queensland and other parts of Australia have had a massive impact on many lives. But there are some literary-minded ways you can help out:
1. Bid for some of the signed or limited edition books and other literary goods like manuscript assessments in the Authors for Queensland auctions.
2. The Writers on Rafts Flood Appeal has been launched by the Queensland Writers Centre. Register your details along with a donation to go in the draw for some fantastic prizes. The website is here.
3. Buy tickets for A Gala Night of Storytelling 2011: Voices from Elsewhere, presented by the Wheeler Centre. The event will be on 11 February and all profits from ticket sales will go to flood-affected libraries across Queensland. Guests will be John Birmingham, Sonya Hartnett, Mem Fox, and ‘enfant terrible of Chinese literature’ (Sydney Morning Herald) Murong Xuecun as well as award-winning French author Yannick Haenel, German poet Dagmar Leupold and acclaimed Indian novelist Abha Dawesar.
4. And of course, you can donate directly to the Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal.