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Behind Queensland's Words: A Queensland Day Celebration is part of the Queensland Government’s Queensland Day celebrations 5–10 June 2017.

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Andrew King - Engibear's Bridge

Andrew is an engineer who is passionate about the integral role of engineering in environmental management and sustainability and the links between STEM education and engineering.

Children are very interested in the things that engineers do yet there are very few engineers in children’s literature. Consequently, Engibear and his friends Engilina and the Bearbot were created as a “friendly faces” of engineering - a way to introduce engineering to young children.

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Ian Mansfield -  Stepping Into A Minefield

Ian is a consultant specializing in humanitarian assistance and post conflict activities, particularly in the field of landmine action.  He worked overseas for 20 years but since mid-2011 he has been based in Mooloolaba, Queensland. Ian’s book ‘Stepping into a Minefield; A life dedicated to landmine clearance around the world,  is his personal account of the dangers and tragedies involved in landmine clearance , but also reveals the great humanity, dedication and humour of the thousands of brave men and women clearing landmines today. 

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Karen Tyrrell - Song Bird, Jo-Kin Battles the IT, Stop the Bully

Karen writes empowering books to help you and your kids live STRONG.   She’s an experienced Brisbane school teacher and Key Note speaker. She’s a passionate writing workshop presenter, story teller and stars in her own scripted pantomimes.

Karen is a survivor of bullying and PTSD. Her books are inspirational page turners, often humorous, showing how to live strong and be resilient.

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Elaine Ouston - The Mystery of Nida Valley

Elaine holds a Master of Letters (MLitt) from Central Queensland University and is a published author of a number of books for children. She presents writing workshops, offers an editing service and sets up books for self-publishing at Gondor Writers' Centre. She also organises literary festivals at libraries and schools through Australian Literary Festivals and Book Fairs. 

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Emily Larkin - The Whirlpool

Emily specialises in fantasy and young-adult drama. The Whirlpool is Emily's first picture book, and is about a polar bear cub navigating the highs and lows of life. Illustrated by award-winning artist Helene Magisson, The Whirlpool is an enchanting story about hope returning in the wake of despair.

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Zane Hacker - Antarctic Sundays

Zane is a local author and his book titled Antarctic Sundays is of adventure, food and photography in a place that can only be described as remarkable, Antarctica. Zane Hacker spent 14 months living at Mawson Station, this book follows his journey and is memoir, travel and cookery rolled into a visual wonder. Zane Hacker trained as a Chef in the beautiful surrounds of the Whitsunday Islands. Working on Tall ships and yachts, as well as restaurants, he learnt a craft that would take him around the world. The son of a beekeeper and a storyteller provides a background that would undoubtedly lead to unusual places. He continues to cook, write and speak about his adventures.

   

Shelley Davidow - Whisperings in the Blood, Playing with Words

Shelley is an internationally acclaimed author who lives in Australia. She is also a teacher, academic and trained facilitator in Restorative Practice, conducting workshops throughout the world. Her latest books are Whisperings in the Blood published by the University of Queensland Press, Australia and Playing with Words published by Macmillan Palgrave, UK.

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