Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Jacarandas and Verandas by The Ashgrove Writers'

Over my time as an avid reader, I've loved the city I was born in; Brisbane. And this book is all about this gorgeous 'River City' from early in the 20th Century through the decades of change and developement. The colour and beauty that resonates within each story is vibrant and full of life. The book kicks off at the beginning of the last Century with wonderful black and white photographs (with the curtasy of The Courier Mail newspaper and Brisbane City Council). Each story - even though they are fictional - really takes you to the heart of how Brisbane City came to be one of the most liveable cities in the world. People are still writing about this city and how they feel about it; which goes to show that it really does have a certain something that pulls at the heartstrings of each person who lives here or visits Brisbane.

The Ashgrove Writers' is a dedicated group of inner-Brisbane writers from all age groups. It's said that their group was a ' happy accident that doesn't happen often enough'. And getting this book together was tough in itself; but there were fun parts as well. I'm currently tracking down a website you can look at further; otherwise the Queensland Writer's Centre may be able to help you with any enquiries.

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