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WHAT HAPPENS in a Brisbane storm black-out!!

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At a dinner attended by Queensland artists’ book people last Saturday in Brisbane a giant thunder storm caused a black-out. Now any self respecting ‘bookie’ would probably have a mini-book reading light or two on their person, but this was not the case. Out came the candles – and in their yellow light we were pushed closer together by the darkness …

As we chortled on about books, democracy, bureaucracy, and greater world issues the piercing shafts of lightning, the accompanying crash of thunder and the sound of driving rain on the roof brought us closer to a time before books, were human beings nestled-in around a flicking fire and told stories by animated gestures and spoken language.

Brisbane book arts dinner black-out

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