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Words To Walk By:
Exploring Literary Brisbane


Celebrating the authors you know and those you’ve yet to meet; books you love and have yet to read – Words to Walk By is a tribute to Brisbane’s rich literary heritage.


From Malouf to McGahan, from Shapcott to Sparrow, Words to Walk By unveils Brisbane through the lives and works of the city’s best-loved authors. With 25 scenic walks through Brisbane’s literary past and present, this pocket-sized guide is the essential accessory for walking enthusiasts, history and literary buffs alike. The walks, complete with detailed maps, span from the city to the bayside suburbs, covering Brisbane’s landmark cultural and historical sites, while taking in the iconic sub-tropical landscape.


Todd Barr

Todd Barr was born in Gympie in 1968 and has lived in Brisbane since 1992. He published his first book, No Swank Here?, when he was aged 22. For several years he lived and studied in Java, Indonesia, and in 1999 completed his doctorate thesis at the University of Queensland on the history of human rights conflicts in Australia–Indonesia relations. He is interested in both historical and creative writing.