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Listening to some top talent talking

The Talk of Newstead, will be an inspiring three-evening speaker series which will celebrate the lifestyle of Newstead. It will feature three Queensland personalities, who will share tales of their careers. They are former Lord Mayor of Brisbane Sallyanne Atkinson, author Hugh Lunn, and columnist Frances Whiting. Presented by Aveo Newstead, The Talk of Newstead is a free series.

Sallyanne Atkinson: the Rooftop at Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm. Refreshments will be provided RSVP - call 13 28 36 or visit

Sallyanne Atkinson rose to national prominence as Brisbane’s Lord Mayor from 1985 to 1991. This was the time of Expo ’88, when the world looked to Brisbane and it was through her urbane, educated and well-spoken approach that the city delivered. She has been Australia’s trade commissioner in Paris and a representative for the Australian Olympic Committee. She now sits on the Board of the Waltzing Matilda Museum, the Museum of Brisbane, the University of Queensland’s Women’s’ College, the Queensland Brain Institute, and Fidelis Investment Group. A journalist by trade, she has also penned her own life story in No Job For a Woman.

Frances Whiting: Monday November 6 – 5.30 pm to 7 pm: The High Church, Fortitude Valley. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP - call 13 28 36 or visit

Celebrating 20 years as a newspaper columnist, Frances Whiting has taken the country on a journey of love, laughter, loss and triumph through her weekly commentary in The Sunday Mail. She is one of the country’s best known and popular writers, a proud Queenslander and the successful author of three books. Her latest, Walking on Trampolines was released in 2013 to critical and popular acclaim and is now being published in 9 countries. She is also a mum to two children and wife to John.

Hugh Lunn: Sunday December 3 – 5.30 pm to 7 pm: Light Street, Fortitude Valley. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP - call 13 28 36 or visit

As a journalist in the 1970s Hugh won three national Walkley Awards for feature writing, and he has never stopped. His Brisbane memoir Over the Top with Jim became Australia's all-time biggest-selling childhood memoir – and Hugh adapted it for the stage for the first ever Brisbane Festival. It then toured the state. His Vietnam: A Reporter's War won the Melbourne A# Book of the Year prize for literature and has twice been published in New York. In 2009 Hugh was named a Queensland Icon. He is immortalised in sandstone by sculptor Rhyl Hinwood at the University of Queensland and is a Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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