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From the President

EdsQ has a new Events sub-committee! We are very happy to announce that Meaghan Sexton from the Sunshine Coast has joined our stalwart Kayt Duncan to organise, advertise and record our online speaker events, while Annette Seargent AE has volunteered to organise social events in Brisbane. Thanks to all of you. Another member also volunteered to assist with admin for speaker meetings but had to withdraw due to injury. We wish Robyn a speedy and full recovery.

This means we are looking for one more person to help out. We have divided up the responsibilities so that no one job is too onerous. We know IPEd members are busy people. You would be part of a small, friendly team and would work online (regional members welcome!). Expressions of interest to

The Events team has hit the ground running, organising our very pleasant EdsQ picnic on 22 January and our first speaker event for this year, held on 1 February, at which our own Charlotte Cottier AE presented to a sold-out online audience on the topic of Academic editing from a freelance copyeditor’s perspective.

Queensland covers a vast area. Online events are great, but sometimes it’s good to meet face to face. Our EdsQ president contacted IPEd members in and around Cairns late last year, asking whether they would like to connect with each other. The response from several members was swift and enthusiastic, so we have put them in touch with each other and look forward to hearing what comes out of that. We will try to organise more connections in other regional areas as well. Please let us know if you live in a regional area of Queensland and would like to get to know other editors in your area: email

The IPEd conference committee has flagged a great idea in connection with the 2023 IPEd Conference, to be held online in the first two weeks of May (Have you registered yet?). Instead of an in-person gala dinner, they are suggesting rolling dinners organised by each branch on 3 May, at which conference attendees can exchange learnings from workshops and conference sessions already attended (and yes, have a good time). In Queensland this would mean suggesting to regional groups that they organise a dinner in their area, as well as the one taking place in Brisbane. Regional members: anyone willing to organise something? No need for bells and whistles – just a good location and everyone pays from themselves. More details will be forthcoming.

We look forward to a new year of IPEd and EdsQ, and of strengthened collaboration with the other branches of IPEd.