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Shroud your wok in teatowels, Australia. Our country’s beloved pioneering cookbook author and national treasure, MARGARET FULTON, has died at the grand old age of 94. During her career, Margaret wrote more than 20 cookbooks and was best known for ‘The Margaret Fulton Cookbook’, published in 1968. Before that treasure came out, the average Australian dined out on good old British stodge: meat and three veg, followed by tapioca pudding or spotted dick. Our idea of exotic cuisine was a trip down to the local Chinese for some Chow Mein and, if you were particularly adventurous, fried banana fritters with ice cream. Margaret pretty well single-handedly changed our narrow gastronomic tastes, and she did it without frightening either the diners or the cooks. We dips our (saucepan) lid to you Margaret Fulton – you were a one-off. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)

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This is Brisbane! Queensland, Australia

Greetings and welcome to Watchwords. This site is about writers, readers, artists, filmmakers and our beautiful City of Brisbane.

WHAT'S ON IN BRISBANE RIGHT NOW?

QUICKLISTS FOR 'WHAT'S ON AUTHORS?', WHICH COVERS AUTHOR, ILLUSTRATOR AND FILMMAKER EVENTS, AS WELL AS WRITING AND FILMMAKER COMPETITIONS FOR THE CURRENT UPDATE, ARE UNDER THE TAB ON THE MENU AT LEFT - OR CLICK HERE EVENT QUICKLISTS! 

DUE TO THE LARGE NUMBER OF GENERAL EVENTS, THERE IS A SECOND PAGE FOR 'WHAT'S ON NOW?' AT EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2.

THIS WEBSITE WAS UPDATED ON FRIDAY, 9 AUGUST 2019!

WHAT'S THE NEWS? TELL US WHAT'S HAPPENING!

NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK – ATTEND SOME EXCELLENT EVENTS!

NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK runs across Australia from Saturday, 10 August to Sunday, 18 August 2019. This is our country’s annual celebration of science and technology. Thousands of individuals get involved, from students to scientists, chefs to musicians, who take part in more than 1,000 science events across the nation. Go to https://www.scienceweek.net.au to find festivals, activities, and events across Australia, in your State, or at a location near you.

IN BRISBANE, we have three big events running during Science week. At the BRISBANE SCIENCE FESTIVAL 2019, you can enjoy three fun-filled days of spectacular science shows, STEM career talks, robotics, drones, virtual reality, native animals, rocket science and Teacher PD! Whiz into the South Bank Piazza, South Bank Parklands, from Friday, 16 August to Sunday, 18 August 2019. Visit http://www.brisbanesciencefestival.com.au for a link to get your tickets and book through Eventbrite.

The superb ROBOTRONICA program at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) this year reflects the skills of both teaching staff and students, with a little help from their friends across Australia and the globe. This is a FREE groundbreaking one-day event of live demonstrations, performance and discussions, showcasing some of the world’s latest advancements in robotics and technology.

While humans have been using robots for years in myriad areas from car manufacture to intricate medical applications, what really unnerves most people is the notion of humanoid robot autonomy and the ability to reproduce without human instruction or intervention.

From Asimov’s laws of robotics espoused in I Robot, to the heartbreaking desperation of androids trying to avoid their use-by date in Blade Runner, the nervousness humans feel at being possibly replaced by our own creations always comes back to the same question ‘What does it mean to be human?’

Explore the concept at the QUT Gardens Point Campus, on Sunday, 18 August 2019 from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Go to https://www.qut.edu.au/robotronica and check out the map at the bottom of the page to find out how to get there if you don’t already know, and there’s a great Robotronica video on that page to watch as well.

See pictures and secrets from THE ROBOT SOCIETY’S COMPENDIUM OF HUMAN SAYINGS to prepare you for the experience at the top and bottom of WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages) and COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages):

THE QUEENSLAND MUSEUM also has a great range of exciting and fun events happening from 10 August to Sunday, 18 August 2019 – just the thing for budding scientists. On Friday, 9 August 2019, from 10.00 a.m. to 2.30 p.m., the Queensland Museum will hit the streets! 

A MOBILE POP-UP MUSEUM will weave its way through the Queen Street Mall and make its way to South Bank. A caravan of talented scientists, curators, learning professionals, and roving astronauts will travel through Brisbane on foot, setting up 20-minute museums for the general public. Stop and enjoy the experience – it’s FREE.

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: DESTINATION MOON will take place at the Queensland Museum, Level 2, in the South Bank Precinct, on Saturday, 10 August 2019, from 5.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Discover what happens at night when the Museum closes, and see the animals before they go to bed.

Explore every nook of the Museum, dance along to live music, see demonstrations, amazing objects, performances, and take part in hands-on activities. You do have to book. Tickets are Adult: $21, Child $15, and a Family $64 (1A + 2C).

IN MACKAY, there is a FREE EVENT on Saturday, 17 August 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre. The Queensland Museum and BHP’s UNEARTHED! is both an indoor and outdoor event to celebrate central Queensland discoveries. Find fossils with the experts, explore virtual reality, learn about local research, race droids and build robots.

For more information about these events and to book tickets if necessary, go to the Queensland Museum website at https://www.qm.qld.gov.au and scroll down for NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK 2019.

IT'S EKKA TIME AGAIN!

The magic is back and the onslaught on your stomach begins, with Dagwood dogs, fairy floss, far too many strawberry ice creams and stomach-churning rides. THE ROYAL QUEENSLAND SHOW (the EKKA) is on at the Brisbane Showgrounds, Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, from Friday, 9 August to Sunday, 18 August 2019 inclusive, with PEOPLE’S DAY on Wednesday, 14 August 2019.

The Ekka showcases the best of Queensland, with more than 21,000 competition entries from woodchopping to giant vegetables, 10,000 animals from beef cattle to cats and dogs, world-class live entertainment, award-winning food and wine, carnival rides and showbags, family shopping, educational activities and much more. See pics and more information at the top and bottom of WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages).

Go to the Ekka website https://www.ekka.com.au/buy-ticket#tickets for details of ticket prices and to pre-book. Most events are free once inside the Brisbane Showgrounds. To plan your day, visit https://www.ekka.com.au/whats-on.

IN OUR PHOTO ESSAY THIS MONTH!

Find information and pictures of EVENTS HAPPENING AROUND BRISBANE AND QUEENSLAND on EVENT QUICKLISTS!,  EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2, and WHERE IS BRISBANE?. See NEWS PAGE 2 for CAPTURING THE EVENT HORIZON! – Einstein proved right! Go to the top and bottom of WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages) and COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages) for Robotronica pictures and secrets from THE ROBOT SOCIETY’S COMPENDIUM OF HUMAN SAYINGS. See pics and information at the top and bottom of the WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages) to prepare you for the magic of the Ekka.

SENIORS WEEK 2019

Take advantage of the many lifestyle and leisure opportunities on offer across Brisbane and Queensland this SENIORS WEEK, which runs from Saturday, 17 August to Sunday, 25 August 2019. Some events are FREE to attend, most are low cost, and some are ticketed. For details check the website at https://www.qldseniorsweek.org.au/events, and to learn more about Queensland Seniors Week, go to the website at https://www.qldseniorsweek.org.au/about.

One size does not fill all, and the range of events and activities held during Seniors Week reflect that. Free or low-cost activities include suburban concerts, guided walks, fishing, kayaking, workshops on growing your own food, cooking classes, composting and music (although not at the same time). Limited places are available for some events, so book in now if you want to go! 

Brisbane City Council Libraries will be holding a range of FREE events for seniors, including Tech Time for Seniors, World Kitchen workshops, Social Media Basics and Smartphone Skills for Seniors, Online Safety and Security for Seniors, Nature Craft, and a series of Tea and Trivia events. Check with your local library or pick up a ‘What’s On’ booklet to find something near you. See the listings in the WHAT'S ON NOW? section to see some of the larger events.  

After slaving over a hot stage with some of Australia’s best musical mentors, the Golden Oldies will show younger performers how it’s done at eight LORD MAYOR’S FREE SENIORS CABARET SHOWCASE CONCERTS. Come along to support Brisbane’s talented seniors as they dance, sing and set the stage alight in performances between Thursday, 15 August and Tuesday, 3 September 2019.

See the detailed listing in WHAT'S ON NOW? for venues and dates. And if you want to book in for the LORD MAYOR’S SENIORS CABARET GALA, you’d better do it now. See below for more information.

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW FOR THE LORD MAYOR’S SENIORS CABARET GALA

THE LORD MAYOR’S SENIORS GALA CABARET will star Brisbane’s most talented seniors from the Lord Mayor’s Seniors Cabaret program, along with celebrity guests, in an afternoon of exceptional entertainment in the Brisbane City Hall, King George Square, on Sunday, 6 October 2019 from 2.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Why tell you about it now, you ask? Because bookings are required and tickets were available from Thursday, 1 August 2019. This event is so popular you barely have time to register that it’s on before you find that all the tickets are gone. Get ahead of the crowd and book in now. The $5 ticket covers the service fee and includes a donation to the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust. And yes, group bookings are welcome. For bookings, phone QTIX on 136 246 or visit their website on https://www.qtix.com.au.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? In July and August, both seasoned performers and talented amateurs who dreamed of treading the boards once more, took part in free three-hour master classes with professional mentors, including some of Australia’s top music theatre performers. Following these successful master classes, the seniors subsequently set the stage alight in a series of Lord Mayor’s Seniors Cabaret Showcase Concerts around the city. Then it’s time for the LORD MAYOR’S SENIORS GALA CABARET in Brisbane’s beautiful City Hall. Enjoy!

52ND ANNUAL AWGIE AWARDS

You’re invited to join in the fun as Sydney lights up in celebration of our best and brightest screen and stage writers at the 52ND ANNUAL AWGIE AWARDS, on Thursday, 22 August 2019 at 6.00 p.m. for a 7.00–9.00 p.m. ceremony, at the City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place, Sydney, Australia.

The AWGIE Awards recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of Australian storytellers and their contribution to Australia's cultural landscape. These prestigious awards are the only industry awards given by writers to writers and are judged exclusively on the basis of the writer's own vision, the script. 

Following the success of last year's shorter and sharper theatre-style Awards ceremony, organisers are excited to once again bring you a night with all the best bits of the AWGIES: good food, great wine and a glittering celebration! This year the AWGIES return to the glorious stage of the City Recital Hall to give writers their time to shine. The Awards will be led by master of ceremonies MARK HUMPHRIES, with AWGIE Awards presented across 18 screen and stage categories.

BOOK YOUR TICKET TODAY WITHOUT HASSLE: No more worrying about fitting your friends and colleagues around one table, fighting your way across the room for a five minute chat between awards, or wondering whether you'll be sitting at a table with people you don't know. 

During the awards, seating will not be allocated, so you can book your ticket today and organise your group later. And in case someone gets stuck on the other side of the room, there will be plenty of time before the Awards and during the following two-hour cocktail reception to catch up with friends and colleagues.

FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD!: What is an Awards ceremony without good food? Drinks and canapés will be served in the hour before the ceremony for people rushing from work without dinner. Following the Awards, the foyer will be decked out with a feast!

TICKET PRICES ARE: Full Members of the AWG are complimentary, all other Members $135, Non-members $195. If you want to go, better book your tickets now at https://awg.com.au/events/the-52nd-annual-awgie-awards. Note that refunds are not available after 15 August 2019 – if you need to cancel, please email the AWG at admin@awg.com.au. You can also email them at that address if you have any issues trying to book tickets.

If you are a current financial Guild member please ensure you are logged in to your account online and enter your Membership ID number to receive the correct member price. If you don’t know your membership ID number, it can be found by clicking MY ACCOUNT on the left of the top menu. NOTEYour member number can only be used once to book your own ticket.

AND THAT REALLY IS THE END OF THE NEWS! 


See NEWS PAGE 2 for CAPTURING THE EVENT HORIZON! – Einstein proved right!

UPDATES

9. Aug, 2019
See THE NEWS above for the exciting events happening in Brisbane and around Queensland. As usual, during August 2019, there are COMPETITIONS to enter and OPPORTUNITIES for creators, as well as AUTHORS to meet, WORKSHOPS to attend, and GENERAL EVENTS to go to – most events are FREE or LOW COST.
THE ROYAL QUEENSLAND SHOW (the BRISBANE EKKA) runs from Friday, 9 August to Sunday, 18 August 2019, with people’s day being held on Wednesday, 14 August 2019. Even more than last year, we have become acutely aware of how badly the appalling seven-year drought has devastated people in the bush – even the Lockyer Valley has been affected, with desperate farmers asking for help. There has been a significant lack of rainfall across central, southern and southeast Queensland (with devastating floods in North Queensland to compound the problem) and 65.2 per cent of the state is now drought-declared. If you can afford it, please dig deep to give much-needed relief to drought-stricken farmers by supporting THE QUEENSLAND DROUGHT APPEAL through BUY A BALE – see https://www.buyabale.com.au (call for donations or help on 1300 327 624), or ADOPT A FARMER, the drought appeal launched this year in Queensland, NSW and Victoria – see https://www.ruralaid.org.au/adoptafarmer. Spare a thought for the kids, who have always done chores on the farm, but who now have to take on an extra load, as well as trying to put in a full day at school. SCHOOL KIDS can help by getting their school to register for this fundraising campaign to support farmers across Australia. After schools register they will be sent a special link for kids to share with their families, and links to posters to download and print. Maybe you can make it project and show kids in the bush that you’re thinking about them. Ask your school principal or teacher to register your school at https://www.adoptafarmer.com.au/school-registration. (Photo montage by L.J. May S/S)