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City Kids: THE BRISBANE EKKA IS HERE and it’s only a couple of sleeps away! More than 400,000 people are expected to stream through the gates during this, the 140th Royal Queensland Show. KIDS of all ages LOVE THE RIDES and the Showies have brought us some of the best this year. Lose your lunch and enjoy! (Photo by L.J. May)

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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 AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE CURRENT UPDATE, MAY BE FOUND 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 THURSDAY, 17 AUGUST 2017

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

PERFORMANCE WRITERS ALERT! MEET WRITER/DIRECTOR PRISCILLA CAMERON IN BRISBANE

The Australian Writers Guild invites you to meet writer/director PRISCILLA CAMERON at the Waterloo Hotel in Brisbane.

When: Tuesday 22 August 2017 at 7.00 p.m. – come early, speaker begins at 7.30 p.m. sharp

Where: The Heritage Lounge, The Waterloo Hotel, Cnr Ann St and Commercial Road, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.
Cost: AWG Members $5, Guests $10 (Please bring correct change).

Nothing is more exciting than seeing a Queensland writer emerging to become one of the most exciting new filmmakers the country has seen in recent years. With her new feature film The Butterfly Tree (starring Melissa George and Ben Oxenbould) wowing audiences and critics alike, award-winning Brisbane-based writer-director Priscilla Cameron is poised for great things and ready to share her knowledge, wisdom and experience about screenwriting with AWG Queensland's members and guests.

Join Priscilla just a week after The Butterfly Tree's Australian premiere at MIFF and just before its Brisbane premiere to discuss her transformation from film student to short film maker to acclaimed feature film director and hear her tips for writing original and creative screenplays that connect with audiences. Priscilla is also a screenwriting lecturer at Griffith Film School.

There will be Conversation and Q & A followed by networking/social drinks with local writers, directors, producers and other members of the Queensland film and television industry – all at the Waterloo Hotel (centrally located and with parking.) #awgqld. Book your tickets at https://awg.com.au/view/event/out-of-the-chrysalis-meet-writerdirector-priscilla-cameron.

HAMILTON ISLAND RACE WEEK

Yes, the AUDI HAMILTON ISLAND RACE WEEK is ON from Saturday, 19 August to Saturday, 26 August 2017. This is one of the world’s most famous yachting events and Australia’s largest offshore keelboat regatta. Race Week brings spectators and yachties from all around the globe to the Whitsundays for an exciting line-up of on and offshore events. Competitors, family and friends come together to enjoy the convivial atmosphere and unique camaraderie of the event’s on-water and off-water carnival. 

Located on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, among Queensland's 74 Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, awe-inspiring coral reefs, fascinating flora and fauna, fine food and wines, and activities too numerous to mention. For more information about what’s happening go to http://www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au.

HOST AN RSPCA CUPCAKE DAY IN AUGUST!

Get your friends, family and workmates together to fundraise for animals in need. RSPCA CUPCAKE DAY hosts can register for a free host kit on the website at http://rspcacupcakeday.com.au. Organise a cupcake party at home, a bake sale at your kids’ school, or bring cupcakes to work and ask for donations (brownies, slices and other goodies will be just as welcome as cupcakes if that’s your style).

On RSPCA Cupcake Day, bakers across the nation come together to make a stand for animal welfare. One hundred per cent of funds raised through your baking efforts will help rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome the 135,000 animals that come through RSPCA shelters every year. $35,871 has been raised through this event so far.

When you register on the website the organisers will send you the free host kit, which has all you need for a great party, including a host guide, pop-up donation box, decorative bunting and promotional posters! Although the official date for Cupcake Day is Monday 21 August 2017, you can choose to hold your event on any date in August if the 21st is not a good time for you! And they’re baking...

TAKE A PIC OF YOUR FUR BABY AND WIN A $5,000 WISH GIFT CARD

The RACQ is looking for QUEENSLAND’S CUTEST PET! To celebrate the launch of the new ‘Pets’ category on http://www.racqliving.com.au and to support the Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ), the RACQ is giving members the chance to see their fur baby on the front cover of The Road Ahead as part of the RACQ PET INSURANCE PET SEARCH COMPETITION.

To be in the running to win, members should submit a photo or video of their dog or cat on http://www.racq.com/petsearch. The RACQ’s panel of ‘pet cuteness experts’ will select 12 finalists, who will each receive a $500 WISH Gift Card. All finalists will take part in a professional photo shoot and be featured in the 2018 RACQ Pet Insurance Calendar, which will be sold at RACQ branches across Queensland to help raise much-needed funds for AWLQ.

The overall winner of the RACQ Pet Insurance Pet Search competition will take home a $5,000 WISH Gift Card and star on the front cover of The Road Ahead in 2018. Get in quick and enter your four-legged friend before the competition ends on Thursday, 31 August 2017. 

IN 2017 THE BRISBANE EKKA WILL CELEBRATE ITS 140TH ANNIVERSARY! 

ROLL UP! ROLL UP! Ekka Magic is back at the Brisbane Showgrounds from Friday, 11 August 2015 to Sunday, 20 August 2017. EKKA FEVER starts to descend on Brisbane when August arrives along with the traditional winds. Residents and visitors will have plenty of time during the ten days of the show to complete the onslaught on their stomachs with Dagwood dogs, fairy floss and far too many strawberry ice creams, as well as fine dining and visiting bars around the grounds.

2017 marks THE ROYAL QUEENSLAND SHOW’S 140TH ANNIVERSARY. To date, there have been 30 million visits to the Ekka since 1876. These days, the show is big, bold and beautiful, and a far cry from the first show. Back then the first-ever show bag was a bag of coal and the key event was a competition for the best sample of five tonnes of manure, deodorised and prepared in the most economical form of use. 

There are lots of deals and passes available – too many to list here. Most events are free once inside the Brisbane Showgrounds. If you don’t want to spend the whole day at the exhibition but just want to go to the evening events, take advantage of the new Twilight ticket for $16. Go to the Ekka website at http://www.ekka.com.au for information on everything you ever want to know about this year’s Ekka and aren’t afraid to ask. 

THE BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (BIFF) HITS TOWN!

From 17 August to 3 September 2017, film fest aficionados will be treated to an exciting program of international and Australian films at Palace cinemas. There will be more than 100 sessions over 18 days, with some 60 film screenings. The festival includes the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), a Queensland short film competition, as well as filmmaker and industry guest talks and seminars.

BIFF features a line-up of international acclaimed and award-winning titles, including the latest releases from Cannes, Toronto, Sundance and Berlin, as well as Australian Word Premieres and films shot in our own backyard. Festival highlights include the opening night film The Square (fresh from winning the prestigious Palms D’Or at the 70th Cannes Film Festival), a dark and funny Swedish film that targets the self-obsessed and decadent art world.

The Festival closes with The Go-Betweens Right Here, part memoir and part concert film, a documentary charting the successes, failures, romances, break-ups and triumphs of Brisbane musical royalty, The Go-Betweens. The cinemas to see BIFF are the Palace Barracks, Petrie Terrace and the Palace Centro, James Street, Fortitude Valley. For the full program, visit http://biff.net.au and to get your tickets, go to http://www.palacecinemas.com.

IN AUGUST THE WALKLEY FOUNDATION’S STORYOLOGY BRISBANE 2017 HITS TOWN WITH ALL NEW EVENTS FOR EVERYONE!

The Walkley Foundation’s journalism festival STORYOLOGY kicks off in Brisbane from Thursday, 24 August to Saturday, 26 August 2017. Highlights include STORYOLOGY AFTER DARK, an evening of live storytelling on Thursday, 24 August, with some of Australia’s finest journalists. Guests at this year’s soirée include writers and journalists TRENT DALTON, WILLIAM MCINNES, CARO MELDRUM-HANNA, TONYA MOSLEY (US) and more. 

On Friday, 25 August it’s STORYOLOGY FOR JOURNALISTS, featuring speakers such as investigative reporter AARON GLANTZ (US), Google News Lab’s Asia-Pacific lead IRENE JAY LIU (HONG KONG) and other notable scribes. On Saturday 26 August 2017, munch on a pastry at the Brisbane Powerhouse markets and then head down to the STORYOLOGY OPEN PANELS to hear top journalists reveal how the media really works and debate its role in our lives. 

The Walkley Foundation celebrates and encourages great Australian journalism, telling the stories of our nation and strengthening our democracy. Click here to Explore the Brisbane program and get tickets, and for what’s happening in other states, go to https://www.walkleys.com/storyology17

IN OUR PHOTO ESSAY THIS MONTH

Explore the Royal Queensland Show, 140 years on! See pictures and information on the Brisbane Ekka at the top and bottom of the home page and the top and bottom of the following Watchwords blog pages at EVENT QUICKLISTS!, EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2, WHERE IS BRISBANE?, WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages), COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages), WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages)

THE QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL IS ALMOST HERE!

At the QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL, Australia’s premier poetry and spoken word event, you will experience four days of readings, performances, slams, panels and workshops, as well as Australia’s first Poetry Book and Zine Fair. Under the theme ‘Distant Voices’ the 2017 festival showcases more than 60 local, national and international artists. 

The festival runs from Thursday, 24 August to Sunday, 27 August 2017 and most events will be held at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Fortitude Valley. Some events will be hosted at the Brisbane Square Library in the city – see individual entries in the WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? for those Brisbane Square events, and go to the Queensland Poetry Festival website to view the whole program at http://queenslandpoetryfestival.com

THE GYMPIE MUSIC MUSTER - 4 DAYS OF MATES, MUSIC AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE

The iconic GYMPIE MUSIC MUSTER is on again! This huge not-for-profit charity event has raised in excess of $15 Million for charities Australia-wide since it began. Proceeds from this year’s Muster will once again go to charity partner Mates4Mates to help Australian Defence Force personnel with mental and physical injuries as a result of their service.

The 2017 GYMPIE MUSIC MUSTER will feature more than 100 artists in more than 300 performances across multiple stages. The artists cover a range of genres including country, bluegrass, folk, blues and rockabilly. The Muster’s on from Thursday, 24 August to Sunday, 27 August 2017. One ticket price gives Muster-goers free camping and multi-venue access to all performances to experience everything Australia’s biggest country music celebration has to offer.

The Muster has broadened its appeal this year, while remaining true to its roots, with a number of artists performing who have boosted their profiles and careers on television talent shows. We can tell you that Muster headliner and Aussie favourite, JESSICA MAUBOY, was Australian Idol runner-up in 2006, and LYN BOWTELL made it tothe top 24 of this year’s season of The Voice.

DEAN RAY was the runner-up on the 2014 season of The X Factor Australia, REECE MASTIN won X Factor in 2011, and CAITLYN SHADBOLT placed fifth also on The X Factor Australia, in 2014. And In a performance fit for a king, crowd favourite and Gympie Music Muster performer JUDAH KELLY took out The Voice title this year.

Venue for the muster is the AMAMOOR CREEK STATE FOREST PARK. There are 50 hectares of well maintained, planned camping sites, with plenty of hot showers and toilets and a central entertainment precinct. Organisers say that the park is an easy 40 kilometre drive south-west of Gympie through the beautiful Mary Valley, 2 hours north of Brisbane, and just 40 minutes from Noosa and Fraser Island.

The 20 minute forest drive from the Mary Valley village of Amamoor is easily accessible by all vehicle types, with several creek crossings that are easily negotiated… just watch out for meandering cows! Go to the website at http://www.muster.com.au to find out more. 

THE BRISBANE WRITERS GROUP CONVENTION 2017

Can’t get down to Byron Bay for their writers festival? Not to worry! Emerging and established writers who are looking to take their writing to the next level and would appreciate some good advice, inspiration and motivation, might like to attend the BRISBANE WRITERS GROUP CONVENTION 2017.

The packed timetable features a great line-up of professional speakers, discussion panels, marketing displays and door prizes. You’ll find the convention at the Enoggera Bowls Club, 72 Pickering Street, Enoggera (near the Enoggera Train Station) on Sunday 27 August 2017 from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. See the WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? pages for more details.

MINDFRAME – MENTAL ILLNESS AND SUICIDE ON SCREEN: THE IMPORTANCE OF ‘GETTING IT RIGHT’ – AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE AUSTRALIAN WRITERS’ GUILD

The Australian Writers' Guild (AWG)sends you this vital message: ‘The AWG has partnered with Mindframe to develop resources and guidelines for Australian screen and stage writers who are creating work that includes themes of mental illness and suicide, and to aid them in developing scripts that are well-informed, original, and reduce risks for vulnerable audience members.

‘On Friday 14 July 2017 NETFLIX released in Australia their latest NETFLIX production To the Bone. The movie follows the journey of a 20-year old woman living with and recovering from anorexia nervosa.

‘Film, television and theatre can exert a powerful influence on community attitudes towards mental illness and suicide. Scripts can help dispel stereotypes and myths. However some ways of portraying mental illness and suicide can be harmful to vulnerable audiences.

‘The NETFLIX show is likely to create as much discussion as their recent 13 Reasons Why. This included concerning elements, as highlighted by Jaelea Skehan, Director at the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, in her article Six Reasons Why I'm Concerned about a TV Series.

MINDFRAME FOR STAGE & SCREEN is an Australian-wide free program that can support screen and stage writers when developing a show that includes themes of mental illness and suicide. It aims to empower screen and stage writers to develop scripts that are well-informed and original, and reduce the risk of copycat suicides among vulnerable audience members. Read more here. You can find the complete guidelines for stage and screen writers here

‘Why is it important to be accurate? 

'It’s important to remember that 1 in 4 Australians will be diagnosed with a mental illness during their lifetime. Stigmatising mental illness may prevent them from seeking help. It’s also important to remember that there are many different types of mental illness and that each individual will experience mental illness differently.

‘Jan Sardi, writer of Oscar-winning film Shine (1996), put it like this during an interview for the Mindframe team: ‘It’s a mistake to set out to write a film or play about mental illness. Rather, the aim should be to write in a way that illuminates why someone behaves the way they do in the light of the challenges they face.’ 

'Can a show really have that much impact?

'Evidence suggests that the dramatic portrayal of suicide can have an impact on vulnerable audiences. For example: a study in the United States found a significant increase in the number of suicides immediately following soap opera stories in which there was a suicide theme. Also, a succession of stories about suicide can normalise suicidal behaviour as an acceptable course of action.

‘In particular, there appears to be a relationship between the method of suicide portrayed in a fictional film or television program, and increased rates of suicide using that method. For example: a study in Germany found that after the screening of a television series depicting the railway suicide of a 19-year old male, there was an increase in suicides by the same method. A study in the UK found that there was a significant increase in cases of self-harm with ingestion of a product in the month in which it was depicted in an episode of Casualty.

‘Preferred portrayals of suicide do not glorify or romanticise it and do not provide visual details of or spoken references to the exact method. Rather more appropriate portrayals depict the consequences for others and provide sources of help for vulnerable viewers.

Mindframe has produced guidelines for Stage and Screen to support writers. The guidelines were developed in collaboration with the Australian Writers’ Guild and experts in the suicide prevention and mental health promotion sectors, as well as people with lived experience.

‘The guidelines help screen and stage writers develop material that minimises the risk of suicide copycats and that can contribute to the understanding and de-stigmatisation of mental illness and suicide.

‘Handled well, storylines involving mental illness provide an opportunity for sensitive, engaging and powerful material.

‘If you’re writing about mental illness or suicide, consider these steps:

  • Check out Mindframe’s guidelines for Stage and Screen HERE
  • Find the best information sources from the Mindframe website HERE
  • Contact the Mindframe team at mindframe@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au or phone 02 4924 6900.’

AND THAT'S THE END OF THE NEWS! 

 

UPDATES

8. Aug, 2017
See THE NEWS above for the exciting events happening in Brisbane and around Queensland. As usual, during August, 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.
Country Kids: This year’s show will feature some 10,000 animals, with the main arena SHOWCASING SOME OF THE FINEST CATTLE, which will be vying for the coveted ribbons and bragging rights. In most farming families, the children are very involved in preparing their beasts for the Ekka, and many live with their entries at the showgrounds to help care for their animals. This young man is obviously very proud of his bull. (Photo courtesy of The Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA), Brisbane Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, Brisbane, Queensland 4006, Australia: modified by L.J. May)