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And so we bid a fond farewell to comedian, satirist, writer, national treasure and genius, John Clarke, who died on Sunday, 9 April 2017 aged 68 doing what he loved – tramping around the Grampians taking photographs of birds with his family and friends. We are sad. Read Andrew Knight’s touching tribute below. (Photo of the inimitable John Clarke courtesy of the ABC)

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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 HAPPENING IN BRISBANE AND THROUGHOUT QUEENSLAND, 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.

THE NEWS WAS UPDATED ON WEDNESDAY, 26 APRIL 2017

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

STONES CORNER FESTIVAL – SUNDAY, 30 APRIL 2017

Head for the Brisbane suburb of Stones Corner this coming long weekend for the STONES CORNER FESTIVAL running from 12.00 noon to 10.00 p.m. on Sunday, 30 April 2017. There will be craft beers, ciders and wines, local business market stalls, food trucks, plus a petting zoo and a jumping castle for the kids. Entry is FREE.

Enjoy LIVE ENTERTAINMENT from REGURGITATOR, Sahara Beck, I Heart Hiroshima, Hemingway, Luke Daniel Peacock, The Stress of Leisure, Sarah Booker and many more.

Meet the retailers and professionals in one of Brisbane’s most iconic precincts. Try the various restaurants and cafes in this emerging food hub, and visit the iconic Stones Corner Hotel. You can also take part in charity raffles run by the MND and Me Foundation, with lots of prizes and surprises throughout the day.

It’s all happening around 346 Logan Road, Stones Corner. There will be road closures, so your best bet is to catch public transport (buses 174, 175 and 204 will get you there - Buranda train station is also within an easy walk of the precinct). For public transport information, visit http://www.translink.com.au or phone 13 12 30. Visit the website at http://www.stonescornerfestival.com.au for more about what’s on or call the event hotline on (07) 3397 3727.

THE 2017 INSITE AWARD FOR AN UNPRODUCED FEATURE FILM

Do you have a great idea for an unproduced feature film? The Australian Writers' Guild and Adelaide Film Festival are excited to announce the launch of THE 2017 INSITE AWARD, the prestigious Australian screenwriting development initiative.

The Award was established to unearth unproduced feature film screenwriting talent, and is presented to the writer of a screenplay which has not yet secured a producer or funding. 

The 2017 winner will meet industry directors and producers with a view to moving the project forward and onto the screen. Entrants must own all the rights to the script being entered and only one entry per member is permitted. The entry fee is $50 (GST inclusive). Click here for Entry Guidelines. If you’ve got something ready to go, get it in now! Entries close on Wednesday, 3 May 2017.

Entries are open to current financial AWG Full, Associate or Student Members. AWG offers a special membership discount for new members joining to enter INSITE. To take advantage of this special offer, please email our Membership Officer at pete@awg.com.au before Wednesday 26 April 2017. New members will need to join for a minimum of 12 months. For full guidelines and to enter, go here.

THE SANDCLIFFE WRITERS FESTIVAL 

The SANDCLIFFE WRITERS FESTIVAL focuses on traditional Aboriginal and non-Indigenous writing in the Northern Moreton Bay and Brisbane region. It will be held from Sunday, 23 April, to Saturday, 29 April 2017 to celebrate the area’s diverse literary talent and the many ways words can be shaped to impact, inspire and entertain.  

There will be a variety of events for writing and reading enthusiasts with author panels, author talks and a poetry workshop. Fans will be eager to attend a special literary dinner with acclaimed author and journalist MATTHEW CONDON to be held at the Chandelier Bar & Grill. The dinner will cost $30 but all other events are FREE of charge. Most will be held at the Bracken Ridge Library. For bookings and enquiries, contact Adele Moy at sandcliffewritersfestival@gmail.com or phone 0402 121 155. For the remaining events, click here WHAT'S ON AUTHORS P3.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018 – TICKETS GO ON SALE!

Get excited Australia! TICKETS for COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018 go on sale from noon on Monday, 24 April 2017. The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will be the largest sporting event held in Australia this decade and, as the first regional Australian city to ever host a Commonwealth Games, the Gold Coast will celebrate the biggest sporting spectacular the Coast has ever seen.

On 4 April 2018, over 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 nations and territories will converge on the Gold Coast for this 11-day sporting and cultural event.

With the support of close to 15,000 passionate and friendly volunteers, a spectacle of 18 sports and 7 para-sports will be contested and broadcast to a cumulative global audience of 1.5 billion. Check out the Commonwealth games 2018 website to see what’s happening at https://www.gc2018.com.

Depending on what events you choose to go to, tickets will be expensive or extremely affordable – good to note that public transport to the Gold Coast from Brisbane will be free on the day of the event, which will mean further savings for families with kids in particular. The official GC2018 Sports Competition Schedule has been released ahead of ticket requests opening on 24 April. For more information, go to http://www.gc2018.com/tickets.

Some examples of ticket prices are:

  • Opening Ceremony on Wednesday, 4 April 2018: Adults $100, Children $50.
  • Swimming, Thursday, 5 April 2018: Adults $40, Children $20.
  • Beach Volleyball, Friday, 6 April 2018: Adults $30, Children $15.
  • Track and Field, Sunday, 8 April 2018: Adults $20, Children $10.

All ticket requests have to be in by Monday, 22 May 2017. There is a limit to the number of tickets you can buy. If an event is oversubscribed, there will be a ballot to ensure that everyone has a fair go and to stop scalping. You’ll be notified how you went in June. Any remaining tickets will go on sale later in the year.

GC2018 will be an extraordinary event but if you can’t get there or you miss out on the tickets you really wanted, don’t despair! The Seven Network forked out $40 million for the exclusive media rights to the Games, including all digital rights. There’s nothing like being there, but watching what’s happening on your TV, computer or other device at home to get a glimpse of the magic is the next best thing – and it’s all free.

VALE JOHN CLARKE (1948–2017)

Inimitable satirist and all round good bloke, JOHN CLARKE, died aged 68 on Sunday, 9 April 2017 while tramping around the Grampians taking pictures of birds (the feathered variety) with family and friends. AWG member ANDREW KNIGHT sent a moving tribute from his Los Angeles apartment, which reads in part:

‘I have no words – well, none of value and none he would like. All of us who knew and loved him are now floundering about in a wilderness of platitudes and epitaphs, and none describe the man. He was John Clarke and there never was and never will be another one.

His contribution to our society has no equal, save Barry Humphries. But John was perhaps gentler on his characters than Humphries was. John liked people and would talk to anyone who strayed into his path. He hated pomp, arrogance, liars and bullies, and God help you if you were any one of those. But for the rest of the world he had nothing but time, even when he didn’t – like when he should have been rushing to meet a deadline.

There was always time for a chat. To anyone. That love of humanity permeates everything he did. It’s there from his early Fred Dagg days, it’s in The Gillies Report with his ‘farnakeling’ and stupid wigs, right through to The Games with its ‘slightly shorter than 100 metres course’ and his brilliant weekly interviews with Bryan.

I was sitting with friends last night feeling like a cricket bat had whacked me. A friend put on the John and Bryan interview about the tanker with the front that fell off. If you haven’t seen it, go to YouTube.

His writing might be brilliantly satirical, but his position was always on the side of the audience and never above them. He could take some elaborate political obfuscation and reduce it to the tangible absurdity it always was.

As Bob Dylan said of Woody Guthrie, ‘Any damn fool can be complex; it takes a genius to be simple.’ And tried and hackneyed though that word is, John was one of them. A genius who never flaunted it. He always said if he was “poised to make a political statement there better be a banana skin nearby.”’

Thank you to Andrew Knight and the Australian Writers Guild for that tribute and to the ABC for the picture of John Clarke – that impish grin is just how we want to remember him.

ABC television screened a program containing tributes from politicians, friends, colleagues and comedians entitled "John Clarke: Thanks for your time". Many episodes of Clarke & Dawe have been re-released online and interviews repeated on ABC Radio – see "John Clarke dies: Your favourite Clarke and Dawe sketches".

For a potted history of John and his work, go to the Wikipedia page at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Clarke_(satirist), and visit John’s highly entertaining website at http://mrjohnclarke.com to remember how much he made us laugh.

IN OUR PHOTO ESSAY THIS MONTH

Check out pics and information on TICKETS FOR THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018 at the bottom of this page and on the EVENT QUICKLISTS! page, find THE BUDDHA BIRTH DAY FESTIVAL and the ANZAC DAY parade at the top and bottom of EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2, and WHERE IS BRISBANE? See STARGAZING LIVE pics and information at COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages). See SCENES FROM A CYCLONE at the top and bottom of the blog pages at WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages). Easter pics and information are on WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages) just in case you missed it.

BUDDHA BIRTH DAY FESTIVAL

At the end of April this year THE BUDDHA BIRTH DAY FESTIVAL returns for its 21st year at the SOUTH BANK PARKLANDS. This three-day iconic event will celebrate the YEAR OF THE ROOSTER and Brisbane’s harmonious diversity. It’s on Friday, 28 April to Sunday, 30 April 2017 from 9.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. at South Bank.

The festival will be a rich and memorable cultural experience for both residents and visitors, with more than 400 performers and 180 FREE EVENTS, including Tai Chi and meditation. Take the opportunity to munch your way through a wide range of delectable treats from the four corners of Asia and, to ensure that you don’t miss a thing, visit the website at http://buddhabirthdayfestival.com.au to find out what’s on where.

 AND THAT'S THE END OF THE NEWS!

UPDATES

26. Apr, 2017
Attend the STONES CORNER FESTIVAL and enjoy craft beer and wines. With great sadness, we say farewell to satirist JOHN CLARKE. Buy tickets to the Commonwealth Games 2018. Learn about THE BUDDHA BIRTH DAY FESTIVAL. Meet some excellent authors when you attend the SANDCLIFFE WRITERS FESTIVAL in Brisbane. As usual, during April 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 Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland from 4 April to 15 April 2018. On 4 April 2017 celebrations were held on the Gold Coast to mark ‘ONLY 1 YEAR TO GO!’ Dramatis personae: Former Queensland Premier, PETER BEATTIE, is Games Chairman. For the State of Queensland, the Commonwealth Games Minister is KATE JONES. The Gold Coast Mayor is tickled pink TOM TATE and our Olympian golden girl SALLY PEARSON is a Gold Coast Ambassador. All but three of the Commonwealth Games venues had been completed as at 4 April 2017, well in advance, and some are already in use. The Athletes village alone will house some 6,000 athletes. In case you missed it, the Commonwealth Games Mascot is a blue koala named BOROBI (pronounced Borobee), who was launched on the Gold Coast on 3 April 2016 and has been doing PR duties ever since. (Photo by L.J. May S/S, Channel 7)