Queensland’s ultimate fireworks, SUNSUPER RIVERFIRE wrapped up the Brisbane Festival with a bang last Saturday. (Sunsuper Riverfire, South Bank, Brisbane – Saturday, 24 September 2016. Photo by L.J. May)
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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!
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GOLD COAST GLITTER FESTIVAL 2016
All that glitters is not gold but we love a bit of glitter! The GOLD COAST GLITTER FESTIVAL 2016 runs at the Arts Centre Gold Coast, restaurants and the Gold Coast Turf Club from Thursday,
6 October to Sunday, 9 October 2016. Catch singer ANTHONY CALLEA making his Glitter Festival debut, and celebrate an early start to the Glitter Festival with THE LUNCH THAT DRAGS, an exclusive gourmet three-course meal at the iconic
Tedder Avenue restaurant, Shuck Restaurant & Bar.
See THE QUEEN OF IRELAND, an acclaimed doco that follows drag queen PANTI
BLISS (part glamorous aunt, part Jessica Rabbit), who is widely regarded as one of the best drag queens in the world. GLITTER RACE DAY is not cheap, but you’ll get a lot for your money in a smashing, positively dashing spectacle! This year Royal Ascot
meets the Gold Coast Turf Club. You are encouraged to channel your inner Audrey, dress in black and white, and be a part of the Ascot Gavotte! There will be more Fair Ladies at this event than you can shake a riding crop at.
FREE EVENTS include DOLL presented by the Arts Centre (what what did Ken and Barbie do when you weren’t looking?) a seriously creepy cabaret with the Babushka gals,
and UP, UP AND AWAY, a starry-eyed spectacular inspired by the golden age of air travel for an audience 18+. THE SATURDAY SOCIAL is a Saturday afternoon ‘family’ get-together for all ages with lots of music, art, food, community stalls
and entertainment. Celebrate diversity and express yours! Find out the full details on WHAT'S ON NOW?
WILLKOMMEN TO OKTOBERFEST BRISBANE 2016
It’s THE ULTIMATE AUTHENTIC GERMAN EXPERIENCE with leg-slapping traditional dances, yodellers and bell-ringers and a great opportunity to learn more about German culture and
history. Over two weekends in October, from Friday, 7 October to Sunday, 9 October 2016, and from Friday, 14 October to Sunday, 16 October 2016, more than 40,000 people will head for the Brisbane Showgrounds
to sample the absolute finest in German food and taste hand-crafted beers made from 200-year-old recipes.
Steeped in tradition, the Brisbane festival prides itself in
providing you with an authentic Bavarian and German experience. Over the past nine years OKTOBERFEST BRISBANE has grown to become Australia’s largest German Festival, with
more than 40,000 culture-seeking enthusiasts last year descending on Brisbane to experience the celebration of German culture and tradition.
Guests will enjoy traditional
music from a traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest Band flown all the way from Munich, lots of entertainment and plenty of fun for the whole family. So don your Dirndl or Lederhosen and find out more about the joy of Oktoberfest Brisbane at https://oktoberfestbrisbane.com.au.
FILM BUFF ALERT! – THE LAVAZZA ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL IS ON NOW IN BRISBANE
THE LAVAZZA ITALIAN
FILM FESTIVAL showcases the very best of new Italian cinema. PICK UP A PROGRAM AT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY or visit the website at http://www.italianfilmfestival.com.au
to find out what’s screening. The festival at the Palace Barracks Cinema, 61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, is ON NOW and runs until Wednesday, 19 October 2016.
In addition to the festival film program, SPECIAL EVENTS in Brisbane include the MID FESTIVAL PARTY on Thursday, 6 October 2016, with cocktails, music, and
a screening of the hilarious comedy Quo Vado? CLOSING NIGHT on Wednesday, 19 October 2016, features Aquilani Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese, Connnoisseur Gourmet Ice Cream and live music, followed
by a screening of the fully restored romantic postcard to Rome, the Oscar-winning Hollywood classic Roman Holiday starring an elfin Audrey Hepburn. See WHAT'S ON NOW? for details.
RIVERFIRE LIGHTS UP BRISBANE! – CHECK OUT
Queensland’s ultimate fireworks, SUNSUPER RIVERFIRE wrapped up the Brisbane Festival with a bang on Saturday,
24 September 2016. It is estimated that half a million people were perched on vantage points around to the city to watch the light show, and about half of them seemed to be at South Bank. We took our trusty camera into South Bank to record the
epic scenes for those of you who couldn’t be there.
It was on the way home that we realised why a lot of people choose to tune into the live coverage by Channel 9
and listen to it all in stereo during Triple M’s simultaneous live broadcast. The queues for buses and trains were mind boggling and, considering what they had to deal with, security people and police did amazingly well. Please, don’t thank us
– we took it all in our stride and our feet and backsides will be fine in a couple of weeks.
See our hard won pictures in our PHOTO
ESSAY at the top and bottom of this home page, and the top and bottom of the following Watchwords pages EVENT QUICKLISTS!, EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2,
and WHERE IS BRISBANE?, and the blog pages WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages),
COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages) and WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages).
STEVE PARISH AND ‘THE JOY OF PHOTO STORYTELLING’ SEMINAR
Some 150 keen photographers and nature lovers got
very excited when world-renowned nature photographer, publisher and writer, STEVE PARISH, shared the JOY OF PHOTO STORYTELLING in a half-day seminar at the Brisbane Square Library on Saturday, 24 September 2016.
The aim of this FREE seminar, presented by the Brisbane City Council, was to rekindle people’s passion for nature, photography and art, and discover how to enhance their experience of taking photographs as an
information resource, an entertaining pastime and the basis for life-long artistic expression.
There are few Australians who have not seen and admired Steve’s photography
over the decades. His images have entranced people at exhibitions, decorated the walls of homes, appeared in books and been featured on all manner of stationery items including calendars, diaries and notepads.
Steve suffered a massive setback in 2011 when the Brisbane floods inundated his warehouse and cost him his entire library of photographs. This was not only a crippling blow to Steve and his family, but to the world
of photography as a whole.
Nothing daunted, Steve Parish picked himself up, moved to the Sunshine Coast of Queensland north of Brisbane, and began to rebuild. Currently
he still takes amazing photographs and has also extended his skills into fine art by creating colourful artworks using his photographs as a starting point.
As well as his
photographic and artistic work, Steve also conducts seminars and photography tours. Do yourself a favour and go to Steve Parish’s website to view some stunning images and get some tips at About I Nature Connect I Events I Shop I Reading Rooms and Fine Art at ASONE Gallery. You can also follow him on Facebook.
The Green Heart Photography Competition
seminar came at just the right time to encourage people to enter the GREEN HEART PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION. It’s all about ‘people in places’, and the Brisbane City Council is calling on NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY LOVERS to enter their best photo into
the competition to win some great prizes. Entries close on Wednesday, 26 October 2016.
If you need some inspiration,
head for Steve Parish’s Fine Art at ASONE Gallery, and his website at https://www.steveparish-natureconnect.com.au. If that doesn’t give you some great ideas for your winning photograph, nothing will. See the COMPETITIONS page on this website for more details on how to enter.
OZ COMIC-CON, ASHCAN COMICS, GRAPHIC NOVELS AND THE COMIC BOOK MEET UP
IF YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE SEEING THINGS when you spotted a medieval warrior princess accompanying Batman along Brisbane city streets or vampires baring their teeth at you at South Bank, do not be unnerved and make an appointment with your therapist. Fans
of comics and graphic novels unleashed their inner geeks over two days at OZ COMIC-CON, held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on the 17th and 18th September 2016.
Oz Comic-Con is a COMIC CONVENTION that has been running since 2012 and is a local franchise of New York
Comic-Con. It’s a gotta-go-to destination for pop culture fans in Australia. The main areas featured are comics, graphic novels, movie and TV shows, various games, animation, anime and, of course, COSPLAY AND COSTUMING.
The excitement is palpable! There are always autograph and photograph sessions with celebrities, panel events and a show floor was packed with exhibitors. Oz Comic Con currently runs in the
cities of Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. To
find out what was on, who won what, read about the volunteers, and to keep an eye out for dates and guests for 2017, go to http://www.ozcomiccon.com/2016.
The OZ COMIC-CON AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS OF COSPLAY took place at each Oz Comic-Con event in 2016. This is the largest and most prestigious costume contest in Australia. Qualifying
winners from Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney battled it out in the final round at Oz Comic-Con Brisbane, for the chance to be crowned the AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION OF COSPLAY!
This is the first step in the ‘QUEST FOR THE CROWN’, a global Cosplay competition circuit celebrating the very best in Cosplay design from across planet Earth. THE AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION will represent the nation in the 2017 C2E2
CROWN CHAMPIONSHIPS OF COSPLAY in Chicago, and take on the best Cosplayers in the world from New York, Shanghai, India, and Paris. Want to know more? Head for COSPLAY http://www.ozcomiccon.com/2016/cosplay-at-oz-comic-con/australian-championships-of-cosplay. GOOD LUCK Aussie Champion, and we’ll see you all again next year.
Comics have always been popular
and graphic novels are enjoying a surge in popularity. Where are the artists to come from to feed the growing need? The Brisbane Writers Festival’s AMPERS&ND project is an open platform for creative networks to strut their stuff during the festival.
As part of this project, ASHCAN COMICS presented an exhibition of local indie comic books and the work of local artists and writers in The Parlour at the State Library of Queensland during BWF.
ASHCAN is a collaborative project designed to give Queensland-based comic artists and writers the opportunity to have their work published in print for free, regardless of their age or level of experience. Money made from the sales of one
issue provides the wherewithal to publish the next.
Many of the artists and writers already work in the creative industries and there seems to be a large number of students
represented in the publications who are studying in these areas. Given that, it's not surprising that, along with some very promising entries, there appears to be a prevalence of schlock-horror stories along with gratuitous violence and foul language. This
may go down well with their peers – other readers not so much. Less is more people!
Certainly these publications are not reminiscent of Archie, Mickey Mouse,
Punch, or even that icon of graphic genius, MAD Magazine, and much of the material is unsuitable for children. However, people have to start somewhere and one can only hope that with maturity will come a sense of engagement, empathy and an ability
to construct a storyline that hangs together along with some great artwork.
If you'd like to find out more, the ASHCAN COMICS page on Facebook is at http://www.facebook.com/AshcanComics. DARREN FISHER runs an online comic event – check it out at http://www.facebook.com/24hrchallenge2016, and you can also visit Darren’s blog at http://www.storybordello.com.
Comic Book Meet Up
Creators and readers of
COMIC BOOKS and GRAPHIC NOVELS will thoroughly enjoy COMIC BOOK MEET UP, a monthly event with Aussie comic creator PAUL MASON at the Brisbane Square Library in the city. Lots of activities and great prizes to be won for people 13 and over and no previous knowledge
Discuss and learn about what’s new in the fantastic and diverse world of comic books and graphic novels. Enjoy the latest comic book movie trailers,
special guest speakers, challenging trivia, and character games. Your next session is on Friday, 21 October 2016 from 5.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. Give the Brisbane Square Library a ring on 3403 4166 if you have
THE 2016 NED KELLY AWARDS AND SHORTLISTS – SOME GREAT READING FOR LOVERS OF CRIME WRITING
The 21ST NED KELLY AWARDS, Australia’s oldest and most prestigious prizes for published crime fiction and true crime writing, were presented in Melbourne
at a gathering of past winners and passionate crime readers celebrating the best in Australian crime writing. First established in 1995, previous winners include Peter Temple, Shane Maloney, Gabrielle Lord, Garry Disher and Kerry Greenwood.
Winner 2016 Best Crime: Former pub rocker and celebrated songwriter DAVE WARNER – Australia’s original ‘Suburban Boy’ – has won the 2016 Ned
Kelly Award for Australia’s best crime novel for Before it Breaks. This is Dave’s ninth novel and his first in 15 years.
Winner 2016 Best True
Crime: The Ned Kelly Award for Best True Crime book went to journalist and author GIDEON HAIGH for Certain Admissions, which tells the true story of a crime that captivated Melbourne society in 1949, when a privileged, private-school educated
radio announcer, John Bryan Kerr, was charged with the murder of 21-year-old typist Beth Williams.
Winner 2016 Best First Crime: The Ned Kelly Award for
Best First Fiction went to EMMA VISKIC for her debut novel Resurrection Bay, which judges said offered ‘a unique new take on the detective thriller’ by introducing a protagonist, Caleb Zelic, who is profoundly deaf. Avid readers
enjoyed chatting to Emma at the Brisbane Writers Festival in September.
The S.D Harvey Short Story winner was RONI O’BRIEN, for a haunting story
called ‘Flesh’, which will be published in the upcoming edition of the online arts magazine Kill Your Darlings.
The Full 2016 Shortlists
- Best Fiction – (WINNER) Dave Warner, Before it Breaks. Mark Dapin, R&R; Garry Disher, The Heat; Candice Fox, Fall; Adrian McKinty, Rain Dogs; Barry Maitland, Ash Island.
- Best True Crime – (WINNER) Gideon Haigh, Certain Admissions. Kate
Kyriacou, The Sting; Martin McKenzie-Murray, A Murder Without Motive; Rebecca Poulson, Killing Love; Mark Tedeschi, Kidnapped.
- Best First Fiction – (WINNER) Emma Viskic, Resurrection Bay. Tania Chandler, Please Don't Leave Me Here; J M Green,
Good Money; Mark Hollands, Amplify; Gary Kemble, Skin Deep; Iain Ryan, Four Days.
- S.D. Harvey Short
Story Award – (WINNER) ‘Flesh’, Roni O'Brien. ‘Sisters in Red’, Joshua Kemp; ‘The Adjustment’, Honey Brown; ‘The Caretaker’,
Jemma Tyley-Miller; ‘The Hall Chimp’, Robbie Arnott.
The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) bestowed a LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
AWARD on CARMEL SHUTE, the national convenor and founder member of SISTERS IN CRIME, an organisation that has been celebrating women’s crime writing since 1991.
can read more about the NED KELLY AWARDS at the ACWA website at http://www.austcrimewriters.com/ned-kelly-awards-page and follow #neddies2016 on Twitter to find out what’s happening. Also visit these pages on this website for more about the ACWA and the NED KELLY AWARDS -
there are some great reads: NED KELLY AWARDS.
AND THAT'S THE END OF THE NEWS!