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RUBBER DUCKY I LOVE YOOOO! Brisbanites will flock to the SUMMERTIME RIVERFEST at Riverside Drive, West End on Saturday, 21 October 2017, an annual event which raises funds for cancer research. The Great Duck Race is a favourite event and could win one lucky duck a $45,000 car, a $15,000 holiday voucher, a $10,000 boat, or a $4,200 travel voucher! Get down there and pluck your duck – see below. (The Duck pic courtesy of Summertime Riverfest)

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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 PARTIALLY UPDATED ON FRIDAY, 20 OCTOBER 2017!

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SUMMERTIME RIVERFEST – FEATURING AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST DUCK RACE - GIVE CANCER THE QUACK!

Let’s hope the fine weather continues for SUMMERTIME RIVERFEST, this year’s fundraiser favourite to fight cancer, being held at Riverside Drive, West End, Brisbane on Saturday, 21 October 2017. The great duck race could win one lucky duck a $45,000 car, a $15,000 holiday voucher, a $10,000 boat, or a $4,200 travel voucher!

The 4.00 p.m. show stopper event will see tens of thousands of yellow rubber ducks tipped in to the Brisbane River, turning the water into a sea of yellow as they race along a 100m course in the fight against cancer. First beaks across the line win the above prizes! Get your race tickets here https://paresearchraffles.com.au/enter-the-draw and visit https://www.summertimeriverfest.org.au/festival for the full day’s program. See the pic below for more information.

Headlining the Pradella River Stage is Australia’s premiere supergroup, The Antipodean Rock ‘n’ Roll Collective (ARC)

Headlining the Pradella River Stage at the Summertime Riverfest for a one-off show is Australia’s premiere supergroup, The Antipodean Rock ‘n’ Roll Collective (ARC), featuring four of Aussie rock’s most iconic players – Kram from Spiderbait, Mark Wilson from Jet, Davey Lane from You Am I and Darren Middleton from Powderfinger.

With 33 Aria Awards and 16 Top 10 albums between them, ARC will entertain you with music that everyone really loves, playing some of the biggest hits from each of the members’ respective bands. CKNU, Screamfeeder, Louise Adams, LSPhilosophy, The Hi-Boys and We All Want will perform before ARC closes the festival in style. Get yourself into a prime position at Riverside Drive, West End! See pic below for more info.

 PERFORMANCE WRITER ALERT! MYSTERY WOMAN: Q & A WITH VICKI MADDEN AT 7.00 P.M. ON MONDAY, 30 OCTOBER 2017

The AUSTRALIAN WRITERS GUILD (AWG) invites you to spend an eerily illuminating night with their very special interstate guest and co-creator/co-producer/writer of the internationally acclaimed mystery series The Kettering Incident, VICKI MADDEN. Don’t miss this chance to meet and get invaluable advice from one of Australia’s most exciting and acclaimed writers and showrunners.

When: Monday 30 October 7.00pm – (come early, speakers begin at 7.30 sharp)

Where: The Heritage Lounge, The Waterloo Hotel, Cnr Ann St and Commercial Road, Fortitude Valley.

Tickets: AWG Members $5, Guests $10 (if paying at the door please bring correct change) To book online, go to https://awg.com.au/view/event/mystery-woman-qa-with-vicki-madden-the-kettering-incident

VICKI MADDEN is a Producer, Writer and Showrunner with over 20 years’ experience both in Australia and overseas. She has worked as Writer and Showrunner on such shows as Halifax fp, The Bill (UK), Trial  Retribution (UK),  The Clinic (Ireland), Water Rats, K9 (UK) and was also the writer of the 90-minute true crime telemovie for the 9 Network and Playmaker media Blood Brothers.

Join Vicki as a Q&A session uncovers her secrets to creating, pitching and writing and establishing herself as a top talent both in Australia and overseas. Conversation and Q & A will be 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.)

NEW CHILDREN'S LITERACY STUDY LINKS HEARING WORDS TO READING ABILITY FOR FIRST TIME

Most parents know they should be reading to their young children. Now a new Australian study has underlined the importance of talking to children to develop their literacy skills. Scientists at Macquarie University have used special eye-tracking technology to show that once a child has heard a word they're better equipped to read it in the future. They say the research highlights the role parents can play in expanding their children's vocabulary, even after they have started school.  

Neuropsychologist SIGNY WEGENER said: ‘Acquiring new vocabulary isn't just something that we do when we're very young children. Once children do have some of that knowledge how sounds map onto letters, then this is sort of really a skill that's gradually coming online and that can help us support our reading throughout early childhood and into middle childhood and beyond.’ 

PROFESSOR ANNE CASTLES of MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY added: ‘You know, we have known for a very long, that children who know a lot about words, know how to pronounce them, know their meanings, tend to be better readers but we have not really understood why...

‘[The study] tells us it's very important for teachers and also parents and other family to really build children's vocabulary and talk to them a lot, introduce new words to them, explain the meanings of new words and how they're pronounced so they've got a very large vocabulary that they can then bring to the task of reading those words.’

Go to http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2016/s4704089.htm to READ THE TRANSCRIPT or watch the video of this program produced by reporter ALISON BRANLEY for ABC’s Lateline.

IT'S A CRIME - 2017 NED KELLY AWARD WINNERS!

Irish-Australian writer ADRIAN MCKINTY has won his second Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction with his intriguingly titled novel, Police at The Station and They Don't Look Friendly. Number six of his celebrated Sean Duffy series, the story is set during The Troubles in Northern Ireland, and impressed the competition judges for being ‘lyrical and tender, laugh-out-loud funny, and heart-stoppingly suspenseful.’

It is the second major award in six months for McKinty, who earlier this year won Best Paperback Original at America's prestigious Edgar awards for his previous novel Rain Dogs.

Another big winner on the night was Melbourne journalist and writer JANE HARPER, whose celebrated debut, The Dry picked up the Ned Kelly Award for best First Fiction. The Dry has been a publishing sensation since being released in May 2016, being Book of the Year and best debut fiction title at Australia's 2017 Indie Book Awards and a multiple prize-winner at the Australian Book Industry Association awards. As well as being sold into more than 20 territories, The Dry has been optioned for a film by Reese Witherspoon.

‘Reminiscent of Wake in Fright's claustrophobic atmosphere, this terrific portrayal of a country town filled with drought, secrets and long held grudges is deftly plotted, pacey and compulsively readable,’ said the judges.

The Ned Kelly Award for Best True Crime was shared by two titles: Getting Away with Murder by DUNCAN MCNAB and The Drowned Man by BRENDAN JAMES MURRAY. Both books have a common theme, but are very different in style, looking at homophobic violence in the community and in the military.

Former policeman McNab opened the casebook on up to 80 murders of gay men in Sydney from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, 30 of which are still unsolved. Murray's The Drowned Man begins with a chance encounter with an old soldier in a fish 'n' chip shop, and leads the author to investigate whether a gay man was secretly murdered on board HMAS Australia during World War II.

The S.D. Harvey Short Story winner, 'Rules to Live By' by LOUISE BASSETT, will be published in the upcoming edition of the on-line arts magazine Kill Your Darlings.

The Australian Crime Writers Association honoured PETER CORRIS at the awards, acknowledging his outstanding contribution to the genre over the past 37 years and his retirement from writing in January when he published Win, Lose or Draw – featuring wise-cracking, laconic Sydney private eye, Cliff Hardy.

Fellow author MICHAEL ROBOTHAM told the audience that Australian crime writers owed an enormous debt of gratitude to Peter Corris and to Cliff Hardy. 'We are standing on their shoulders. We are here because Peter Corris paved the way. He kicked down doors. He showed publishers that Australian readers wanted to read Australian stories.'

The Ned Kelly Awards are Australia's oldest and most prestigious prizes for published crime fiction and true crime writing. First established in 1995, the list of previous winners includes Peter Temple, Shane Maloney, Gabrielle Lord, Garry Disher and Kerry Greenwood. You can read more about the awards at the ACWA website https://www.austcrimewriters.com/ned-kelly-awards-page. (Thanks to the ACWA for this information.) 

IN OUR PHOTO ESSAY THIS MONTH

See pictures and information about WORLD SPACE WEEK at the  top and bottom of NEWS PAGE 2 and the blog pages at COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages). Find information and pictures of events happening around Brisbane and Queensland on EVENT QUICKLISTS!, EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2, and WHERE IS BRISBANE?. HALLOWEEN is coming – are you prepared? Get into the spirit of things with pics and some of the best writing on chilling events at the top and bottom of the blog pages WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (5 pages), and WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages).

CREATIVE BRISBANE – GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Brisbane is an expressive, enthusiastic and energetic hub connecting with our local community, our nation and international audiences. Brisbane’s culture, lifestyle and creative economy attracts talent and investment, and gives support to local companies to retain and cultivate talent equal to the best in the world.

Visit the website http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/creativebrisbane to learn how you can become involved in events, festivals and creative activities, as well as temporary and permanent public art projects. Whether your role in the creative sector is large or small, you are invited to register your interest on Brisbane’s CREATIVE REGISTER, and sign up online to receive information about future creative projects, events, grants, workshops and opportunities to apply for creative project funding.

Check out the pages at COMPETITIONS ETC. for details of the following opportunities:

  • BCC’s Brisbane History Grants Program
  • Creative Sparks Program
  • The Lord Mayor’s Young And Emerging Arts Fellowships

The CREATIVE SPACES WEBSITE is a FREE TOOL that makes it easy to find space for creative purposes and helps venue managers and owners to promote their spaces. It includes a searchable database, case studies, resources and a regular newsletter that allows users to source and promote venues and spaces nationwide. Find it at http://www.creativespaces.net.au.

PERFORMANCE WRITER COMPETITIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES

There are good opportunities for PERFORMANCE WRITERS this month. Go to  the last page at COMPETITIONS ETC. for more details.

The Australian Writers’ Guild’s 2017 MONTE MILLER AWARDS are now open for entries. It’s time to polish off those final drafts and put your best script forward. These awards are dedicated to uncovering the best new scripts and talents among AWG’s Associate Membership – if you’re not currently a member, you can join. Submissions close at Midnight on Monday, 23 October 2017For more information download the 2017 Monte Miller Entry Guidelines.

Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department are calling for INDIGENOUS SCREEN CONTENT MAKERS from around the country who are passionate about environmental issues to apply for a special factual initiative – ‘STATE OF ALARM’. The deadline for applications is Monday, 23 October 2017. For further information about State of Alarm, including assessment and eligibility criteria, see program guidelines.

FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED DURING WORLD SPACE WEEK IN QUEENSLAND ON NEWS PAGE 2

AND THAT'S THE END OF THE NEWS!

UPDATES

20. Oct, 2017
See THE NEWS above for the exciting events happening in Brisbane and around Queensland. As usual, during October, 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 DUCK INN is THE licensed chill out zone to go with views of the Brisbane River and in prime position next to the Duck Inn Stage with live performances and stage shows. ST. GEORGE GONE QUACKERS KIDS ZONE is the area for kids to hang out, have fun, learn and explore. Meet Festival Ambassadors and Network TEN personalities, Ollie and Elly from Toasted TV, explore your inner artist and make your very own yellow rubber race duck. Also catch up with Ranger Stacey from Totally Wild, who will introduce you to Squirrel Gliders, a Tawny Frogmouth, Snakes, a Baby Croc and a Blue Tongue Lizard, and greet Croc, Molly and Truffle from Crocamole along with Lee from Scope TV. There will also be face painting, tea cup rides, jumping castles and zorbing and, new to 2017, the St George Queensland Reds Inflatable Football Field. GOURMET FOOD you can munch on includes Regatta Courmet Street Bites, The Greek Club ‘Bum Boxes’ and FREE Greek Sweets and, for those over 18, the Regatta Ducks Nuts Inn. Yum! (The banner courtesy of Summertime Riverfest)