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On Friday, 9 September 2016, the first big day of the BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL, the State Library of Queensland drew crowds despite the fact that the sunny Queensland weather let us down and it rained (oh the embarrassment!). This didn’t deter festival-goers on Saturday, who trotted out their umbrellas and packed the place just in time for our first severe spring storm (sorry visitors). By Sunday, the clouds had rolled away and the city was a delight, with blue skies, sunshine and a sparkling river. Not that we noticed. We were all inside wrangling writers. (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 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 TUESDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 2016 

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

FREE WORLD TRAVEL & CRUISE EXPO ON SUNDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER 2016

Head for the free WORLD TRAVEL & CRUISE EXPO on Sunday, 25 September 2016 from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. in Halls 3 and 4 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Cnr Merivale & Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane. (For those who are bringing their vehicles, the Centre’s car park entrance is located off Merivale Street.) Leading airlines, tour operators, destination experts, travel services and cruise providers will all be on hand to answer your questions. If you pre-register you can win holidays.

This expo focuses on WORLD RIVER AND OCEAN CRUISING and will provide you with a one stop shop to research, compare and maybe book your next holiday under the one roof. There will be presentations from expert tour and cruise providers all day in the theatrettes and a virtual reality zone will allow you to experience a destination before you leave home – that’s sure to be popular. Click here to Download Event PDF and for more information about the exhibitors, go to the website at http://www.travelexpo.net.au/world-travel-cruise/brisbane.

THE SEPTEMBER EDITION – FOR CREATIVES!

THE SEPTEMBER EDITION is a suite of information sessions and workshops aimed at Brisbane’s creative people to help grow our city’s creative economy. ARTISTS, PRODUCERS, EVENT MANAGERS and GRANT APPLICANTS to the Brisbane City Council’s arts and history programs are welcome to attend the FREE information sessions and panels on offer.

Sessions are on Monday, 26 September 2016 and Tuesday, 27 September 2016 at Little Tokyo Two, 36 Mein Street, Spring Hill. Although attendance is free, REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL. Find more information online at http://www.brisane.qld.gov.au and search for ‘The September Edition’. Ring the BCC switchboard on (07) 3403 8888 if you have any trouble finding the entry.  

THE RSPCA’s BIG ADOPT-OUT FOR MOGGIES AND POOCHES

On Saturday, 17 September 2016, rescue groups and animal welfare groups brought along their dogs and cats to the RNA Showgrounds at Bowen Hills in the hope of finding them a new home. You will be happy to know that pet seeking people descended in large numbers and 237 cats and dogs found a second chance at life and a new family to love. If you missed the event but you’d like to help, go to the RSPCA’s website at https://www.rspcaqld.org.au.

THE BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL!

The BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL ran from Wednesday, 7 September to Sunday, 11 September 2016, and we welcomed writers from Australia and across the world. Some of the scribes attending were LIONEL SHRIVER, LEAH KAMINSKY, ALEXEI SAYLE, NICK EARLS, JUSTIN CRONIN, SARAH FERGUSON, plus special appearances by TOM KENEALLY and daughter MEG KENEALLY.

We couldn’t get enough of the Queens of Crime, with people hanging onto every word uttered by award-winning female crime writers such as EMMA VISKIC, CAROLINE OVERINGTON, JUSTINE LARBALESTIER and CAROLINE KEPNES, as well as their male counterparts.

See the top and bottom of this home page and the top and bottom of the following Watchwords pages EVENT QUICKLISTS!, WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (3 pages) and WHERE IS BRISBANE?, for updated BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL pictures and events. In case you hadn’t noticed, the Brisbane Writers Festival has undergone a rebrand and is now part of UPLIT, which connects Queensland through stories and ideas. Go to their website to check out the Brisbane Writers Festival and other events at http://www.uplit.com.au.

THE BRISBANE FESTIVAL – 22 DAYS OF FUN AND CULTURAL EXCITEMENT!

THE BRISBANE FESTIVAL kicked off on Saturday, 3 September 2016 and runs until Saturday, 24 September inclusive. It’s all happening! Check out the website at http://www.brisbanefestival.com.au or pick up a colourful printed Brisbane Festival Program and Calendar at Brisbane City Council Libraries. If you are outside Brisbane, and you need a printed program, email the Brisbane Festival at brisbanefestival@brisbanefestival.com.au, phone +61 7 3833 5400 or Fax (07) 3833 5450. Selected events are featured on the WHAT'S ON NOW? pages.  

RIVERFIRE 2016!

Queensland’s ultimate fireworks, SUNSUPER RIVERFIRE will wrap up the Brisbane Festival with a bang on Saturday, 24 September 2016 from 6.30 p.m. The dazzling display is all set to music chosen by the public. Can’t get there in person? Fear not! Grab something nice to eat and drink, and tune in to CHANNEL NINE’S EXCLUSIVE LIVE COVERAGE in the comfort of your own home – and don’t forget to look after your pets many of whom are terrified by all the noise.

Crowds who manage to get to one of the vantage points can tune into TRIPLE M’S LIVE BROADCAST of Channel Nine’s television coverage from 6.30 p.m. and hear it all in stereo. Spectators also will be wowed by aerobatics from the AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE with RAAF Super Hornet and Army helicopter displays. Kids (and big kids too) can also take part in ADF activities and see displays late in the afternoon at South Bank. For the program, road, bridge and river closures, check out the website at http://brisbanefestival.com.au/sunsuperriverfire and also what’s happening at WHAT'S ON NOW?

CHECK OUT THE PICS!

In our PHOTO ESSAY this month, check out pictures and events covering the BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL, THE FILMING OF THOR IN BRISBANE, and THE BRISBANE FESTIVAL AND RIVERFIRE. See the top and bottom of this home page and the news item above for updated BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL pictures and events. On the COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages) you can rubberneck with the citizens of Brisbane as THOR is filmed on city streets. Featured at the top and bottom of the pages EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2 and WHAT'S ON NOW? (4 pages) are BRISBANE FESTIVAL events and RIVERFIRE pics. 

TASTY NEW FOOD TRUCK INITIATIVE IN BRISBANE

The Brisbane City Council is serving up a new online platform for local foodies and food vendors, with residents now able to track the city’s much-loved food trucks through a free, mobile-friendly website. As well as being a popular source of tasty foods and beverages, the trucks also encourage people to enjoy their local surroundings, and make the most of events happening right across the city.

The ‘Brisbane Food Trucks’ website is a one stop shop for residents looking to hunt down a chance to catch their favourite food truck or find out what’s on the menu at upcoming community events. The site features an interactive map allowing users to locate their favourite food truck, find out what’s on the menu and check opening hours. Read More here.

CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS BLOOMS AGAIN IN TOOWOOMBA

The ever-popular CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS runs in the beautiful garden city of TOOWOOMBA from Friday, 16 September to Sunday, 25 September 2016. The 10-day program features more than 50 unique events and experiences, including internationally acclaimed musical acts, award-winning parks, the best food and wine in southern Queensland, a multitude of cultural adventures and, of course, tours of some of Toowoomba’s stunning gardens. RACQ members can save 20 per cent off Flower, Food and Wine Festival tickets by visiting http://www.racq.com/tcof. Head for the carnival website at http://www.tcof.com.au to find out more about what’s on, where, and how to book. Also check out WHAT'S ON NOW?

49TH ANNUAL AWGIE AWARDS

The Australian Writers’ Guild has announced an exciting field of nominees for the 49th Annual AWGIE Awards. For 49 years, the Australian Writers’ Guild has presented the AWGIE Awards to recognise and reward excellence in performance writing. In the years since their inception, the list of AWGIE winners have included writers whose stories have shaped Australian culture including feature films, theatre, TV series and serials, miniseries and children’s animated programs. The AWGIES are the only writers’ awards judged solely by writers, based on the written script – the writer’s intention rather than the finished product.

Among the nominees, there are writers from the upcoming Australian films Boys in the TreesAli’s Wedding and Jasper Jones, join TV’s ClevermanWentworthWolf Creek, Please Like Me and Glitch, as well as stage writers of Broken, Mortido and The Bleeding Tree, to name just a few. In a first for the awards, the newly introduced Short Form category received more than 30 entries – the highest number of any category.

Twenty-three AWGIEs will be awarded across categories covering the full spectrum of performance writing in radio, television, film, theatre and interactive media. The 2016 individual category winners will be eligible for the Major Award, given to the most outstanding script of the year. Past winners have included writers of The Water Diviner (2015), The Code (2014), The Sapphires (2012), Animal Kingdom (2010) and Cloud Street (1999). For the full list of nominees, please click here.

THE 2016 MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARD WINNER

The 2016 MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARD WINNER is A.S. PATRIĆ for his debut novel Black Rock White City, which was published by Transit Lounge. Click here to see the highlights from the 2016 Miles Franklin Award night at the 2016 Melbourne Writers’ Festival.

THE 2016 CWA DAGGER SHORTLISTS

The prestigious 2016 CWA Dagger shortlists are listed on the CWA website at http://www.thecwa.co.uk/daggers. The categories shortlisted in the Crime Writers Association (UK) are: Goldsboro Gold – for the best crime novel of the year; Ian Fleming Steel– for the best thriller; John Creasey New Blood – for the best first book; Endeavour Historical– for the best historical; Non-fiction International Short Story; Dagger in the Library– awarded to an author for a body of work and Debut Dagger, sponsored by Orion Books – a competition for the first 3,000 words of a crime novel. You’ll find some great reads here whether the shortlisted authors win or not.

AND THAT'S THE END OF THE NEWS!

UPDATES

20. Sep, 2016
The BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL is over for another year, but the BRISBANE FESTIVAL is still running and RIVERFIRE is coming up. So is TOOWOOMBA's colourful CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS. Join LORD MAYOR GRAHAM QUIRK in King George Square for the launching of the new whizzbag MOBILE LIBRARY. THOR filmed in Brisbane, which made a lot of people feverish. Check out the BLOG PICS and track down your favourite FOOD TRUCKS in Brisbane. There are opportunities for INDIGENOUS FILMMAKERS and nominations are in for the AWGIES. Check out the MILES FRANKLIN AWARD winner, and the CWA's DAGGER shortlists. As usual, there are COMPETITIONS to enter and lots of OPPORTUNITIES for creators, as well as authors to meet, and performances and events to go to – most events are FREE or LOW COST.
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