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At top left: BRISBANE’S LORD MAYOR, GRAHAM QUIRK. The BRISBANE CITY HALL CLOCK FACE at the bottom reflects this year’s Aussie Christmas tale projected via animation and sound onto the Brisbane City Hall in the CBD. See more pictures at the bottom of this page and the top and bottom of the ‘What’s On Now?’ pages. THE LORD MAYOR’S MESSAGE to you: ‘I wish all Brisbane residents and visitors a safe and relaxing festive period. Merry Christmas, and may 2019 bring you health, peace and prosperity.’ (Photo montage 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 FOR THE CURRENT UPDATE, ARE 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 FRIDAY, 14 DECEMBER 2018

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

 WELCOME TO THE 2018 AACTA AWARDS!

THE AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF CINEMA AND TELEVISION ARTS (AACTA) AWARDS are a continuum of the AFI Awards, and are Australia's equivalent of the Oscars® and the British Academy Film and Television Academy Awards (BAFTAs). The Awards recognise film, television and documentary screen craft excellence – including directing, producing and acting, through to cinematography, composition, and costume design.

The 2018 AACTA Awards Ceremony and Official After Party were held on Wednesday, 5 December 2018 at The Star Event Centre in Sydney, and televised on Channel 7 for the fourth consecutive year. Check out the top and bottom of the pages at WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages) and COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages) for pics and more info on who was there and who won what.

If you can't get enough AACTAs, head for the website for more about the Academy at https://www.aacta.org/AACTA-awards/news/winners-announced-at-2018-AACTA-awards-ceremony-in-sydney  Australia has produced some great films and TV progams. Check them out and be proud.

 ARTS ALERT! HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE FUTURE OF QUEENSLAND’S ARTS, CULTURAL AND CREATIVE SECTOR

THE ARTS, however you define them, are able to connect communities, promote cultural identity, and improve happiness and health. They can also help us to see the world through a different lens and stimulate creative thinking – something that people are going to need if they are to meet the challenges of today and into the future.

The Queensland Government is committed to nurturing creativity and creative thinking, supporting cultural and economic development, and boosting the capacity of our creative community. They have launched the Creating Queensland’s Future: 10-Year Roadmap and are asking Queenslanders to consider a draft vision for the future of our arts, cultural and creative sector.

It’s important that the community is well represented through this consultation process, and you can visit the link above to find out what’s happening and, if you’re interested, take a survey (which is completely anonymous and only takes a couple of minutes) to inform the government of your hopes and expectations. Cut-off date for the survey is Tuesday, 18 December 2018.

CHRISTMAS IN BRISBANE!

Brisbane residents and visitors will have many excellent opportunities to experience enchanting entertainment amid twinkling lights as CHRISTMAS IN BRISBANE comes alive with a carousel of FREE ACTIVITIES for family and friends.

Meander across the City, South Bank and Roma Street Parkland to find dazzling light displays, bustling gift markets, a magical light garden, a free Christmas cinema, carols, projections, fireworks, and more – all set under Brisbane’s warm, summer skies (we hope). 

To plan your journey, VISIT TRANSLINK at http://translink.com.au. If you’re a visitor, you will find INFORMATION CENTRES HERE: South Bank Visitor Information Centre, (07) 3156 6366; Queen Street Mall Visitor Information Centre, (07) 3006 6290; and the Roma Street Parkland Information Booth, 1300 137 468. 

Get into the Christmas spirit and plan your day using the event program on the website at http://www.christmasinbrisbane.com.au. You will also find a range of helpful information at http://visitbrisbane.com.au/christmas. You can share your event experiences using #christmasinbrisbane and #MerryBrismas. 

While Christmas should be a joyful time of year for everyone, some people unfortunately miss out. For those folk it can be a particularly lonely and difficult time. The Lord Mayor of Brisbane asks you to help spread the festive cheer and support the annual LORD MAYOR’S CHARITABLE TRUST CHRISTMAS APPEAL.

Donations go to charities supporting people with disabilities, experiencing homelessness, or suffering from mental illness, neglect, or drug and alcohol addiction. Visit http://www.lmct.org.au or phone 3403 5381 to make a donation – anything you can spare would be greatly appreciated.

 CHRISTMAS PARTIES IN BRISBANE FOR WRITERS AND FILMMAKERS!

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) Queensland Members Christmas Party!

Queensland members of the ASA are invited to the ASA CHRISTMAS/END OF YEAR PARTY. The event is free but RSVP is essential. Members are welcome to bring a plus one, either a partner or someone interested in writing and catching up with ASA members. Your state representative Sheryl Gwyther will be welcoming you all on the night.

When: Monday, 17 December 2018, from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Where: Avid Reader Bookshop & Cafe, 193 Boundary Road, West End, Brisbane.

Cost: Free for members plus one non-member, and RSVP is essential.

RSVP HERE please. 

The Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) Queensland Christmas Party!

Yes, we know you went to the COMBINED film industry Christmas Drinks, but this party is a CHRISTMAS PARTY for AWG Queensland members and guests. There will be a bar tab (now we’ve got your attention), plus a door raffle with awesome prizes! Details are coming soon, they say (check the website for more).

When: Wednesday, 19 December 2018 from 6.00 p.m. until 9.00 p.m.

Where: The Triffid, 7-9 Stratton St, Newstead Qld.

Cost: $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

BOOK HERE now at https://awg.com.au/events/awg-qld-xmas-party-2018, or please bring correct change and your current AWG membership card or student/concession card if seeking a discount ticket on the night.

GUILTY? LUCKILY THERE’S AN AMNESTY! 

You put them somewhere – you know you did, but by the time you find them, your library fees are frightening. So you put off taking your items back to the library because you’re embarrassed, or you don’t have the money right now. You’re in luck! The 2018 LIBRARY AMNESTY IS HERE! You can exchange your outstanding library fees for canned food.

Yes, you can clear your library fees for a fresh start in 2019 by making a donation of canned food at your BCC library during the month of December. All food will be donated to Foodbank Queensland – and they really need it this year. For more information about the 2018 Library Amnesty, ask a library staff member or visit https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/libraries

IN OUR PHOTO ESSAY THIS MONTH!

Find information and pictures of events happening around Brisbane and Queensland on EVENT QUICKLISTS! and EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2. See NEWS PAGE 2 where we remember beloved conductor, composer, music education teacher, presenter and author RICHARD GILL. Check out the top and bottom of the pages at WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages), and COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages) for who won what at the AACTA Awards. Find out what's on during CHRISTMAS IN BRISBANE at the top and bottom of WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages) and WHERE IS BRISBANE?.

IT’S ASTOUNDING! – LEGO’S AWESOME!

The astonishing BRICKMAN AWESOME exhibition showcases the tallest LEGO® model in the Southern Hemisphere – a NASA SLS rocket standing at a whopping 7.5m tall and built from more than 450,000 bricks! Taking more than 500 hours to create, Ryan has pushed LEGO® building boundaries by installing an in-built lighting system giving the effect that the rocket is blasting off into space!

Brisbane will also get to see the full-scale LEGO® model of the new, eighth generation Toyota Camry weighing in over a tonne, which premiered in Melbourne! The exhibition features 39 models never seen before in Brisbane, made from more than two million LEGO® bricks and taking over 5,000 hours to build.

It’s ON NOW at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and runs until Saturday, 22 December 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily (last entry at 4.00 p.m.) Adults from $29.90, Children $19.90, family from $75 & kids under 3 years are FREE. It is recommended that you pre-purchase tickets. For more information visit http://www.thebrickman.com/awesome (see a trailer), and visit https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=AWESOME18 to purchase tickets.

THE POPULAR CHRISTMAS LIGHT BUS TOURS ARE ON AGAIN!

The annual BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL BUS TOURS of some of the households entered in THE 4KQ CHRISTMAS LIGHTS™ COMPETITION are on again from Monday, 17 December to Friday, 21 December 2018 (inclusive). There are five tours, each of which visits these stunning locations. Better than driving yourself around an unfamiliar neighbourhood with a bevy of backseat drivers.

Journey through some of the fantastic displays from the much-loved competition all in the comfort of an air-conditioned and accessible Brisbane City Council bus. Buses depart at 6.45 p.m. and tours will be approx. 3 hours, with refreshment stops included. Tickets must be purchased in advance – they will not be available for purchase at departure points

  • CITY to NORTHERN SUBURBS – meet at Anzac Square Stop 7, Ann Street, Brisbane City.
  • WESTFIELD CHERMSIDE to NORTHERN SUBURBS – meet at Westfield Chermside Stop D, Gympie Rd & Hamilton Rd, Chermside.
  • INDOOROOPILLY SHOPPING CENTRE to WESTERN SUBURBS – meet at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Stop C, 322 Moggill Road, Indooroopilly.
  • WESTFIELD CARINDALE to EASTERN SUBURBS – meet at Westfield Carindale Stop H, Creek Road, Carindale.
  • WESTFIELD GARDEN CITY to SOUTHERN SUBURBS – meet at Westfield Garden City Stops J & K, Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt.

Tour costs are $50 per family (2 adults and 2 children), $22 per adult and $11 per concession or child aged 14–4 years. Children under 4 years are free. Tickets can’t be bought on the bus but should be purchased in advance through ticketek at https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=CHRISTM18. The tour includes toilet and refreshment stops, and you can take your own food and drinks. Patrons must be able to show ticket/s in order to board the bus – paper and electronic tickets accepted. 

THE 2018 JOHN HINDE AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED IN BRISBANE!

It’s SCI-FI AT ITS THRILLING BEST! From post-apocalyptic and dystopian futures to thrilling dissections of the future of medical science and ethics, the 2018 John Hinde Award for unproduced scripts has uncovered an impressive line-up of Australian science-fiction writing, with Georgina Love's haunting screeenplay Pig taking out the Award’s top prize at a function in Brisbane last month.  

Pushing the boundaries of science, ethics and imagination while asking the age-old sci-fi question of what it means to be human, Pig follows an experimental scientist who raises a sentient pig as a mirror image of his dying son. But when Pig learns that his ‘father’s’ plans have a sinister bent, he fights to resist them.

Happy winner Georgina Love said: ‘It has been wonderful to receive recognition from the Australian Writers' Guild for my screenwriting and to be accepted into the Pathways program. I am hopeful for the opportunities this will afford me in my screenwriting career.’ Read more.  (Thanks to the AWG for this information).

PREPARE FOR SEVERE WEATHER IN BRISBANE AND SURROUNDS

Brisbane’s subtropical climate makes us prone to some pretty weird weather at times, and this year has been no exception. We have had heavy rainfall, severe storms with hail and damaging winds, and flash flooding. Are you prepared? The Brisbane City Council has a number of tools and services available to help you to reduce the impacts of severe weather on you and your home.

Visit the BCC website at http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/beprepared or call Council on (07) 3403 8888 to register for storm alerts, understand your property’s flood risk, make a household emergency plan with your family or housemates, and find out how to take care of your family, pets and property by undertaking a few simple actions.

Securing loose items in your backyard or on your balcony, cleaning gutters, checking the condition of your roof and preparing an emergency kit are all easy ways to make sure you’re ready. You can also check out the storm information on this website by going to the tab on the menu at left. 

AND THAT REALLY WILL BE THE END OF THE NEWS.

UPDATES

14. Dec, 2018
See THE NEWS above for the exciting events happening in Brisbane and around Queensland. As usual, during December 2018, 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.
Brisbane City is aglow with magical sights and sounds. Grab your family and friends and visit the CBD to see THE GIANT CHRISTMAS TREE, THE NIGHTLY CHRISTMAS PARADE and light shows, plus other delights. THE GOLD LOTTO CITY HALL LIGHTS are currently projecting an Australian Christmas tale with an international flair. The lights are NOW SHOWING, every fifteen minutes from 7.30 p.m. to midnight, and will run until Monday, 24 December 2018 – and it’s all FREE. Bottom left: Popular Channel 9 presenter MELISSA DOWNES in front of the Brisbane City Christmas tree and City Hall Lights, who gave a rundown on Christmas events, as well as crossing live to THE LORD MAYOR’S CHRISTMAS CAROLS (which were held on Saturday, 8 December 2018 – yes it stayed fine). Buildings around the city are lit up for Christmas. At bottom right: Detail of the magnificent new ANIMATED LIGHT AND SOUND SHOW AT ST. STEPHEN’S CATHEDRAL. Gather on the lawn at St. Stephen’s to celebrate the season of peace, joy and goodwill, from 12 December to 24 December 2018 from 7.30 p.m. to midnight. (Photo montage by L.J. May)