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STAND UP FOR CHRISTCHURCH! Channel 10 will screen a 90-minute Melbourne International Comedy Festival special at 7.30 p.m. on Sunday, 21 April 2019. The special was filmed at the Melbourne Town Hall in front of a sell-out crowd, with all proceeds donated to The Christchurch Foundation’s ‘Our People Our City’ fund. All the performers donated their time free of charge – the least we can do is tune in and cough up to help our New Zealand cousins deal with the aftermath of the appalling terrorist attack on their Christchurch mosque in March. See the News below for more. (Banner courtesy of Channel 10 and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

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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 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 PARTIALLY UPDATED ON THURSDAY, 18 APRIL 2019!

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

 STAND UP FOR CHRISTCHURCH!

In the aftermath of the Christchurch terrorist attack, some of our biggest comedy stars came together and donated their time to support the victims and families in a knockout, sold out show at the Melbourne Town Hall, with all proceeds donated to The Christchurch Foundation’s ‘Our People Our City’ fund.

The event was hosted by Nazeem Hussain who presided over 90 minutes of non-stop laughs from some of the best in the business, including Dave Hughes, Joel Creasey, Urzila Carlson, Peter Helliar, Tommy Little, Jimeoin, Cal Wilson, Arj Barker, Matt Okine, Frida Deguise, Steph Tisdell, Mark Watson and Des Bishop, to name just a few.

Nazeem said: ‘I’m so thrilled that the show sold out so quickly. There’s clearly a lot of love in the community that people want to give. It’s great news that Network 10 are broadcasting the show, so that no one will miss out on being a part of the night. There will also be an opportunity for viewers to donate to this worthy cause.’

Tune in to watch the International Comedy Festival special at 7.30 p.m. on Sunday, 21 April 2019 on Channel 10 and WIN. The comedians have given it their all – please help and do thou likewise.

SHORTSTACKS – INAUGURAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION

CALLING ALL FILMMAKERS! The State Library of NSW’s SHORTSTACKS – INAUGURAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION, is open to established, emerging and first-time filmmakers of all ages. Here’s your chance to create a short film with a little inspiration from the State Library’s extraordinary collection. Entries close at 5.00 p.m. on Monday, 29 April 2019.

Films (of no more than six minutes) can be about anything, but must reference one or more items pre-selected from the Library’s collection. All genres will be considered: fictional, documentary, animation or experimental (e.g. timelapse, hyperlapse and drone), and can be produced on any device including mobile phones.

The State Library of NSW holds over six million collection items deep in the stacks under its building, including objects, paintings, maps, photographs, drawings, letters, journals and ephemera. It has selected six of these objects to come out of the stacks and into a short film. The six items are on public display in the State Library of NSW Galleries and are also available to view on the Library’s website. They are: 

  1. Assen Timbery, Aboriginal boomerang maker, La Perouse. View collection item detail
  2. Dorothea Mackella ‘Core of My Heart'. View collection item detail
  3. Domesticity, 1959, by Herbert Badham. View collection item detail
  4. Five women stepping into a punt at Narrabeen Lagoon with [Macpherson] male at stern. View collection item detail
  5. Letters smuggled out of Holsworthy Internment Camp, March 1919. View collection item detail
  6. The Convex Mirror, c 1916, by George Lambert. View collection item detail.

PRIZES: There are two categories: $15,000 General Prize – open to filmmakers 18 years and over at the time of entries closing, and a $5,000 Youth Prize – open to filmmakers 17 years and younger at the time of entries closing. YOUR JUDGES are Margaret Pomeranz AM, Michael Caulfield, Jason Di Rosso, and Nick Ward.

For more about the competition, visit the website at https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/about-library/awards/shortstacks and the competitions page on this website at THEATRE, FILM & TV. Prospective entrants can contact Maggie Patton, Manager, Research & Discovery at maggie.patton@sl.nsw.gov.au if they have any queries about the six items chosen.

READING FOR KIDS!

Help your children and grandchildren discover their secret powers and the joy of reading with the GOLD STAR and LITTLE STARS READING CLUB programs, which will run over winter from Wednesday, 1 May to Wednesday, 31 July 2019 at Brisbane City Council libraries.

To register your children, drop into your local library, or visit the website at http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/libraries to complete a registration form. For more information about the program, ask your local librarian or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

Oh, and you can now borrow children’s e-books for free using your library membership and the Libby app. Find out what books are on offer for children of all ages at http://bit.ly/2FxYpP3.

‘BE CONNECTED’ – EVERY AUSTRALIAN ONLINE!

Get together with other locals at your library and take part in ‘Be Connected’, a FREE Australian Government initiative to help you to develop digital skills and confidence so that you can get the most out of going online. Share what you’ve learned, get help and try out some fun and useful online skills in a relaxed session. 

Brisbane City Council libraries are partnering with the Australian Government to deliver this program, which aims to increase the digital confidence, skills and online safety of Australians of all ages.

Through the ‘Be Connected’ online resources, you can learn the basics of using digital devices and engaging with the internet, including: 

  • being safer while online
  • talking to or seeing family and friends who live far away
  • finding new friends who share interests and hobbies
  • connecting with old friends
  • keeping up-to-date with what’s happening in communities and around the world
  • shopping and selling online safely and securely.

If you don’t feel like doing it for yourself, do it so that you can keep up with what your kids and grandkids are up to online. These sessions are being held during April and May 2019. Visit your local library to ask your librarian when a ‘Be Connected’ event will be held there. You will have to book because places are limited.

ANZAC DAY IN BRISBANE AND QUEENSLAND

Every year as the sun rises, Australians gather across the nation to remember the sacrifices made by their servicemen and women. The ANZAC DAWN SERVICE begins just before dawn, with the sun rising as it draws to a close. Steeped in tradition and protocol, the Dawn Service features the laying of wreaths, the sounding of the Last Post and observance of a minute’s silence.

Brisbane's largest Dawn Service will begin at 4.28 a.m. at the Shrine of Remembrance, Anzac Square, Brisbane City, on Thursday, 25 April 2019, and will run until 5.28 a.m. Read the 2018 Brisbane Dawn Service Programme HERE, and for more information visit the Anzac Day Commemoration Committee’s website at https://anzacday.org.au/annual-anzac-day-ceremonies.

The Dawn Service will be followed by the ANZAC DAY PARADE through the streets of the city. Every year since the first Brisbane ANZAC Day Parade was held in 1916, hundreds of current and former service people, their families and many other groups, march through the streets of the city in recognition of the sacrifices of all who have served and continue to serve in the Australian Defence Force. 

A full list of the more than 500 ANZAC Day Services and Marches conducted by RSL Sub Branches in towns and cities throughout Queensland were due to be uploaded on Monday, 1 April 2019. Please check back then to find your closest service at https://rslqld.org/Whats-On/Brisbane-ANZAC-Day-March.

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 and WHERE IS BRISBANE? for more about QUEENSLAND YOUTH WEEK. Check out the top and bottom of the WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages) for more Youth Week pictures and events in Brisbane and across Queensland. Go to the top and bottom of COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages) for ANZAC DAY pictures and WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages) for EASTER pics to remind you that Easter is coming and so is chocolate.

WE’RE REALLY HONOURED!

Longstanding AWG member TONY McNAMARA took home the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Award for Original Screenplay for the critically acclaimed and wickedly funny historical satire The Favourite, along with co-writer Deborah Davis. OLIVIA COLMAN (and who better) went on to win Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Oscar for The Favourite.

Not seen it? Potted history: In the early 18th century, England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne, and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead, while tending the Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah, who takes her under her wing, whereupon Abigail sees a chance to return to her aristocratic roots. What a hoot!

In the Australia Day Honours, AWG Member MAGDA SZUBANSKI AO was honoured as an Officer of the Order of Australia for her distinguished service to the performing arts as an actor, comedian and writer, and as a campaigner for marriage equality – good on ya Magda! Australian screenwriter Bevan Lee OAM, was also honoured with a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for service to the broadcast media, particularly to television.

In London, long-standing AWG member and playwright, PATRICIA CORNELIUS, won the 2019 Windham-Campbell Prize for Drama. Nice! Established in 2013, the Prize is among the richest and most prestigious literary awards on earth, with eight writers across four categories receiving $165,000 USD ($234,000 AUD) in recognition of their literary achievement or promise.

Writers from across the globe are eligible, and are nominated and judged anonymously. The prize provides writers with the opportunity to focus on their work without financial concerns – wouldn’t that be nice?  

One of Australia's most respected playwrights, Patricia's work was described by judges as channelling ‘the power of resisting received literary tradition in order to open up a space where the lives of characters on the margins can become vessels of universal truths.’ Crikey! Read Patricia's interview in The Guardian here

Patricia has been a member of the AWG for more than 30 years and was a founding member of the Melbourne Workers' Theatre. She has received numerous awards recognising her work, including the Major Award at the AWGIE Awards on three occasions: in 1999 alongside Andrew Bovell, Melissa Reeves and Christos Tsiolkas for their play Who's Afraid of the Working Class?, in 2000 for Hogs, Hairs & Leeches, and in 2011 for Do Not Go Gentle. 

WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS ON AGED CARE, END-OF-LIFE AND PALLIATIVE CARE AND VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING IN QUEENSLAND?

The Queensland Parliamentary Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee is seeking your views on aged care, end-of-life and palliative care and voluntary assisted dying.

This inquiry will give an opportunity to for all Queenslanders, whether stakeholders, members of the public or medical experts, to have a conversation about end of life care and the options they should have available to them. 

Anyone can share their views with the committee by making a submission by Monday, 15 April 2019 about any of the issues covered by the inquiry. There are a number of ways you can make a submission: 

If you have any difficulties making a submission, please contact the committee’s staff on (07) 3553 6626 or 1800 504 022.

The Queensland State Government will be listening carefully throughout this process, and encourages you to put forward your views to help the Committee understand what choices Queenslanders want for themselves and their family members as they reach the final stages of their lives.

AND THAT REALLY IS THE END OF THE NEWS! 


See NEWS PAGE 2 for more about Youth Week 2019. For QUEENSLAND YOUTH WEEK EVENTS, check out the website for what’s happening across the state and in Brisbane at https://www.csyw.qld.gov.au/campaign/queensland-youth-week/events

UPDATES

18. Apr, 2019
See THE NEWS above for the exciting events happening in Brisbane and around Queensland. As usual, during April 2019, 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.
OFFICE PRANKS FOR YOU – ADD A GARDEN TO YOUR COLLEAGUE’S DESK: Inspiration: She put newspapers on her garden beds. ‘I know you’re supposed to talk to your plants to make them grow,’ she said. ‘But I can’t think of anything to say – so I’m giving them something to read instead.’ Missed your opportunity? Do it anyway and explain that the April Fools’ Day prank was that it wasn’t carried out on April Fools’ Day. GOTCHA! (Photo courtesy of Imgur.Com)