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Looking for a new furry friend? Find yours at the RSPCA’s POP UP ADOPTION event to be held on Saturday, 13 January 2018 from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (see below). Can’t give an animal a home? You can buy a superb cat and dog calendar at RACQ stores, bank branches and at Animal Welfare League Queensland’s (AWLQ) locations for A GOLD COIN DONATION and help rescue organisations care for and rehome furry and feathered friends. (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, AS WELL AS WRITING AND FILMMAKER COMPETITIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES 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.

 THE NEWS WAS UPDATED ON FRIDAY, 12 JANUARY 2018!

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

1+1+1 FILM COMPETITION – ONE STORY. ONE PLACE. ONE MINUTE.

As part of Council’s Plan Your Brisbane initiative, they want to know what residents love most about Brisbane and what they want to see more of in the future. So, what do you love about Brisbane? Community activities, creative opportunities, parks and public spaces, local businesses and services, our laid-back and friendly lifestyle – or something else entirely?

Get filming for a chance to win a $1,000 or $200 Visa cash gift card. Using your smart phone, camera or other mobile device, upload a video under a minute long showcasing your favourite Brisbane location and activity. Your video must be one minute long or less (20-30 seconds is ideal), have a one-word title, and be publicly visible for viewing in its settings.  

Competition entries must be submitted by Sunday 14 January 2018 and shortlisted entries will open to online voting from 17 to 30 January 2018. Click here to check the terms and conditions. If you are under 18, you will need your parent or guardian’s permission to enter. For more information about the competition, you can: email the project team  or contact Council.

NOTE: THIS COMPETITION IS OPEN TO BRISBANE RESIDENTS ONLY. Entries can be from individuals or groups, but you can only make one entry per individual or group. Make sure you have permission from any identifiable person who appears in the video. Upload your video to Vimeo or YouTube then complete the entry form at https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/planning-building/planning-guidelines-tools/plan-your-brisbane/111-film-competition.

AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST ADOPTION EVENT OF THE YEAR! THE RSPCA’S POP UP ADOPTION IN BRISBANE ON SATURDAY, 13 JANUARY 2018!

Each year the RSPCA holds the biggest adoption event of the year, with hundreds of pets and special adoption prices on offer to help you find your new best friend. Sadly, the holiday season isn’t always a good time for animals, with many left alone through unforeseen circumstances or deliberately abandoned by the humans who were supposed to care for them.

At the RSPCA’s POP UP ADOPTION event to be held on Saturday, 13 January 2018 from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, you have the opportunity to give an animal a second chance at a good life and to add a well-loved member to your family. The BCEC is located at the corner of Merivale & Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane (the Centre’s car park entrance is located off Merivale Street).

If you’re new to pet ownership, don’t panic. On hand will be information stalls, vet advice, pet products and an Adopter’s goodie bag. Entry is by gold coin donation and you can find out more about Pop Up Adoption at http://www.popupadoption.com.au.

PET CALENDAR WILL HELP ANIMALS IN NEED – HERE’S HOW TO GET ONE

The RACQ’S INAUGURAL PET SEARCH COMPETION, which ran over six weeks in 2017, was deluged by 31,000 entries and 33,000 votes cast. The competition was fierce between dogs and cats, but in the end the cats won out in the search for Queensland’s cutest pet, with Brisbane’s one-year-old tabby cat LEO stealing the hearts of the RACQ cuteness experts and photographer John Bowden.

Leo is featured on the cover of the 2018 RACQ PET INSURANCE CALENDAR, along with 12 finalists, in a stunning series of cat and dog photographs by Zoo Studio – a must have to grace the home of all cat and dog lovers. You can buy the calendar at RACQ stores, bank branches, and at Animal Welfare League Queensland’s (AWLQ) locations for A GOLD COIN DONATION.

All proceeds raised go to helping AWLQ locations rehome animals in need, provide much-needed medical treatment and fulfil their promise of never euthanising a sociable, healthy or treatable companion animal in their care. Leo’s owner, Phoebe Sale, won a $5,000 WISH Gift Card and used her prize to support several animal rescue groups with food, treats and toys. Zoo Studio were so impressed that they gifted Phoebe a $2,000 voucher to be used on artwork of Leo. Not a bad effort for a tabby cat! 

SEE SOUTH BANK THE EASY WAY VIA THE XPRESS FUN TRAIN

Next to the South Bank Piazza you can take the kids for a TRACKLESS TRAIN RIDE ($4 kids and $5 adults – children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A full list of guidelines for riding the train is available at each train stop). It has been noted that quite a few adults have been hogging seats on the train – some have even been seen to borrow a child so that they can have a go.

THE XPRESS FUN TRAIN is at the station NOW and will run until Sunday, 21 January 2018. The trackless train winds its way from one end of South Bank to the other, picking up and dropping off passengers as it goes. A perfect family adventure! The train commences from the main station located on Clem Jones Promenade, around the corner from the Wheel of Brisbane. See http://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/south-bank/whats-on/family-friendly/the-xpress-train-at-south-bank for more information.

KID’S READING GUIDE 2017–2018

If you’re anxious about finding the best reads for youngsters this year, here’s something to help you choose your gift. The 2017–2018 KIDS’ READING GUIDE, featuring books selected by leading Australian booksellers with the help of some enthusiastic young readers, is out now – and it’s FREE. Pick a copy up at your local library, bookstore, or visit the website at http://www.kidsreadingguide.com.au, You can also find information on Facebook /KidsReadingGuide.

The books in this guide have been chosen and reviewed by members of the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA), booksellers who use their expertise to encourage and support reading for all ages. A rule of thumb for age groups is: PRE-SCHOOL: babies and children aged 2–5; JUNIORS: 6–12; TEENS: 13–17; YOUNG ADULTS: 18–25, a category which crosses over with ADULTS: 21 plus.

The ABA has produced this guide over the past seventeen years because they know how important reading can be – it can spark the imagination, inspire curiosity and of course, provide hours of entertainment. 

MORE FAMILY HOLIDAY EVENTS

Find information about holiday activities for the kids in the SUMMER SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE at http://www.kidsinthecity.com.au which has been incorporated into http://www.kidsonthecoast.com.au.

IN OUR PHOTO ESSAY THIS MONTH

Find information and pictures of events happening around Brisbane and Queensland on EVENT QUICKLISTS! and EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2. Enjoy Christmas and New Year thoughts and pictures at the top and bottom of the blog pages WHERE IS BRISBANE?, WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages), COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages) and WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages).

ARE YOU BEING PAID FOR YOUR CREATIVE WORK? WANT TO USE SOMEONE ELSE’S?

The COPYRIGHT AGENCY is a not-for-profit organisation that provides simple licensing solutions to allow you to use copyright-protected words and images. Fees from licences are paid to Copyright Agency members. Find out more about the Copyright Agency and what they do at http://copyright.com.au/about-us.

Anyone who owns or controls rights in published works or imagery which is likely to be copied and shared should join the Copyright Agency. The membership includes over 30,000 authorsjournalistspublisherssurveyors, photographerscartoonists and illustrators and visual artists. Membership is FREE, and no renewal is necessary. See membership Terms and Conditions. You can join the Agency at https://members.copyright.com.au. Your work is worth something – protect it!

The Copyright Agency appreciates the time and unique skill that goes into making original works and how these works entertain, educate and inspire a rich and diverse Australian culture. As well as standing up for creators’ rights, the Copyright Agency | Viscopy Cultural Fund also gets behind the Australian creative community by funding projects that will support the Australian publishing and visual arts industries. Check out the website for anything that might help you with your current masterpiece.

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, heavy rainfall 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. You can also check out the information on this website by going to the tab at the top of the menu at left or click on STORM SEASON TIPS.

AND THAT'S THE END OF THE NEWS!

UPDATES

12. Jan, 2018
See THE NEWS above for the exciting events happening in Brisbane and around Queensland. As usual, during December 2017 and January 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.
Home at last! The RACQ’S INAUGURAL PET SEARCH COMPETITION, which ran over six weeks in 2017 and was deluged by 31,000 entries and 33,000 votes, was won by tabby cat LEO. Leo is featured on the cover of the 2018 RACQ PET INSURANCE CALENDAR, along with 12 finalists, in a stunning series of cat and dog photographs by Zoo Studio which you can buy at RACQ stores, bank branches and at Animal Welfare League Queensland’s (AWLQ) locations for A GOLD COIN DONATION. All proceeds raised go to helping AWLQ locations rehome animals in need, provide much-needed medical treatment and fulfil their promise of never euthanising a sociable, healthy or treatable companion animal in their care. (Photo by L.J. May)