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‘You cannot be serious! Really? I know I said I would work for food, but this is ridiculous. On the upside, I do get to eat all the turkey leftovers I want for the next four weeks.’ See a rundown on the Christmas, New Year and holiday news below. (Photo courtesy of the Secret Diaries of Cats)

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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.

THIS WEBSITE WAS UPDATED ON SATURDAY, 3 DECEMBER 2016

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

CHRISTMAS IN BRISBANE!

Oh what fun it is to be IN BRISBANE AT CHRISTMAS! The lighting of the Christmas Tree in King George Square on Friday, 25 November reminded us that there are only a few sleeps to go until the big day. Leading up to Christmas Day there is AN EXTENSIVE PROGRAM OF FREE EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT ACROSS THE CITY. From giant ornaments and twinkling street lights, to Christmas markets and fireworks, the City of Brisbane invites residents and visitors alike to participate in our jolly Christmas celebrations.

THE GOLDEN CASKET HALL LIGHT SPECTACULAR returns nightly to the city from Friday, 9 December to Saturday, 24 December 2016 with a brand new story. There’s an enchanted garden nearby in the ROMA STREET PARKLAND, and you can sing along at the star-studded LORD MAYOR’S CHRISTMAS CAROLS. Seniors are well catered for with the ever-popular LORD MAYOR’S SENIORS CHRISTMAS PARTIES. Keep up with the free Christmas activities and festivities across Brisbane at http://www.christmasinbrisbane.com.au, http://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/christmas and on this website at WHAT'S ON NOW?

Christmas gift suggestions

‘To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.’ – Oren Arnold.

WHAT’S ON AT SOUTH BANK OVER CHRISTMAS, NEW YEAR AND THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS.

  You are spoiled for choice at South Bank in 2017!

Avoid the dreaded words ‘I’m bored!’ these holidays and check out everything that’s happening at South Bank over Christmas, New Year and the school holidays at http://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/South-Bank. The organisers at South Bank cordially invite you to participate in their enticing events, including those on our special events page XMAS & NY EVENTS. Follow the links to find out the cost of an event, if any – many of these are free.

 NEW YEARS EVE!

Get ready for the New Year's Eve Fireworks Spectacular on 31 December 2016 at the Clem Jones Promenade.  Enjoy an evening of free, family-friendly frivolity as BRISBANE’S NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR returns to South Bank. Enjoy the first ten-minute show at the family-friendly time of 8.30 p.m. or stick around for the midnight show to bring in the New Year!

Be blown away by five tonnes of fireworks: 30,000 pyrotechnic effects fired from three barges and three city rooftops during each display. Don’t forget to take care of your pets (no, you can’t bring them with you into South Bank), many of whom will be terrified by all the noise and confusion.

 WHERE CAN YOU FIND THE BEST NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENTS FOR FAMILIES IN AND AROUND BRISBANE THIS YEAR?

The website at https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/new-years-eve-for-kids-in-brisbane/ has some excellent information on FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENTS FOR KIDS happening in Brisbane and surrounds on New Year’s Eve and we list many of the events they have found for you on the next page at XMAS & NY EVENTS.

THE AACTA AWARDS – WHO WON WHAT?

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards (formerly called the AFI Awards) are held annually in Sydney to recognise film, television and documentary screen craft excellence – including screenwriting, producing and acting, through to cinematography, composition and costume design.

These Awards are Australia’s highest film and television Awards as judged by the industry itself, and Australia’s equivalent of the Oscars and the BAFTAs. Go to http://www.aacta.org/the-awards.aspx for more about AACTA and the awards.

THE 6TH AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF CINEMA AND TELEVISION ARTS AWARDS are a series of awards which include the 6th AACTA Awards Luncheon, the 6th AACTA Awards ceremony and the 6th AACTA International Awards. AACTA also recognises screen excellence, regardless of geography, through the AACTA International Awards, held each January in Los Angeles.

Nominees have been announced in the following categories: Feature FilmTelevisionDocumentaryShort Film, Hair and Makeup and Visual Effects or Animation. See all the nominees on the website or download the full list.

There is strong competition across the television categories with fifty-four productions vying for twenty-five Awards. The most nominated productions are Mini Series The Beautiful Lie, with nine nominations, and The Kettering Incident with eight.

All your favourite shows and stars will be there and you get the chance to catch up with what’s happening when Australia's best film and TV shows come together for one spectacular night ON WEDNESDAY, 7 DECEMBER 2016, the AACTA AWARDS will be TELECAST on CHANNEL 7. Want a preview? Go to  https://au.tv.yahoo.com/shows/aactas/video/watch/33313121/aacta-awards-2016/

THE ANNUAL LORD MAYOR’S CHRISTMAS APPEAL

The ANNUAL LORD MAYOR’S CHRISTMAS APPEAL is on again to help raise funds for charities working to provide vital community services and address social needs. For more than 50 years, the LORD MAYOR’S CHARITABLE TRUST’s fundraising efforts have improved the wellbeing of the most marginalised and vulnerable members of the Brisbane community. 

Every dollar donated to the Trust is provided to charities working with people with a disability, experiencing homelessness, suffering from mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction, trauma, abuse or neglect. The Christmas Appeal runs until Friday, 23 December. If you would like to make a donation, please visit the website at http://www.lmct.org.au or phone (07) 3403 5381.

IN OUR PHOTO ESSAY THIS MONTH

We have some Christmas and New Year pictures for you along with some sage advice – put it in the stuffing!

‘Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful,’ said Norman Vincent Peale. See some beautiful Christmas pictures along with some philosophical musings at the top and bottom of this home page and the top and bottom of the following Watchwords pages: WHERE IS BRISBANE?, and the blog pages WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages) and COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages).

Put your right leg in (and your left one too) with KATHRYN LOVEJOY’s leggings. See her wearable art on the event pages at EVENT QUICKLISTS!, EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2.  NEW YEAR is nearly here, and you’ll find some pictures and helpful advice about New Year's resolutions on the blog pages WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages). 

MAKE AN EXHIBITION OF YOURSELF WITH WEARABLE ART

You will become a talking point when you wear the spectacularly beautiful leggings designed by KATHRYN LOVEJOY, an award-winning Brisbane artist and illustrator who specialises in Ex-libris (bookplate) design and vibrant, colourful paintings.

These comfortable and stylish leggings are perfect for a summer’s night out or as active wear and will look beautiful on all body types. At a recent open day at Kathryn’s studio these pants walked out the door – literally, and have been bought by customers ranging in age from 16 to 70.

If you’re going travelling, you can’t go past these leggings for easy care. They’re light weight, they breathe, they’re flexible and they’re fast drying – just cold hand wash and dry them in the shade. The leggings are 82% polyester and 18% lycra and printed using dye-sublimation so the colour will never wash out. Sizes range from XS/6 to XXL/18 and there are random sizes available in each design. 

There are currently five designs adapted from Kathryn’s original paintings: 'Dancing Fial' (dancing goats), 'Dragon's Den', 'Green Tree Frog', 'Bee Eater' and ‘Hope’. You can see two of these designs on the top of the two WATCHWORDS events pages, and see the artwork from which they were adapted, along with a description of the work at the bottom of those pages. Go to EVENT QUICKLISTS! for 'Dancing Fial' and EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2  for 'Dragon's Den'.

To see the other designs go to https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/KathrynLovejoyArtist - it costs nothing to view the designs, but you will need to register if you want to buy through the site. Payment may be made by PayPal and there are various credit card options, with shipping available within Australia and overseas. The leggings are $85.00 a pair – the postage costs are on ETSY. You can also order through Kathryn’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kathrynlovejoyartist/.

Not keen on buying over the internet and would prefer to contact Kathryn personally, and perhaps try the leggings on? Contact Kathryn to arrange a visit at her Studio's air-conditioned change room on Mobile: 0424 063 527 or email her at kathryn@suki-art.com. You’ll find Kathryn Lovejoy’s Art Studio (by the Duck Pond) in the Lifestyle Centre, 225 Mount Glorious Road, Samford, Qld 4620, Australia.

Special Christmas Discount!

Over the Christmas season you can get your hands on these leggings for $69.00 each, down from $85.00 – and that’s a lovely bargain. If you’d like to know more about Kathryn and her work, go to her ARTIST WATCH profile on this website under the menu at left - KATHRYN LOVEJOY, and visit her brand new website at http://www.kathrynelovejoy.com.

KIDS’ READING GUIDE 2016–2017

If you’re wondering what are the best reads currently available for your children or you want to give a book to a child for Christmas, you can’t do better than to consult the KIDS’ READING GUIDE 2016–2017. The Kids’ Reading Guide has been the leading children’s book guide for some 16 years, with all books selected and reviewed by leading Australian booksellers.

Their expertise will help you find the books that will turn your child into a passionate reader. Find the age appropriate book under the categories ‘Baby & Toddler’, Picture Books’ ‘Junior Fiction’, ‘Middle Fiction’ and ‘Teen’. There are also sections on Australian Stories, Series you might have missed, Stuff to do, Information books, and Bolinda Audio Books.

The Kids’ Reading Guide is a proud supporter of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF), founded by Brisbane bookseller Suzy Wilson (Riverbend Books in Bulimba), which aims to raise the literacy levels of Indigenous Australians in remote communities. For more information about the ILF visit http://www.ilf.org.au.

Drop into your local bookseller and pick up a print copy of the guide, or visit https://www.facebook.com/KidsReadingGuide, http://www.kidsreadingguide.com.au/, and https://www.instagram.com/kidsreadingguide/ to check it out.

ESCAPE THE CROWDS WITH YOUR CHILDREN!

If you’re in the city with your kids during the school holidays, drop into the CHILDREN’S LOUNGE on level one of the Brisbane Square Library at 266 George Street and take part in free art, craft and storytelling activities. No bookings are necessary. If you would like to talk to someone about what’s on, ring the Brisbane Square Library on (07) 3403 4166.

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF COPYRIGHT? – THE NEWS FROM ORGANISATIONS REPRESENTING WRITERS AND OTHER CREATORS

What is the future of copyright for Australia’s authors, artists and creators generally? The Copyright Agency’s CEO, ADAM SUCKLING spoke with Michael Cathcart on ABC RADIO NATIONAL’S BOOKS AND ARTS PROGRAM about the importance of copyright to all creators and what he described as the ‘cavalier approach’ of THE PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION to the production of Australian content. Listen to the interview here.

The global copyright organisation, IFRRO, has written to the Australian Government and parliamentarians, urging them to reject the Productivity Commission’s copyright recommendations should the final report reflect the Commission’s draft recommendations. Read more.

Research from the US questions the current push for relaxing Australia’s copyright rules. The Chief Economist of Washington’s Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies, Dr. George S. Ford, has weighed into Australia’s current copyright debate, declaring that in the digital age, copyright rules should be even stricter than before. Read more.

On the day of the announcement of the Miles Franklin Award, AUTHOR ANNA FUNDER wrote in The Age, ‘Even as a child I knew that the books that got the gold sticker tapped into something profound about humanity and about this country. When my book All That I Am won in 2012, though I was far away, I felt that the love I have for my country was somehow, mysteriously reciprocated.’ Read more.

In The Australian recently, award-winning children’s book author, HAZEL EDWARDS wrote about the adaptation of her classic book There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake into a musical after 38 years. Hazel wrote: ‘I am not an economist but I know that if I were unable to make money from my work as an author that I would not have kept going.’ Read more.

 AND THAT'S THE END OF THE NEWS!

UPDATES

3. Dec, 2016
Find out what to do and where to go over CHRISTMAS, NEW YEAR and the HOLIDAYS. Make an exhibition of yourself with KATHRYN LOVEJOY's colourful wearable art leggings. Keep up with what books are available for children with the KIDS’ READING GUIDE 2016–2017. WRITERS will want to tune in to the latest angst over COPYRIGHT as we examine the options with the experts. As usual, 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.
‘Was there ever a wider and more loving conspiracy than that which keeps the venerable figure of Santa Claus from slipping away, with all the other old-time myths, into the forsaken wonderland of the past?’ – Hamilton Wright Mable. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)
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