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VOYAGER 1 HAS LEFT THE BUBBLE! It entered interstellar space in 2013 and is now almost 13 billion miles away from Earth. Few missions can match the achievements of NASA's groundbreaking Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft during their 40 years of exploration. Voyager 1 launched on 5 September 1977 and Voyager 2 launched in August 1977 (yes, you read that right). The mission: to explore Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and beyond. With its iconic golden record on board, humanity's greatest achievement uses less computing power than a mobile phone. See the photo essay for more (Photo courtesy of NASA)

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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, 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 PARTIALLY UPDATED ON TUESDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER 2017

 

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

 IN OUR PHOTO ESSAY THIS MONTH

See pics and information on the remarkable VOYAGER SPACEHIPS' journey though our solar system and into intersellar space, carying humanity's message where no Earthling has gone before - at the top and bottom of this home page and the top and bottom of the Watchwords blog pages at COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages), see EVENT QUICKLISTS!, EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2 for what's on, who came to the Brisbane Writers Festival at WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (5 pages), and WHERE IS BRISBANE?, and the glory of the Brisbane Festival at WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages).

THE BRISBANE PRIDE FESTIVAL – GET YOUR GLAM ON!

Get your posse, your glitter, your glam, your leather, your body, and your spirit fingers ready, because the BRISBANE PRIDE FESTIVAL will rock your world. It’s ON NOW and runs until Saturday, 30 September 2017. To check out the events calendar, go to https://brisbanepride.org.au/festival/pride-festival-events-calendar. This is Queensland’s biggest and best LGBTIQA+ event, attracting more than 10,000 festival-goers across the month of September in a festival of inclusion and celebration. 

The Brisbane Pride Festival Rally and March. THE BRISBANE PRIDE FESTIVAL RALLY AND MARCH is a tradition going back 27 years. It kicks off at 10.00 a.m. on Saturday, 23 September 2017 in Brunswick Street between Ann Street and McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley. Thousands of people will gather to hear leaders speak about the important issues currently facing the community.

Then, with a roar from the local Dykes on Bikes, the march will make its way down Brunswick Street though the Valley to New Farm Park where everyone will be made welcome at BRISBANE PRIDE FAIR DAY. You will never see so many rainbows in one place in Queensland. 

The Brisbane Pride Fair Day in New Farm Park. BRISBANE PRIDE FAIR DAY is the biggest and best event on the Queensland LGBTIQA+ calendar, transforming New Farm Park into a playground of culture and celebration. Thousands of people will gather to party along with awesome bands, singers, and DJs – not to mention Brisbane and Queensland’s most dazzling drag. 

Kicking off at 10.30 a.m. on Saturday, 23 September 2017, the Annual Brisbane Pride Festival Fair Day will feature two stages of entertainment, incredible local and national talent, Mr and Ms Pride competitions, Brisbane’s best DJs, and the traditional Pet Parade. The Brisbane Pride Community Bar will be open and you will enjoy munching on an incredible array of food. Be sure to visit the market and community stalls to delight, entertain and inform you. 

Tickets. This year, Fair Day organisers have introduced a special Family Ticket for 2 adults and 2 kids at $50. Other ticket prices are: Adult $25, Concession $15, Child (12–17) $10, and Child (0–11) FREE! 

Organisers understand that ticket prices can often present a barrier to participation in Fair Day. With that in mind, they have created a number of options to ensure everyone in the community can participate. 

  • Volunteer – Volunteers do a 2-hour shift and get free entry to the rest of the day. Simples!
  • Community tickets – Brisbane Pride issues a number of free tickets to community groups to distribute through their networks. Reach out to your local group to find out more.
  • Contact them – they have a number of free tickets to issue to those who may be experiencing financial hardship. Flick an email to hello@brisbanepride.org.au and they will hook you up.

Go to the website for more information about this event and everything else that’s on at http://www.brisbanepride.org.au/festival.

THE BRISBANE FESTIVAL AND RIVERFIRE!

With just a couple of weeks to go, get excited because the 2017 BRISBANE FESTIVAL is sure to have something in the program for everyone. From Saturday, 9 September to Saturday, 30 September 2017 there will be more than 490 ticketed performances and free events, international acts, and exhibitions. TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS for Brisbane Festival 2017 events, call Qtix on 136 246 or visit the website at http://www.brisbanefestival.com.au.

Artistic Director DAVID BERTHOLD says: ‘Trust your gut, dive in and take chances. A festival is a feast, not a snack. There is no single show that will appeal to all tastes and give you a finished festival experience. That’s not how festivals work. You’ll need both hands.

‘If you’re into contemporary music, you’ve struck gold. It’s a stellar line-up, with fresh new music flanking some very cool tributes to legends. If you’re curious about what’s coming out of the Asia Pacific, you can catch shows from China, Korea, Indonesia and Singapore, from kooky pop culture to stunningly staged battles… One last tip? Take the road less travelled – it will make all the difference.’

As usual, SUNSUPER RIVERFIRE will wrap up the Brisbane Festival with a bang on Saturday, 30 September 2017. There will be entertainment from 4.00 p.m. and twenty minutes of fireworks from 7.00 p.m. Spectators will also be wowed by aerobatics from the Australia Defence Force with RAAF Super Hornet and Army Helicopter Displays.

Crowds can tune in to Triple M’s live broadcast, or if you can’t get to South Bank or other vantage points, you can tune into Channel 9’s exclusive live coverage from 6.30 p.m. with ANDREW LOFTHOUSE and MELISSA DOYLE. Go to http://brisbanefestival.com.au/sunsuperriverfire for the program, road, bridge and river closures. Enjoy!

THE 2017 NED KELLY AWARDS SHORTLISTS

The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) has announced the shortlists for THE 2017 NED KELLY AWARDS for the best in Australian crime writing. Crime and mystery aficionados can look forward to reading a cascade of crime capers and devilish doings over the coming year.  

ACWA tells us that this year the Best Fiction section is a combination of past winners who are up against some strong newcomers. Best First is a wide field, including stories that are rural, city based, and humorous, which explore both family and a wider society, True Crime has two entrants who reference the same Australian historical event – the Myall Creek Massacre (Terry Smyth and Mark Tedeschi QC), as well as two historical investigations and two very different aspects of police behaviour.

The 2017 shortlists are:

BEST FICTION

BEST TRUE CRIME

BEST FIRST FICTION

This year’s NED KELLY AWARDS were presented during the Melbourne Writers Festival at a free event, including storytellers, on Friday, 1 September 2017. And yes, we do know who won but it would be a crime to tell you. Solve the mystery - go to the ACWA website at http://www.austcrimewriters.com/ned-kelly-awards-page.

 

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AND THAT'S THE END OF THE NEWS!

UPDATES

19. Sep, 2017
See THE NEWS above for the exciting events happening in Brisbane and around Queensland. As usual, during August, 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.
VOYAGER: THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY. Aboard Voyagers 1 and 2 are identical ‘GOLDEN’ RECORDS, CARRYING THE STORY OF EARTH INTO INTERSTELLAR SPACE. The 12-inch gold-plated copper discs contain samples of music from different cultures and eras, the song of a humpback whale and other natural and man-made sounds from Earth. They also contain electronic information that an advanced technological civilization could convert into diagrams and a series of images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. The selection of music for the record was eclectic, and was compiled by a team that included Carl Sagan, Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University, Linda Salzman Sagan, Frank Drake, Ann Druyan, artist Jon Lomberg, and Timothy Ferris, who was an editor for Rolling Stone at the time. The inclusion of Berry's ‘Johnny B. Goode’ was controversial, with some people claiming that rock music was ‘adolescent’, to which Sagan replied, ‘There are a lot of adolescents on the planet.’ The Golden Record contains MESSAGES IN 60 LANGUAGES, including ‘We greet you great ones. We wish you longevity.’ NGUNI AFRICAN GREETING; ‘Hello to everyone. We are happy here and you be happy there.’ RAJASTHANI INDIAN GREETING; ‘Hope everyone’s well. We are thinking about you all. Please come here to visit us when you have time.’ MANDARIN CHINESE GREETING. Carl Sagan’s young son recorded the message: ‘Hello from the children of Planet Earth’ and the President of the United States at the time, Jimmy Carter, said: ‘This is a present from a small, distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours.’ (Photo courtesy of NASA)