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SCENES FROM A WEDDING! In case you hadn’t noticed, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married in a ceremony in St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, on Saturday, 29 May 2018. Six hundred guests watched the wedding and millions more people were glued to their TV sets worldwide. The news lately has been rather grim, so we decided to give you something warm and fuzzy to look at. Enjoy! (Photo by L.J. May S/S)

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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 THURSDAY, 21 JUNE 2018!

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

 THE LIFELINE BOOKFEST IS BACK!

Whether you’re a book worm, a dedicated reader, a student, a book collector or someone searching for those long lost books, LIFELINE BOOKFEST BRISBANE is the place for you, so get down to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from Saturday, 23 June 2018 to Sunday, 1 July 2018 and grab a great book or a dozen or more. (There’s also a Bookfest happening in other cities in Queensland – for more information on these locations go to https://www.bookfest.org.au/brisbane).

The Lifeline Bookfest is the largest second-hand book sale in Queensland and the biggest fundraising event that supports the 24-hour Lifeline 13 11 14 Crisis Support Line. This life-saving service offers suicide prevention and bereavement support over the phone as well as family and crisis support – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Over nine massive days, there will be millions of books, magazines, records, puzzles, DVDs, CDs, vinyl, board games and much more on offer for prices as low as a dollar! Also, daily prizes of $100 Bookfest gift vouchers are up for grabs – imagine what you could get for that. This year there will be no plastic bags, so bring your own, use one of their paper bags, or buy one of the limited number of enviro bags on sale for just $1.

Customers can pay cash or use EFTPOS services, with ATMs available on the main exhibition concourse. It’s FREE to attend, so get yourself down to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Merivale and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane. For details of transport to the venue, please refer to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition centre website at http://www.bcec.com.au.

THE BAD NEWS IS THAT PETER GRESTE’S SESSION IS BOOKED OUT – SORRY!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, journalist and author PETER GRESTE had to postpone his event from the advertised date on Thursday, 14 June 2018 and is rescheduled to appear on Thursday, 12 July 2018 at the Brisbane Square Library. His fans have promptly followed him in droves and this event is now completely booked out – but you can still get your hands on Peter’s new book The First Casualty: a fascinating read.

Peter Greste spent two decades reporting from the front line in the world’s most dangerous countries before making headlines himself following his own incarceration in an Egyptian prison. Charged with threatening national security, and enduring a sham trial, solitary confinement and detention for 400 days, Peter himself became a victim of the new global war on journalism.

Based on extensive interviews and research, Peter’s book The First Casualty shows how the war on journalism has spread to the West. In this courageous, compelling, vital account he unpicks the extent to which modern investigative journalism is under threat, and the fraught quest – and desperate need – for truth in the Age of Terrorism.

THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT YOU CAN CATCH UP WITH BESTSELLING AUTHOR MICHAEL ROBOTHAM!

For those of you who don’t know, MICHAEL ROBOTHAM is an Australian-born, former intrepid reporter, now an internationally published crime fiction writer and winner of the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award. You can join Michael to discuss his final novel in the popular JOE O’LOUGHLIN series, The Other Wife, at the Brisbane Square Library on Thursday, 28 June 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Joe O'Loughin's last case is his most personal and fans of Joe will be sad to see the series end. Books will be available for purchase on the night, or you can bring your own copy from home for Michael to sign. Find out more about Michael Robotham and his work on his website at http://www.michaelrobotham.com and under the WRITER WATCH tab on this website at MICHAEL ROBOTHAM.

Also, keep your eye out for Michael’s No. 1 bestseller The Secrets She Keeps, which will be out in paperback this July. STEPHEN KING said about this novel, ‘Two terrific female characters, both with secrets. Add Michael Robotham's clean prose and whipcrack pacing. The result? A book you won't be able to put down, although you may occasionally want to hide your eyes.’

 IN OUR PHOTO ESSAY THIS MONTH!

Find information and pictures of events happening around Brisbane and Queensland on EVENT QUICKLISTS! and EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2., check out the Royal Wedding photos, including the official wedding portraits, on the top and bottom of this page, and the top and bottom of NEWS PAGE 2, WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages), COMPETITIONS ETC. pages (4 pages), WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages) and WHERE IS BRISBANE?

THE BRIDGE - $300K FOUR-YEAR FUNDING INITIATIVE

THE BRIDGE is a Brisbane Powerhouse and Brisbane City Council $300k four-year funding initiative designed to support local performers and producers in order to grow the presenting capacity of Brisbane’s performing arts sector.

Created in response to Brisbane City Council’ Creative Sector Survey, The Bridge will give Brisbane creative the necessary time and support to present shows of a professional standard. The initiative is divided across four financial years, with selected shows aligning to Brisbane Powerhouse’s programming aim of being a home for living art, ideas and experiences. In its first year, 2017–2018, The Bridge supported festival artists in the Wonderland Festival and MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture.

In the subsequent years, 2018–2021, The Bridge will support projects across the genres of independent musical theatre, digital and tech-based artists, and circus. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN for expressions of interest for projects from 2018–2021. You can find full details on the Brisbane Powerhouse website at to https://brisbanepowerhouse.org/about-us/our-artists/the-bridge.  

WHAT IS WORD PLAY?

WORD PLAY is a unique children's festival program highlighting some of the best children's and YA authors. This education program for young storytellers, readers and illustrators is presented by THE BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL (BWF) in collaboration with the Brisbane City Council, SLQ, QAGOMA, QPAC and the Australia Council. See the program here https://bwf.org.au/2018/word-play.

The four-day festival will run from  Tuesday, 4 September to Friday, 7 September 2018 andis dedicated entirely to children in prep to high school as well as having a professional development aspect for teachers. Teachers and parents are invited to purchase tickets for their classes and children on the BWF website. Word Play Festival tickets are on sale now!

Bookings for classes and individuals is easy and is done using the Word Play program booking form. Bookings can be made for individuals such as parents and carers, or for large classes and schools needing up to 134 tickets. Session prices can also be found online and on the booking form. Download the booking form at https://bwf.org.au/uploads/Word%20Play%20Booking%20Form%202018_1.pdf.

Word Play is proud to host a wonderful array of international, national and local authors. Here are just a few program highlights:

  • VERONICA ROTH – ‘Fantastic Dystopias’ (for Grades 9–12). Best known for her Divergent trilogy, Veronica Roth is a New York Times best selling author. Across 3 scheduled events during Word Play Veronica shares how and why she writes dystopian fiction, and the questions her books raise for young people. Read more about Veronica's events.
  • DR. KARL KRUSZELNICKI – ‘Great Moments in Science’ (for Grades 6–10). Dr. Karl is a well-known radio host, science commentator and author. Karl's enthusiastic personality is infectious and is bound to get children of all ages excited about science. Karl discusses why we will probably find fish when we go exploring round Saturn, and why it’s safer for a cat to fall from 32 storeys than from 7 storeys. Discover Dr. Karl's event.
  • KATE AND JOL TEMPLE – ‘Writing Differently’ (for Grades Prep–4). Kate and Jol Temple are the award-winning authors of Room on Our Rock, a picture book that can be read front-to-back and back-to-front for two different stories. In this event, Kate and Jol explore books that find exciting new ways of telling stories and have fun with language and persuasive storytelling. Read more about Kate and Jol's event.

 THE BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL

Don’t forget that the BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL kicks off on Thursday, 6 September 2018 and runs until Sunday, 9 September 2018. The BWF program will launch on Thursday, 5 July 2018 and tickets will go on sale from Tuesday, 10 July 2018. Check the website at https://bwf.org.au for details and follow everything Word Play and the BWF on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for festival updates and writing news.

GOLD STAR READING CLUB AND LITTLE STARS READING CLUB PROGRAMS

If you would like your child to spend more time living in the wonderful world of books, encourage them by taking part in reading programs at Brisbane City Council’s 33 libraries this winter. The 2018 GOLD STAR READING CLUB PROGRAM caters for kids aged 6–12 years, and the LITTLE STARS READING CLUB is designed for early readers aged up to 5 years and their carers.

It’s a great way to connect and bond with children while helping them develop their early literacy skills. Both programs are ON NOW and will run until Tuesday, 31 July 2018. MEMBERSHIP IS FREE, and children will be rewarded for reading with exciting monthly incentive prizes, opportunities to win book vouchers for both themselves and their school, medallions, certificates of achievement and award ceremonies.

GO TO NEWS PAGE 2 

BIG SCREEN/LITTLE SCREEN AND PERFORMANCE WRITING FOR STAGE

BIG PLANS FOR 2018 AS SCRIPTED INK. ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR THREE NEW DEVELOPMENT GRANTS! Scripted Ink. has hit the ground running in 2018, announcing three major development investment grants in new scripts from some of Australia’s most celebrated screenwriters.

AWG REPORT: MORE AUSTRALIAN WORKS IN 2018, BUT ORIGINAL VOICES AT A STANDSTILL. The National Voice, the Australian Writers’ Guild’s annual survey of Australia’s 10 largest theatre companies, has concluded that while the overall number of Australian plays in 2018 has increased, original Australian voices on stage have hit a standstill, making up less than 50% of main stage theatre seasons over four years.

HOW TO WIN WRITING COMPETITIONS! – TIPS FROM THE CWA (UK). The CWA DEBUT DAGGER and the MARGERY ALLINGHAM SHORT STORY competitions are two of most popular crime writing competitions in the world. But what are judges looking for? What’s the secret of winning – not just for these two competitions, but for any competition you’re likely to enter?

AND THAT REALLY WILL BE THE END OF THE NEWS! 

UPDATES

21. Jun, 2018
See THE NEWS above for the exciting events happening in Brisbane and around Queensland. As usual, during June 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.
SCENES FROM A WEDDING! The three official wedding images were taken by English-born PHOTOGRAPHER ALEXI LUBOMIRSKI at Windsor Castle immediately following the carriage procession through the streets of Windsor on Saturday. Mr Lubomirski, who is based in New York, was a former assistant of Princess Diana's favourite photographer Mario Testino. THE FIRST PHOTO (pictured above) features the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Windsor Castle's Green Drawing Room, alongside the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Ms Markle's mother Doria Ragland and the page boys and bridesmaids from the ceremony. A statement accompanying the release of the Royal Wedding portraits said that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were ‘delighted’ with the photos and wanted to thank everyone who took part in the wedding celebrations. (The official Royal wedding pictures of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were taken by Alexi Lubomirski. Photo courtesy Reuters: Alexi Lubomirski/Handout)