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THE 2018 AACTA AWARDS: THE AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF CINEMA AND TELEVISION ARTS (AACTA) celebrated its 60th year on Wednesday, 5 December 2018 at the 2018 AACTA Awards Ceremony presented by Foxtel in Sydney at The Star Event Centre. In a big year for Australian screen stories, ‘SWEET COUNTRY’, ‘MYSTERY ROAD’, ‘RIOT’, ‘LADIES IN BLACK’, actors NICOLE KIDMAN, DEBORAH MAILMAN, SIMON BAKER and director WARWICK THORNTON, were among the winners announced at the star-studded Ceremony. The event was televised on Channel 7 for the fourth consecutive year. Check out the top and bottom of the following pages for pics and more info on who was there and who won what. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)

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This page is devoted to events and activities of interest to writers, illustrators and readers! Go to entries below the quick list for more detailed information.  

  • Don’t miss the opportunity to join British Crime Queen Lynda La Plante in AN EVENING WITH LYNDA LA PLANTE. Expect an evening of hilarious tales and insights into the mind that writes from the dark side! Lynda is in Australia to launch her new book, Widows’ Revenge and this will be her only Queensland appearance. BOOK IN NOW to meet her and grab a copy of her new book at the State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane, on Wednesday, 13 February, 2019.
  • Creators and readers of COMIC BOOKS and GRAPHIC NOVELS will thoroughly enjoy POP CULTURE MEET-UP, a monthly event with Aussie comic creator PAUL MASON. Lots of activities and great prizes to be won for people of all ages, at the Brisbane Square Library on Friday, 18 January 2019, from 5.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
  • It’s on again and it’s huge as usual. 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 for you. There are also Bookfests happening at other venues around Queensland – check the website, but in Brisbane it’s on at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Merivale St, South Brisbane, and runs from Saturday, 19 January 2019 to Monday, 28 January 2019.
  • Budding illustrators and cartoonists aged from 7–14 years will enjoy a CREATE YOUR OWN CHARACTERS FOR A BOOK WORKSHOP with award-winning cartoonist and illustrator PHIL JUDD, who will cover the basics of a story idea and the process of designing story characters. Book in at the Mt Gravatt Library for Saturday, 19 January, and the Fairfield Library for Thursday, 24 January 2019.

 

The Event: TALKING IDEAS – BOOK IN NOW FOR AN EVENING WITH LYNDA LA PLANTE

Date and time: Wednesday, 13 February, 2019. (To grab a place you will need to book in now)

Venue: Auditorium 1, Level 2, State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane.

Cost: Full $42, Concession $37, Groups 6+ $37. Full ticket plus book $67.50, and Concession ticket plus book $62.50 (concessions are available for pensioners, seniors and students). To BUY TICKETS and for more information, go to  https://www.qtix.com.au/event_dates/slq_talking_lynda_19.aspx.

What’s happening: LYNDA LA PLANTE was born in Liverpool, England. She trained for the stage at RADA and worked with the National Theatre and RSC before becoming a television actress. She then turned to writing, and made her breakthrough with the phenomenally successful TV series Widows (recently adapted into a film by Steve McQueen).

La Plante then went on to create the Emmy and BAFTA-winning Prime Suspect television crime series, starring Helen Mirren. In 2008, Lynda was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to Literature, Drama and Charity. She is a member of The Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame and is the only lay person to be made a fellow of The Forensic Science Society. 

Now you have the opportunity to join the British Crime Queen for an exclusive evening of hilarious tales and insights into the mind that writes from the dark side! Lynda is in Australia to launch her new book, Widows’ Revenge and you won’t want to miss meeting this best-selling author in her only Queensland appearance. 

This event is part of SLQ’s Talking Ideas program. The Library Shop will have a selection of Lynda La Plante’s books available for sale at the event, including Widows’ Revenge, and you are invited to catch up with her her post-event to get your book signed. You might like to come along early and enjoy live music, cold beer and wine at the Library Cafe Bar beforehand.

Cultivate your curiosity with State Library of Queensland’s Talking Ideas program. Be part of extraordinary discussions featuring exceptional international and national writers and thinkers. Talking Ideas entertains, inspires and fosters debate; addressing issues that inform our times and shape our lives. To find out about other Talking Ideas events go to http://slq.qld.gov.au/ideas.

 

The Event: POP CULTURE MEET-UP

Date and time: Friday, 18 January 2019, from 5.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Venue: Brisbane Square Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend and no bookings are necessary – just turn up. Ring the Brisbane Square Library on (07) 3403 4166 if you have any questions.

What’s happening: Creators and readers of COMIC BOOKS and GRAPHIC NOVELS will thoroughly enjoy POP CULTURE MEET-UP, a monthly event with Aussie comic creator PAUL MASON at the Brisbane Square Library in the city. Lots of activities and great prizes to be won for people of all ages and no previous knowledge is necessary. Discuss and learn about what’s new in the fantastic and diverse world of comic books and graphic novels. Enjoy the latest comic book movie trailers, special guest speakers, challenging trivia, and character games.

 

The Event: THE LIFELINE BOOKFEST

Date and time: From Saturday, 19 January 2019 to Monday, 28 January 2019. TIMES: Saturday, 19 January – 7.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., Friday, 25 January – 8.30 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. Every other day – 8.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Venue: 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.

Ticket price: FREE to attend. For more information about what’s happening and a map, go to https://www.unitingcareqld.com.au/lifeline/bookfest.

What’s happening: The LIFELINE BOOKFEST BRISBANE 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.

The Bookfest is on again in Brisbane and continues over ten massive days, with millions of books, magazines, comics, records, puzzles, sheet music, DVDs, CDs, vinyl, board games and much more on offer for prices as low as a dollar! There will be daily prizes of $100 Bookfest gift vouchers up for grabs – imagine what you could get for that.

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 BCEC and grab a great book or a dozen or more. (There are also Bookfests happening in other cities in Queensland – for more information go to https://www.unitingcareqld.com.au/lifeline/bookfest).

In Brisbane this year there will be author signings and readings from BRYCE CORBETT, SHAY STAFFORD, and CORI BROOK – see the website for dates and times. On 26 January, grab your family and friends, dress up like a farmer, and support Lifeline’s Drought Appeal.

TIPS: Come early for the best choices! BYO bags – you’ll be surprised how much you end up with. 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. You can hire a trolley at the event to do your shopping – it’s $2 trolley hire to use as long as you like. Customers can pay cash or use EFTPOS services, with ATMs available on the main exhibition concourse.         

There is a comfy Lifeline Revive Zone, where you and the kids can kick back with a good read before heading once more into the fray. Don’t forget the late night shopping on Friday, 25 January, and find out more about the wonderful work of Lifeline at the Information Stand.

 

The Event: BUDDING ILLUSTRATOR AND CARTOONIST WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN AGED 7–14 YEARS – CREATE YOUR OWN CHARACTERS FOR A BOOK WITH PHIL JUDD

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Create Your Own Characters’: Saturday, 19 January 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. at Mt Gravatt Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7775); Thursday, 24 January 2019 from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. at Fairfield Library (Phone: (07) 3403 8615).

Ticket price: FREE but bookings are required at the presenting library by contacting them on the phone numbers given above.

What’s happening: Budding illustrators and cartoonists aged from 7–14 years will enjoy this CREATE YOUR OWN CHARACTERS FOR A BOOK WORKSHOP with award-winning cartoonist and illustrator PHIL JUDD. The workshop covers the basics of a story idea and the process of designing story characters.

Phil will look at the creation process from scratch, and then move on to creating a cast of original characters. At the end, participants will have an insight into what goes into creating a book and its characters, and have a set of characters of their own to use for a story.

 

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THE 2018 AACTA AWARDS: ON THE RED CARPET. Top left: AARON PEDERSEN whose role as the brooding outback copper in the TV drama series ‘Mystery Road’ fitted him like a glove. Top right: REBECCA GIBNEY. We loved her as Lola Buckley, a woman on the run in ‘Wanted’ and we hope she’ll be back in that role, along with the nutty Chelsea played by Geraldine Hakewill. The first season averaged 1.24 million viewers and was the highest rated Australian drama series of 2016. Bottom left: CAT STEWART and stand-up comedian NAZEEM HUSSAIN. You always know that you’re watching something special if you see Cat on the screen. She’s the perfect foil for Nina as her sister in the hugely popular TV drama series ‘Offspring’. What can you say about Nazeem? This year he turned up at the Brisbane Comedy Festival with his new show ‘No Pain No Hussain' after having been around the world and back; London, Edinburgh, China and the USA to film a second series with Bill Nye. He’s still recovering from weeks in the jungle on ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ and becoming besties with the irascible Steve Price. Bottom right: An Ego of Actors – host Stephen Curry is in there somewhere. (Photo montage by L.J. May)