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WRITER WATCH: MANAL AL-SHARIF. ‘Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening’. Computer scientist, Manal al-Sharif, is a Saudi Arabian women's rights activist who helped start a women's right to drive campaign in 2011. A women's rights activist, who had previously filmed herself driving, filmed al-Sharif driving a car as part of the campaign. The video was posted on YouTube and Facebook. Al-Sharif was promptly detained, released on 21 May 2011, and rearrested the following day. On 30 May, al-Sharif was released on bail, on the condition that she return for questioning if requested, not drive and not talk to the media. Following her driving campaign, al-Sharif remained an active critic of the Saudi government, tweeting on issues including imprisoned female foreign workers, the lack of elections for the Shura Council, and the murder of Lama al-Ghamdi. Visit her website at https://manal-alsharif.com. (Photo of Manal al-Sharif modified by L.J. May. CC BY-SA 3.0)

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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.   

  • Join EDDIE AYRES in conversation with FRANCES WHITING, as he discusses his remarkable autobiography, Danger Music, teaching music in a war zone, and transitioning from Emma to Eddie. Meet him at the Brisbane Square Library on Wednesday, 12 September 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
  • Join fellow enthusiasts for trivia and discussion in celebration of the author LOUISA MAY ALCOTT and 150 years of her classic work, Little Women, at the West End Library on Thursday, 13 September, Corinda Library on Friday, 14 September and the Toowong Library on Friday, 21 September 2018.
  • Join Archibald Prize winning artist BEN QUILTY as he sits down with ABC Radio’s SARAH KANOWSKI to discuss his new book, Home, a collection of drawings by Syrian children, at the Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm, on Friday, 14 September 2018 at 7.00 p.m.
  • CANCELLED - SORRY - Hear acclaimed music biographer JEFF APTER talk about Australian music legends, from Johnny O’Keefe to John Farnham, and the Bee Gees to AC/DC. What is it that makes a musician iconic? And is there something that separates Australian musicians from the rest of the world? Meet Jeff at the Brisbane Square, Bracken Ridge, Holland Park and Indooroopilly Libraries from Friday, 14 September to Sunday, 16 September 2018. See the listing for details of dates and times. 

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR AND MUSICIAN EDDIE AYRES

Date and time: Wednesday, 12 September 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Venue: Brisbane Square Library. NOTE: Week day parking after 4.30 p.m. is available at King George Square Car Park for $5.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Brisbane Square Library on (07) 3403 4166 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Join EDDIE AYRES in conversation with FRANCES WHITING, as he discusses his remarkable autobiography, Danger Music (which was featured in the 2018 edition of Brisbane Libraries’ Top 40 Book Club Reads). Eddie’s lifetime of musical experience ranged from playing with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for many years, to landing in Australia to present an extremely successful ABC Classic FM radio show.

But for all that time, Eddie was Emma Ayres. In 2014 Emma was spiralling into a deep depression caused by anguish about her gender. She quit her radio job, travelled, and then decided on a surprising path to salvation – teaching music in a war zone at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. Emma then decided to take the final steps to become Eddie, the man who was always there inside. Books will be available to purchase on the night, or you can bring your own copy from home for Eddie to sign.

 

The Event: 150 YEARS OF LITTLE WOMEN BY LOUISA MAY ALCOTT

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Little Women’: Thursday, 13 September 2018 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at West End Library (Phone: (07) 3403 8620); Friday, 14 September 2018 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at Corinda Library (Phone: (07) 3407 7701); Friday, 21 September 2018 from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. at Toowong Library (Phone: (07) 3403 2590).

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

What’s happening: LOUISA MAY ALCOTT’s novel LITTLE WOMEN became a much loved book when it was published 150 years ago in 1868. Her characters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy continue to delight readers with their stories of love, sisterhood, and American life in the 19th century. Little Women is set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts, and is loosely based on Alcott’s childhood experiences with her three sisters.

Louisa May Alcott was an abolitionist and a feminist and she remained unmarried throughout her life. She died from a stroke, two days after her father died, in Boston on 6 March 1888. Join fellow enthusiasts for trivia and discussion in celebration of the author and her classic work.

 

The Event: ARCHIBALD PRIZE WINNING ARTIST BEN QUILTY IN CONVERSATION WITH ABC RADIO’S SARAH KANOWSKI

Date and time: Friday, 14 September 2018 at 7.00 p.m.

Venue:Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm QLD 4005. Click on link for a map.

Ticket price: Adult: $35, Concession: $30 (transaction fee of $6 applies to all bookings). For more information or online bookings Click here to book for this Powerhouse event! PLEASE NOTE that this event is only suitable for people aged 12 years and over.

What’s happening: Join Archibald Prize winning artist BEN QUILTY as he sits down with ABC Radio’s SARAH KANOWSKI to discuss his new book, Home, a collection of drawings by Syrian children. Ben Quilty has assembled this heartbreaking and awe-inspiring collection of drawings by the most vulnerable victims of a brutal civil war, the children of Syria.

The collection forms an extraordinary testament to the resilience of a generation of survivors whose childhood has been shaped by the worst war of our century. Their art speaks directly to us all as human beings and we have an obligation to listen closely and seriously.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will directly support World Vision’s Child Friendly Spaces, early childhood and basic education projects in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. Ben will be signing books following the event. This session is part of Writers+Ideas events. If you would like to be one of the first to know about upcoming Writers+Ideas events – sign up HERE.

 

The Event: CANCELLED - SORRY - HEAR MUSIC BIOGRAPHER JEFF APTER

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet Jeff Apter’: Friday, 14 September 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Brisbane Square Library (Phone: (07) 3403 4166); Saturday, 15 September 2018 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at Bracken Ridge Library (Phone: (07) 3667 6060); Saturday, 15 September 2018 from 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. at Holland Park Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7755); Sunday, 16 September 2018 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon at Indooroopilly Library (Phone: (07) 3407 0009).

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

What’s happening: Hear acclaimed music biographer JEFF APTER talk about Australian music icons, from Johnny O’Keefe to John Farnham, and the Bee Gees to AC/DC. What is it that makes a musician iconic? And is there something that separates Australian musicians from the rest of the world? 

Jeff is the author of more than 20 music biographies, many of them bestsellers. He has written about Johnny O’Keefe, Keith Urban, Silverchair, the Bee Gees, the Finn brothers and Angus Young. As a ghostwriter he has worked with Kasey chambers, AC/DC’s Mark Evans and Richard Clapton. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Jeff to sign.

 

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WRITER WATCH: GEOFFREY ROBERTSON Q.C. ‘Rather His Own Man’. On Thursday, 6 September 2018 Geoffrey Robertson delivered the Marion Taylor Opening Address at the Brisbane Writers Festival. Robertson is familiar to many Australians through his past televised ‘Hypotheticals’, which were very popular and posed some very curly questions. Geoffrey is a human rights barrister, academic, author and broadcaster. ‘Rather His Own Man’ is his second witty, engrossing and sometimes poignant memoir. He charts his progress from pimply Australian state schoolboy to top Old Bailey barrister, and onwards and upwards to a leading role in the struggle for human rights throughout the world. If one could summarise the address he gave on Thursday, it really boils down to the idea that we have to relearn kindness and practice it – oh, if we only could. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)