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Show me the Gold!

This year, the LOGIE AWARDS were held for the second time on the Gold Coast in Queensland. And why wouldn’t you? Our Queensland winter is warmer than the UK’s summer (although not this year), with an average temperature during the day of 22 degrees (Centigrade). Luckily the rain held off and Channel 9 broadcast the event on Sunday, 30 June 2019, highlighting a night which showcased all the glitz, glamour and gaffes we’ve come to expect. (Photo: Gold Logie displayed at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. Licence CC3.0 Unported)

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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.   

  • Children’s author JANET REID will shares her tips on using the five senses to establish the setting for a pirate story in the WRITE LIKE A PIRATE CAPTAIN WORKSHOP for young pirates aged 6–11. Kids can go on to write a sizzling start to their tale before creating their own pirate map. Shiver your timbers into the Mitchelton Library on Thursday, 11 July, the West End Library on Friday, 12 July and the Nundah Library on Saturday, 13 July 2019.
  • The YOUTUBE CREATORS WORKSHOP, presented by Activate Entertainment, is ideal for those aged 12–17 years. Participants will learn how to create, produce and edit content for their own YouTube channel based on popular online trends. Upload yourself to the Inala Library on Friday, 12 July 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
  • Since winning the Newport Poetry Contest as a teen, LAUREN ELISE DANIELS’ work has appeared in various publications across the globe, Join Lauren as she shares her experiences in writing her novel Serpent’s Wake: A Tale for the Bitten, and how stories serve as profound healers. Slide into the Mitchelton Library on Saturday, 13 July 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon, and the Corinda Library on Tuesday, 23 July 2019 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
  • Hear author JILL BAKER discuss her book The Horns: Book One of the Zambezi Trilogy, a tale of Britain’s last colony brought to vibrant and dramatic life through the eyes of four childhood playmates, three of them African and one European. Safari into the Kenmore Library on Saturday, 13 July 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m., and the Wynnum Library on Monday, 22 July 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.
  • At this YARNING AND POETRY WITH AUNTY THERESA CREED event, Theresa’s poetry will tell her story and the history of her Indigenous family, from the undisturbed times to war and invasion, the Aboriginal mission and reserve system, the land rights movement, and life today. Meet Aunty Theresa at the Fairfield Library on Saturday, 13 July 2019, and the Zillmere Library on Saturday, 20 July 2019.
  • Join FLORENCE THIRIOT to discuss the art and life of JACQUES LOUIS DAVID, already a renowned painter when the French Revolution began in 1789, and whose works are a spectacular record of that time. Take your liberty, equality and fraternity along to SUNDAY CONVERSATION at the Brisbane Square Library, on Sunday, 14 July 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

 

The Event: WRITE LIKE A PIRATE CAPTAIN WORKSHOP FOR KIDS AGED 6–11 YEARS

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Write Like a Pirate’: Thursday, 11 July 2019 from 4.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. at Mitchelton Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7410); Friday, 12 July 2019 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at West End Library (Phone: (07) 3403 8620); Saturday, 13 July 2019 from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. at Nundah Library (Phone: (07) 3407 8701).

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

What’s happening: Hey kids! Ever been stranded on an island with a bunch of pirates? Join children’s author, JANET REID, as she shares her tips on using the five senses to establish the setting for your pirate story in a WRITE LIKE A PIRATE CAPTAIN WORKSHOP for kids aged 6–11. Go on to write a sizzling start before creating your own pirate map.

 

The Event: YOUTUBE CREATORS WORKSHOP

Date and time: Friday, 12 July 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Venue: Inala Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Inala Library on (07) 3403 2205 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Participants in this YOUTUBE WORKSHOP will learn how to create, produce and edit content for their own YouTube channel based on popular online trends like gaming, unboxings, reactions and reviews. This workshop is presented by Activate Entertainment and is ideal for those aged 12–17 years.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR LAUREN ELISE DANIELS

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet Lauren Elise Daniels’: Saturday, 13 July 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon at Mitchelton Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7410); Tuesday, 23 July 2019 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at Corinda Library (Phone: (07) 3407 7701).

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

What’s happening: Since winning the Newport Poetry Contest as a teen, LAUREN ELISE DANIELS’ work has appeared in various publications across the globe, including Australia’s Antic and The Courier-Mail. Join Lauren as she shares her experiences in writing her novel Serpent’s Wake, and how stories serve as profound healers.

The story: After twelve years trapped in the throat of a serpent, a girl escapes. She returns to her village naked, with a monstrous snakeskin trailing behind her. One decision at a time, she reclaims her life. Each character she encounters by land and sea – brute, healer, orphan, mystic, lover – reflects an unhealed aspect of herself, and she plots her recovery through symbolic milestones.

Serpent’s Wake: A Tale for the Bitten is a fable intended for adults and young adults exploring how, once fractured, we may mend. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Lauren to sign.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR JILL BAKER

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet Jill Baker’: Saturday, 13 July 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. at Kenmore Library (Phone: (07) 3407 0258); Monday, 22 July 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. at Wynnum Library (Phone: (07) 3403 2199).

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

What’s happening: Hear author JILL BAKER discuss her book The Horns: Book One of the Zambezi Trilogy, a tale of Britain’s last colony brought to vibrant and dramatic life through the eyes of four childhood playmates, three of them African and one European. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your own copy from home for Jill to sign.

 

The Event: YARNING AND POETRY WITH AUNTY THERESA CREED

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet Aunty Theresa Creed’: Saturday, 13 July 2019 from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. at Fairfield Library (Phone: (07) 3403 8615); Saturday, 20 July 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. at Zillmere Library (Phone: (07) 3403 1455).

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

What’s happening: Born on Woorabinda Aboriginal Mission and an elder of the Pitta Pitta and Kalkadoon nations of North West Queensland, Theresa is a performance poet and draws on her long history as a dancer, actor and singer and her ancient culture of ceremony. Theresa’s poetry tells her story and the history of her family, from the undisturbed times to war and invasion, the Aboriginal mission and reserve system, the land rights movement, and life today.

 

The Event: SUNDAY CONVERSATION: JACQUES LOUIS DAVID – A MAN OF HIS (REVOLUTIONARY) TIMES

Date and time: Sunday, 14 July 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

Venue: Brisbane Square Library.

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 FLORENCE THIRIOT to discuss the art and life of JACQUES LOUIS DAVID, who at 40 years of age and already a renowned painter when the French Revolution began in 1789, embraced its ideals with great enthusiasm, and became a deputy in the first elected revolutionary parliament. David’s works are spectacular and perfect illustrations of dramatic episodes and key characters of the French revolution. His life provides many prompts for historical recollection as he was often an actor in major events.  

 

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SCENES FROM THE LOGIES 2019: On the Red Carpet, the team from ‘The Project’ from left to right – Peter Helliar, Waleed Aly, Carrie Bickmore and Lisa Wilkinson, contemplate how many ostriches ended up with a bare bum in order to adorn Lisa’s outfit. (Photo by L.J. May S/S Channel 10)