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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.  

  • Explore creative writing basics in an INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING session presented by the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) at the Garden City Library on Saturday, 10 February 2018.
  • T.M. CLARK’s series of books published by Harlequin combine her passion for storytelling with her love of Africa. Join her as she discusses her new book, Child of Africa, and its children’s companion book, Slowly! Slowly! at the Everton Park Library on Saturday, 10 February and the Carina Library on Saturday, 17 February 2018.
  • Everyone is welcome to attend a FREE OPEN DAY with traditional lion dancers, KUNG FU and TAI CHI DEMONSTRATIONS and FREE-TO-JOIN-IN CLASSES, plus the launch of Philosophy of a Fighter: A Life of Learning by Grand Master HENRY SUE. Go Kung Fu Fighting at the Chinese Kung Fu Academy, 963 Stanley Street East, East Brisbane, on Sunday, 11 February 2018 from 9.00 a.m.  
  • VIRGINIA RUSSELL will speak about her funny and engaging biography of great grandfather, Mark Melford, who was an actor and author in Queen Victoria’s England. Discuss The Illegitimate Adventures of a Theatrical Eccentric at the Brisbane Square Library on Sunday, 11 February 2018.  
  • Dread public speaking? Help is at hand! The first BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL WOMENS BREAKFAST for 2018 features award-winning author, international presenter and performance coach RUTH BONETTI who will give you some handy techniques to stop you from freaking out. Breakfast is in the Moreton Room, Ground Floor, United Services Club Queensland, 183 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane, on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 at 7.00 a.m. for 7.15 a.m. Breakfast ends at 9.00 a.m.

 

The Event: INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING

Date and time: Saturday, 10 February 2018 from 1.30 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Venue: Garden City Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Garden City Library on (07) 3403 7745 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Explore creative writing basics in this INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING session presented by the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) as part of the Lord Mayor’s Writers in Residence series. Come away with the tools and exercises you need to nurture your inner storyteller. This workshop is ideal for beginners, or for those looking to brush up on their skills.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR T.M. CLARK

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet T.M. Clark’: Saturday, 10
February 2018
from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.
at Everton Park Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7400); Saturday, 17 February 2018 from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. at Carina Library (Phone: (07) 3407 1873).

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

What’s happening: T.M. CLARK’s series of books published by Harlequin combine her passion for storytelling with her love of Africa, and draw on her experiences growing up in South Africa and Zimbabwe. In her new book, Child of Africa, ex-British marine Joss Brennan embraces living as a double amputee after returning from Afghanistan, but finds life at his safari lodge in Zimbabwe is not quite as idyllic as when he left.

When a corrupt and dangerous businessman with close ties to government threatens all he holds dear, will Joss fight to save his own country and the people he considers his family? Join T.M. Clark as she discusses this book and its children’s companion book, Slowly! Slowly! Books will be available for purchase on the day, or you can bring your own from home for her to sign.

 

The Event: CHINESE KUNG FU ACADEMY – FREE OPEN DAY AND BOOK LAUNCH

Date and time: Sunday, 11 February 2018 from 9.00 a.m.

Venue: Chinese Kung Fu Academy, 963 Stanley Street East, East Brisbane.  

Ticket price: FREE to attend and all are welcome. Go to the website at http://www.ckfa.com.au for more information or phone (07) 3393 2588.

What’s happening: Everyone is welcome to attend the FREE OPEN DAY at the Chinese Kung Fu Academy in East Brisbane. There will be traditional lion dances, KUNG FU AND TAI CHI DEMONSTRATIONS at 9.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. and some free-to-join-in classes. The open day will also see the launch of Philosophy of a Fighter: A Life of Learning, a book by Grand Master HENRY SUE.

Kung Fu and Tai Chi help to develop your physical and mental strength. Training in martial arts promotes confidence and discipline to overcome the challenges in your life. The women’s self-defence course at the academy teaches the use of Tai Chi fighting principles for effective self defence.

 

The Event: MEET VIRGINIA RUSSELL

Date and time: Sunday, 11 February 2018 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

Venue:Brisbane Square Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are required. Visit Eventbrite to book, or ring the Brisbane Square Library on (07) 3403 4166 to reserve your place(s).NOTE that weekend parking is available at the King George Square Car Park for $5.

What’s happening: And now my lords, ladies and gentlemen, VIRGINIA RUSSELL will speak of her experiences in writing a funny and engaging biography of her great grandfather ’hentitled The Illegitimate Adventures of a Theatrical Eccentric (aren’t they all?). Mark Melford was an actor and author in Queen Victoria’s England, a prolific writer for the legitimate stage, a master of the twenty-minute music hall sketch, and an adventurer in the emerging world of British silent filmmaking.

Meet the fascinating characters our valiant scribe and thespian encountered while playing in a North Country travelling theatre, the intrepid women theatre managers with whom he worked, and the hardworking yet glamorous music hall stars who shared the stage with him. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Virginia to sign. Quills will be provided.

 

The Event: SPEAK OUT WITH A CONFIDENT VOICE – BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL WOMENS BREAKFAST WITH RUTH BONETTI

Date and time: Tuesday, 13 February 2018 at 7.00 a.m. for 7.15 a.m. Breakfast ends at 9.00 a.m. 

Venue: Moreton Room, Ground Floor, United Services Club Queensland, 183 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane (Parking).

Ticket price: Bookings are essential. Go to Brisbane International Womens Breakfast for more.

What’s happening: Dread public speaking? Help is at hand! The first BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL WOMENS BREAKFAST for 2018 features award-winning author, international presenter and performance coach RUTH BONETTI. Words and music are her passion, and in this interactive presentation, Ruth will share some handy techniques to help you become confident on your feet: learn easy tips to enhance your natural voice; project with ease, clarity and poise; with a pre-presentation warm-up for resonance, modulation and confidence.

Ruth has spoken in Scandinavia, the USA, UK and across Australia and New Zealand. Her techniques for confident presentation are encapsulated in her book Speak Out – Don’t Freak Out. Ruth’s recent heritage memoir Burn My Letters was shortlisted and won the Omega Writers CALEB non-fiction prize. Apart from speaking, writing and playing her instrument, Ruth also provides one-on-one coaching and training – visit her website at www.ruthbonetti.com for more. 

 

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He: ‘You’re devastatingly beautiful my dear, but you really need a manicure.’ She: ‘Will you love me when I’m old and grey?’ He: ‘Why not? I’ve loved you when you were blonde, henna, brunette and pompadour.’ She smiled and he noticed that she was wearing a faint perfume – one sniff and he fainted. (Photo/artwork PD)