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Australia’s Queen of Television KERRI-ANNE KENNERLEY has forged a 50-year career on stage and the small screen, but in her private life she has been hit with a series of blows that would flatten most people. After escaping a violent marriage and later marrying John, the love of her life, things looked to be going well until a freak fall in 2016 left her beloved husband of 33 years a quadriplegic. How did she keep going you ask? Join Kerri-Anne in conversation with author and journalist FRANCES WHITING as she discusses her new book ‘A Bold Life’. Head for the Ithaca Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 from 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. See the ‘What’s On Authors?’ web pages for more details. (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. 

  • Beginners or for those looking to brush up on their writing skills will want to nurture their inner storyteller with an INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP presented by the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) at the Sunnybank Hills Library on Saturday, 4 November 2017.
  • Libraries across Brisbane will celebrate the release of the new film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. They will hold discussions and trivia sessions at various times from Saturday, 4 November until Saturday, 11 November 2017. See the What’s On web pages for more details of when and where.
  • Join award-winning author RACHAEL JOHNS as she discusses her latest novel, The Greatest Gift at the Chermside Library on Monday, 6 November and the Carindale Library on Tuesday, 7 November 2017 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
  • From stage actor and international television star, to bestselling author, JUDY NUNN’s rising career path has been meteoric. Join Judy as she discusses her new novel Sanctuary at the Brisbane Square Library on Thursday, 9 November 2017 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

 

The Event: INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP WITH THE QWC

Date and time: Saturday, 4 November 2017 from 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

Venue: Sunnybank Hills Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Sunnybank Hills Library on (07) 3407 0571 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Explore creative writing basics and come away with tools and exercises to nurture your inner storyteller with this INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP presented by the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC). This session is ideal for beginners or for those looking to brush up on their writing skills.

 

The Event: CELEBRATING MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS AT BCC LIBRARIES

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Murder on the Orient Express: Saturday, 4 November 2017 from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. at Holland Park Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7755); Tuesday, 7 November 2017 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at Corinda Library (Phone: (07) 3407 7701); Wednesday, 8 November 2017 from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. at Mitchelton Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7410); Wednesday, 8 November 2017 from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. at Bracken Ridge Library (Phone: (07) 3667 6060); Thursday, 9 November 2017 from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. at Garden City Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7745); Saturday, 11 November 2017 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. at Nundah Library (Phone: (07) 3407 8701); Saturday, 11 November 2017 from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. at Ashgrove Library (Phone: (07) 3407 1940); Saturday, 11 November 2017 from 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. at Stones Corner Library (Phone: (07) 3403 2170).

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

What’s happening: This latest film version of MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS is the fourth adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel, following a 1974 film, a 2001 TV film, and a 2010 episode of Agatha Christie’s Poirot. As well as playing Poirot, KENNETH BRANAGH directed this American mystery film, with a screenplay by Michael Green. Gone is the iconic interpretation of TV’s Hercule Poirot as portrayed by David Suchet, although it’s going to be hard to get it out of your head and look at this murder mystery with new eyes. For starters, the fussy little black moustache of Suchet’s Poirot is replaced by Kenneth Branagh’s walrus facial extravaganza.

In the unlikely event that you have never come across the story before, this is the plot. In 1930s Europe, well known detective Hercule Poirot feels the need for a rest between cases and boards the legendary train, the Orient Express. A fellow passenger requests that Poirot act as their personal body guard, something he politely declines to do. The next morning the passenger is found stabbed to death.

Snow and increasingly bad weather leave Poirot and thirteen strangers stranded on the train in the middle of nowhere and everyone becomes a suspect. As the evidence piles up, Poirot becomes increasingly interested in the victim’s past and why they really fled the United States. Will he solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again?

Branagh leads the stunning all-star cast, which includes Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr, Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley in supporting roles. The film is due for release by 20th Century Fox on 2 November 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, throughout Australia on 9 November, followed by 10 November 2017 in the United States. Excited? Go to https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/murder-on-the-orient-express to watch a trailer and check out the cast and production details.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR RACHAEL JOHNS

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet Rachael Johns’: Monday, 6 November 2017 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Chermside Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7200); Tuesday, 7 November 2017 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Carindale Library (Phone: (07) 3407 1490).

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

What’s happening: Join award-winning author RACHAEL JOHNS as she discusses her latest novel, The Greatest Gift, in which radio host Harper Drummond lives for her glamorous career but is beginning to wonder if there is something more for her out there. She’s financially secure, happily married and loves her job – what more could she want?

Every day she meets fascinating people dong extraordinary things, and an interview with a childless couple prompts Harper to think about whether she could make a contribution. She and her husband, Samuel, know they don’t want a child in their lives, but could she help someone else become a mother? Books will be available for purchase on the day, or you can bring your own copy from home for Rachael to sign.

 

The Event: MEET BESTSELLING AUTHOR JUDY NUNN

Date and time: Thursday, 9 November 2017 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Venue: Brisbane Square Library. NOTE: Week day parking after 4.30 p.m. is available at the 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: From stage actor and international television star, to blockbuster, bestselling author, JUDY NUNN’s rise has been meteoric. Her fame as a novelist has spread rapidly and her books are now published throughout Europe in English, German, French, Dutch and Czech. Join Judy as she discusses her new novel Sanctuary, a story in which a rickety wooden dinghy runs aground on a barren island off the coast of Western Australia. Aboard are nine people who have no idea where they are.

These people, who were strangers before the violent storm that tore their vessel apart, have since bonded and, while they remain undiscovered on the deserted island, they dare to dream of a new life. But 40 kilometres away on the mainland lies the tiny fishing port of Shoalhaven where everyone knows everyone and everyone has their place. In Shoalhaven things never change – until now. Books will be available for purchase on the night, or bring your copy from home for Judy to sign.

 

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WATCHWORDS HOME

MIKE WILLESEE has been one of Australia’s best known television journalists for over 50 years and was one of the first Australian correspondents to cover the Vietnam War. Back home in Australia, Mike found national fame reporting for This Day Tonight, where he became known for his aggressive and unflinching style of questioning. He did a stint on the respected Four Corners program and also hosted A Current Affair (ACA), back when it was a current affairs program of some substance. In 2002, Willesee became the 19th inductee into the TV Week Logies Hall of Fame. If it seems that there are a lot of Willesees about, there are. Mike Willesee is the son of Labor senator Don Willesee and his wife Gwendoline. Mike’s brother is the journalist and TV presenter Terry Willesee. Mike is also the father of fellow journalists Amy Willesee and Michael Willesee, Jr., and the father-in-law of presenter and reporter Allison Langdon. That’s really enough for one family. Join Mike in conversation with journalist and author FRANCES WHITING as he discusses his long-awaited autobiography, ‘Mike Willesee Memoirs’. Report to the Ithaca Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall, on Tuesday, 28 November 2017 at 6.00 p.m. See the ‘What’s On Authors?’ web pages for more details. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)