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STARGAZING LIVE 2018: In May you can follow this fascinating program on ABC-TV, Radio, iView and online #Stargazing. Broadcast over three nights from Siding Spring Observatory in NSW, Renowned physicist PROFESSOR BRIAN COX, and TV presenter JULIA ZEMIRO, will be joined by a team of scientists and space enthusiasts as they explore the wonders of the night sky across three big nights from Tuesday, 22 May to Thursday, 24 May 2018. Brian and Julia are pictured here admiring a model of the Milky Way. (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. 

  • Join author CHRISTINE WELLS as she discusses her new historical novel, The Juliet Code, which is packed full of spies, love, betrayal and secrets, at the Sandgate Library on Wynnum Library on Thursday, 17 May and the Ashgrove Library on Thursday, 24 May 2018.
  • If you’re a budding poet, seasoned peddler of prose, or an appreciator of the spoken word, get along to POETS UP LATE for an evening of poetry, good company and inspiration. It’s happening at the Wynnum Library on Thursday, 17 May 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
  • To celebrate 159 years since the birth of SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE, head for the Wynnum Library on Tuesday, 22 May from 11.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. for a Holmes movie and literary review, and to the Ashgrove Library on Friday, 25 May 2018 from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. for a discussion and tea.
  • LITERARY EVENTS to celebrate the 50 YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the epic science fiction film 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY will be held in BCC libraries during May. Head for the Grange Library on Saturday, 19 May for a discussion, the Corinda Library on Tuesday, 22 May also for a discussion, and the Garden City Library on Tuesday, 22 May from 1.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. for a discussion and screening of the film.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR CHRISTINE WELLS

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet Christine Wells’: Thursday, 17 May 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. at Wynnum Library (Phone: (07) 3403 2199); Thursday, 24 May 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Ashgrove Library (Phone: (07) 3407 1940).

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

What’s happening: Join author CHRISTINE WELLS as she discusses her new historical novel, The Juliet Code, which is packed full of spies, love, betrayal and secrets. It is 1947. The war is over, but Juliet Barnard is hiding a secret. While her family believed she was helping the war effort from the safety of England, in truth Juliet was a trained wireless operator, dropped behind enemy lines in Paris to spy on the Germans. But the mission went critically wrong when Juliet was caught and imprisoned in a mansion in Paris’s Avenue Foch. Now she can’t – or won’t – relive the horrors that occurred there, and the people she betrayed.

The last thing Juliet wants is to return to France, but when ex-SAS officer Mac begs Juliet to help him find his sister, another British agent who is still missing, she can’t refuse. And in retracing her past, Juliet begins to realise that in wartime the greatest enemy isn’t always the one you’re expecting to fight. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Christine to sign.

 

The Event: POETS UP LATE

Date and time: Thursday, 17 May 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Venue: Wynnum Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Wynnum Library on (07) 3403 2199 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Calling all wordsmiths! Are you a budding poet, seasoned peddler of prose, or an appreciator of the spoken word? If so, come along to POETS UP LATE for an evening of poetry, good company and inspiration. Sign up for the open mike to perform your original works – first in, best dressed, people.

 

The Event: LITERARY EVENTS: ELEMENTARY, MY DEAR WATSON – SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’: Wynnum Library (Phone 3403 2199) on Tuesday, 22 May from 11.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. (MOVIE AND LITERARY REVIEW); Ashgrove Library (Phone 3407 1940) on Friday, 25 May 2018 from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. (DISCUSSION AND TEA).

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

What’s happening: Are you a Sherlock or more of a Watson? Celebrate the greatest fictional detective, SHERLOCK HOLMES, his nemesis Moriarty, and the ingenuity of his creator, ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE. Come along to celebrate 159 years since the birth of Sir Arthur and learn some interesting facts and trivia about him as well as a discussion of all things elementary.

ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE, often referred to as ‘Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’ or simply ‘Conan Doyle’, was born on 11 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and became a physician, ship’s surgeon, activist, spiritualist and keen cricketer. He was also a popular writer, principally known for his Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson detective novels, which are considered to be major milestones in the field of crime fiction.

Apart from his detective novels, Doyle wrote of the adventures of Professor Challenger, and other works include fantasy and science fiction stories, poetry, romances, plays and several non-fiction and historical novels. He was fascinated by unusual events and popularised the peculiar case of the ghostly, drifting ship, the Marie Celeste.

At the Wynnum Library, as well as participating in a discussion, you can watch Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law put memorable imprints on the roles of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson in a bold reimagining that makes the famed sleuth a daring man of action as well as a man of peerless intellect.

 

The Event: LITERARY EVENT – CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’: Grange Library (Phone 3407 2523) on Saturday, 19 May from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. (DISCUSSION); Corinda Library (Phone 3407 7701) on Tuesday, 22 May from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. (DISCUSSION); Garden City Library (Phone 3403 7745) on Tuesday, 22 May from 1.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. (DISCUSSION AND FILM SCREENING).

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

What’s happening: IT’S FIFTY YEARS OLD THIS YEAR! The epic science fiction film 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY was produced and directed by STANLEY KUBRICK, with a screenplay written by Kubrick and ARTHUR C. CLARKE, and partially based on Clarke’s short story ‘The Sentinel’. A novel 2001: A Space Odyssey was written concurrently with the screenplay and published soon after the film was released.

This engrossing film follows a voyage to Jupiter after the discovery of a mysterious black monolith which appears to be affecting human evolution. The jaw-dropping opening sequence, showing earth as seen from beyond the moon, was backed by the rousing classical music piece Also Sprach Zarathrustra. The lilting strains of The Blue Danube by Johann Strauss accompanied a space station spinning far above the earth. Nobody had seen anything like it before.

When the film was released in 1968, it received mixed reactions from critics and audiences, and caused quite a lot of confusion. Many people who had expected a blockbuster stellar shootout a la Flash Gordon or Superman (Star Wars had not yet burst upon the scene) were baffled by the depth and complexity of the story, the astonishing visuals, the long, poetic shots of mankind’s journey into space, not to mention the puzzling ending. It just wasn’t a film you could sit back and munch your popcorn to.

But audiences did like HAL the murderous, sentient computer who seems bent on destroying the whole crew before they can find what they’re looking for. Gradually, the film gained a cult following and became the highest-grossing North American film of 1968. It was nominated for four Academy Awards and Stanley Kubrick received one for his direction of visual effects.

Sight & Sound magazine ranked 2001: A Space Odyssey sixth in the top ten films of all time in its 2002 and 2012 critics' polls editions; it also tied for second place in the magazine's directors' poll. In 2010 it was named the greatest film of all time by The Moving Arts Film Journal. Today, 2001: A Space Odyssey is widely regarded as one of the best and most influential films ever made.

 

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STARGAZING LIVE 2018: The CSIRO's DR LISA HARVEY-SMITH will showcase the capabilities of a different telescope each night. GLOSSARY: MAGELLENIC CLOUDS. Carrying on from the Milky Way, Magellanic Clouds (or Nubeculae Magellani) is a term used to describe two irregular small galaxies only visible from the southern hemisphere. These formations are named after Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan. They are members of the ‘Local Group’ and orbit the larger Milky Way once every 1,500 million years, and each other once every 900 million years. (Photo of Dr Lisa Harvey Smith by L.J. May S/S. Glossary courtesy of Stargazing and the ABC)