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ROBOTRONICA at QUT – Face the future!

ROBOTRONICA at QUT Gardens Point Campus on Sunday, 18 August 2019: ‘Hello! I am R2... and my lazy friend here is Rnot – and together we are REVOLUTION! – ah, sorry, that should read Revelation!’ FROM THE ROBOT SOCIETY’S COMPENDIUM OF HUMAN SAYINGS: ‘The God Particle is just a regular particle that some say bears the image of the Virgin Mary. It will be on eBay shortly.’ – Kelkulus. (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.  

  • During this Queensland Writers Centre CREATING A PR PLAN FOR WRITERS WORKSHOP, you will learn about writing press releases, finding media contacts and using a unique angle to get your book in front of people. Book in to the Grange Library for Saturday, 10 August 2019 at 10.30 a.m.
  • Don't miss POETS BELT OUT BUSH BALLADS at the Old Museum. Some of Queensland’s best speakers will take to the stage at the EKKA to show off their rhythm as they recite poems in front of a live audience. It’s FREE to attend with your Ekka Admission Ticket and you don’t need to book. Head for The Old Museum Precinct, 480 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, on the Bush Poetry Stage in the museum gardens, (just up the road from the Brisbane Showgrounds), on Saturday, 10 August 2019 from 9.30 a.m.
  • Enjoy a landmark new production of STORM BOY, Colin Thiele’s cherished yet bittersweet coming-of-age story, which will touch the hearts of young and old with its masterful puppetry and boundless imagination. You’ve read the classic story about a boy and a pelican, and you’ve probably seen the film – now see the stage adaptation at The Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Cnr Melbourne & Grey Streets, South Bank, Brisbane. It’s ON NOW and runs until Saturday, 17 August 2019.  
  • Join the conversation at the State Library of Queensland TALKING IDEAS event, BANKING BAD WITH ADELE FERGUSON. Adele’s Banking Bad was the book that was influential in bringing about the Banking Royal Commission, the commission the government really didn’t want to have and said was unnecessary. Book in for Auditorium 1, at the State Library of Queensland (SLQ), South Bank, on Monday, 12 August 2019 from 7.00 p.m. to 8.15 p.m.
  • 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, 15 August 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

 

The Event: CREATING A PR PLAN FOR WRITERS – A WORKSHOP WITH THE QWC

Date and time: Saturday, 10 August 2019 from 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

Venue: Grange Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Grange Library on (07) 3407 2523 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: A good PR plan can help you maximise your time as a writer and use your skills to improve exposure of your work. During this Queensland Writers Centre CREATING A PR PLAN FOR WRITERS WORKSHOP, you will learn about writing press releases, finding media contacts and using a unique angle to get your book in front of people.

 

The Event: BUSH BALLADS COMPETITION AT THE BRISBANE EKKA

Date and time: Saturday, 10 August 2019 from 9.30 a.m. to (approximately) 2.30 p.m. (with an interval)

Venue: The Old Museum Precinct, 480 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, on the Bush Poetry Stage in the museum gardens (just up the road from the Brisbane Showgrounds).

Ticket price: FREE to attend with your Ekka Admission Ticket and you don’t need to book.

What’s happening: Don't miss POETS BELT OUT BUSH BALLADS at the Old Museum. Queensland’s best speakers will take to the stage at the EKKA to show off their rhythm as they recite poems in front of a live audience. These passionate poets will each get six minutes of fame to belt out their favourite bush ballads – from Banjo Patterson to their own original works.

There are student classes and open classes for established or original poems. Classes 1 and 2 will be judged on Saturday, 10 August from 9.30 a.m., and Classes 3 and 4 will be judged following Classes 1 and 2. The time limit (including preamble) for all performers is six (6) minutes. Three points will be deducted by each judge for any performer exceeding six minutes, and material that the judges deem to be offensive will not be scored.

A random draw for the order of performances was held after 26 July 2019, and organisers reserved the right to adjust the draw to avoid ‘same poems’ being performed consecutively. This event is proudly supported by The Consultancy Bureau and the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame (in Longreach in western Queensland).

 

The Event: STORM BOY – ADAPTATION FOR THE STAGE OF COLIN THIELE’S CLASSIC STORY

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Saturday, 17 August 2019.

Venue: The Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Cnr Melbourne & Grey Streets, South Bank, Brisbane. 

Ticket price: Brace yourselves – $73 to $90 (plus a transaction fee of $7.20 applies per transaction). There are discounts available for concession card holders, seniors, youth, families groups and schools. Phone 136 246, or to find out more and book online, go to the website at http://qpac.com.au/event/qt_storm_boy_19.

What’s happening: Enjoy a landmark new production of STORM BOY, Colin Thiele’s cherished yet bittersweet coming-of-age story, which will touch the hearts of young and old with its masterful puppetry and boundless imagination. You’ve read the classic story about a boy and a pelican, and you’ve probably seen the film – now see the stage adaptation.

Young Storm Boy lives a simple yet free life on the coastal wilds of the South Australian Coorong, combing the beaches with his reclusive father, Hideaway Tom. During a long summer, he makes two friends who will shepherd him from childhood into adulthood: the jester Fingerbone Bill, who teaches him about his country, and Mr Percival, an orphaned pelican who prepares Storm Boy for the wider world with a poignant lesson about love, loss and letting go.

NOTE: The performance on Saturday, 10 August 2019 at 2.00 p.m. is a RELAXED PERFORMANCE. A relaxed performance is the chance to experience the wonder of live performance in an environment that is informal and open to all audience reactions. These performances are for everyone, and are particularly suitable for audience members with disabilities, including autism spectrum conditions and sensory communication or learning disabilities.

 

The Event: TALKING IDEAS: BANKING BAD WITH ADELE FERGUSON

Date and time: Monday, 12 August 2019 from 7.00 p.m. to 8.15 p.m. (1hr 15 mins)

Venue: Auditorium 1, State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane.

Cost: Bookings are essential. Tickets are Adult $37, Concession $32, Groups 6+ $32. Ticket + Banking Bad book $67. Concession + Banking Bad book $62. Go to https://www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/talking-ideas-banking-bad-adele-ferguson to book your tickets. This event is for adults. If you have any questions, contact the event organiser, Charis Holt, by phone on (07) 3840 7875 or email her at Charis.Holt@slq.qld.gov.au.

What’s happening: Join ADELE FERGUSON for a live discussion with DENNIS ATKINS about her new book Banking Bad. Adele’s investigations into financial institutions over the last five years were influential in bringing about the Banking Royal Commission, which uncovered shocking truths about industry practices.

While tracing the origins of the banking scandal, Adele Ferguson asks where to from here? Adele discusses, with The Courier-Mail’s National Affairs Editor, DENNIS ATKINS, the origins of the scandal dating back to the 1990s, the highly-ranked executives who fell very publicly from grace, the compromised regulators, and the recommendations of Commissioner Kenneth Hayne to a government who never wanted the investigation at all.

Adele Ferguson is a strong advocate for improving whistleblower protections and giving vulnerable people a voice. She is a multi-award-winning senior business writer and columnist for leading newspapers The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Financial Review. Adele is also a regular guest reporter on ABC’s Four Corners, and the author of the best-selling unauthorised biography of Gina Rinehart, the richest woman in Australia.

Watch Adele’s Gold Walkley-winning investigation for Four Corners, Banking Bad, at https://www.abc.net.au/4corners/banking-bad/5433156. You can also go to Adele’s website at https://www.adeleferguson.com.au/recentwork to read a range of her most recent work. The Library Shop will have Banking Bad available for purchase at the event, and you are invited to meet Adele post-event to have your book signed.

 

The Event: POETS UP LATE

Date and time: Thursday, 15 August 2019 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.

 

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ROBOTRONICA at QUT Gardens Point Campus on Sunday, 18 August 2019: Where in the world is robotics going? The world’s first government-recognised cyborg, NEIL HARBISSON, can hear colours and receive images, videos, music and phone calls directly into his head via an antenna implanted in his skull. In 2010, Harbisson co-founded the Cyborg Foundation, an international organisation that helps humans become cyborgs and promotes cyborgism as an art movement. FROM THE ROBOT SOCIETY’S COMPENDIUM OF HUMAN SAYINGS: ‘Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.’ – Albert Einstein. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)