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WRITER WATCH: KATE GRENVILLE. ‘The Case Against Fragrance’. Award-winning Australian author Kate Grenville AO is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. Her bestselling novel ‘The Secret River’ received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The novel was also made into a fascinating television series, which was broadcast throughout Australia in 2017. Kate’s bookshelf includes: A loose trilogy of colonial Australia: ‘The Secret River’, ‘The Lieutenant’ and ‘Sarah Thornhill’. ‘The Idea of Perfection’ (won the Orange Prize), ‘Lilian’s Story’, ‘Dark Places’ and ‘Joan Makes History’, and ‘One Life: My Mother’s Story’. Kate’s most recent book ‘The Case Against Fragrance’ is a non-fiction book about health problems that can be caused by the synthetic fragrances that are all around us. (Photo courtesy of Kate Grenville)

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Coming up - lots of events for September 2018. See below the quick list for further information and go to pages 1, 3, 4 and 5 for more events.  

  • The BRISBANE FESTIVAL 2018 has an astonishing array of events to inform, entertain and delight you in 17 venues across Brisbane, including South Bank. The Festival runs for three weeks from Saturday, 8 September to Saturday, 29 September 2018 inclusive. Be there Brisbane!
  • The FREE arts-meets-technology water fountain, light and laser spectacular RIVER OF LIGHT – THE STORY OF MAIWAR, showing at South Bank during the Brisbane Festival, will illuminate the night in a spellbinding celebration of our Brisbane River from Saturday, 8 September to Saturday, 29 September 2018, daily at 6.30 p.m., 8.00 p.m., and 9.30 p.m.
  • Lose yourself in the HOUSE OF MIRRORS, a grotesquely fascinating walk through a bizarre maze of mirrors installation. Find it during the Brisbane Festival at Treasury Brisbane ARCADIA, South Bank Parklands, Corner Ernest Street, Stanley Street and Grey Street, South Brisbane, from Saturday, 8 September to Saturday, 29 September 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.
  • The SCARECROWS are coming to Tamborine Mountain on the Scenic Rim of South East Queensland, an easy one-hour’s drive from Brisbane City and the Gold Coast. Hundreds of scarecrows will line the 17km trail from Friday, 14 September to Sunday, 16 September – get some great selfies. It all ends up at the Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds, where the TAMBORINE SCARECROW FESTIVAL kicks off on Saturday, 15 September 2018.
  • If you’re about to renovate or build, you’ll find hundreds of new ideas and get free expert advice from more than 280 leading Queensland suppliers at the BRISBANE HIA HOME SHOW. It’s all under one roof at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Cnr Merivale Street and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane, from Friday, 14 September to Sunday, 16 September 2018.

 

The Event: THE BRISBANE FESTIVAL 2018

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Saturday, 29 September 2018.

Venue: Various events in some 17 venues right across Brisbane.

Ticket price: Various costs for various events – see the website. There is a mix of free and ticketed events. TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS for Brisbane Festival 2018 events, call Qtix on 136 246 or visit The Brisbane Festival website at https://www.brisbanefestival.com.au. To find out more about the Brisbane Festival, go to https://www.brisbanefestival.com.au/about, and check out the program at https://www.brisbanefestival.com.au/whats-on.

What’s happening: The BRISBANE FESTIVAL is one of Australia’s major international arts festivals. The Festival only became an annual event in 2009, but since that time it has been embraced by the city and admired by the world. Each September, the Festival explodes across the city with a thrilling program of theatre, music, dance, circus, opera and major public events such as SUNSUPER RIVERFIRE, and attracts an audience of around one million people each year. 

BRISBANE FESTIVAL 2018 has an astonishing array of events to inform, entertain and delight you. Get in on the action and head for multiple venues to see big name acts, more world premieres than ever before, and a spectacular new light-and-laser river show that will illuminate Brisbane for 22 days of celebration.

The program has a mix of free and ticketed events across 17 of Brisbane’s leading entertainment venues, including South Bank, QPAC, Brisbane City Hall, Riverstage, the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and the Brisbane Powerhouse. People of all ages will find lots to interest them, with over 500 performances and some 70 shows to choose from.

As per usual, the Brisbane Festival will be capped off with the eagerly awaited SUNSUPER RIVERFIRE on Saturday, 29 September 2018 – a spectacular fireworks display that lights up the entire city. See the separate entry on page 4 of ‘What’s On Now?’ for more details

 

The Event: THE BRISBANE FESTIVAL: RIVER OF LIGHT – THE STORY OF MAIWAR (THE BRISBANE RIVER)

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until 29 September 2018, daily at 6.30 p.m., 8.00 p.m., and 9.30 p.m.

Venue: View the 10-minute spectacular daily at South Bank.

Ticket price: FREE. To find out more about this stunning light and laser spectacular, go to https://www.brisbanefestival.com.au/whats-on/celebratebrisbane-river-of-light.

What’s happening: The arts-meets-technology water fountain, light and laser spectacular RIVER OF LIGHT –THE STORY OF MAIWAR will illuminate the night in a spellbinding celebration of our Brisbane River. The free show features dynamic jets and giant spirals of water, full-colour lighting and rainbow-coloured lasers, to tell the traditional story of the dreaming serpent that wove the Maiwar into being and created the life blood of our city.

Many people in Brisbane are already familiar with the word Maiwar. Maiwar Green is a lovely grass area between GoMA and the State Library; it’s the name of Brisbane City Council’s annual city-wide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary art program; and there’s Maiwar Performance, in which CityCat ferries execute manoeuvres near sites of Aboriginal significance. Maiwar is a traditional word that is now widely used as a name for the Brisbane River. But few of us know any traditional stories of the creation of the river

The Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal Dance Company teamed up with world-leaders, Oracle Liquid, to find a way to share a local story with us. The light show, designed for children, adults and families alike, is a spectacular, must-see free event. The Story of Maiwar will show several times every night, right through the Brisbane Festival until Saturday, 29 September 2018.

 

The Event: THE BRISBANE FESTIVAL – HOUSE OF MIRRORS AT ARCADIA

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Saturday, 29 September 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.

Venue: Treasury Brisbane ARCADIA, South Bank Parklands, Corner Ernest Street, Stanley Street and Grey Street, South Brisbane.

Ticket price: From 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. – $10, and from 6.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. – $15. Bookings are required. TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS for Brisbane Festival 2018 events, call Qtix on 136 246 or visit The Brisbane Festival website at https://www.brisbanefestival.com.au.

What’s happening: Do our minds distort mirrors? Or do mirrors distort our minds? Since the 19th century, mirror mazes have been physically and psychologically challenging for those who venture into them, resulting in delight, amazement and, sometimes, fear.

Lose yourself in the HOUSE OF MIRRORS, a bizarre maze of mirrors installation made up of 40 tonnes of steel and 15 tonnes of carefully arranged mirrors. This is a grotesquely fascinating walk through an alien word using geometry and pure optical illusion to disturb your reality. We do hope you find your way out.

 

The Event: TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN SCARECROW FESTIVAL

Date and time: Friday, 14 September to Sunday, 16 September 2018.

Venue: Various locations around Tamborine Mountain, on the Scenic Rim, en route to the Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds. The Scenic Rim is easily accessed from Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Ipswich and Northern New South Wales. The region is an easy one-hour’s drive from Brisbane City and the Gold Coast – see directions at http://www.visitscenicrim.com.au/travel-info.   

Ticket price: Some events are ticketed and some are free. Go to the website at http://www.visitscenicrim.com.au/the-scarecrows-are-coming to find an overview, and if you have any questions, email scarecrow@tamborinemtncc.org.au for more information about what’s on and how much it costs.

What’s happening: Stone the crows! The scarecrows are coming to Tamborine Mountain on the Scenic Rim of South East Queensland, with hundreds of scarecrows lined up along the 17km trail. The TAMBORINE SCARECROW FESTIVAL is one of the largest community events involving the whole of Tamborine Mountain. You can drive the trail and enjoy the scarecrows at any time during the Scarecrow Festival – pull over and take a ‘selfie’.

ON SATURDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER 2018, at the Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds, there will be live music, face painting, pig racing, a farm animal petting zoo, pony rides, bubble soccer, old fashioned games and entertainment of all kinds. The Haystack Hermits will perform on stage, as well as The Inadequates, and Lily and the Repurcussions drumming group. As the sun sets, catch the Scarecrow Lantern Parade down Main Street, where you’ll see hundreds of scarecrow-themed lanterns. Eat from the food trucks and browse the market stalls.

Local restaurants will be offering a great range of share platters, pizzas, wine and other refreshments. While you’re on the mountain, explore and enjoy handicraft and antique shops, art galleries, wineries, the cheese factory and brewery, cafés and restaurants and organic produce outlets. Spring is here, and the mountain is also home to some spectacular gardens. You can extend your fun by staying at one of the local boutique accommodation houses, hotels, motels or make use of the camping facilities.

 

The Event: BRISBANE HIA HOME SHOW 2018

Date and time: Friday, 14 September to Sunday, 16 September 2018 from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily.

Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Cnr Merivale Street and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane.

Ticket price:Buy tickets online and SAVE! Adults online tickets $16; at the show $20. Concessions $16. Kids under 14 are free! For more information, visit the website at https://www.brisbanehomeshow.com.au. Phone (07) 3719 4222 or email marketing@eea.net.au if you have any questions. NOTE RACQ MEMBERS: Members can save 40% on tickets. Visit http://racq.com/homeshow for more details.

What’s happening: About to renovate or build? Then visit the BRISBANE HIA HOME SHOW to see, try and buy all the latest products for your kitchen, bathroom or interiors upgrade, with free expert advice from more than 280 leading Queensland suppliers – bring your plans and photos. See everything you need under one roof! You will find hundreds of new ideas to help you renovate your house, both inside and out.

 

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WRITER WATCH: MATTHEW CONDON. Matt Condon is a prize-winning Australian novelist and journalist. He is currently on staff with the Courier-Mail’s ‘QWeekend’ magazine. Matt began his journalism career with the ‘Gold Coast Bulletin’ in 1982 and subsequently worked for leading newspapers and journals including the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’, the ‘Daily Telegraph’ and Melbourne's ‘Sunday Age’. His recent books include ‘Little Fish Are Sweet’, ‘All Fall Down’, and ‘Jacks and Jokers’. His next book will be released by UQP in November 2018. Matt is the author of several works of non-fiction, and is the two-time winner of the Steele Rudd Award for short fiction. His many novels include ‘The Motorcycle Café’, ‘The Pillow Fight’ and ‘The Trout Opera’. His non-fiction titles include ‘Brisbane’ and, as editor, ‘Fear, Faith and Hope: Remembering the Long Wet Summer of 2010–2011’. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)