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WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL BRISBANE: The INAUGURAL SCIENTIA ADDRESS will be given by TIM FLANNERY – internationally renowned scientist, explorer, conservationist and writer on climate change. Tim has inspired a generation of Australians to stand up for the environment, consider renewable energy sources and fight to sustain our planet’s forests, food sources, waterways and atmosphere. The evening will include an intimate conversation with frequent collaborator JOHN DOYLE. Lend them your ears on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 in the Concert Hall, QPAC from 7.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Tickets: Adult: $35, Concession: $30, Student: $25. Book at http://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au. This event is ideal for people aged 13+ (Photo courtesy of Tim Flannery: modified by L.J. May)

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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.  

  • The BRISBANE OMEGA WRITERS BOOK FAIR is on again, with author tables, a wide range of books, author readings, showbags, Treasure Hunt/door prizes and more. Entry is FREE (although a gold coin donation would be appreciated). WORKSHOPS will cost you $15 and include Healing History with ANNE HAMILTON, and Writing Life Stories with RUTH BONETTI. Head for Hills Church, 79 Queens Road, Everton Hills on Saturday, 16 March 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. 
  • Local author, commentator, and former newspaper editor, DAVID FAGAN, will celebrate the release of his new book Has the Luck Run Out? in conversation with DENNIS ATKINS, National Affairs Editor of The Courier-Mail. What’s going wrong, what’s going right, and what can we do to redefine Australia’s future? Lend them your ears at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Monday, 18 March 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Hear first-hand, the incredible true story of an Iraqi refugee who became an internationally-celebrated surgeon. Following on his bestselling memoir Walking Free, Australian-based ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR MUNJED AL MUDERIS now shares more of his extraordinary journey in Going Back, which tells of his emotional return to Iraq some eighteen years after he was forced to leave. Book in at the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) for Wednesday, 20 March 2019 from 7.00 p.m. to 8.15 p.m.
  • Join bestselling Australian author CHARLOTTE NASH as she discusses her beautiful and emotionally compelling new page-turner Saving You, in which Mallory’s estranged husband Duncan, who lives in the US, fails to return their son Harry after a visit. Find out what happens next at the Wynnum Library on Thursday, 21 March 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. 

 

The Event: THE OMEGA WRITERS BOOK FAIR

Date and time: Saturday, 16 March 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.

Venue: Hills Church, 79 Queens Road, Everton Hills.

Ticket price: FREE ENTRY (but a gold coin donation would be welcome). For further information, to book a display table, attend a workshop, or to grab a salad lunch at an unbeatable price, please register at https://www.trybooking.com/BAEZQ. If you have any queries, please email info@omegawriters.org, phone 0423 191 362, or visit the website at http://www.omegawriters.org.

What’s happening: The BRISBANE OMEGA WRITERS BOOK FAIR is on again at Everton Hills. There will be author tables with a wide range of books, author readings, showbags, Treasure Hunt/door prizes and more. If you’re a reader, or have family members (including children) who love books, you’ll find much to interest you as you browse the range of books available and enjoy the readings and other presentations. 

WORKSHOPS will cost you $15 and include Healing History with ANNE HAMILTON, and Writing Life Stories with RUTH BONETTI. The auditorium will remain open during workshops so you can continue to peruse books, chat with authors, make purchases, and listen to readings (in the café area) throughout the day.

Do you want to write your memoirs or someone else’s life story? Where do you start? What should you include – or not! Have you lost your way among the archives and birth registers and stalled? Do you feel daunted? RUTH BONETTI says: ‘Do it now, before stories and insights are lost to dementia and coffins!’

In her workshop, Writing Life Stories, Ruth will help you to start, or release your log jams. She draws on her experience of mining archival family letters, memories and newspapers, to publish two memoir-biographies of her Finnish ancestors; Burn My Letters and From Midnight Sun to Southern Cross. If you want to stop procrastinating and actually get started, secure your place by registering for Writing Life Stories on the website above. 

 

The Event: HEAR LOCAL AUTHOR AND FORMER NEWSPAPER EDITOR, DAVID FAGAN, IN CONVERSATION WITH THE COURIER-MAIL’S NATIONAL AFFAIRS EDITOR, DENNIS ATKINS

Date and time: Monday, 18 March 2019 at 6.30 p.m.

Venue: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford St, Bulimba Queensland 4171.

Ticket price: $8.00. Phone: (07) 3899 8555, email info@riverbendbooks.com.au or go online at http://riverbendbooks.com.au and click on Events to book your place(s). PLEASE NOTE: Riverbend does not issue paper tickets for events; your name will be on a list at the door, and they do not issue refunds or exchanges for event tickets.

What’s happening: Local author, commentator, and former newspaper editor, DAVID FAGAN, will celebrate the release of his new book Has the Luck Run Out? in conversation with DENNIS ATKINS, National Affairs Editor of The Courier-Mail. What’s going wrong, what’s going right, and what can we do to redefine Australia’s future?  

​Every generation believes that its forebears have messed up the planet. That's how we evolve. But the mood in Australia at the moment, for all ages, seems one of gloom. People are angry and distrustful. And not just because we are losing Prime Ministers faster than we are losing wickets! Sport, business, education, banking, farming, religion, trade unions, charities and hospitals have all lost their way through a series of scandals that we need to learn from. Disillusion with our leaders is at its peak. Policy has been replaced by politicking. 

​David Fagan, asks the questions we all want answered, as he traces the not-so-gentle decline of important Australian institutions. Through analysis and interviews with experts he explores what has defined Australia in the past and how we want to be defined in the future.

​Peeling back the layers of rot that have contaminated almost everything Australians believe in, he asks: are we still the economically, socially and culturally strong country that most aspire to? Should we be alarmed? Or has the laconic Australian drifted from believing ‘she'll be right’ to being a ‘bloody knocker’?

Has the Luck Run Out? shines a spotlight on the mistakes we have made, our national disillusionment, and looks to what can be done to re-set the mood of the times. And, more importantly, what we have to do to set things right.

 

The Event: TALKING IDEAS – MEET REMARKABLE SURGEON AND IRAQI REFUGEE, DR MUNJED AL MUDERIS

Date and time: Wednesday, 20 March 2019 from 7.00 p.m. to 8.15 p.m. (1 hr 15 min)

Venue: Auditorium 1, Level 2, State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane.

Cost: Full $37 (add Going Back $25.50); Concession $32 (add Going Back $25.50); Groups 6+ $32 each. (Concessions are available for pensioners, seniors and full-time students.) To buy tickets and to find more information, go to the website at https://www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/talking-ideas-meet-munjed-al-muderis.

What’s happening: At this Talking Ideas session, hear the incredible true story of an Iraqi refugee who became an internationally-celebrated surgeon. The life of Australian-based ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR MUNJED AL MUDERIS has been filled with both heartbreak and hope. Following on from his bestselling memoir Walking Free, Munjed now comes to Brisbane to share the next chapter of his extraordinary journey, Going Back.

Walking Free described Munjed’s escape from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, his terrifying sea journey to Australia and the brutal mandatory detention he endured on Christmas Island. The memoir also detailed his early work as a pioneering orthopaedic surgeon in osseointegration (using titanium implants and robotic limbs to restore mobility in amputees) at the cutting edge of medicine.

At this SLQ event, you’ll hear from Munjed about his emotional return to Iraq, 18 years after he left. At the invitation of the Iraqi government, Munjed used his medical techniques to change the lives of injured soldiers, police and civilians who had lost limbs through the horrific war against ISIS.

In Going Back, Munjed shares stories of the people he helped and the lives he changed forever, told through his unique perspective as a former refugee returning to his homeland. Find out more about Munjed in an article from the New York Times at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/28/world/australia/iraqi-surgeon-returns-home-to-help-the-wounded-get-back-in-the-fight.html.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR CHARLOTTE NASH

Date and time: Thursday, 21 March 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.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: Join bestselling Australian author CHARLOTTE NASH as she discusses her beautiful and emotionally compelling new page-turner Saving You. In their tiny pale green cottage under the trees, Mallory Cook and her five-year-old son, Harry, are a little family unit who weather the storms of life together. Money is tight after Harry’s father, Duncan, abandoned them to expand his business in New York.

When Duncan fails to return Harry after a visit, Mallory boards a plane to bring her son home any way she can. During the journey, a chance encounter with three retirees on the run from their care home leads Mallory on an unlikely group road trip across the United States. Zadie, Ernie and Jock each have their own reasons for making the journey and along the way the four of them will learn the lengths they will travel to save each other – and themselves. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Charlotte to sign.

 

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WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL BRISBANE: Visitors to the Festival can get a rare glimpse of hatching turtles in their incubation chambers and the first moments of their lives as they meet a seawater environment in specially designed tanks. At the close of the exhibition the newborn turtles will be transported to the Sunshine Coast and released 20 km offshore. See them at the Queensland Museum & Science Centre, Grey Street, South Brisbane. Wednesday 20 March–Friday 22 March 2019 from 9.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m., FREE ticketed event, BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL – Book at http://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au. Wednesday 20 March–Friday 22 March 2019 from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m., FREE, queue for entry, NO BOOKINGS REQUIRED. Saturday 23 March–Sunday 24 March 2019 from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., FREE, queue for entry, NO BOOKINGS REQUIRED. Please allow 10–15 minutes to learn about the turtle life cycle, habitats and the Mon Repos conservation success story prior to viewing the hatchlings. (Photo of Raine Island Green Turtle Hatchling by L.J. May)