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THE 2018 AACTA AWARDS: Actor and comedian STEPHEN CURRY hosted the awards this year. Stephen is a veteran of feature films, television drama, and comedy shows such as ‘Thank God You’re Here’, ‘Spicks and Specks’ and ‘The Librarians’. If you think you’ve seen him in advertisements – you have (hey, a man’s got to make a living). Curry started out in small roles in film with parts in ‘The Castle’ and ‘The Wog Boy’, and in 2007 gave a superb performance as Graham Kennedy in the telemovie The King, a role for which he had to lose 14 kilos. (Photos 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.  

  • Youngsters aged 10 years and older can participate in A CRIME WRITING WORKSHOP with TRISTAN BANCKS on Monday, 21 January 2019 at the Sunnybank Hills Library from 9.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m., Chermside Library from 12.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m., and the Carindale Library from 3.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
  • Journalist and author MICHAEL BEATTY has had an illustrious, and at times, hazardous career that saw him interview stars from Cary Grant to the Rolling Stones, tackle North Queensland television and crocs, and take on the stories of the day. Now the spokesperson for RSPCA Queensland, Michael has written a book about his career as a journalist called Off the Beatty Track (groan), and will be sharing his experiences and stories at the Corinda Library on Tuesday, 22 January 2019 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
  • Author SAMANTHA WHEELER will work with participants in NAILING THE NARRATIVE, a WRITING WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN aged 8–12 years at the Coopers Plains Library on Tuesday, 22 January 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon, and the Brisbane Square Library on Friday, 25 January 2019 from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.
  • Andy and Terry’s Treehouse is now a 91-STOREY TREEHOUSE. It’s more fantastically dangerous than ever, with a deserted desert island, a whirlpool and a giant spider! This play by Richard Tulloch, adapted from the book by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, is a fantastical trip through this wild, weird and wonderful world for children 6+ and their adults. Just beware of the Fortune Teller at the Playhouse Theatre, QPAC, from Wednesday, 23 January 2019 to Sunday, 27 January 2019 (1 hour no interval). 

 

The Event: A CRIME WRITING WORKSHOP FOR YOUNGSTERS AGED 10 YEARS AND OLDER WITH TRISTAN BANCKS

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Writing Crime’: Monday, 21 January 2019 from 9.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. at Sunnybank Hills Library (Phone: (07) 3407 0571); Monday, 21 January 2019 from 12.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m. at Chermside Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7200); Monday, 21 January 2019 from 3.00 p.m. to 4.00 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: Youngsters aged 10 years and over will enjoy this WRITING CRIME WORKSHOP with TRISTAN BANCKS. Based on his experiences in writing his novels Two Wolves and The Fall, Tristan will share his tips and tricks on how to create a thrilling crime novel.

 

The Event: MEET JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR MICHAEL BEATTY

Date and time: Tuesday, 22 January 2019 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

Venue: Corinda Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Corinda Library (07) 3407 7701 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: MICHAEL BEATTY did his first interview with guitar legend, Jimi Hendrix, for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and was promptly ‘exiled’ to a CBC radio station in The Eastern Arctic. After a period of learning Inuit and braving minus 40 degree Celsius temperatures, he returned to London to follow in the footsteps of his father, British screen royalty, Robert Beatty.

What followed was an illustrious, and at times, hazardous career that saw him interview stars from Cary Grant to the Rolling Stones, tackle North Queensland television and crocs, and take on the stories of the day, and the stories no one wanted on Willesee, Today Tonight and Good Morning Australia.

Now working as the spokesperson for RSPCA Queensland, Michael has written a book of his career as a journalist called Off The Beatty Track (groan), and will be sharing his experiences and stories at Brisbane Libraries. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or you can bring your own copy from home for Michael to sign.

 

The Event: WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN AGED 8–12 YEARS – NAILING THE NARRATIVE WITH SAMANTHA WHEELER

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Nailing the Narrative’: Tuesday, 22 January 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon at Coopers Plains Library (Phone: (07) 3403 1530); Friday, 25 January 2019 from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. at Brisbane Square Library (Phone: (07) 3403 4166).

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

What’s happening: In TELLING STORIES WITH PICTURES, an interactive WRITING WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN aged 8–12 years, author SAMANTHA WHEELER will work with participants to brainstorm, plan and begin a short story using visual stimulation and fun activities to work out the who, what, where and when of the stories.

 

The Event: THE 91-STOREY TREEHOUSE

Date and time: Wednesday, 23 January 2019 to Sunday, 27 January 2019 (1 hour no interval).

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

Ticket price: PREMIUM admission $40, A RESERVE $35. Groups of 4+ $30. A transaction fee of $7.20 applies per transaction. Phone 136 246 or go to the website at http://qpac.com.au to book online.

What’s happening: Andy and Terry’s Treehouse is now a 91-STOREY TREEHOUSE. It’s more fantastically dangerous than ever, with a deserted desert island, a whirlpool and a giant spider! But Andy, Terry and Jill have no idea they’re about to face their biggest challenge yet! Mr Big Nose has sent his grandchildren to the Treehouse, and they don’t want to just sit quietly. Can Andy, Terry and Jill master this extreme babysitting challenge?

What does mysterious fortune teller Madam Know-it-all really want? And will the Big Red Button really destroy the world? This play by Richard Tulloch is adapted from the book by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton. The team behind the 13, 26, 52- and 78-Storey Treehouse Live on Stage return with a fantastical trip through this wild, weird and wonderful world for children 6+ and their adults. Just beware of the Fortune Teller.

 

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THE 2018 AACTA AWARDS: SIMON BAKER won the 2018 AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR in ‘Breath’. Simon grew up in Ballina, New South Wales. Before heading for Hollywood, he acted in various TV shows such as ‘E Street’, ‘Home and Away’ (who didn’t for God’s sake), and ‘Heartbreak High’. In 1997, Baker appeared as Matt Reynolds in ‘L.A. Confidential’, Nick Fallin in ‘The Guardian’, and is currently best known for his portrayal of Patrick Jane in the television series ‘The Mentalist’ (for which he has been paid very large sums of money). Simon got his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in February 2013 for contributions to the entertainment industry – you can find it at 6352 Hollywood Boulevard if you’re over that way. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)