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THE QUEENSLAND CABARET FESTIVAL: DYNAMIC DUO – DODGY DUETS DONE DECENTLY. The Old Museum, Fortitude Valley, BRISBANE, Saturday, 15 June 2019 from 9.30 p.m. to 10.15 p.m. Tickets: Adult $25, Concession/Student (card holders) $20. Vocal powerhouses, BRIAN CAVANAGH and ALISON ST LEDGER are on a mission to avenge crimes against music to bring you dodgy duets done decently or decent duets done dodgilly – you be the judge. Find information about how to book your tickets at https://www.oldmuseum.org/event/dodgyduets (call the Old Museum Box Office on (07) 3257 4089 if you encounter problems making a booking). (Photo courtesy of The Queensland Cabaret Festival)

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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. 

  • SUZY AND VICKY will be hosting some WINTER BOOKCHATS at Riverbend. Come along, have a glass of wine and settle in for a cosy evening of literary chat! Your ticket price includes a drink and 10% off all books. Start chatting at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Monday, 15 July 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • MARK MANSON is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, the mega-bestseller that has been translated into over 50 languages and sold more than seven million copies worldwide. Hear Mark talk about his new book Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope, when he returns to the Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm, on Thursday, 18 July 2019 at 7.30 p.m.
  • Discover the many forgotten voices preserved in letters, diaries, transcripts and memoirs, as presented by DUNCAN RICHARDSON, author of Year of Disasters, at the Annerley Library on Thursday, 18 July 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
  • Catch up with author AMANDA HAMPSON to talk about her novel Sixty Summers, a story about three women in their sixties looking back on their lives and taking stock. Hear Amanda discuss her book at the Carindale Library on Friday, 19 July 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.
  • Join the FAIRFIELD WRITERS GROUP for the launch of their sixth story anthology, LOVE EVENTUALLY, an eclectic mix of love stories which extends beyond the traditional romance genre. Feel the love at the Fairfield Library on Saturday, 20 July 2019 from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
  • In this INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP with the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC), you will explore creative writing basics and come away with tools and exercises to nurture your inner storyteller. Book in at the Sunnybank Hills Library for Saturday, 20 July 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.

 

The Event: VICKY’S WINTER BOOKCHAT

Date and time: Monday, 15 July 2019 at 6.30 p.m.

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

Ticket price: $10.00. 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 except in case of event cancellation.

What’s happening: As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, settling in with a good book is compulsory behaviour!  To help you make your selections from the ever growing list of good reads Riverbend have in store, SUZY AND VICKY will be hosting some WINTER BOOKCHATS! Come along, have a glass of wine and settle in for a cosy evening of literary chat! Your ticket price includes a drink and 10% off all books.

 

The Event: MARK MANSON – #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR – EVERTHING IS F*CKED TOUR

Date and time: Thursday, 18 July 2019 at 7.30 p.m.

Venue: Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm QLD 4005. Click on link for a map.

Ticket price: Adult: $50.90 (plus transaction fee of $6.90). Ticket and Book $72, and VIP Meet and Greet $200. Note that this session is suitable for ages 15+. For more information and online bookings go to the Brisbane Powerhouse website at https://brisbanepowerhouse.org/events/2019/07/18/mark-manson.

What’s happening: MARK MANSON is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, the mega-bestseller that has been translated into over 50 languages and sold more than seven million copies worldwide. Mark runs one of the largest personal growth websites in the world, MarkManson.net, a blog with more than one million monthly readers. His work has been published in Time magazine, Forbes, Vice, CNN, and Vox, and many others.

Now Mark Manson returns to Brisbane Powerhouse with his new book, Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope, which was published on 14 May 2019. Join Mark as he offers up self-help for people who hate self-help – a no-BS brand of life advice and cultural commentary that has struck a chord with people around the world.

 

The Event: LOCAL HISTORY NIGHT WITH AUTHOR DUNCAN RICHARDSON

Date and time: Thursday, 18 July 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Venue: Annerley Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Annerley Library on (07) 3403 1735 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Discover the many forgotten voices preserved in letters, diaries, transcripts and memoirs, as presented by DUNCAN RICHARDSON, author of Year of Disasters – Brisbane 1864: Fire, plague, cyclone and flood. This session is presented in conjunction with The Annerley Stephens History Group Inc.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR AMANDA HAMPSON

Date and time: Friday, 19 July 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.

Venue: Carindale Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Carindale Library on (07) 3407 1490 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Catch up with author AMANDA HAMPSON to talk about her novel Sixty Summers, a story about three women in their sixties looking back on their lives and taking stock. When Maggie, Fran and Rose met in their youth, they had dreams and ambitions. Forty years later, the three friends are turning sixty, each of them restless and disenchanted with their lives.

Fran works in a second-hand bookshop. Her lover, one of a long line of disappointing men, is drifting away and her future is uncertain. Maggie married into a volatile family. Her beautiful, indulged twin daughters are causing havoc, and her elderly mother-in-law has moved in and is taking charge. Rose has been an offsider for her hopelessly vague but academically brilliant husband and their two sons. Time is running out to find and fulfil ambitions of her own.

In an attempt to recapture the sense of freedom and purpose they once possessed, the three women decide to retrace the steps of their 1978 backpacking trip through Europe, and set off on an odyssey that will test their friendship, challenge their beliefs and redefine the third age of their lives. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Amanda to sign.

 

The Event: FAIRFIELD WRITERS GROUP BOOK LAUNCH: LOVE EVENTUALLY

Date and time: Saturday, 20 July 2019 from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Venue: Fairfield Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Fairfield Library on (07) 3403 8615 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Join the FAIRFIELD WRITERS GROUP for the launch of their sixth story anthology LOVE EVENTUALLY, an eclectic mix of love stories which extends beyond the traditional romance genre. They promise something for every taste. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

 

The Event: WORKSHOP: INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING WITH THE QWC

Date and time: Saturday, 20 July 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Venue: Sunnybank Hills Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Sunnybank Hills Library on (07) 3407 0571 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: In this INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP with the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC), you will explore creative writing basics and come away with tools and exercises to nurture your inner storyteller. This session is ideal for beginners or those looking to brush up their skills.

 

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THE QUEENSLAND CABARET FESTIVAL: MEGAN MULLALLY AND HER BAND, NANCY AND BETH. Concert Hall, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, SOUTH BRISBANE, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 from 8.00 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. Tickets: $85–$105. The band formally known as NANCY AND BETH is the punk/vaudeville heart-child of Megan Mullally (Will & Grace, Parks & Recreation) and Stephanie Hunt (Friday Night Lights, Californication). The two friends, Nancy and Beth, described by Noel Gallagher as ‘definitely not bigger than The Beatles,’ pick dope songs and then sing them while dancing and wearing matching costumes. NANCY AND BETH IS… Megan Mullally (vocals, choreography), Stephanie Hunt (vocals), Datri Bean (keyboards, vocals), Joe Berardi (drums), Petra Haden (strings, vocals), Roy Williams (guitar, vocals), and Andrew Pressman (bass, vocals). Book your tickets at https://www.qpac.com.au/event/megan_mullally_19. (Photo courtesy of The Queensland Cabaret Festival)