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It’s the greatest! Muhammad Ali visits FISH LANE in Brisbane’s West End. Like it? Then visit the BRISBANE STREET ART FESTIVAL (BSAF), which provides opportunities for creative practitioners and the wider community to develop positive partnerships through engagement and collaboration. It’s on now and runs until Sunday, 19 May 2019. (Photo 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.   

  • 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, 16 May 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
  • DAVID MALOUF and DAVID MARR share more than the same initials. Their contribution to the cultural landscape of Australia is beyond measure. This event is a rare opportunity to hear the voices of two great men of the arts in conversation with ABC Radio’s SARAH KANOWSKI at the Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm, on Friday, 17 May 2019 at 7.30 p.m.
  • It's impossible for parents to be experts on all the new challenges their children are facing. That's why it's essential to turn to a real expert. Hear COLLETT SMART speak about her new book, They’ll be Okay, at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Friday, 17 May 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Bookkeeping is important to any business, and is particularly so with regard to creatives and writers whose income is spotty at best. Find out how it works at the informative session BOOKKEEPING FOR CREATIVES, at the Garden City Library, on Saturday, 18 May 2019.
  • Enjoy A LITERARY TEA to celebrate the 160th birthday of British writer SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE, who is best known for his detective fiction featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. Eliminate the impossible at the Chermside Library, on Tuesday, 21 May 2019 from 2.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.

 

The Event: POETS UP LATE

Date and time: Thursday, 16 May 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.

 

The Event: DAVID MARR AND DAVID MALOUF – PRESENTED BY BRISBANE POWERHOUSE AND RIVERBEND BOOKS

Date and time: Friday, 17 May 2019 at 7.30 p.m. (60 minutes)

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

Ticket price: Adult: $40, Concession: $35 (a transaction fee of $6.60 applies to all bookings). For more information or online bookings go to the Brisbane Powerhouse website at https://brisbanepowerhouse.org/events/2019/05/17/david-malouf-david-marr. NOTE that this session is suitable for ages 15+ and Riverbend Books will be selling copies of David Malouf and David Marr’s books on the night.

What’s happening: DAVID MALOUF and DAVID MARR share more than the same initials. The body of their work is vast and rich with treasure, their contribution to the cultural landscape of Australia beyond measure. This event is a rare opportunity to hear the voices of two great men of the arts in conversation with ABC Radio’s SARAH KANOWSKI.

SHORT VERSION: DAVID MALOUF is one of Australia’s most revered authors. He has published poetry, novels, short stories, essays, opera librettos and a play, and has been widely translated. DAVID MARR is one of Australia’s most recognisable contemporary public intellectuals. He has written for the Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age, The Saturday PaperThe Guardian and The Monthly; been a reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch.

LONG VERSION: DAVID MALOUF – David Malouf was born in Brisbane in 1934. Since 'Interiors' in Four Poets, 1962, he has published poetry, novels and short stories, essays, opera librettos and a play, and has been widely translated. In 2000 he was the sixteenth Neustadt Laureate. His last volume of new poetry was Typewriter Music (UQP, 2007) and his selected poems, Revolving Days, was published in 2008. He lives in Sydney.

DAVID MARR – DAVID MARR has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Saturday Paper, The Guardian and The Monthly, and has served as editor of the National Times, reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch. His books include Patrick White: A Life, The High Price of Heaven, Dark Victory (with Marian Wilkinson), Panic and six bestselling Quarterly Essays: His Master’s Voice, Power Trip, Political Animal, The Prince, Faction Man and The White Queen.

SARAH KANOWSKI –Sarah Kanowski studied English at the University of Oxford, where she wrote a thesis on the Mosley family. Sarah then spent a year in South America before settling back in Australia. In Hobart she edited the literary magazine Island, until sun and grandparents beckoned her back to Brisbane where she now lives with her husband and three young children. She presented Books and Arts on ABC RN and looked after Conversations when Richard Fidler was away. In 2018 Sarah joined the Conversations team permanently.

 

The Event: COLLETT SMART – THEY'LL BE OKAY

Date and time: Friday, 17 May 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: Teens and tweens are struggling with social media, relationships, and so much of what modern life is throwing at them. It's impossible for parents to be experts on all the new challenges their children are facing. That's why it's essential to turn to a real expert. Hear COLLETT SMART speak about her new book, They’ll be Okay

Collett Smart is a psychologist, teacher, lecturer, writer, and a mum of three. She knows that it is crucial for parents to discuss uncomfortable, yet fundamentally important topics with their children – and this book tells parents why and how.

If you're a parent who feels like you just don't know how to talk to your children about some of these difficult topics, this book has all the tools you need. There is invaluable advice on: 

  • Body safety, body image and objectification
  • Break-ups, hook-ups and unconditional love
  • Sex education and pornography
  • Misogyny and harassment
  • Manners, empathy and respect.

Whether you want to prepare your child for the years ahead or you have an issue that needs to be addressed right now, this is the must-have book to help keep your children safe, whole and happy in these challenging times.

 

The Event: YOUR CREATIVE BUSINESS – BOOKKEEPING FOR CREATIVES

Date and time: Saturday, 18 May 2019 from 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

Venue: Garden City Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Garden City Library on (07) 3403 7745 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Having problems with your receipts? Do you have questions regarding tax? Do you need to get your act together and get organised? This BOOKKEEPING FOR CREATIVES WORKSHOP presented by BrisStyle will help to answer your bookkeeping and tax questions as well as offering tips and tricks to get that paperwork sorted so that you have more time to do what you do best – be creative!

 

The Event: SHERLOCK HOLMES LITERARY TEA

Date and time: Tuesday, 21 May 2019 from 2.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Venue: Chermside Library. View on Google Maps.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Chermside Library on (07) 3403 7200 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Head for the Chermside Library for A LITERARY TEA to celebrate Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 160th birthday. Sir Arthur (DOB 22 May 1859) was a British writer best known for his detective fiction featuring the character SHERLOCK HOLMES.

Sir Arthur originally practised as a physician (no doubt forming the basis for Dr Watson) but he became intrigued by crime and in 1887 published A Study in Scarlet, the first of four novels about Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. Doyle also wrote over fifty short stories featuring Holmes and Watson, and these stories are considered to be milestones in the genre of crime fiction.

Sherlock Holmes was by no means Sir Arthur’s only creation. He wrote fantasy and science fiction stories about Professor Challenger and several humorous stories about a Napoleonic soldier, Brigadier Gerard. One of his early short stories J. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement, brought the mystery of the Mary Celeste to the general public, and his prolific output included plays, poetry, romances, non-fiction and historical novels.

 

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FISH LANE in the West End isn’t the only place where the BRISBANE STREET ART FESTIVAL (BSAF) is happening. Organisers were delighted with the strong response and support of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 festivals, and have ensured that this year’s offerings are bigger and better than ever. PAINTING ON THE VALLEY MALL TEMPORARY WALLS will be two Australian artists, Benjamin Reeve, and Rachael Sarra. Collaborative work with both BSAF and the Queensland Poetry Festival will also be produced, where EMERGING LOCAL POETS, Anna Jacobson, Anisa Nandaula, Shastra Deo, Raelee Lancaster, Sachem Parkin Owens, and Mindy Gill, will write their words on a Temporary Wall in a blending of poetry and public art. (Photo by L.J. May)