Watchwords

VAMPIRE FUNERAL FUN: Ask someone to take a photo of you shaking hands with the deceased.

THE LOVED ONE. ‘Fear has no brains...we know this well, we who have passed into the Realm of Terror, who skulk in eternal dusk among the scenes of our former lives, invisible even to ourselves and one another, yet hiding forlorn in lonely places, yearning for speech with our loved ones, yet dumb, and as fearful of them as they of us. Sometimes the disability is removed, the law suspended: by the deathless power of love or hate we break the spell – we are seen by those whom we would warn, console or punish.’ (From ‘The Moonlit Road’ by Ambrose Bierce – born 1842, mysteriously disappeared in Mexico c. 1913. Photo by L.J. May S/S)

Watchwords

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. 

  • Join PETER FITZSIMONS, Australia’s master storyteller, as he talks like a pirate and brings to life the dramatic story of Captain William Bligh, Fletcher Christian and history's most famous mutiny on HMS Bounty, with this theatrical storytelling event followed by a Q&A. Book in for this Talking Ideas session and sail into Auditorium 1, Level 2, State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank, on Thursday22 November 2018 from 7.00 p.m. to 8.15 p.m.
  • Does your book or website need photographs to help you sell your wares? PHOTOGRAPHY FOR YOUR BUSINESS offers hints, tips and tricks to create beautiful product photography to enhance your online store. To find out how you can do it, snap into the Brisbane Square Library on Saturday, 24 November 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
  • Join T.M. CLARK, author of My Brother-But-One, Shooting Butterflies, Tears of a Cheetah, and Child of Africa, as she launches her new book, Nature of the Lion. Meet her at the Brisbane Square Library on Saturday, 24 November 2018 from 2.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.
  • Join marine biologist DR BLAKE CHAPMAN as she discusses her topical book, Shark Attacks, published by the CSIRO. Sharks are one of the most polarising and politicised species on the planet for humans. Talk about it at the Brisbane Square Library on Sunday, 25 November 2018 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

 

The Event: AN EVENING WITH PETER FITZSIMONS

Date and time: Thursday, 22 November 2018 from 7.00 p.m. to 8.15 p.m.

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

Cost: $37–$42. Book now.

What’s happening: The Talking Ideas series sets out to entertain, inspire and foster debate, and address issues that inform our times and shape our lives. Join PETER FITZSIMONS, Australia’s master storyteller, as he brings to life the dramatic story of Captain William Bligh, Fletcher Christian, and history's most famous mutiny on HMS Bounty, with this theatrical storytelling event followed by a Q&A.

Set in the South Pacific on 28 April 1789, the Mutiny on the Bounty is one of history's truly great stories – a tale of human drama, intrigue and adventure of the highest order, and in the hands of Peter FitzSimons it comes to life as never before. Expect inspired staging, theatrical storytelling and audience participation, delivered in Peter’s trademark style. 

We always thought Peter looked vaguely piratical with that red bandana he wears anyway, so it doesn’t surprise us that he has written this huge albeit strangely accessible book and, unlike a lot of writers, he takes to a stage like a duck to water (or Bligh in this case). The Library Shop will have a selection of books available for sale at this event.

 

The Event: PHOTOGRAPHY FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Date and time: Saturday, 24 November 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

Venue: Brisbane Square Library. NOTE: Weekend parking is available at the King George Square car park for $5.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Brisbane Square Library on (07) 3403 4166 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Does your book or website need photographs to help you sell your wares? Your products might be the most beautiful products in the world, but without the right photography, no one can see that! Good photography is essential for the success of any online business. This session offers hints, tips and tricks to create beautiful product photography to enhance your online store.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR T.M. CLARK

Date and time: Saturday, 24 November 2018 from 2.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Venue: Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane City. View on Google Maps

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Brisbane Square Library on (07) 3403 4166 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Join T.M. CLARK, author of My Brother-But-One, Shooting Butterflies, Tears of a Cheetah, and Child of Africa, as she launches her new book, Nature of the Lion. 

What’s the plot? After relocating to South Africa on the heels of scandal five years ago, Chloe and her invalid father, Mike, once wealthy Zimbabwean landowners, now have little. Away at university, Chloe has had to rely on her father’s best friend Enoch and his son Xo to watch over Mike. When a violent confrontation puts Chloe in danger, Enoch steps in to help – with inadvertent fatal results.

With increasing pressure from a right-wing group on the police to charge Enoch, this mismatched family have no choice but to flee back to Zimbabwe. But crossing the border will be dangerous and near impossible, with their route taking them amid warring dissident armies and landmines, and their every footstep stalked by a shadowy ring of hunters – whose trophies are taken from more than animals…

 

The Event: MEET MARINE BIOLOGIST DR BLAKE CHAPMAN TO DISCUSS SHARK ATTACKS

Date and time: Sunday, 25 November 2018 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

Venue: Brisbane Square Library. NOTE: Weekend parking is available at the King George Square car park for $5.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Brisbane Square Library on (07) 3403 4166 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: SHARKS! The word alone has the power to invoke fear and anxiety. Sharks are also one of the most polarising and politicised species on the planet for humans. Join marine biologist DR BLAKE CHAPMAN as she discusses her topical book, Shark Attacks, which has been published by the CSIRO.

Blake will talk about the science of shark attacks, including myths, misunderstandings and human fear. She will draw on first-hand accounts from shark attack survivors and those affected by shark attacks, to explore the individual and public impacts of these rare but tragic events. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Blake to sign.

 

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WATCHWORDS HOME

SO VERY DEATHLIKE. ‘I don’t remember forms or faces now, but I know the girl was beautiful. I know she was; for in the bright moonlight nights, when I start up from my sleep, and all is quiet about me, I see, standing still and motionless in one corner of this cell, a slight and wasted figure with long black hair which, streaming down her back, stirs with no earthly wind, and eyes that fix their gaze on me, and never wink or close. Hush! The blood chills at my heart as I write it down – that form is HERS; the face is very pale, and the eyes are glassy bright, but I know them well. That figure never moves, it never frowns and mouths as others do that fill this place sometimes; but it is much more dreadful to me, even than the spirits that tempted me many years ago – it comes fresh from the grave; and is so very deathlike.’ (From ‘A Madman’s Manuscript’ by Charles Dickens. Photo by L.J. May)