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FIRESTORM AUSTRALIA!

BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY, November 2019. An image from NASA Worldview shows numerous NSW and Queensland blazes visible from space, and a wider view from the Australian Government’s Bureau of Meteorology (above) shows plumes of smoke from the fires extending across the Pacific to New Zealand, New Caledonia and Vanuatu. Smoke and dust from the New South Wales bushfires spread 2,000km across the ditch to New Zealand and were visible in Auckland in New Zealand’s north island by Wednesday, 13 November 2019. Sorry about that NZ, and thanks for the 21 firefighters your government has sent to help us try and manage this disaster. (Photo by L.J. May S/S/BOM)

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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. 

WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS OVER THE HOLIDAY PERIOD! If you have imaginative children, or know of one, book them in for a series of FREE workshops at a BCC Library to encourage their creativity.

  • Explore the basics of forming a story idea and the process of DESIGNING STORY CHARACTERS with PHIL JUDD. You will look at the creation process from scratch, and then move on to creating a cast of original characters. This workshop is ideal for children aged 7 to 14 years, and will be held on Friday, 10 January at the Sunnybank Hills Library, and Saturday, 11 January 2020 at the Ashgrove Library.
  • Youngsters can make their own MINIATURE BOOKS with Make&Meld using scrap leather cardboard and recycled paper. This workshop is ideal for children aged 5 to 12 years, and will be held at the Annerley, Holland Park, Toowong, and Hamilton Libraries between Friday, 10 January and Friday, 17 January 2020 – please see the detailed listing below for dates and times.
  • Design your own LIBRARY BAG with Make&Meld and learn the art of textile printing. This workshop is ideal for children aged 7 to 12 years, and will be held at the West End Library on Wednesday, 15 January, and the Chermside Library on Thursday, 16 January 2020.
  • This science-driven SLOW AND FAST FILMMAKING WORKSHOP, presented by Activate Ed, focuses on capturing high-speed motion from a series of amazing experiments with devices and slowing them down again to reveal the magic. This workshop is ideal for youngsters from 11 to 15 years and will be held at the Sunnybank Hills Library on Wednesday, on 22 January 2020 from 2.15 p.m. to 3.45 p.m.
  • Want to know how to COME UP WITH AN IDEA FOR YOUR STORY, and expand that idea into a fantastically plot-driven tale? Learn how to make your stories completely spectacular with CARTOON DAVE HACKETT. There are quite a few adult writers who would dearly like to know how to do this but, alas, this workshop caters only for youngsters aged 7 to 12 years. Sessions will be held at the Brisbane Square, Holland Park, Inala, Everton Park, Indooroopilly, and Carindale Libraries from Wednesday, 22 January to Friday, 24 January 2020 – please see the detailed listing below for dates and times.

 

The Event: CREATE YOUR OWN CHARACTERS FOR A STORY WITH PHIL JUDD

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Create characters with Phil Judd’: Friday, 10 January 2020 from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. at Sunnybank Hills Library (Phone: (07) 3407 0571); Saturday, 11 January 2020 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. at Ashgrove Library (Phone: (07) 3407 1940).

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

What’s happening: Explore the basics of forming a story idea and the process of designing story characters with PHIL JUDD. You will look at the creation process from scratch, and then move on to creating a cast of original characters. Along the way, this workshop will cover creating a character profile, adding cartoon elements such as speech balloons and inking the final drawing. This workshop is ideal for children aged 7 to 14 years.

 

The Event: MAKE YOUR OWN MINIATURE BOOKS WITH MAKE&MELD

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Make Miniature Books’: Friday, 10 January 2020 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. at Annerley Library (Phone: (07) 3403 1735); Tuesday, 14 January 2020 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon at Holland Park Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7755); Tuesday, 14 January 2020 from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. at Toowong Library (Phone: (07) 3403 2590); Friday, 17 January 2020 from 3.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. at Hamilton Library (Phone: (07) 3403 1050).

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

What’s happening: Create your own MINI BOOK COLLECTION using scrap leather, cardboard and recycled paper. Each participant will make three mini books bound in leather, and personalised using ink and stamps. Kids can use these little books to create their own tiny novels, mini flipbooks or pocket-sized notebooks. This workshop is ideal for children aged 5 to 12 years.

 

The Event: DESIGN YOUR OWN LIBRARY BAG WITH MAKE&MELD

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Design a Library Bag’: Wednesday, 15 January 2020 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at West End Library (Phone: (07) 3403 8620); Thursday, 16 January 2020 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. at Chermside Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7200).

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

What’s happening: Learn the art of textile printing, make your own stamps and use them to design your own LIBRARY BOOK TOTE BAG. Each participant will take home their stamps (which can be used again to print their own personalised items) and their own unique library tote bag for carrying all those library books borrowed over the summer holidays. This workshop is ideal for youngsters aged 7 to 12 years.

 

The Event: SLOW AND FAST FILMMAKING WORKSHOP

Date and time: Wednesday, 22 January 2020 from 2.15 p.m. to 3.45 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: This science-driven SLOW AND FAST FILMMAKING WORKSHOP, presented by Activate Ed, focuses on capturing high-speed motion from a series of amazing experiments with devices, and slowing them down to reveal the magic behind the motion. This workshop is ideal for youngsters from 11 to 15 years.

 

The Event: HOW TO MAKE YOUR STORIES COMPLETELY SPECTACULAR WITH CARTOON DAVE HACKETT

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Spectacular stories with Dave Hackett’: Wednesday, 22 January 2020 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. at Brisbane Square Library (Phone: (07) 3403 4166); Wednesday, 22 January 2020 from 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. at Holland Park Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7755); Thursday, 23 January 2020 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. at Inala Library (Phone: (07) 3403 2205); Thursday, 23 January 2020 from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. at Everton Park Library (Phone: 3403 7400); Friday, 24 January 2020 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. at Indooroopilly Library (Phone: (07) 3407 0009); Friday, 24 January 2020 from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 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: Want to know how to COME UP WITH AN IDEA FOR YOUR STORY, and expand that idea into a fantastically plot-driven tale? Want to create memorable characters, navigate your characters into and out of any situation you can imagine, and add twists and turns, unexpected disasters, pace and tension? Maybe add a little romance as well, all the while discovering that, as far as writing goes, there are actually no rules.

Come and hang out with DAVE HACKETT for a while. Guaranteed to be the best thing anyone has ever done. There are quite a few adult writers who would dearly like to know how to do all those things but, alas, this session caters only for youngsters aged 7 to 12 years.

 

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BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY, November and December 2019. A Register.Find.Reunite service is available on the Red Cross website at https://register.redcross.org.au. The service registers, finds and reunites family, friends and loved ones after an emergency. As at mid-November, In Queensland, fires are burning, with several at Watch and Act advice. In New South Wales there are currently fires still burning, several of which are uncontained. A catastrophic fire danger rating is current in South Australia and the Red Cross has opened a relief centre at Stansbury. In Victoria, a total fire ban has been declared for the whole of the state. In Western Australia, there is a catastrophic fire warning for southern interior parts of the state, while in Tasmania parts of the east coast have an extreme bushfire rating. Some 160 Red Cross emergency personnel – mostly volunteers – have been on the ground in relief and evacuation centres across New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. Australia Post outlets across Australia are accepting donations for the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund to support bushfire affected communities. If you want to help, you can visit an Australia Post outlet, or donate online at https://www.redcross.org.au, or call 1800-RED-CROSS (733 276) Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)