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BWF: ‘This morning I took out a comma and this afternoon I put it back again.’ – Oscar Wilde

THE BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL – Thursday, 5 September to Sunday, 8 September 2019. In a Special Event, ‘Asking for a Friend’, people get the chance to find solutions to the things that bug them in their life. Got a problem you don’t want anyone to know about? Why not stand up in a live public forum and ask a panel of Agony Aunts? They’re game if you are! Who’s on the panel, you ask? Benjamin Law, Clementine Ford (pictured), Oliver Phommavanh, Cal Wilson and Bec Mac. That’s that then. Sorted – not! (Photo courtesy of BWF)

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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. 

  • Poet ANNA JACOBSON’S collection traces the skeins of lost histories and the spaces of dropped stitches framed by explorations of Jewish culture and family, and fuelled by a boundless and exhilarating imagination. Join Anna to hear more about her publication Amnesia Findings, at the Brisbane Square Library on Friday, 6 September from 5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m., and the Wynnum Library for POETS UP LATE on Thursday, 19 August 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
  • It will be three times the laughs in THREE’S COMPANY, with three of Australia’s favourite comedians, FIONA O’LOUGHLIN, PETER ROWSTHORN and DAVE O’NEIL on the same bill. How organisers managed to get Fiona and Peter out of the jungle and Dave away from the fridge long enough to do a show remains a mystery, but you can enjoy the chaos at the Redlands Performing Arts Centre (RPAC), 2–16 Middle Street, Cleveland, on Friday, 6 September 2019 at 8.00 p.m.
  • Meet author RACHAEL TREASURE to talk about her new book White Horses, the story of Drift, a young girl raised by her cattle drover father in remote Western Australia after the disappearance of her mother when she was a young child. Delve into the mystery at the Carindale Library on Wednesday, 11 September 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
  • Authors ANNIE SEATON and KANEANA MAY will discuss their latest novels, the page-turning eco-adventure Undara, and the story of a confused romantic in The One, during this unique event at the Chermside Library on Wednesday, 11 September 2019 and the Wynnum Library on Thursday, 12 September 2019.
  • In this INTRODUCTION TO PODCASTING WORKSHOP presented by the Queensland Writers Centre, you will learn the basics of telling a story through podcasting. Discover tips and tricks to craft your own podcasts, from scripting and interviewing people, to recording using microphones, editing, noise reduction and fades. Register now at the Wynnum Library for Saturday, 14 September 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.

 

The Event: MEET POET ANNA JACOBSON

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet Anna Jacobson’: Friday, 6 September 2019 from 5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. at Brisbane Square Library (Phone: (07) 3403 4166); Thursday, 19 September 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. at Wynnum Library (Phone: (07) 3403 2199).

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

What’s happening: Knitting visions and memories, ANNA JACOBSON’S collection traces the skeins of lost histories and the spaces of dropped stitches. Exquisite and whimsical, her poems bear witness to the broken and healed. Gentle but robust, these are poems of personal resilience, framed by explorations of Jewish culture and family, and fuelled by a boundless and exhilarating imagination. Join Anna to hear more about her publication Amnesia Findings.

Note that the WYNNUM event is part of POETS UP LATE, and afterwards, as per usual, you can sign up on the night for the open microphone session – first in, best dressed.

 

The Event: THREE’S COMPANY – COMEDY CHAOS WITH FIONA O’LOUGHLIN, PETER ROWSTHORN AND DAVE O’NEIL

Date and time: Friday, 6 September 2019 at 8.00 p.m.

Venue: Redlands Performing Arts Centre (RPAC), 2–16 Middle Street, Cleveland.

Ticket price: Adults: $45, Seniors/Pens $42, Students $35, Groups 10+ $35pp. You can book your tickets: In person at RPAC Box Office, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland, by phone on (07) 3829 8131 (a $4.30 booking fee per transaction applies), or online 24/7 at http://www.rpac.com.au using the Buy Now link(a $5 booking fee per transaction applies). If you require mobility assistance, please contact Redland Performing Arts Centre Box Office so that they can accommodate your needs.

What’s happening: It will be three times the laughs in THREE’S COMPANY, with three of Australia’s favourite comedians, FIONA O’LOUGHLIN, PETER ROWSTHORN and DAVE O’NEIL on the same bill. How organisers managed to get Fiona and Peter out of the jungle and Dave away from the fridge long enough to do a show remains a mystery.

In case you didn’t see it, both Fiona and Peter were contestants on the fourth season of the Australian version of ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! Fiona won the series and donated the prize of $100,000 to her chosen charity, Angel Flight. In the unlikely event that you don’t know much about these comedic iconoclasts, here’s a rundown.

FIONA O’LOUGHLIN, Australian comedian, presenter, panellist, author and really good mum (snort!) lives in Melbourne these days, although she’s on the road for most of the year doing live performances (which is better than the alternative), and making regular television appearances on pretty well every show going. Fiona has also had successful shows at the Edinburgh and Adelaide fringe festivals, the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. You may have seen her unnerving the opposition during a Great Debate by dancing on their table.

Me of the Never NeverA Chaotic Memoir about family, friends and finding out that all the world’s a stage (I’m Going through), was published by Hachette Australia (there has been a spike in sales of that recently). Fiona says: ‘Nothing turns out as you plan, I guess; but I often think that if I’d gone to a fortune teller when I was at school and been told I’d marry a guy who makes false teeth, move to Alice Springs, have five kids and become a stand-up comedian; well, I would have been surprised to say the least.’

Her family and attitude towards children, not to mention her battle with the bottle make up a large component of Fiona’s act, which proves the old adage: ‘Comedians don’t go through bad times – they just get new material.’ The award-winning national documentary series Australian Story filmed an episode on Fiona, which rated over 1.30 million viewers (an epic achievement for Australian Television). Visit the ABC website at https://www.abc.net.au/austory/the-pursuit-of-happiness/5775016 to watch it.

PETER ROWSTHORN – Australian stand-up comedian, actor, writer, MC and host, is probably best known as Kim’s long-suffering husband and pants-man Brett Craig on Kath & Kim. When a featured guest recently on the SBS genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are, Peter discovered that he had two convicts in his family tree, and set out to unearth what crimes his ancestors had committed to get them sent to the penal colony (they were probably just bad jesters).

Peter was once was half of the comedy and singing duo, The Cactus Brothers, in 1983 while studying for his teaching degree, and he did teach drama for a while, but chucked it in for a steady career in comedy. His face has popped up regularly in film and television, but Peter is best known for his TV work, particularly as Brett Craig in the hit series Kath and Kim (2002 to 2007) and the 2012 move, Kath and Kimderella. You might also have seen Peter in Thank God You’re Here, Talkin’ Bout Your Generation, Show Me the Movie and Hughesy, We have a Problem. Find out more about his exploits on his website at http://www.peterrowsthorn.com.

DAVE O’NEIL is an Australian stand-up comedian, actor, bass guitarist, writer, and television and radio presenter. He was also once a Cub Scout. After finishing high school he completed a course in primary school teaching, but somehow he never got around to doing that. He ventured into radio in the 1990s and never seemed to leave. In 2017 Dave began a new podcast The Debrief with Dave O’Neil in which he drives a comedian home from a gig and talks about comedy and their career.

Dave managed to rack up a record 53 TV appearances on the ABC’s Spicks and Specks, and you will have also seen him on All Star Family Feud, Celebrity Name Game, The Project, and Hughesy, We Have a Problem. Mr O’Neil is also a successful writer and columnist. His fifth book, The Summer of ’82, is the hilarious and heartfelt journey of a boy becoming a man in suburban Australia. Find out what Dave’s been up to on his website at http://www.daveoneil.com.au.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR RACHAEL TREASURE

Date and time: Wednesday, 11 September 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.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: Meet author RACHAEL TREASURE to talk about her new book White Horses. What’s it about? Following the disappearance of her mother when she was just a young child, Drift has been raised by her father, growing up to work alongside him as an itinerant cattle drover along the beautiful coastline of remote Western Australia. It’s a tough life, but nurtured and taught by two wise women, Drift grows up to become a confident, idealistic young woman.

After a horrific sexual assault, Drift meets a handsome young stockman, but he is not all that he seems and she is drawn into a baffling world of lies and mysteries, centring on a lushly beautiful property called ‘The Planet’, run by a wealthy American woman. When Drift’s father is hospitalised following a tragic accident and the young man she loves disappears, Drift has to find the courage to make her own way in the world. Books will be available for purchase on the night, or bring your copy from home for Rachael to sign.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHORS MEET ANNIE SEATON AND KANEANA MAY

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet Annie Seaton and Kaneana May’: Wednesday, 11 September 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. at Chermside Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7200); Thursday, 12 September 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. at Wynnum Library (Phone: (07) 3403 2199).

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

What’s happening: Join authors ANNIE SEATON and KANEANA MAY as they discuss their latest novels during this unique event. Within the treacherous caves of Undara, a betrayal will test the bonds of friendship and family. This page-turning new eco-adventure from author Annie Seaton will appeal to readers who love Di Morrissey.

Hear more about The One, a new novel from television scriptwriter Kaneana May in which, on the wrong side of thirty, Bonnie Yates wants a happily ever after. The problem is, she keeps choosing the wrong guys. Books will be available for purchase at the event or bring your copy from home for Annie and Kaneana to sign.

 

The Event: INTRODUCTION TO PODCASTING WITH THE QUEENSLAND WRITERS CENTRE (QWC)

Date and time: Saturday, 14 September 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.30 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: In this INTRODUCTION TO PODCASTING WORKSHOP presented by the Queensland Writers Centre, you will learn the basics of telling a story through podcasting. Discover tips and tricks to craft your own podcasts, from scripting and interviewing people, to recording using microphones, editing, noise reduction and fades.

 

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THE BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL – Thursday, 5 September to Sunday, 8 September 2019. BENJAMIN LAW – where can you see him? Pretty well everywhere during this year’s BWF. He’s in six events (count them – six!) from ‘Stop Everything’ on Friday, 6 September, during which he and Beverley Wang will broadcast live from BWF to discuss the latest in pop culture, reading and the zeitgeist, to ‘Growing Up Queer in Australia’ on the same day. On Saturday, 7 September, Ben’s an Agony Aunt in ‘Asking for a Friend’ and he also turns up with a panel in Love YA at the Brisbane Square Library, also on Saturday, 7 September, to discuss ‘Kindred’ from 11.45 a.m. to 12.45 p.m. Later, Ben joins a panel to talk about ‘Overshare – Social rules in the Digital Age’ back at SLQ (breathe)…Have we missed one? Oh for heaven’s sake, just look up the program! (Photo courtesy of BWF: modified by L.J. May)