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Event horizon!

During THE ANYWHERE THEATRE FESTIVAL, theatre, comedy, circus, dance, music, magic, poetry and a range of experiences will happen in nooks and crannies – backyards, businesses, cafés, book stores, boxing rings, swimming pools – over 500 performances will be held in 70 venues in Brisbane alone – anywhere but a theatre. And there are more events on the Sunshine and Noosa for you to enjoy. Go to the detailed listing to download a program and get ready to be surprised. It’s ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 26 May 2019. (Poster by L.J. May)

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This is Brisbane! Queensland, Australia

Greetings and welcome to Watchwords. This site is about writers, readers, artists, filmmakers and our beautiful City of Brisbane. 

FIND OUT WHAT'S ON IN BRISBANE RIGHT NOW!

THIS PAGE CONTAINS QUICKLISTS FOR EVENTS HAPPENING IN BRISBANE AND QUEENSLAND FOR THE CURRENT UPDATE, AS WELL AS OPPORTUNITIES AND COMPETITIONS FOR WRITERS, READERS, ILLUSTRATORS, PERFORMANCE WRITERS AND FILMMAKERS!

See below for a brief overview of what's happening and then click on the appropriate link on this page, or the tabs on the menu at left for the full details of: 

 

  • 'WHAT'S ON AUTHORS?' – events of particular interest to writers, readers, illustrators, artists and filmmakers.
  • 'COMPETITIONS' – competitions and opportunities for writers of poetry and prose as well as illustrators and performance writers creating works for stage, TV, film and multi-platform applications.
  • 'WHAT'S ON NOW' – low cost or free general events for you and your family to enjoy. (NOTE: Due to the large number of events, this section has been moved to a second Quicklists page at EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2.

THESE PAGES WERE UPDATED ON MONDAY, 13 MAY 2019!

'WHAT'S ON AUTHORS?' – events of particular interest to writers, readers, illustrators, artists and filmmakers.

These pages were updated on Monday, 13 May 2019.

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  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR WRITERS AND OTHER CREATIVES! Yes, THE 2019 FEDERAL ELECTION is nigh! Find out whose policies best support Australian writers and creatives, and affect the ability of Australians to hear their own stories across a range of media. Oh, and HANDS OFF THE ABC! Thank You. Read the report from the Australian Writers Guild (AWG) on behalf of the industry’s MAKE IT AUSTRALIAN campaign. Voting is at a polling booth/sausage sizzle near you on Saturday, 18 May 2019 from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. sharp.
  • For years, Brisbane writers NATALIE BOCHENSKI and STUART LAYT have been sharing their obsession with Game of Thrones through their popular podcast, Raven On. To mark the series’ explosive final season, they’re bringing their trademark humour and passion for the fantasy epic to the Brisbane Powerhouse with RAVEN ON LIVE. It’s ON NOW at The Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm, at 7.00 p.m. every Tuesday night during the season until Tuesday, 21 May 2019 – and its FREE.  
  • Meet MATTHEW WENGERT, an historical researcher and writer with a particular interest in medical history and Queensland’s colonial frontier, to discuss his research into the Spanish Flu, its arrival in Australia, and the local stories that he discovered. Matthew will be at the Bulimba, Indooroopilly, Brisbane Square and Annerley libraries between Wednesday, 15 May 2019 and Saturday, 25 May 2019.

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  • 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.

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  • At a time when girls are bombarded with unrealistic body images and expectations, St Rita's College and Riverbend Books present REBECCA SPARROW in conversation with author JESSICA SANDERS, to celebrate the release of her empowering book LOVE YOUR BODY. This session will be held at in the Ballygriffin Room at St Rita's College, 41 Enderley Road, Clayfield, Brisbane, on Tuesday, 21 May 2019 at 6.00 p.m. 
  • Celebrate Library and Information Week by taking the kids to a NATIONAL SIMULTANEOUS STORYTIME event at your local library, when children from all over Australia will sit down for a special storytelling of Alpacas with Maracas by MATT COSGROVE. It’s on at most BCC libraries at 11.00 a.m. on Wednesday, 22 May, 2019.
  • Bring your youngsters to NATIONAL SIMULTANEOUS STORYTIME and join in reading MATT COSGROVE’S entertaining picture book Alpacas with Maracas, at Riverbend Books, Bulimba on Wednesday, 22 May 2019 at 11.00 p.m.
  • It was never just a man's war... Land Girls is a moving story of love, loss and survival against the odds during World War 2 in Australia, by bestselling author of The Last of the Bonegilla GirlsVICTORIA PURMAN. Hear this bestselling author speak about her new book at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Wednesday, 22 May 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Join the conversation at one of the State Library of Queensland TALKING IDEAS events featuring celebrated authors from around the globe. Check the detailed listing for events being held at the State Library of Queensland (SLQ), South Bank, on Wednesday, 22 May and Friday, 24 May 2019.

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  • Producer and host of the AWARD-WINNING UK PODCAST THE ALLUSIONIST, HELEN ZALTZMAN, is here for you. Join her for a fascinating and irreverent adventure into the world we make with words, and taking gender out of language through the power of infotainment – with musical support from Martin Austwick. Find your generous helping of pop culture at the Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm, on Saturday, 25 May 2019 at 7.30 p.m. 
  • Award winning authors SHERYL GWYTHER, RICHARD YAXLEY, HEIDI COOPER SMITH, and panel moderator, MEGAN DALEY, will discuss and guide you through the process of writing for children and young adults, from picture books through to teenage fiction, at the Brisbane Square Library, on Sunday, 26 May 2019.
  • Join the QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL on the Riverbend deck and be captivated by the words of outstanding poets, at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Tuesday, 28 May 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • THE DESIGN CONFERENCE is unlike any event you’ve ever been to. TDC discusses more than the future direction of design, but also what design means in the hearts and minds of the world’s favourite creative leaders, with 18 keynotes from critically acclaimed creatives, as well as a wide range of breakout workshops. Book your tickets at https://thedesignconference.com.au and head for the Brisbane Powerhouse from Wednesday, 29 May to Saturday, 1 June 2019. 
  • Are you too attached to your ‘stuff’? Can’t throw it away or give it away because you think it means too much to you or you don’t want it to go to waste. Then, this LESS STUFF session with decluttering expert LINDSAY MILES is for you. Learn about this essential yet simple, joyful guide to decluttering that reminds us what’s important in life, at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Friday, 31 May 2019 at 6.30 p.m.

 

'COMPETITIONS' – competitions and opportunities for writers of poetry and prose as well as illustrators and performance writers creating works for stage, TV, film and multi-platform applications.

These pages were updated on Monday, 13 May 2019.

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  • All Australians are invited to enter THE 2019 GRIEVE WRITING COMPETITION (for prose and poetry), now in its 7th year. Submit a story, maximum 500 words, or a poem up to 36 lines by 8.00 p.m. AEST on Wednesday, 15 May 2019.
  • The BANJO PRIZE is offered annually, and any Australian resident aged 18 or older is eligible to enter. Writers need to have a full manuscript at the time of submission. Submit your entries via the HarperCollins website by5.00 p.m. AEDT on Friday, 24 May 2019. 

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  • Emeritus Professor Bruce Dawe AO believed that the contribution of Australian poets helped to shape Australian culture. THE BRUCE DAWE NATIONAL POETRY PRIZE is open to all Australian citizens and permanent residents. Be inspired to enter by Friday, 31 May 2019.
  • Entries for the THE AUSTRALIAN/VOGEL'S LITERARY AWARD are now open. This is one of Australia's richest and the most prestigious awards for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under the age of thirty-five. Submit your entry by Friday, 31 May 2019.
  • THE 2019 QUEENSLAND LITERARY AWARDS opened in April 2019 to celebrate and promote outstanding Australian writers. The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) manages the awards,which include 10 national prizes for published books by Australian authors, plus prizes for unpublished manuscripts and Queensland writers. See the website for further information: closing date for nominations is Friday, 31 May 2019.

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  • The CREATIVE SPACES WEBSITE is a FREE TOOL that makes it easy to find space for creative purposes. It includes a searchable database, case studies, resources and a regular newsletter that allows users to source and promote venues and spaces nationwide.
  • The Australian Writers’ Guild sponsors events, festivals, awards and programs that recognise, promote, reward and celebrate the work of screen and stage writers. See who’s eligible.
  • The Brisbane City Council is seeking public event visionaries for its CREATIVE EVENTS REGISTER. If you’ve got a bright idea, register now. 

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  • The BYRON BAY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is now accepting submissions for BBFF, a dynamic and distinctive film festival known for its trademark friendly, laid-back vibe and characteristically open, expressive and appreciative audiences. Lots of awards and prizes on offer, including the Byron Bay International Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Last submissions close on Friday, 28 June 2019 – but please visit the detailed entry for guidelines, entry forms, how to submit, and links to deadlines for the various categories. 
  • The Australian Writers’ Guild sponsors events, festivals, awards and programs that recognise, promote, reward and celebrate the work of screen and stage writers. See who’s eligible.
  • The Brisbane City Council is seeking public event visionaries for its CREATIVE EVENTS REGISTER. If you’ve got a bright idea, register now. 
  • Playwrights from regional or remote areas may apply for travel costs to attend events and opportunities through the newly established ERIN THOMAS PLAYWRIGHT FUND. There is no deadline for applications.
  • Submit your complete screenplay with a treatment, or a comprehensive concept proposal (1–3 pages) to WriteMe Australia, a national screenwriting initiative program which aims to develop exceptional material into production-ready screenwriting to be produced by the LaRoda Films network. There is no closing date for submissions. All ideas and material exchanged between all parties constitute intellectual property that shall remain the exclusive property of the originator.

'WHAT'S ON NOW?' – low cost or free general events for you and your family to enjoy. 

These were updated on Monday, 13 May 2019. Due to the large number of general events coming up in May 2019, this section has been moved to a second Quicklists page at EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2. 

 

EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2

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The 4MBS FESTIVAL OF CLASSICS celebrates 40 years of broadcasting with a stunning array of events in the largest festival of its type in Australia. These will be held in Brisbane at various times and locations, and there will also be events on the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast, and on radio 4MBS Classic FM 103.7. Pick up a program at your local BCC Library, or visit the website at http://www.4mbs.com.au/festival-of-classics for more about the great music making. The festival is ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 23 June 2019. (Photo by L.J. May)