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Not sure what to do on ST VALENTINES DAY this year to get in your significant other’s good books – to wit, to woo? We have an abundance of suggestions for you: everything from abseiling at sunset down the Kangaroo Point Cliffs to reliving your childhood by spending the day running around Dreamworld. See the WHAT'S ON NOW? pages on this website for more. Yes, it IS on Wednesday, 14 February 2018 in case you forgot! (Photo/artwork courtesy of FreeDesignFile)

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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.

THIS WEBSITE WAS UPDATED ON SATURDAY, 10 FEBRUARY 2018!

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

These pages were updated on Saturday, 10 February 2018.

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  • Explore creative writing basics in an INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING session presented by the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) at the Garden City Library on Saturday, 10 February 2018.
  • T.M. CLARK’s series of books published by Harlequin combine her passion for storytelling with her love of Africa. Join her as she discusses her new book, Child of Africa, and its children’s companion book, Slowly! Slowly! at the Everton Park Library on Saturday, 10 February and the Carina Library on Saturday, 17 February 2018.
  • Everyone is welcome to attend a FREE OPEN DAY with traditional lion dancers, KUNG FU and TAI CHI DEMONSTRATIONS and FREE-TO-JOIN-IN CLASSES, plus the launch of Philosophy of a Fighter: A Life of Learning by Grand Master HENRY SUE. Go Kung Fu Fighting at the Chinese Kung Fu Academy, 963 Stanley Street East, East Brisbane, on Sunday, 11 February 2018 from 9.00 a.m 
  • VIRGINIA RUSSELL will speak about her funny and engaging biography of great grandfather, Mark Melford, who was an actor and author in Queen Victoria’s England. Discuss The Illegitimate Adventures of a Theatrical Eccentric at the Brisbane Square Library on Sunday, 11 February 2018.  
  • Dread public speaking? Help is at hand! The first BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL WOMENS BREAKFAST for 2018 features award-winning author, international presenter and performance coach RUTH BONETTI who will give you some handy techniques to stop you from freaking out. Breakfast is in the Moreton Room, Ground Floor, United Services Club Queensland, 183 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane, on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 at 7.00 a.m. for 7.15 a.m. Breakfast ends at 9.00 a.m.

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  • Join romance author ALLY BLAKE, author of over 30 books for Harlequin Mills and Boon, at Brisbane City Council Libraries to celebrate St Valentine’s Day and Library Lovers Day. Ally will be at the Kenmore Library on the morning of Wednesday, 14 February, Holland Park Library in the afternoon of 14 February, Inala Library on Friday, 16 February and the Grange Library on Tuesday, 20 February 2018.
  • Share your love of books and reading by attending one of the many events to celebrate LIBRARY LOVERS DAY at BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL LIBRARIES across Brisbane. All events will be held on Wednesday, 14 February 2018 but individual libraries will be doing their own thing. Contact your local library for what and when.
  • As part of Library Lovers’ Day, the Queensland Poetry Festival will present a POP-UP LIVE POETRY EVENT with some of the best love poems read by Ruckus Slam’s leading lights ANGELA PEITA and MEGAN BARTHOLOMEW. Head to the Brisbane Square Library for some summer lovin’ on Wednesday, 14 February 2018 from 12.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.
  • Meet former Australian Senator and activist CHRISTINE MILNE as she describes how politics actually works and her book An Activist Life, which recounts her journey from high school English teacher in northwest Tasmania to fiery environmental warrior. Meet Christine at the Brisbane Square Library on Wednesday, 14 February 2018 at 6.00 p.m.
  • Creators and readers of COMIC BOOKS and GRAPHIC NOVELS will thoroughly enjoy COMIC BOOK MEET UP, a monthly event with Aussie comic creator PAUL MASON. Lots of activities and great prizes to be won for people of all ages, at the Brisbane Square Library on Friday, 16 February 2018 from 5.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

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  • The QWC’s seminar NETWORKING FOR AUTHORS covers building relationships with your peers and connecting with various writing groups, communities and organisations. It’s on at the Brisbane Square Library on Sunday, 18 February 2018.
  • Join LES KENDALL, Artist-in-Residence, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, to make your own collage from found objects in the botanic gardens. Draw inspiration from ‘Circle’, an exhibition of author and artist JEANNIE BAKER’s latest book at the Mt Coot-tha Library on Tuesday, 20 February 2018.
  • At a RUTH PARK RETROSPECTIVE LITERARY EVENT, join fellow enthusiasts to celebrate Ruth Park’s legacy, at the Ashgrove Library on Tuesday, 20 February 2018 and the Stones Corner Library on Saturday, 24 February 2018.
  • Celebrate the FREE LAUNCH of CONFETTI, a book of beautiful paintings featuring treasured Bulimba homes by local artist DEBRA HOOD. It’s at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Thursday, 22 February 2018 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Join author and cook KATE YOUNG as she discusses her new book The Little Library Cookbook, which contains over 100 delicious recipes inspired by the author’s favourite works of fiction. Kate will be at the Kenmore Library on Thursday, 22 February from 1.00 p.m., and the Carindale Library on Thursday, 22 February from 6.00 p.m.
  • Join JENNIFER ALTHAUS as she discusses her uplifting and powerful memoir A Journey of Love: the pain and heartache of parenting a child with autism and the love, hope and achievement of adopting an ex-racing greyhound and training her as an assistance dog. Jennifer will be at the Indooroopilly Library on Thursday, 22 February 2018.

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  • Join historian and author SUSANNA DE VRIES, and journalist and Australian military historian PHILIP CASTLE, for a special event marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, at the Kenmore Library on Friday, 23 February and the Coopers Plains Library on Saturday, 24 February 2018.
  • Children eight years and older are invited to dress in their Hogwart best and test their knowledge against other fans during a fun HARRY POTTER TRIVIA AFTERNOON at the Zillmere Library on Saturday, 24 February 2018.
  • KALI NAPIER’s new book, The Secrets at Ocean’s Edge, is a haunting, and moving tale of one family’s search for belonging in Australia’s depression era. Join Kali at the Mt Ommaney Library to discuss her novel on Saturday, 24 February 2018.
  • When was the last time you read a book by an Asian-Australian author? DISCOVER THE WORLD OF ASIAN-AUSTRALIAN WRITING. From the big names in Asian-Australian literature to emerging authors you are yet to discover, local writers YEN-RONG WONG and MIRANDI RIWOE will share their top picks to set you on your reading journey. Join them at the Brisbane Square Library on Sunday, 25 February 2018.
  • Join JANET AKROYD-STUART to discuss her experiences researching and writing Half a World Away, a book set in the penal colony of New South Wales in 1790. Meet Janet at the Corinda Library on Tuesday, 27 February 2018.
  • Let poetry rewrite the night and join the QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL for the first RIVERBEND POETRY SERIES for 2018. There’s a great line up this year and this popular series sells out quickly, so book in now if you want to go. It’s all happening at Riverbend Books, Bulimba on Tuesday, 27 February 2018 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Join JAMES PHELAN, the bestselling award-winning author of 29 novels, as he discusses his new action thriller in the Jed Walker series, The Agency, at the Carindale Library on Tuesday, 27 February 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 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 Saturday, 10 February 2018.

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  • The Foundation for Australian Literary Studies (FALS) is calling for submissions for the 2018  COLIN RODERICK AWARD, which celebrates the author of the best book dealing with any aspect of Australian life. Nominations close on Wednesday, 28th February 2018. 
  • MYSTERY WRITER ALERT! Entries for the CWA’s MARGERY ALLINGHAM SHORT STORY COMPETITION are now open for submissions of unpublished mystery stories. Entries must be submitted in English but the author does not need to be resident in the United Kingdom. Deadline is midnight, Wednesday, 28 February 2018.

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  • CRIME WRITER ALERT! The CWA Daggers are the most coveted awards in crime-writing and entries are now open for the CWA DEBUT DAGGER. Could you be the next winner? Only unpublished authors are eligible to enter this competition. Self-published authors are welcome to enter as long as they have never had a traditional publishing contract for a full-length novel. Deadline is Wednesday, 28 February 2018.

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  • THE KYD UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT AWARD is once more open to writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction. Minimum word length for all entries is 40,000 words and maximum is 80,000 words. The winner will receive $5,000 in prize money and a mentorship with KYD’s Rebecca Starford (non-fiction) or Hannah Kent (fiction). Submissions open 9.00 a.m. (AEDT) on Monday, 15 January 2018, and close at 5.00 p.m. (AEDT) on Saturday, 31 March 2018.
  • 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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  • FILMMAKERS! THE SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL is calling for entries! Don’t miss your chance to be part of the 65th Sydney Film Festival: the best film fest down-under! Closing date for entries: 28 February (Australian productions & short film awards); 23 March (Australian documentary competition).
  • The international call for entries for THE 2018 PERTH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – REVELATION is now current. The film festival will run from 5 July to 18 July 2018. All films must be completed after 1 January  2017. Accepted preview formats are MPG4, Quicktime and online via Vimeo etc. If the work is accepted into the event, Revelation will pay all relevant national/international freight charges. Entries close on Friday, 13 April 2018.
  • 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 pages were updated on Saturday, 10 February 2018. NOTE: Due to the large number of general events coming up in February 2018, this section has been moved to a second Quicklists page at EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2

 

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The BRISASIA FESTIVAL showcases a host of traditional and contemporary Asian arts and cultural events. The festival is now in its sixth year and will stage more than 80 events across the city over three weeks from 10 February to 4 March 2018. Some of these are FREE to attend and some are ticketed. The program will feature the finest dance, theatre, music, food, film, talks and visual arts, providing residents and visitors with a wonderful opportunity to discover and celebrate Asian cultures in Brisbane. Enjoy Chinese Lunar New Year, Kisaragi-Sai, food discovery tours and more. ABC Radio Brisbane is the official media partner for BrisAsia Festival 2018 and will keep you informed of what’s going on, so tune in for the latest. Visit the WHAT'S ON NOW? pages on this website, and to check out what’s happening and when, go to Council’s website at https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/whats-on/brisasia-festival-2018. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)