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The LIFELINE BOOKFEST is on again and it’s huge as usual. Whether you’re a book worm, a dedicated reader, a student, a book collector or someone searching for those long lost books, LIFELINE BOOKFEST BRISBANE is for you. It’s on NOW at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Merivale Street, South Brisbane, and runs until Monday, 28 January 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.

THIS WEBSITE WAS UPDATED ON FRIDAY, 18 JANUARY 2019!

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

These pages were updated on Friday, 18 January 2019.

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  • Don’t miss the opportunity to join British Crime Queen Lynda La Plante in AN EVENING WITH LYNDA LA PLANTE. Expect an evening of hilarious tales and insights into the mind that writes from the dark side! Lynda is in Australia to launch her new book, Widows’ Revenge and this will be her only Queensland appearance. BOOK IN NOW to meet her and grab a copy of her new book at the State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane, on Wednesday, 13 February, 2019.
  • Creators and readers of COMIC BOOKS and GRAPHIC NOVELS will thoroughly enjoy POP CULTURE 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, 18 January 2019, from 5.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
  • It’s on again and it’s huge as usual. Whether you’re a book worm, a dedicated reader, a student, a book collector or someone searching for those long lost books, LIFELINE BOOKFEST BRISBANE is for you. There are also Bookfests happening at other venues around Queensland – check the website, but in Brisbane it’s on at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Merivale St, South Brisbane, and runs from Saturday, 19 January 2019 to Monday, 28 January 2019.
  • Budding illustrators and cartoonists aged from 7–14 years will enjoy a CREATE YOUR OWN CHARACTERS FOR A BOOK WORKSHOP with award-winning cartoonist and illustrator PHIL JUDD, who will cover the basics of a story idea and the process of designing story characters. Book in at the Mt Gravatt Library for Saturday, 19 January, and the Fairfield Library for Thursday, 24 January 2019.

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  • Youngsters aged 10 years and older can participate in A CRIME WRITING WORKSHOP with TRISTAN BANCKS on Monday, 21 January 2019 at the Sunnybank Hills Library from 9.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m., Chermside Library from 12.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m., and the Carindale Library from 3.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
  • Journalist and author MICHAEL BEATTY has had an illustrious, and at times, hazardous career that saw him interview stars from Cary Grant to the Rolling Stones, tackle North Queensland television and crocs, and take on the stories of the day. Now the spokesperson for RSPCA Queensland, Michael has written a book about his career as a journalist called Off the Beatty Track (groan), and will be sharing his experiences and stories at the Corinda Library on Tuesday, 22 January 2019 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
  • Author SAMANTHA WHEELER will work with participants in NAILING THE NARRATIVE, a WRITING WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN aged 8–12 years at the Coopers Plains Library on Tuesday, 22 January 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon, and the Brisbane Square Library on Friday, 25 January 2019 from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.
  • Andy and Terry’s Treehouse is now a 91-STOREY TREEHOUSE. It’s more fantastically dangerous than ever, with a deserted desert island, a whirlpool and a giant spider! This play by Richard Tulloch, adapted from the book by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, is a fantastical trip through this wild, weird and wonderful world for children 6+ and their adults. Just beware of the Fortune Teller at the Playhouse Theatre, QPAC, from Wednesday, 23 January 2019 to Sunday, 27 January 2019 (1 hour no interval) 

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  • Join author and illustrator PETER CARNAVAS as he shares his illustration tips and tricks for creating narrative through pictures in TELLING STORIES WITH PICTURES, a WRITING WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN aged 8–12 years at the Mt Gravatt Library on Wednesday, 23 January from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m., and the Wynnum Library from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.
  • Meet up with like-minded enthusiasts at the MANGA AND ANIME CLUB for games, trivia, streaming, lots of talking, giveaways and Manga crafts, at the Garden City Library on Friday, 25 January 2019 from 3.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
  • Calling all Tributes, Initiates, Sherlockians and other avid fans. Get your friends together and meet up with like-minded enthusiasts in the FANDOM HAVEN for trivia, games and giveaways, at the Carina Library on Tuesday, 15 January 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. and Garden City Library on Friday, 1 February 2019 from 3.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
  • Meet author J.P. POMARE to discuss his debut novel Call Me Evie, about a young woman being held captive by a man in an isolated New Zealand beach town, supposedly to protect her from the consequences of her past actions in Australia – or not. J.P. will be at the Sunnybank Hills Library on Tuesday, 5 February, and the Mt Ommaney Library on Thursday, 7 February 2019. 

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  • Join bestselling Australian author CHARLOTTE NASH as she discusses her beautiful and emotionally compelling new page-turner Saving You, in which Mallory’s estranged husband Duncan, who lives in the US, fails to return their son Harry after a visit. Find out what happens next at the Hamilton Library on Wednesday, 6 February 2019. 
  • Meet international bestselling author KAREN VIGGERS to talk about her new novel, The Orchardist's Daughter, which is set in the wilds of remote Tasmania, as was her most popular novel The Lightkeeper’s Wife. You can catch up with Karen at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Wednesday, 6 February 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Join radio and TV personality OSHER GÜNSBERG for an intimate evening packed full of raw honesty, genuine emotion and plenty of laughs, as he unveils the stories in his best selling memoir Back, After the Break. Book in now at the Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm, for Friday, 8 February 2019 at 7.00 p.m.
  • T.M. CLARK, author of My Brother-But-One, Shooting Butterflies, Tears of a Cheetah and Child of Africa, will talk about her new and exciting book Nature of the Lion, at the Fairfield Library on Saturday, 9 February 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon. 

 

'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 Tuesday, 1 January 2019. 

  • The NYU JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIP OPEN (WORLDWIDE) provides international journalists with two semesters of funding to study at one of the master’s programs at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, as well as a US$14,000 stipend. Applications close on Friday, 4 January 2019.
  • Applications are now open for the summer 2019 SCIENCE COMMUNICATION FELLOWSHIP. The fellowship starts on 27 May and ends on 30 August 2019. The fellowship covers the cost of travel to and from Vienna and the awardee’s home country at the beginning and end of the fellowship, as well as a modest stipend to offset living expenses during the period of the fellowship. Applications close: Friday, 11 January 2019.
  • Applications are now open for THE KAT MUSCAT FELLOWSHIP 2019. Express Media offers support and development for a young writer or editor with a Fellowship that offers professional development up to the value of $3,000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a young woman or non-binary person. Applications close on Sunday, 20 January 2019.

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  • Applications for the 2019 BLACK&WRITE! WRITING FELLOWSHIPS are now open! The Writing Fellowships Program offers a $10,000 cash prize to two Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writers for their unpublished manuscripts. Recipients of the black&write! Fellowships work with the black&write! editors to develop their manuscripts towards publication.Applications close at 5.00 p.m. on Thursday 31 January 2019.
  • Fantastica invites Australian and New Zealand writers to submit science fiction manuscripts for consideration in the THE FANTASTICA PRIZE. Entrants must normally be residents of Australia or New Zealand. Entries close at Midnight on Thursday, 31 January 2019 (EST).
  • Spineless Wonders are delighted to call for submissions to the 2019 CARMEL BIRD DIGITAL LITERARY AWARD. Now in its second year, the award is for short fiction collections up to 30,000 words in length. Submissions close on Sunday, 3 February 2019.
  • Entries for THE NEWCASTLE SHORT STORY AWARD are now open. You don’t have to be a member of Hunter Writers Centre to enter the competition. You do have to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident over 18 years, but you can be residing anywhere in the world. Entries close at 8.00 p.m. on Monday, 4 February 2019.

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  • MYSTERY WRITER ALERT! Entries for the CWA’s MARGERY ALLINGHAM SHORT STORY COMPETITION are now open for unpublished mystery stories. Entries must be submitted in English, but the author does not need to be resident in the United Kingdom. Entries close on 28 February 2019.
  • CRIME WRITER ALERT! The CWA Daggers are the most coveted awards in crime-writing and entries are now open for the CWA DEBUT DAGGER 2019. Crime writers from across the world are welcome to enter. 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 28 February 2019.
  • 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 2019 ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL will run from Friday, 21 June to Sunday, 30 June 2019. Enter the open SHORT FILM COMPETITION and/or the ‘Under the Radar’ YOUTH SHORT FILM COMPETITION for young filmmakers under 21 in Australia. Submissions are now open with an Early Bird deadline of Friday, 4 January, 2019 and submissions closing on Friday, 22 February, 2019.
  • Don’t miss your chance to be part of the 66th Sydney Film Festival. Feature films, documentaries, and short films can now be submitted for consideration. The 2019 SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL will run from Wednesday, 5 June to Sunday, 16 June 2019. The deadline for International productions (any length) is 31 January 2019. Deadline for Australian productions in the various categories is 28 February 2019 – see the listing for details.
  • 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 Friday, 18 January 2019. Due to the large number of general events coming up in January 2019, this section has been moved to a second Quicklists page at EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2. 

 

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The huge GINGER FLOWER AND FOOD FESTIVAL will delight foodies and garden lovers alike with three spectacular days of munchies, flowers and entertainment. Enjoy cooking demos by some great chefs (including CHRIS BOND, MATT GOLINSKI, JODIE WILLIAMS, LINDA BRENNAN, and PETER WOLFE), talks by gardening experts, and goggle at the thousands of plants available for purchase. There will be lots of live entertainment, animal experiences and market stalls. Grab your family and friends and head to the festival at The Ginger Factory, Yandina on the Sunshine Coast from Friday, 18 January to Sunday, 20 January 2019. (Poster courtesy of the Ginger Flower and Food Festival)