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What would Australia Day be without a snag on the barbie and a sausage sizzle? Drenched in tomato sauce of course. We’ve got fine cuisine in Australia, ladies and gentlemen. This year, AUSTRALIA DAY is on Sunday, 26 January and the AUSTRALIA DAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY is on Monday, 27 January 2020. For the ultimate AUSTRALIA DAY experience, families are guaranteed a ripper of a time on the beach at REDCLIFFE. There will be something for everyone from beach activities to food trucks and live music at Suttons Beach, Redcliffe, on Sunday, 26 January from 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m., or you can enjoy AUSTRALIA DAY AT SOUTH BANK on Sunday, 26 January 2020, from 2.00 p.m., with fireworks at 7.40 p.m. (Photo 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 THURSDAY, 9 JANUARY 2020!

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

These pages were updated on Thursday, 9 Jauary 2020!

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  • Crawl over hot coals to spend AN EVENING WITH DAVID SEDARIS in Brisbane. He really is one of the funniest people on the planet, a savant of razor sharp and sardonic wit, and one of the world’s pre-eminent humour writers. We’re telling you about his visit early so that you can book in before the rush starts. Grab your tickets well in advance for the Concert Hall at QPAC, South Bank, on Monday, 13 January 2020 at 7.30 p.m.
  • Join CLAIRE ASHMAN as she discusses her fascinating life and the writing of her book Lessons from a Cult Survivor. After years of scraping by on next to nothing and living in fear of the next End of Times prediction, Claire was torn between being a good Catholic and taking an opportunity to escape. Find out what happened next at the Bracken Ridge Library on Wednesday, 15 January 2020 from 6.00 to 7.00 p.m., and the Kenmore Library on Friday, 31 January from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 a.m.
  • 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, 17 January 2020, from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
  • Head for the Indooroopilly Library to discuss the works of MARGARET ATWOOD, author of The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments (sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale and co-winner of the 2019 Booker Prize), Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, and many more. Turn up under his eye to the Indooroopilly Library on Saturday, 18 January 2020 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.
  • Author ANNA CAHILL will discuss the research and writing of her new book Colours of a Life, the biography of a talented, bisexual artist who had to leave his country to live life on his own terms in Europe. Hear this compelling story of a life richly and unconventionally led, at the West End Library on Thursday, 30 January 2020. 

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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 Libary, 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, 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.

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  • Need some WRITING TIPS for the CWA’S MARGERY ALLINGHAM SHORT MYSTERY COMPETITION, and the DEBUT DAGGER 2020? It’s the Christmas Holiday Period for most people, and while others are out partying, buying presents and having fun, determined crime/mystery authors have retreated to their dens to nut out their entries to these competitions, both of which close on Saturday, 29 February 2020. 
  • Don’t procrastinate – writer’s block may well await the tardy as deadline panic sets in. Both these competitions carry enormous prestige and opportunities for writers and you don’t have to be a UK resident to enter – so have a stab at them. By way of encouragement, CWA (UK) member SHEILA LOWE has been giving you debut writers some thought this Christmas and shares her knowledge on writing, with handy tips to help you get started.

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  • THE 2019 JOHN HINDE AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE-FICTION WRITING – read about some of the Powerhouse Screenwriting Projects showcased at the inaugural industry mixer held in November at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum. 
  • Key creatives and decision-makers from across the industry were invited to meet and mix with a talented cohort of screenwriters, some with projects available for development on AWG’s prestigious PATHWAYS SHOWCASE. Check out links to the five new Showcase projects announced as the shortlist for the 2019 John Hinde Award – all with an intriguing sci-fi edge. 

 

'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 Thursday, 9 January 2020.

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  • MYSTERY WRITER ALERT! Entries for the CWA’s MARGERY ALLINGHAM SHORT MYSTERY 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 Saturday, 29 February 2020.
  • CRIME WRITER ALERT! The CWA Daggers are the most coveted awards in crime-writing and entries are now open for the CWA DEBUT DAGGER 2020. 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 Saturday, 29 February 2020.

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  • Entries for the STANTHORPE ART PRIZE 2020 are now open. This Biennial National Art Prize is open to all Australian artists and offers $50,000 in prizes (see the detailed listing for the different categories). Entries close on Monday, 16 March 2020.

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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 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 Monday, 20 January 2020. Due to the large number of general events coming up in January 2020, this section has been moved to a second Quicklists page at EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2. 

 

EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2

WHAT'S ON AUTHORS?

COMPETITIONS ETC.

WHAT'S ON NOW?

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The LIFELINE BOOKFEST BRISBANE is the largest second-hand book sale in Queensland and the biggest fundraising event that supports the 24-hour Lifeline 13 11 14 Crisis Support Line. This life-saving service offers suicide prevention and bereavement support over the phone as well as family and crisis support – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Bookfest is on again in Brisbane and continues over ten massive days, with millions of books, magazines, comics, records, puzzles, sheet music, DVDs, CDs, vinyl, board games and much more on offer for prices as low as a dollar! It’s ON NOW at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Merivale and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane, and runs until Monday, 27 January 2020. TIMES: Friday, 24 January – 8.30 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. Every other day – 8.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (Banner by L.J. May)