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Bring out the strudel and don your Dirndl or Lederhosen! OKTOBERFEST BRISBANE 2019 hits the Brisbane Showgrounds over two big weekends from Friday, 11 October to Sunday, 13 October 2019, AND Friday, 18 October to Sunday, 20 October 2019. Join in the fun of Australia’s largest German Festival. With plenty of food, fun, and an array of entertainment, Oktoberfest Brisbane is an authentic German festival perfect for an after-work drink, a get-together with mates, or a cultural outing with the family. From pretzels and beer steins to yodelling and lederhosen, it promises an authentic Bavarian experience, as well as rides, roaming entertainers and vintage German cars. (Photo courtesy of Oktoberfest)

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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 TUESDAY, 8 OCTOBER 2019!

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

These pages were updated on Tuesday, 8 October 2019!

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  • Join ELLIOT PERLMAN, the award-winning author of Three Dollars and Seven Types of Ambiguity, as he discusses his latest book Maybe the Horse Will Talk, at the Brisbane Square Library, on Friday, 11 October 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
  • When KIM HODGES’ psychologist suggests she has depression, she immediately recoils from the idea. She is a mother, a wife, an academic – a functional human being! But it is the only diagnosis that explains the way she feels. Join Kim to discuss her latest book Girl Over the Edge, at the Carina Library on Saturday, 12 October at 11.30 a.m., and the Brisbane Square Library on Saturday 12 October 2019 at 2.30 p.m.
  • One dog. One cat. One very tidy apartment. What could go wrong? You’ll find out when JONATHAN BENTLEY reads from his hilarious new picture book CAT AND DOG. Kids are encouraged to join these two loveable and incorrigibly mischievous pets as they team up to break out, at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Saturday, 12 October 2019 at 3.30 p.m. 
  • Speakers, writers and writers’ groups will meet to share their knowledge at the 2019 WRITERS GROUP CONVENTION in Brisbane. There will be advice from well-known authors, networking, marketing tables, self-publishing tips, and an ‘Elevator Pitch’ competition to teach you how to pitch like a professional. Book in now for this event at the Grange Bowls & Community Club, 79 Sellheim Street, Grange, on Sunday, 13 October 2019 from 8.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Doors open at 8.00 a.m. The Program starts at 8.45 a.m. sharp.
  • Ever wondered where the expression ‘You’ve got Buckley’s…’ came from? Join author, journalist and radio show host GARRY LINNELL as he shares his fascinating new book Buckley’s Chance, the astonishing story of William Buckley, at the Chermside Library on Monday, 14 October 2019 and the Sunnybank Hills Library on Wednesday, 16 October 2019.
  • SHELLEY ARGENT’s love for her gay son, as well as grit, determination and persistence, has helped to bring about some of the biggest human rights reforms in recent Australian history. Join Shelley and co-author and journalist LEANNE EDMISTONE to discuss their book Just a Mum, at the Wynnum Library on Tuesday, 15 October, Brisbane Square Library on Friday, 18 October and the Kenmore Library on Saturday, 19 October 2019.

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  • Writer, artist, and film director of such subversive works as Pink Flamingos and Hairspray, JOHN WATERS, returns to Australia with his world acclaimed one-man show, Make Trouble, to inspire, challenge and excite audiences, and to encourage us all to grow old disgracefully! Be at the Powerhouse Theatre, New Farm, for your anarchy instructions on Wednesday, 16 October 2019 at 7.30 p.m.
  • Join JEN HUTCHISON as she discusses her new book Motherling: A Walk, in which she tells a moving story of her 800 kilometre walk through grief to peace, a story of finding and healing yourself after unspeakable loss, and taking what life throws at you, one step at a time. Meet Jen at the Bulimba Library on Wednesday, 16 October from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. and the Indooroopilly Library, on Thursday, 17 October 2019 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
  • International fashion illustrator MEGAN HESS will join JULIE KORDIC to discss her beautiful new book, Elegance, a peek inside the glamorous world of French Fashion. Megan Hess works with some of the most prestigious fashion designers and luxury brands around the world, such as Chanel, Dior, Cartier, Montblanc and Tiffany and Co. If you are into fashion or drawing/design, don’t miss this exceptional event at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Friday, 18 October 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Join author JOANNA NELL to talk about her latest novel The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker. As the wife of retired ship's doctor Dr Henry Parker, Evelyn is living out her twilight years aboard the Golden Sunset. But when Henry goes missing, Evelyn sets off to search every part of the grand ocean liner to find him. Does she? Find out at the Toowong Library on Saturday, 19 October at 10.00 a.m. and the Bulimba Library on Saturday, 19 October 2019 at 2.00 p.m.
  • Since 2017, CAYLIE JEFFERY has been the project manager of a large-scale community collaborative history movement, called UNDER THE LINO, after discovering money and documents hidden under her flooring. Join Caylie as she shares her experiences of this interesting project at the Mount Ommaney Library on Saturday, 19 October at 11.00 a.m., Carindale Library on Saturday, 19 October at 2.00 p.m., Indooroopilly Library on Sunday, 27 October, and the Brisbane Square Library on Sunday, 3 November 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 Brisbane Square Library for Saturday, 19 October 2019 from 1.30 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

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  • DAVID GILLESPIE will talk about his book The Good Fat Guide, in which he reviews the latest research from this rapidly evolving field, which links seed oils to a host of diseases, including cancer. Meet David at the Wynnum Library on Saturday, 19 October, and the Brisbane Square Library on Saturday, 26 October 2019.
  • In PATHWAYS TO PUBLISHING, an eclectic panel of Brisbane authors will discuss the pros and cons of their writing journeys. Join DAVID BOBIS, KYLIE KADEN, CAROLYN MARTINEZ, along with tutor and published author DR KIM STEELE, as they share their experiences – the good, the bad and the ugly. Have your publishing questions answered at the Chermside Library on Tuesday, 22 October 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
  • If you loved award-winning author CHRIS HAMMER’s bestselling thriller Scrublands, you’ll be eager to get your hands on the sequel, Silver. You can do that and hear Chris in conversation about his new crime novel with BEN HOBSON, at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Monday, 21 October 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Join author DUNCAN RICHARDSON as he discusses his latest book, Captives of the Spanish Lady: 700 Queenslanders in Quarantine – Tenterfield 1919. On the morning of January 28th 1919, a trainload of Queenslanders was told that the border was closed because of the flu outbreak in Sydney and they were to be quarantined for at least a week. How did the town cope? Ask Duncan at the Corinda Library on Tuesday, 22 October 2019.  
  • Join author and traveller MARY MOODY as she discusses The Accidental Tour Guide, the latest memoir instalment that opens with the death of Mary’s beloved husband, David. The grief from this loss galvanises Mary to reinvent herself, combining her love of travel with her passion for gardening. It is the story of breaking new frontiers in the truest sense of the word. Meet Mary at the Brisbane Square Library on Wednesday, 23 October 2019 from 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
  • What can great short stories teach us? How can we turn our own obsessions into great fiction? This Queensland Writers Centre SHORT SHARP STORIES WORKSHOP is designed to help you generate ideas for short fiction based on your own interests. The workshop will be held at the Nundah Library, on Saturday, 26 October 2019 at 10.30 a.m.

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  • Meet writer and historian MARGARET COOK, who will speak about her book A River with a City Problem: A History of Brisbane Floods, which focuses on the floods that devastated South East Queensland in 2011 and asks ‘who was to blame?’ Paddle into the Brisbane Square Library on Sunday, 27 October 2019.
  • Award-winning author KATHERINE JOHNSON will discuss her latest novel, Paris Savages, a story of love, bravery, early aboriginal culture abroad, and the fight against injustice, which brings a little-known part of history to life. Meet her at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Monday 28 October 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Best-selling author of eleven books, TARA MOSS, is visiting from Canada, and joins CASS MORIARTY to discuss the first book in her new crime fiction series, Dead Man Switch, crime fiction, writing and strong women working in a predominately male world. This Talking Ideas event will be held in Auditorium 1, State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank, on Monday, 28 October 2019 from 7.00 p.m. to 8.15 p.m.
  • Hear Stella Award-winning writer CHARLOTTE WOOD in conversation with JULIE KORDIC, to discuss The Weekend, the hotly anticipated, superbly written and excruciatingly funny new book from the author of The Natural Way of Things. Listen in to what is possibly the story of your future selves at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Wednesday, 30 October 2019 at 6.30 p.m. 
  • MEM FOX (Where is the Green Sheep? and I’m Australian Too) will launch her new book, The Tiny Star, in a special event with TRENT DALTON (Boy Swallows Universe). This Talking Ideas event for TEACHERS, TEACHER-LIBRARIANS, PARENTS AND CARERS, will be held in Auditorium 1, State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank, on Wednesday, 30 October 2019 from 7.00 p.m. to 8.15 p.m.
  • Sitting down in conversation with ABC Radio’s presenter MYF WARHURST, ARIA Award–winning singer and actress CLARE BOWDITCH breaks-down her inner critic and discusses her no-holds-barred memoir, Your Own Kind of Girl, at the Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm, on Friday, 1 November 2019 at 7.30 p.m.

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  • HARRY BOSCH FANS will crawl over hot coals to attend this one, so book in early at Riverbend Books for a session with #1 New York Times bestselling author MICHAEL CONNELLY, who will be in Brisbane to speak about his new book The Night Fire. NOTE: This event will be held in the Michael Zeuschner Hall at the Bulimba State School, Bulimba (not at Riverbend Books), on Sunday, 3 November 2019 at 5.00 p.m.
  • Join scientist, cancer survivor and author AMANDA NIEHAUS as she discusses the writing of her first novel, The Breeding Season, science and scientists in fiction, and the importance of having your cake and eating it too. Meet Amanda at the Chermside Library on Monday, 4 November 2019.
  • Award-winning journalist, author and columnist, FRANCES WHITING, will be in conversation with DAME QUENTIN BRYCE to talk about her new, warm-hearted novel, The Best Kind of Beautiful. NOTE: Book through Riverbend Books, but attend the event at the Polding Theatre, Lourdes Hill College, 86 Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne, Brisbane, on Monday, 4 November 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • THIS IS THE ONLY BAKING BOOK YOU'LL NEED THIS CHRISTMAS! Prepare for a delicious night with treats to taste. CHARLOTTE REE is a baker of extraordinary talent and has an impressive online following. Her new book Just Desserts showcases 30 of Charlotte's most popular and delicious cake, biscuit, slice and dessert recipes. Take your sweet tooth to Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Tuesday, 5 November 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Join bestselling, ABIA award-winning author RACHAEL JOHNS as she discusses her engrossing and wise novel, Just One Wish – about ambition, choices, and what it means to be a woman. Three women, three secrets, one life-changing journey. What does it all mean? Take your curiosity to the Indooroopilly Library on Wednesday, 6 November, and the Chermside Library on Thursday, 7 November 2019.
  • To coincide with the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the re-release of Stasiland, hear from the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award recipient ANNA FUNDER at SLQ. Stasiland won the 2004 Samuel Johnson Prize and has been published in 25 countries and 20 languages. This Talking Ideas event will be held in Auditorium 1, State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank, on Saturday, 9 November 2019 from 7.00 p.m. to 8.15 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 are currently being updated - please come back soon!

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The ASA/HQ COMMERCIAL FICTION PRIZE is for an unpublished manuscript and the winner will receive a publishing contract with HQ, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, and a $10,000 advance against royalties. Email the ASA on asa@asauthors.org, or call them on (02) 9211 1004 to be sent the Terms and Conditions and submission form. Entries close at 5.00 p.m. on Friday, 1 November 2019.

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The US Competition BLUE DRAFT SCREENWRITING CONTEST invites you to create a Short Film lasting 15 minutes with an open theme, and a Digital Short Series of 8 to 10 episodes each with a length of 8 to 10 minutes. Closing dates are: Late: 30/11/2019.

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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 US Competition BLUE DRAFT SCREENWRITING CONTEST invites you to create a Short Film lasting 15 minutes with an open theme, and a Digital Short Series of 8 to 10 episodes each with a length of 8 to 10 minutes. Closing dates are: Regular: 30/09/2019, Late: 30/11/2019.

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 Wednesday, 9 October 2019! Due to the large number of general events coming up in October 2019, 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?

WATCHWORDS HOME

THE GOOD FOOD AND WINE SHOW is back for 2019, bringing hundreds of local, national and international exhibitors together under one roof for you to taste and sample your way around the show with plenty of features and entertainment to discover and enjoy. Buy a general admission ticket to the show and access all the free features the show has to offer, or treat yourself to a day of luxury with VIP tickets. Complete your day by adding an exclusive hands-on masterclass. Enjoy a fantastic day out with friends, sampling the latest foods, wines and home products. Featuring celebrity chefs, inspiring masterclasses and hundreds of local and international exhibitors at each show, it’s the perfect day out for all food and wine lovers. Wander through the Good Food Village, and if you decide to shop, you can ship it all home with Australia Post. Take your appetite to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Cnr Merivale Street and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane, on Friday, 25 October 2019 to Sunday, 27 October 2019 from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. (Photo by L.J. May)