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Soak up the atmosphere at THE CHINESE MOON FESTIVAL, an iconic Chinese lunar calendar event held when the moon is at its roundest and brightest. This FREE exciting cultural experience for people of all ages will be happening in the Chinatown Mall, Duncan Street, Fortitude Valley, on Saturday, 22 September 2018 from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 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.

THIS WEBSITE WAS UPDATED ON MONDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER 2018!

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

These pages were updated on Monday, 10 August 2018.

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  • Join EDDIE AYRES in conversation with FRANCES WHITING, as he discusses his remarkable autobiography, Danger Music, teaching music in a war zone, and transitioning from Emma to Eddie. Meet him at the Brisbane Square Library on Wednesday, 12 September 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
  • Join fellow enthusiasts for trivia and discussion in celebration of the author LOUISA MAY ALCOTT and 150 years of her classic work, Little Women, at the West End Library on Thursday, 13 September, Corinda Library on Friday, 14 September and the Toowong Library on Friday, 21 September 2018.
  • Join Archibald Prize winning artist BEN QUILTY as he sits down with ABC Radio’s SARAH KANOWSKI to discuss his new book, Home, a collection of drawings by Syrian children, at the Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm, on Friday, 14 September 2018 at 7.00 p.m.
  • CANCELLED - SORRY - JEFF APTER will talk about Australian music icons, from Johnny's. O’Keefe to John Farnham, and the Bee Gees to AC/DC. What is it that makes a musician iconic? And is there something that separates Australian musicians from the rest of the world? Meet Jeff at the Brisbane Square, Bracken Ridge, Holland Park and Indooroopilly Libraries from Friday, 14 September to Sunday, 16 September 2018. See the listing for details of dates and times. 

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  • Learn how to use your journal to find your authentic voice during this practical JOURNALING FOR WRITERS WORKSHOP presented by the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) at the Carindale Library on Saturday, 15 September 2018.
  • The NETWORKING FOR AUTHORS SEMINAR presented by the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) covers building relationships with your peers and connecting with various writing organisations, in order to relieve the loneliness of the long distance writer. Head for the Chermside Library on Saturday, 15 September 2018.
  • At the AWG QUEENSLAND EVENT: A HARROWING EVENING WITH LEIGH McGRATH AND STEPHEN M. IRWIN, spend an evening of chills, thrills and insight into the creative and development process with the co-creators and writers of the critical and popular hit ABC TV series Harrow. Gather at The Heritage Lounge, The Waterloo Hotel, Cnr Ann Street and Commercial Road, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, on Wednesday, 19 September 2018 at 7.00 p.m.   
  • AUSTRALIAN READING HOUR (ARH) is not just for children. Hear some of Brisbane’s best-loved authors talk about the books that have had the biggest impact on them. Meet CHRISTINE WELLS at the Grange Library, NATALIE JANE PRIOR (FAMILY EVENT) at the Bulimba Library, MARY-ROSE MacCOLL at the Ashgrove Library, KRISTINA OLSSON at the Garden City Library, and DAME QUENTIN BRYCE at the Indooroopilly Library. All events are on Thursday, 20 September 2018. See the listing for the various times. 

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  • If you’re a budding poet, seasoned peddler of prose, or an appreciator of the spoken word, you are invited to come along to POETS UP LATE for an entertaining evening of poetry, and to sign up for the open microphone session to perform your original works. Head for the Wynnum Library on Thursday, 20 September from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
  • At a LITERARY TEA AND MOVIE SCREENING, enjoy a discussion about author F. SCOTT FITZGERALD and a movie screening of the newest version of THE GREAT GATSBY, at the Carindale Library, on Friday, 21 September 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
  • JANE MILBURN – sustainability consultant and founder of TEXTILE BEAT – arrived at the slow clothing philosophy by refashioning garments in her wardrobe to provide meaning and story. Join Jane as she discusses her journey to slow clothing and shares ideas you can easily implement, at the Toowong Library on Saturday, 22 September 2018.
  • Join award-winning journalist and novelist CAROLINE OVERINGTON in conversation with FRANCES WHITING, as she discusses her new psychological thriller, The Ones You Trust, at the Carindale Library on Tuesday, 25 September 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

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  • From Stella Prize shortlisted author KRISSY KNEEN comes Wintering, a daring, original and exciting novel about abuse, complicity and delusion, set in the beautiful Tasmanian landscape. Meet Krissy at Riverbend Books, Bulimba on Wednesday, 26 September 2018 at 6.30 p.m.
  • As a spiritual quest after the death of his wife, NOEL BRAUN undertook several walking journeys across France and Spain while aged in his 70s and 80s. Meet him to discuss his experience of writing his memoirs, at the Corinda Library on Tuesday, 25 September, Kenmore Library on Friday, 28 September and the Bulimba Library on Saturday, 29 September 2018.
  • Author JANET LEE, winner of a 2017 Queensland Literary Award, will talk about her experiences writing The Killing of Louisa, a woman who was hanged in New South Wales in 1889. Was she guilty or not? Discuss it at the Kenmore Library on Saturday, 29 September at 10.00 a.m., and the Wynnum Library on Saturday, 29 September 2018 at 2.30 p.m.
  • ALICE’S WONDERLAND: A MOST CURIOUS ADVENTURE is a travelling family-friendly exhibition presented by Museums Victoria, which brings basic science concepts to life for 3–8-year-olds and their families. It’s ON NOW at the Cobb+Co Museum, 27 Lindsay Street, TOOWOOMBA, and runs until Monday, 28 January 2019. 

 

'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, 10 September 2018.

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  • THE HORNE PRIZE, valued at $15,000, is a major essay award for an essay of exceptional quality up to 3,000 words that addresses some part of the theme ‘Australian Life’. Entries close at midnight on Monday, 17 September 2018.
  • The Arts Central Queensland LORNA McDONALD ESSAY PRIZE celebrates the achievement of Lorna McDonald’s efforts in collecting, interpreting, recording and writing the history of the Central Queensland Region. There is no age limit and entries are welcome from writers anywhere in the world as long as they express this Central Queensland focus. Entries close at midnight on Friday, 28 September 2018.
  • Submissions for the NEW ENGLAND THUNDERBOLT PRIZE FOR CRIME WRITING  for short-form crime writing in the open categories CRIME FICTION, CRIME NON-FICTION and CRIME POETRY are now open. Entries close on Sunday, 30 September 2018.
  • Creative organisations and individuals with major cultural projects on the go are invited to apply for GRANTS FROM THE COPYRIGHT AGENCY. Applications for THE CULTURAL FUND ARE NOW OPEN and close at 5.00 p.m. on Monday, 24 September, 2018.

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  • THE COPYRIGHT AGENCY AUTHOR FELLOWSHIP is open to novelists, playwrights, poets, scriptwriters, non-fiction writers, children’s and young adult book writers, and journalists. It will award $80,000 to an established author to be used for the development and creation of a new work. Applications close at 5.00 p.m. on Monday, 24 September 2018.
  • THE COPYRIGHT AGENCY 2018 FELLOWSHIP FOR NON-FICTION WRITING will award $80,000 to an Australian writer to develop and create a new and important work of creative non-fiction. Applications close at 5.00 p.m. on Monday, 24 September 2018.
  • THE COPYRIGHT AGENCY FELLOWSHIP FOR A VISUAL ARTIST will award $80,000 to an established Australian artist to develop and create new work in any medium that connects with audiences. Applications close at 5.00 p.m. on Monday, 24 September 2018.
  • BIG SKY PUBLISHING is a publisher of non-fiction adult titles and is currently WELCOMING MANUSCRIPTS IN THE FOLLOWING GENRES: history, military history, true crime, current affairs, self-help, health, business, lifestyle, auto/biography and humourEmail your effort to them now!
  • The nation-wide DEBORAH CASS PRIZE FOR MIGRANT WRITERS will award an early career writer of migrant background $3,000 plus a three-month mentorship with an established writer. Applicants must have been either born overseas or have at least one parent who was born overseas, and they will need to certify this on the application form. Submit your entry by Tuesday, 2 October 2018.

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  • THE WOLLONGONG WRITERS FESTIVAL SHORT STORY PRIZE will be awarded for a story up to 2,500 words on the theme ‘Feeding Time’. Entries close at midnight on Monday, 15 October 2018.
  • THE JOYCE PARKES WOMEN’S WRITERS’ PRIZE, sponsored by the Australian Irish Heritage Association, is now accepting entries. Your entry may be fact or fiction and is limited to prose of 1,000–2,000 words on the topic of ‘Freedom’. Entries close on Wednesday, 31 October 2018.
  • THE CARTER BROWN MYSTERY WRITING AWARDS competition is open to all writers over the age of 18, who are writing novella-length adult crime/mystery fiction (of approximately 30,000–50,000 words). Get your entries in by 5.00 p.m. (AEST) on Wednesday, 31 October 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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  • 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, 10 September 2018. Due to the large number of general events coming up in September 2018, this section has been moved to a second Quicklists page at EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2. 

 

EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2

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Who’s the parrot, you ask? This sculpture is named ‘You’re terrible Muriel’. It was created by Ivan Lovatt from 100 metres of chicken wire and took him over two months to make. The colourful description was coined after a parrot adopted by Ivan’s family took to Ivan, but thoroughly disliked his wife Muriel. You can see Muriel at the 16TH SWELL SCULPTURE FESTIVAL now running at Pacific Parade, Currumbin Beach on the Gold Coast until Sunday, 23 September 2018. It’s FREE ENTRY and accessible. Bring yourselves, your family, your dog and your camera. The festival started in 2003 with 23 sculptures and has now expanded to a 10-day festival, with over 275,000 people flocking to Currumbin Beach to gape at 50 monumental, awe-inspiring and memorable sculptures. The festival is open all hours. The magnificent outdoor gallery presents the opportunity to enjoy free guided twilight walks and artist talks, and festival activities have been extended to include performance art, music, yoga among the sculptures, and lots of culinary delights. (Photo of Muriel by L.J. May S/S)