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It’s a day of free family fun at the WORLD HARMONY FESTIVAL 2019, with the coming together of multicultural and mainstream communities to get to know each other and enhance multicultural understanding. There’s plenty for kids to do, including free face painting and a Lion Dance Workshop at 5.30 p.m. You can grab a $15 unlimited rides ticket for the giant slide, rock wall, land train, jumping castle, tea cups, laser skirmish and Ferris wheel. Note that there will be no ATM available at the festival, so you need to plan for that. There are prizes to be won, performances to see, lots of delicious international food to munch on, and a fireworks spectacular at 8.00 p.m. Head for the Robelle Domain Parkland, Education City Drive, Springfield Central, on Saturday, 16 March 2019 from 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. (Poster photo courtesy of the World Harmony Society)

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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.

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

These pages were updated on Tuesday, 12 March 2019.

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  • The AWG invites you to spend an evening with two of the top creatives from LIKE A PHOTON CREATIVE, a Brisbane-based production company specialising in world-class kids’ animation and children's TV and online content. Discover how they rose to stellar heights, at The King Room, QA Hotel, 64 James Street, Fortitude Valley on Wednesday, 13 March 2019 at 7.00 p.m.
  • Join SIMON CLEARY to discuss his new novel, The War Artist, a timely and compelling novel about the legacy of war, the power of art and the possibility of atonement. He will be at the Brisbane Square Library on Friday, 15 March from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m., and the Sunnybank Hills Library on Saturday, 16 March from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.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, 15 March 2019, from 5.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
  • Join award-winning author PEGGY FREW and SUZY WILSON to discuss Peggy’s compelling new book, Islands, a spellbinding, riveting, and brilliant portrait of a family in crisis. Book in at Riverbend Books, Bulimba for Friday, 15 March 2019 at 6.30 p.m.

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  • The BRISBANE OMEGA WRITERS BOOK FAIR is on again, with author tables, a wide range of books, author readings, showbags, Treasure Hunt/door prizes and more. Entry is FREE (although a gold coin donation would be appreciated). WORKSHOPS will cost you $15 and include Healing History with ANNE HAMILTON, and Writing Life Stories with RUTH BONETTI. Head for Hills Church, 79 Queens Road, Everton Hills on Saturday, 16 March 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. 
  • Local author, commentator, and former newspaper editor, DAVID FAGAN, will celebrate the release of his new book Has the Luck Run Out? in conversation with DENNIS ATKINS, National Affairs Editor of The Courier-Mail. What’s going wrong, what’s going right, and what can we do to redefine Australia’s future? Lend them your ears at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Monday, 18 March 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Hear first-hand, the incredible true story of an Iraqi refugee who became an internationally-celebrated surgeon. Following on his bestselling memoir Walking Free, Australian-based ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR MUNJED AL MUDERIS now shares more of his extraordinary journey in Going Back, which tells of his emotional return to Iraq some eighteen years after he was forced to leave. Book in at the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) for Wednesday, 20 March 2019 from 7.00 p.m. to 8.15 p.m.
  • 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 Wynnum Library on Thursday, 21 March 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. 

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  • Meet award-winning author and investigative journalist MATTHEW CONDON to hear a fascinating talk on his new book The Night Dragon, which shines a light on a chilling chapter of Australia’s criminal past and the devastating legacy left in its wake. Matt will be at the Chermside, Brisbane Square and Wynnum Libraries between Thursday, 21 March and Saturday, 30 March 2019 – please see the detailed listing for dates and times.
  • Award-winning writer and appearance activist CARLY FINDLAY lives with a rare skin condition, Ichthyosis. Carly’s honest, outspoken and thought-provoking memoir will challenge your assumptions and beliefs about what it is like to have a visibly different appearance. Join her for a discussion at the Brisbane City Square Library, on Thursday, 21 March 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
  • How the hell did TODD ALEXANDER go from being the poster boy for corporate success to crashing through the bush in a storm in search of a missing pig called Helga? Head for Riverbend Books, Bulimba, to hear Todd’s hilarious tale of Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga (a not-so-perfect tree change), on Friday, 22 March 2019 at 6.30 p.m. 
  • Sick of the daily grind and corporate shenanigans in the city, Todd and Jeff throw caution to the wind and buy 100 acres in the Hunter Valley wine region in order to live a golden bucolic life and build a fabulous B&B. What could possibly go wrong? Meet author TODD ALEXANDER and find out, at the Garden City Library on Saturday, 23 March, and the Indooroopilly Library on Sunday 24 March 2019, both sessions from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.
  • Join interior designer and author BRONNIE MASEFAU as she discusses her fifth book The Meaning of Home – A Place to Belong, and shares her insights into the design industry and what ‘home’ means to people. Meet Bronnie at the Brisbane Square Library on Sunday, 24 March 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

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  • Riverbend Books is delighted to announce a very special evening with author and artist, KIRSHA KAECHELE. This is a rare and unique opportunity to attend an event preceding an exhibition at one of the world’s most exciting modern art galleries, MONA (Museum of Old and New Art – Tasmania). Book yourself into Riverbend Books, Bulimba, for Monday, 25 March 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Join THE QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL on the Riverbend deck and be captivated by the words of outstanding poets! Line-up to be announced! This event sells like hot cakes each year, so book in now if you want to go. It’s happening at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Tuesday, 26 March 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Bestselling author, DAVID GILLESPIE, is one of Australia’s most trusted non-fiction researchers, and has written a compelling book that every parent needs to read. Teen Brain explains why screens are making your teenager depressed, anxious and prone to lifelong addictive illnesses – and how to stop it now. Discuss this curly question with David at the Polding Theatre, Lourdes Hill College, Hawthorne, on Wednesday, 27 March 2019 at 6.30 p.m. – Book through Riverbend Books, Bulimba.
  • Join award-winning local author, SIMON CLEARY, to discuss his new novel The War Artist, a timely and compelling novel about the legacy of war, the power of art and the possibility of atonement. Catch up with Simon at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Thursday, 28 March 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • How well do you know your characters? In this WRITING FROM CHARACTER WORKSHOP with the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC), you will learn how to get deep inside the minds of significant characters and better understand their motivations, choices and psychological states. Book in for this session at the Bulimba Library on Saturday, 30 March 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.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 Tuesday, 12 March 2019.  

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  • The Moorabool Shire Council is proud to announce that THE 2019 PETER CAREY SHORT STORY AWARD is now open for entries. The award is for short stories between 2,000–3,000 words, and is open to all Australian residents aged 18 or over. Entries close at 6.00 p.m. AEDT on Thursday, 21 March 2019.
  • Applications and nominations are now open for five research fellowships and projects totalling $60,000 as part of State Library's QUEENSLAND MEMORY AWARDS. All applications must be received by 5.00 p.m. on Thursday, 28 March 2019.

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  • THE VERSE AND SHORT STORY COMPETITION is a highly regarded literary element of the Henry Lawson Festival. There are multiple classes for various ages and abilities in both verse and short story. Judging is by impartial, highly regarded authors and performers. Entries close on Friday, 29 March 2019.
  • Submissions are now open for Griffith Review's seventh annual novella competition, which boasts a prize pool of $25,000 to be shared equally among winners. THE NOVELLA PROJECT VII is one of the richest novella competitions in the world and is open to all Australian and New Zealand authors. Submissions close on Friday, 29 March 2019.
  • The annual W.B. YEATS POETRY PRIZE is open to residents of Australia for previously unpublished poems. Entries are only accepted from residents of Australia, must not have been previously published and must have a 50 line maximum limit, Entries close on Sunday, 31 March 2019.

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  • It's that time of year again! The Australian Crime Writers Association is pleased to announce that they are now open for submissions for the 2019 NED KELLY AWARDS for crime writing. Entries close on Sunday, 31 March 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 AUSTRALIAN WRITER’S GUILD is calling for entries for THE 52ND ANNUAL AWGIE AWARDS. Open to produced works across film, television, documentary, theatre, radio, interactive and children's television. Entries close at 11.59 p.m. on Monday, 18 March 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 Tuesday, 12 March 2019. Due to the large number of general events coming up in March 2019, this section has been moved to a second Quicklists page at EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2. 

 

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THE BRISBANE IRISH FESTIVAL: Watch the spectacle of a sea of green, colourful floats and lively marching bands at the ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE in the city on Saturday, 16 March 2019. The parade starts and ends at the City Botanic Gardens (Alice Street end) and runs from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. There will also be live music, food and 30 stalls to enjoy from 8.00 a.m. in the gardens. The ever-popular PADDYFEST will be held at the Eagle Farm Racecourse, Brisbane on Saturday, 16 March 2019. Gates open at 12.00 noon, and the entertainment begins at 1.00 p.m. You will need tickets. Go to http://paddyfest.com.au/whats-on/program to find out more about what’s happening at Paddyfest. Other events include a Queensland Irish Choir Performance at the Brisbane German Club (huh?), a Charity Ball on 9 March, and a Festival Family Day at Gaelic Park, Willawong, on 10 March, 2019. Go to http://www.brisbaneirishfestival.com to see what’s on and where. (Photo by Matt Lonergan 2018, courtesy of The Brisbane Irish Festival)