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It’s positively medieval! The ABBEY MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL will transport you to a time and place where history and fantasy merge. Cheer jousting knights on their magnificent horses during TOURNAMENT WEEKEND, with displays of iron-clad warriors locked in battle. There are lots of activities to keep the kids entertained and everyone will enjoy the displays, costumes and merriment. Hie thee to the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology, 1–63 The Abbey Place (off Old Toorbul Point Road), Visit the website at https://www.abbeymedievalfestival.com for the program. (Photo by L.J. May)

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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.

THESE PAGES WERE UPDATED ON MONDAY, 8 JULY 2019!

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

These pages were updated on Monday, 8 July 2019.

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  • Children’s author JANET REID will shares her tips on using the five senses to establish the setting for a pirate story in the WRITE LIKE A PIRATE CAPTAIN WORKSHOP for young pirates aged 6–11. Kids can go on to write a sizzling start to their tale before creating their own pirate map. Shiver your timbers into the Mitchelton Library on Thursday, 11 July, the West End Library on Friday, 12 July and the Nundah Library on Saturday, 13 July 2019.
  • The YOUTUBE CREATORS WORKSHOP, presented by Activate Entertainment, is ideal for those aged 12–17 years. Participants will learn how to create, produce and edit content for their own YouTube channel based on popular online trends. Upload yourself to the Inala Library on Friday, 12 July 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
  • Since winning the Newport Poetry Contest as a teen, LAUREN ELISE DANIELS’ work has appeared in various publications across the globe, Join Lauren as she shares her experiences in writing her novel Serpent’s Wake: A Tale for the Bitten, and how stories serve as profound healers. Slide into the Mitchelton Library on Saturday, 13 July 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon, and the Corinda Library on Tuesday, 23 July 2019 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
  • Hear author JILL BAKER discuss her book The Horns: Book One of the Zambezi Trilogy, a tale of Britain’s last colony brought to vibrant and dramatic life through the eyes of four childhood playmates, three of them African and one European. Safari into the Kenmore Library on Saturday, 13 July 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m., and the Wynnum Library on Monday, 22 July 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.
  • At this YARNING AND POETRY WITH AUNTY THERESA CREED event, Theresa’s poetry will tell her story and the history of her Indigenous family, from the undisturbed times to war and invasion, the Aboriginal mission and reserve system, the land rights movement, and life today. Meet Aunty Theresa at the Fairfield Library on Saturday, 13 July 2019, and the Zillmere Library on Saturday, 20 July 2019.
  • Join FLORENCE THIRIOT to discuss the art and life of JACQUES LOUIS DAVID, already a renowned painter when the French Revolution began in 1789, and whose works are a spectacular record of that time. Take your liberty, equality and fraternity along to SUNDAY CONVERSATION at the Brisbane Square Library, on Sunday, 14 July 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

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  • SUZY AND VICKY will be hosting some WINTER BOOKCHATS at Riverbend. Come along, have a glass of wine and settle in for a cosy evening of literary chat! Your ticket price includes a drink and 10% off all books. Start chatting at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Monday, 15 July 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • MARK MANSON is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, the mega-bestseller that has been translated into over 50 languages and sold more than seven million copies worldwide. Hear Mark talk about his new book Everything is F*cked:A Book About Hope, when he returns to the Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm, on Thursday, 18 July 2019 at 7.30 p.m.
  • Discover the many forgotten voices preserved in letters, diaries, transcripts and memoirs, as presented by DUNCAN RICHARDSON, author of Year of Disasters, at the Annerley Library on Thursday, 18 July 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
  • Catch up with author AMANDA HAMPSON to talk about her novel Sixty Summers, a story about three women in their sixties looking back on their lives and taking stock. Hear Amanda discuss her book at the Carindale Library on Friday, 19 July 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.
  • Join the FAIRFIELD WRITERS GROUP for the launch of their sixth story anthology, LOVE EVENTUALLY, an eclectic mix of love stories which extends beyond the traditional romance genre. Feel the love at the Fairfield Library on Saturday, 20 July 2019 from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
  • In this INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP with the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC), you will explore creative writing basics and come away with tools and exercises to nurture your inner storyteller. Book in at the Sunnybank Hills Library for Saturday, 20 July 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.

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  • The Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) will fill in the crime writer’s knowledge gap with an INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE FOR WRITERS WORKSHOP. Forensic scientist SARAH GARDNER will go through real-life cases to enable you to kill people off realistically. Come down and see what’s on the slab at the Carindale Library, on Saturday, 20 July 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
  • Join TONY PRITCHARD for an insightful and humorous talk, and enjoy an adventure without all the hard work, when he discusses his third book, Canoeing Down the Darling, at the Brisbane Square Library,on Sunday, 21 July, 2019.
  • Join author ALLI SINCLAIR as she shares her heart-stirring novel of loss, love and new hope, The Cinema at Starlight Creek. Film buffs in particular will like this one. Meet Alli at the Inala Library on Tuesday, 23 July 2019 from 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m., and the Chermside Library on Tuesday, 23 July 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.
  • ASHLEY HAY will interview ANDREW STAFFORD about his new memoir Something to Believe Inthe story of a self-confessed music wannabe’s life after he discovered he couldn’t play. Hear it at Riverbend Books, Bulimba on Tuesday, 23 July 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • MICHAEL BEATTY did his first interview with guitar legend Jimi Hendrix for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and was promptly ‘exiled’ to a CBC radio station in the Eastern Arctic. His journalistic journey got even weirder from there. Now working as the spokesperson for RSPCA Queensland, Michael has written Off the Beatty Track, and will share his experiences with you at the Wynnum Library on Wednesday, 24 July 2019 from 12.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m., and the Sunnybank Hills Library on Friday, 26 July 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.
  • Visionaries, pioneers, activists and artists – women who made a difference to Australia. SUSANNA DE VRIES’ book, Rebel Women Who Changed Australia, is a celebration of women who broke the mould, crashed through the ceilings, and shaped the nation in the fields of medicine, law, the arts and politics. Susanna will talk about her research for this book at the Toowong Library, on Friday, 26 July 2019.

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  • The second in SLQ’s Portrait of an Artist series for 2019 offers a unique insight into the life and the politically-charged work of Queensland Indigenous artist GORDON HOOKEY, whose work is held in the public collection of most major Australian galleries as well as public collections in the United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand and Canada. During this FREE event, see a film interview with Gordon, followed by a Q & A session with him, in Auditorium 1, Level 2, State Library of Queensland (SLQ), South Bank, on Friday, 26 July 2019 from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
  • During this MARKETING IDEAS WORKSHOP, presented by IRENA BEE, you will learn how to turn your creative hobby or writing skills into a successful business using free tools and simple planning. Begin the dream at the Wynnum Library on Saturday, 27 July 2019 from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
  • Join ANDY GRIFFITHS at MORETON BAY COLLEGE for more madcap Treehouse adventures in THE 117 STOREY TREEHOUSE, which now has 13 new storeys. Book through Riverbend Books for this great event to be held at the Moreton Bay College Music Centre, 72 Hargreaves Road, Manly West, Brisbane, on Sunday, 28 July 2019 at 2.00 p.m.
  • DOMINIC SMITH, best-selling auhor of The Last Painting of Sara De Vos, will speak about his compelling new novel The Electric Hotel, which traces the intertwined fates of a silent film director and his muse. Book in at Riverbend Books for this event, which will be held at the Polding Theatre, Lourdes Hill College, 86 Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne, Brisbane, on Wednesday, 31 July 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Attend the launch of DIMITY POWELL’S new picture book PIPPA. Pippa is a little pigeon with big blue-sky ambitions: to fly solo and explore the world beyond her nest. But how will she survive in this new uncharted territory with all its treacherous dangers and make it back home in time for tea? Take your little ones to find out at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Saturday, 3 August 2019 at 3.30 p.m.
  • MEGAN K. STACK sits down with ABC Radio’s REBECCA LEVINGSTON to discuss her new book, Women’s Work, a stunning memoir of raising her children abroad with the help of Chinese and Indian women, and which turns a journalistic eye on the trade-offs they’d been forced to make. Head for the Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, on Tuesday, 6 August 2019 at 7.00 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 were updated on Thursday, 11 July 2019.

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  • The VENIE HOLMGREN ENVIRONMENTAL POETRY PRIZE is open to citizens of Australia or New Zealand, or people who have permanent resident status in Australia or New Zealand. Entries close at 11.59 p.m. EST on Monday, 22 July 2019.
  • The annual ALBURY CITY SHORT STORY AWARD is open to entrants throughout Australia. There are no thematic restrictions this year – judges simply want to see a well-written short story of up to 3,000 words. Entries close at 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday, 24 July 2019.
  • The ROSE FRANKCOMBE SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2019 ROSE AWARD is open to all short story writers, and is for an original, previously unpublished short story of between 1,200 to 1,500 words on the theme of ‘Earth’. Entries close on Wednesday, 31 July 2019.
  • Australian Women writers over the age of 18 are encouraged to submit their short story of up to 1,500 words on an open theme, to THE ESTELLE PINNEY SHORT STORY COMPETITION. Entries close Wednesday, 31 July 2019.

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  • The IPSWICH POETRY FEAST INTERNATIONAL POETRY WRITING COMPETITION is now open for entries in several categories for both Open Age and Students from 5–17 years of age. A TEACHERS INFORMATION KIT is available to help teachers with entries from the latter. Entries close: 5.00 p.m. on Friday, 2 August 2019.
  • THE DAVID HAROLD TRIBE FICTION PRIZEis open to all those who have been Australian residents for a minimum of four years and will be presented to the person with the best original work of fiction of literary merit, on any theme between 3,000 and 5,000 words. Submit your entry to the Department of English, at the University of Sydney, by 11.59 p.m. (AEST) on Friday, 2 August 2019.
  • THE HELEN ANNE BELL POETRY BEQUEST AWARD 2019 offers a cash prize of $7,000 and publication with Vagabond Press for a previously unpublished collection of poems between 50–80 pages by an Australian woman poet over the age of 18. Submit your entry to the Department of English, at the University of Sydney, by 11.59 p.m. (AEST) on Friday, 2 August 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 Regular: 30/09/2019, Late: 30/11/2019. 
  • 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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  • Entries have opened for the 2019 JOHN HINDE AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE FICTION SCREENWRITING, and the Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) is looking for exceptional Sci-Fi. Entries close at 5.00 p.m. on Friday, 9 August 2019.
  • 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 Monday, 8 July 2019! Due to the large number of general events coming up in July 2019, this section has been moved to a second Quicklists page at EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2. 

 

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MOONWALKING AND STARGAZING: The ABC commissioned the BBC to produce a special edition of the popular Stargazing program to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings. Filmed in front of a live studio audience and hosted by PROFESSOR BRIAN COX and JULIA ZEMIRO, Stargazing sits at the heart of a season of programs marking the historic event on the ABC this July. Tune in to see STARGAZING: MOON AND BEYOND on Tuesday, 16 July 2019 at 8.00 p.m. Then stay tuned for FLY ME TO THE MOON at 9.00 p.m. Narrated by John Barron, this program will feature interviews with prominent Australians as they reflect on this triumph of human achievement. (Photo at top by L.J. May S/S. Bottom photo of the Hidden Colours of the Moon by courtesy of the photographer, Craig Semple)