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After slaving over a hot stage with some of Australia’s best musical mentors, golden oldies will show younger performers how it’s done at eight LORD MAYOR’S FREE SENIORS CABARET SHOWCASE CONCERTS. Come along to support Brisbane’s talented seniors as they dance, sing and set the stage alight at various venues around town. Performances start on Thursday, 15 August and continue until Tuesday, 3 September 2019. See the detailed listing in WHAT’S ON NOW? to find specific dates and where you can cheer them on. Some of these acts will amaze you. It’s all part of the many events being held during SENIORS WEEK 2019 – to find out what else is happening, go to https://www.qldseniorsweek.org.au/events. (Photo of the Galloping Grannies 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 FRIDAY, 9 AUGUST 2019!

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

These pages were updated on Friday, 9 August 2019.

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  • During this Queensland Writers Centre CREATING A PR PLAN FOR WRITERS WORKSHOP, you will learn about writing press releases, finding media contacts and using a unique angle to get your book in front of people. Book in to the Grange Library for Saturday, 10 August 2019 at 10.30 a.m.
  • Don't miss POETS BELT OUT BUSH BALLADS at the Old Museum. Some of Queensland’s best speakers will take to the stage at the EKKA to show off their rhythm as they recite poems in front of a live audience. It’s FREE to attend with your Ekka Admission Ticket and you don’t need to book. Head for The Old Museum Precinct, 480 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, on the Bush Poetry Stage in the museum gardens, (just up the road from the Brisbane Showgrounds), on Saturday, 10 August 2019 from 9.30 a.m.
  • Enjoy a landmark new production of STORM BOY, Colin Thiele’s cherished yet bittersweet coming-of-age story, which will touch the hearts of young and old with its masterful puppetry and boundless imagination. You’ve read the classic story about a boy and a pelican, and you’ve probably seen the film – now see the stage adaptation at The Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Cnr Melbourne & Grey Streets, South Bank, Brisbane. It’s ON NOW and runs until Saturday, 17 August 2019.  
  • Join the conversation at the State Library of Queensland TALKING IDEAS event, BANKING BAD WITH ADELE FERGUSON. Adele’s Banking Bad was the book that was influential in bringing about the Banking Royal Commission, the commission the government really didn’t want to have and said was unnecessary. Book in for Auditorium 1, at the State Library of Queensland (SLQ), South Bank, on Monday, 12 August 2019 from 7.00 p.m. to 8.15 p.m.
  • If you’re a budding poet, seasoned peddler of prose, or an appreciator of the spoken word, get along to POETS UP LATE for an evening of poetry, good company and inspiration. It’s happening at the Wynnum Library on Thursday, 15 August 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

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  • MEET EVIE FARRELL and hear the tale of a single mum and daughter who traded a conventional life in the suburbs for a life lived fully together travelling the world. Backyard to Backpack is the inspirational true story that will have you asking yourself what might be if you took a chance, stepped off the path of expectation and created your own adventure? Travel to Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Wednesday, 14 August 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Each year schools and public libraries across Australia celebrate books, Australian authors and illustrators during CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK; this year it runs from Saturday, 17 August to Friday, 23 August 2019. In Brisbane, FRANCES WHITING, REBECCA SPARROW and MEGAN DALEY will discuss their favourite children’s and young adult books, as well as their picks from the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year shortlist. See them at the Wynnum Library, on Tuesday, 20 August 2019 at 6.00 p.m., the Brisbane Square Library, on Friday, 23 August 2019 at 6.00 p.m., and the City Library, on Sunday, 25 August 2019 at 11.00 a.m.
  • Poet ANNA JACOBSON’S collection traces the skeins of lost histories and the spaces of dropped stitches framed by explorations of Jewish culture and family, and fuelled by a boundless and exhilarating imagination. Join Anna to hear more about her publication Amnesia Findings, at the Wynnum Library, on Thursday, 19 September 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
  • Here’s a treat! Join excellent author MICHAEL ROBOTHAM as he discusses his latest book, Good Girl, Bad Girl, an unnerving psychological thriller from one of the world’s greatest contemporary crime writers. Shiver into the Brisbane Square Library, on Tuesday, 20 August 2019 at 6.00 p.m.
  • Author of Losing Kate and Missing You, KYLIE KADEN is back with her latest domestic noir-thriller novel The Day the Lies Began, about two couples, four ironclad friendships, the perfect coastal holiday town – or is it? Swim into the Chermside Library on Tuesday, 20 August 2019 at 6.00 p.m., and the Mitchelton Library on Saturday, 24 August 2019 at 2.00 p.m.
  • Join the author of The Woolgrower’s Companion, JOY RHOADES, as she shares her latest novel The Burnt Country. In Australia in 1948, a young woman knows she is expected to fail as she attempts to run a sizeable sheep station in NSW against the odds. Find out if she succeeds at the Wynnum Library, on Tuesday, 20 August 2019.

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  • At this special mid-morning event, meet international award-winning author MICHAEL ROBOTHAM, who will talk about his unnerving new crime novel Good Girl, Bad Girl. Muster your fortitude and head for Riverbend Books, Bulimba, at Wednesday, 21 August 2019 at 11.00 a.m.
  • Debut author TABITHA BIRD will discuss her extraordinary new novel A Lifetime of Impossible Days, in which Willa Waters receives a mysterious box containing a jar of water and the instruction to plant it in her back yard. She does – and somehow creates an extraordinary time slip that allows her to visit her future selves. Share the mystery at the Brisbane Square Library, on Wednesday, 21 August 2019 at 6.00 p.m., the Indooroopilly Library, on Thursday, 22 August 2019 at 10.30 a.m., and the Kenmore Library, on Thursday, 29 August 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • CASS MORIARTY will be in conversation with journalist, author and poet PHIL BROWN to discuss his memoir THE KOWLOON KID, an affectionate yet honest portrait of family, self, and the 1960s in Hong Kong. Take the Star Ferry to the Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary Street, West End, on Wednesday, 21 August 2019 at 6.00 p.m. for 6.30 p.m.
  • Here’s a cracking account of the rivalries and hatreds that split the Liberal Party, brought down Malcolm Turnbull, and propelled Scott Morrison to power. DENNIS ATKINS, National Affairs Editor at The Courier-Mail, interviews DAVID CROWE about his new book, Venom: Vendettas, betrayals and the price of power, the secret history of the brutal power play to lead the government. If you can stand it, head for Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Wednesday, 21 August 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Join author MAYA LINNELL as she shares her rural fiction novel Wildflower Ridge, about four sisters, one farm, and a second chance at following your heart. Meet Maya at the Ashgrove Library on Thursday, 22 August 2019 at 6.00 p.m.
  • The QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL is Australia’s finest festival for all things poetry and spoken word – aficionados will enjoy four days of poetic bliss. Attend the FREE Queensland Poetry Awards and Opening Night, hear some fine readers at the QPF Cabaret, and of course, you won’t want to miss the Australian Poetry Slam: 2019 Queensland Final. See the website in the detailed listing for more about what’s on in Brisbane and where. It’s all happening from Thursday 22 August to Sunday 25 August 2019.

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  • Author JESSICA WHITE will talk about her new book Hearing Maud: A Journey for a Voice, a work of creative non-fiction that details her experiences of deafness after losing most of her hearing at the age of four. EACH OF THESE EVENTS WILL BE INTERPRETED IN AUSLAN at the Ashgrove Library, on Saturday, 24 August 2019 at 11.00 a.m., the Corinda Library, on Tuesday, 27 August 2019 at 10.30 a.m., and the Kenmore Library, on Thursday, 5 September 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • MICHAEL CONNELLY is one of the best-known and biggest selling crime writers of all time. He is the author of the acclaimed Harry Bosch thrillers, and the executive producer of Bosch, an Amazon Studios original starring Titus Welliver as his compelling character Harry Bosch. If you’re just wild about Harry, join the discussion at the Everton Park Library, on Saturday, 24 August 2019 at 11.00 a.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 upstairs at the West End Library, on Saturday, 24 August 2019 at 1.30 p.m.
  • Join internationally acclaimed author and screenwriter DAVID NICHOLLS to discuss his long-awaited new novel Sweet SorrowDavid trained as an actor before making the switch to writing. His novels have sold over eight million copies worldwide and are published in forty languages. He is also responsible for too many screenwriting credits to mention here. Writers of all persuasions should crawl over hot coals to meet him at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Monday, 26 August 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • You are invited to celebrate the release of Saving Grace by ERICA McWILLIAM. Dr Michael Dwyer and Dr Mark Cryle will be on hand to help Erica launch her book, which tells of a woman lost to her family: a woman lost to herself. In her new biography, Erica McWilliam probes the vulnerability and sisterhood in her Australian family’s past. It’s FREE to attend at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Wednesday, 28 August 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • From JULIET RIEDEN, non-fiction author, journalist and Editor-At-Large of The Australian Women's Weekly, comes the story of how her father survived the Holocaust. Meticulously researched and beautifully told, The Writing on the Wall is the story of a woman's quest to make sense of her father’s life. Juliet will be in conversation with DAME QUENTIN BRYCE at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Thursday, 29 August 2019 at 6.00 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, 8 August 2019.

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  • All are welcome to enter THE MELBOURNE POETS UNION INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION, with a poem of up to 50 lines. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit. Entries close at 11.50 p.m. on Wednesday, 14 August 2019.
  • The ELYNE MITCHELL WRITING AWARD was established to encourage writers to focus their stories on the Australasian rural landscape. Your 2,500 word story (fiction or non-fiction) should include a specific reference to an Australian Rural experience on the 2019 theme ‘New Beginnings’. Entries close on Thursday, 22 August 2019.
  • THE LANE COVE LITERARY AWARDS is a prestigious national writing competition organised by Lane Cove Council. Australian writers over 16 years of age are invited to submit unpublished works on an open theme in the categories of a Short Story of no more than 3,000 words, Travel Story of no more than 2,000 words, and Poetry of 50 lines maximum length and no more than 1,000 words. Entries close at midnight on Monday, 26 August 2019.
  • Braille House is proud to once again be inviting writers who are blind or have low vision (of all ages and from all over Australia), to submit manuscripts for the 2019 DICKINSON MEMORIAL LITERARY COMPETITION. Spread the word, and enter by Friday, 30 August 2019.

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  • Poets are invited to enter the FAW TASMANIA 2019 POETRY PRIZE, for a poem of no more than 60 lines. Poems must be original, unpublished, and must not have won a monetary prize in any other competition. Entries close on Saturday, 31 August 2019.
  • The FAW New South Wales is calling for entries to THE MARJORIE BARNARD SHORT STORY AWARD, for Short Stories up to 3,000 words on an open theme. Entries are open to permanent residents of Australia, and entries close on Saturday, 31 August 2019.
  • THE SCARLET STILETTO AWARDS – WOMEN’S CRIME AND MYSTERY SHORT STORY COMPETITION is now open for entries. Maximum length is 5,000 words; no minimum. Lots of great prizes. Entries close on Saturday, 31 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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  • 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 Thursday, 8 August 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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NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK runs across Australia from Saturday, 10 August to Sunday, 18 August 2019. Go to https://www.scienceweek.net.au to find festivals, activities, and events across Australia, in your State, or at a location near you. IN BRISBANE, we have three big events running during Science week. At the BRISBANE SCIENCE FESTIVAL 2019, you can enjoy three fun-filled days of spectacular science shows, STEM career talks, robotics, drones, virtual reality, native animals, rocket science and Teacher PD! Whiz into the South Bank Piazza, South Bank Parklands, from Friday, 16 August to Sunday, 18 August 2019. You need tickets – see the home page. The superb ROBOTRONICA program at the QUT Gardens Point Campus on Sunday, 18 August 2019 reflects the skills of both teaching staff and students, with a little help from their friends across Australia and the globe. This is a FREE groundbreaking one-day event of live demonstrations, performance and discussions, showcasing some of the world’s latest advancements in robotics and technology. THE QUEENSLAND MUSEUM also has a range of exciting and fun events happening from 10 August to Sunday, 18 August 2019 – just the thing for budding scientists, young or old. See the home page for more. (Photo montage by L.J. May)