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It’s time for the LORD MAYOR’S CHRISTMAS CAROLS: Head for the Riverstage, Gardens Point Road (in the Brisbane City Botanical Gardens), on Saturday, 7 December from 4.00 p.m. until 9.15 p.m. for the annual Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols and enjoy Christmas classics with the whole family. Admission is FREE and no tickets are required – first in, best served, people. Channel 9 will be filming this event for broadcast. The Carols will showcase some of Australia’s biggest an brightest talents. Featured artist this year is ZEEK POWER, a local Indigenous singer/songwriter whose live touring schedule has captured audiences in Australia and across the world. With his ult-R&B sound, Zeek shot to fame as a grand finalist representing Team Kelly Rowland on this year’s season of ‘The Voice’. Of course, Santa will be there as well! (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.

THESE PAGES ARE CURRENTLY BEING UPDATED - PLEASE COME BACK SOON!

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

These pages were updated on Thursday 5 December 2019!

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  • Bjelke Blues: Stories of Repression and Resistance in Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s Queensland gives heart and soul to the remembrances of the men and women who were at the end of police batons… at the front line fighting for justice and decency,’ says Matthew Condon. Were you there? Add your voice to the 45 stories in this book or listen in disbelief, at the Fairfield Library on Saturday, 7 December, Wynnum Library on Thursday, 12 December, and the Brisbane Square Library on Friday, 13 December 2019.
  • Join author FRANCES WHITING to talk about her new novel, in which two struggling people think they know each other, but somewhere between who they are and who people think they are, lies The Best Kind of Beautiful. Frances will be at the Bracken Ridge Library on Saturday, 7 December a.m., Carindale Library on Saturday, 7 December p.m., and the Ithaca Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall (book in through the Brisbane Square Library) on Thursday, 12 December at 6.00 p.m., and the Ashgrove Library on Monday, 23 December 2019.
  • Meet author TED DUHS as he discusses his research and findings in his revised editions of I Know Who Killed Betty Shanks, Queensland’s oldest cold case. Thrash out the solution with Ted at the Toowong Library on Saturday, 7 December, the Inala Library on Thursday, 12 December, and the Carindale Library on Friday, 13 December 2019.
  • Under Ten Thousand Stars is a psychological thriller about secrets and lies, loss and betrayal, and how people are never what they seem. Join author SAMANTHA WOOD to find out who does what to whom, at the Mitchelton Library on Saturday, 7 December 2019.

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  • HOW GOOD’S AUSTRALIA! Join Australia's most trusted newspaper from the remote but vibrant town of Betoota, as CLANCY OVERELL and ERROL PARKER from The Betoota Advocate, along with PIP COURTNEY from the ABC's Landline, take us on the nation's journey through the chaos and confusion of the last four years, to the start of a new era via their book, How Good's Australia? You have to be over 18 years to attend this hoot party at The Outpost, Little Valley Lane, Warner Street, Fortitude Valley, on Saturday, 7 December 2019 at 6.00 p.m.
  • Book in at Riverbend Books, Bulimba to join staff and fellow book enthusiasts for Christmas Party celebrations, on both Monday, 9 December 2019 and Tuesday, 10 December 2019.
  • Join Bob Hawke’s widow, author BLANCHE d’ALPUGET, as she discusses her book Bob Hawke: The Complete Biography, a master work that tells the story of the man who changed the face of Australia. Meet Blanche in this special event to mark Bob Hawke’s extraordinary life and legacy, in the Ithaca Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall, 64 Adelaide Street, Brisbane (book through the Brisbane Square Library (07) 3403 4166 to reserve your places), on Tuesday, 10 December 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
  • Book in for the SUMMER BOOKCHAT to hear about Riverbend’s favourite books, new releases, holiday reads and gift ideas. SUZY WILSON and the Riverbend crew will be discussing their favourite books from 2019 and what to look out for in the coming months. Tickets include a drink and 10% off all the recommended titles. Book in early for this popular event at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Wednesday, 11 December 2019 at 6.30 p.m.

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  • It all started with a simple plan to secretly swap a mediocre horse with a faster one, and rake in the cash with a few well-placed bets. What could possibly go wrong? Authors PETER HOYSTED and PAT SHEIL will tell you all about THE FINE COTTON FIASCO when you race into the Wynnum Library on Thursday, 12 December, and the Brisbane Square Library on Friday, 13 December 2019.
  • Riverbend’s CHRISTMAS BOOK CHATS are a highlight of the year. CHLOE is the convener of their new Down the Rabbit Hole Book Club, and specialises in everything weird and wonderful. If you love fantasy, science fiction, or literary magical realism, this is the book chat for you. Book into Riverbend Books, Bulimba, for Friday, 13 December 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Was LACHLAN MACQUARIE (lover, fighter, egalitarian autocrat) the man who sowed the seeds of a great nation, or a tyrant who destroyed Australian Aboriginal resistance? Find out when you join author GRANTLEE KIEZA as he discusses his new book, Macquarie, at the Garden City Library on Saturday, 14 December 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.

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  • Meet author JANE MILLBURN who will talk about Slow Clothing: finding meaning in what we wear, as part of the official launch of the new look Stones Corner Library, at 280 Logan Road, Greenslopes, on Saturday, 14 December 2019 from 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
  • CASS MORIARTY will discuss her two page-turners Parting Words and Queensland Literary Award shortlisted The Promise Seed, as part of the official opening of the new look Ashgrove Library, 87 Amarina Avenue, Ashgrove, on Saturday, 14 December 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.
  • Join author RACHEL CASSIDY to talk about Stalked: The Human Target, a detailed account of the effects of stalking, which is experienced by a shockingly high proportion of the population. Follow her into the Fairfield Library on Saturday, 14 December 2019 from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 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 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 are currently being updated - please come back soon! Due to the large number of general events coming up in Novemberr 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

‘CHICAGO’ has become a New York City Institution. It has everything that makes a musical great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz, with one show-stopping song after another, and the slickest dancing in town. The show has been honoured with 6 Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy, and thousands of standing ovations. Based on real-life events back in the roaring 1920s, jazz slayer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and, along with Cell Block rival, double-murderess Velma Kelly, fights to keep off death row with the help of smooth talking lawyer, Billy Flynn. The knockout Australian cast features NATALIE BASSINGTHWAIGHTE as Roxie, musical diva ALINTA CHIDZEY as Velma, old smoothie TOM BURLINSON as Billy Flynn and, as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton, our very own CASEY DONOVAN’s performance is a revelation. Chicago is playing NOW in the Lyric Theatre at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). It would be a crime to miss it! Book your tickets at https://www.qpac.com.au or phone 136 246. (Check out more about the musical at chicagothemusical.com.au: Banner courtesy of Chicago)