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 nine 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 Wednesday, 11 July and continue until Saturday, 11 August 2018. 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. (Photo of the Galloping Grannies by L.J. May)
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- '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.
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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- Hear from DR. SANDUK RUIT, the Barefoot Surgeon who, like his mentor Fred Hollows, took on the world's medical establishment to give the life-changing gift of sight to hundreds and thousands
of the world's poorest and most isolated people. Pay your respects at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Friday, 13 July 2018 at 6.30 p.m.
- Can you identify the murderer before the police do? Pit your logic against theirs during THE UNEXPECTED GUEST, a thriller by Agatha Christie, presented by the NASH THEATRE at The Brunswick Room, Merthyr Road Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Road,
New Farm, from Friday, 13 July to Saturday, 4 August 2018.
- Teacher librarian and children’s literature expert MEGAN DALEY will tell you how to create a sense of fun and interest around reading to foster
a love of story and language in children from as young as five. Join her for HARNESSING THE POWER OF STORY at the Wynnum Library on Tuesday, 17 July at 6.30 p.m. and the Kenmore Library at 6.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 24 July 2018.
- 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, 19 July from 6.00 p.m.
- Join author SALLY PIPER, author of Grace’s Table, to discuss her gripping new novel, The Geography of Friendship, at the Chermside Library on Thursday, 19 July at 6.00 p.m., and the Wynnum Library
from 6.30 p.m. on Thursday, 26 July 2018.
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- It’s been 82 years since Margaret Mitchell’s GONE WITH THE WIND was first published. Join other enthusiasts at a LITERARY EVENT to celebrate, at the Carindale Library on Friday,
20 July 2018.
- As part of BLACK HISTORY MONTH, join AUNTY THERESA CREED as she shares her poems and stories about overcoming adversity
with courage and hope, at the Holland Park Library on Saturday, 21 July 2018.
- As a singer, song writer, story teller and registered music
therapist, UNCLE GETANO BANN will share Indigenous stories and songs that will delight you and tickle your funny bone, at the Bracken Ridge Library on Saturday, 21 July and the Fairfield Library on Saturday, 28 July 2018.
- Meet one of Australia’s rising stars, LAURA ELVERY, to discuss short story writing and her publishing journey. This award-winning writer has been published in Review of Australian
Fiction, Kill Your Darlings and the Griffith Review, and you can meet her at the Ashgrove Library on Saturday, 21 July 2018.
fellow enthusiasts for a celebratory hour of trivia and discussion about EMILY BRONTË and her most famous work, WUTHERING HEIGHTS, at a LITERARY EVENT to mark EMILY BRONTË’S 200TH BIRTHDAY, at the Stones Corner Library on
Saturday, 21 July 2018.
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- 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 Indooroopilly Library on Sunday, 22 July, Bracken Ridge Library on Saturday, a.m. 28 July, and the West End Library on Saturday, p.m. 28 July 2018.
- Join bestselling author SALLY PIPER, author of Grace’s Table, to discuss her gripping new novel, The Geography of Friendship, an ode to walking and nature as well as a template for how memory and place
intersect, at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Monday, 23 July at 6.30 p.m.
- Come along to hear prolific
author of Australian historical fiction ALLI SINCLAIR speak about her latest novel Burning Fields, which has been described as 'Romeo and Juliet set in Queensland's sugar cane fields in 1948’, at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on
Thursday, 26 July 2018 at 6.30 p.m.
- Join author JODIE LANE as she discusses the historical research behind her
novel To Kill an Emperor, which examines the extent to which time traveller Gwyn must go to make history turn true. Time slip your way into the Kenmore Library on Friday, 27 July 2018.
- Dress up in your best Harry Potter character costume, grab a wand and come on down for an evening of fun and magic at HARRY POTTER
NIGHT!, involving prizes, games and spells galore! ‘We Solemnly Swear We Are Up To No Good…’ at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Friday,
27 July 2018 at 6.00 p.m.
- The Walkley Foundation's journalism festival, STORYOLOGY, takes you behind the true stories
that shape our world. This year, panels featuring some of Australia's best journalists will delve into the headlines to figure out what great journalism looks like, and how it impacts our everyday lives in an increasingly uncertain world. Head for the Palace
Barracks Cinema, 61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane on Friday, 27 July and Saturday, 28 July 2018.
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- In this Queensland Writers
Centre (QWC) workshop, INTRODUCTION TO TRAVEL WRITING, you will gain a broad understanding of travel writing for print and online, with lots of practical exercises. Hike into the Hamilton Library on Saturday, 28 July 2018.
- In 1942, Tom Phelps escaped the invading Japanese via the ‘other
Kokoda Track’, a story that has never before been told. Now Tom's grandson, award-winning actor and writer PETER PHELPS,
will share this unforgettable tale of survival, resilience and the indomitable Aussie spirit with you, at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Monday, 30 July
2018 at 6.30 p.m.
- Now is the time to celebrate books that champion love! Queensland authors BARBARA HANNAY, CHRISTINE
WELLS and HELENE YOUNG will talk about their new books and writing women’s stories for women, at the Chermside Library on Monday, 30 July, the Indooroopilly Library on Tuesday, a.m. 31 July, and the Carindale Library on Tuesday, p.m. 31 July 2018.
- Let poetry rewrite the night! Join the QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL, nurse a glass of wine and be captivated by the words of three outstanding contemporary
poets, GRAHAM AKHURST, KRISSY KNEEN and SARAH HOLLAND-BATT, on the Riverbend Deck, Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 at 6.30 p.m.
- Have you ever stopped to read the list of ingredients in the products you use every day? Join activist and educator ALEXX STUART to chat about her new
book, LOW TOX LIFE (a handbook for a healthy you and a happy planet), at Riverbend Books, Bulimba on Wednesday, 1 August 2018 at 6.30 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 Friday, 13 July 2018.
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- In The Wheeler Centre’s initiative ‘THE NEXT CHAPTER’,
ten outstanding writers will receive $15,000 each to develop their work. Organisers will match them with a mentor and work closely with them to bring their writing to life, and
connect them with peers, publishers and readers. Apply now! Entries close on Friday, 13 July 2018.
for the QUEENSLAND POETRY AWARDS – OODGEROO NOONUCCAL INDIGENOUS POETRY PRIZE must be residents of Australia as of the date of entry, and the prize is open to Indigenous people only. Entries close at 5.00 p.m. on Friday, 20 July 2018.
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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, 27 July 2018.
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- 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 reflect the 2018 theme ‘Reach for the Stars
– Strive for Excellence’ and entries close on Wednesday, 23 August 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
- 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.
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'WHAT'S ON NOW?' – low cost or free general events for you and your family to enjoy.
These pages were updated on Friday, 13 July 2018. Due to the large number of
general events coming up in July 2018, this section has been moved to a second Quicklists page at EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2.
EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2
WHAT'S ON AUTHORS?
WHAT'S ON NOW?
There are events being held across Australia to celebrate the oldest living culture in the world during BLACK HISTORY MONTH and NAIDOC WEEK, and in Brisbane, BCC libraries are holding FREE events for people of all ages. Check out the detailed listing in the WHAT’S ON NOW pages to find out which libraries are participating. Events are on now and run until Sunday, 15 July 2018. THE QUANDAMOOKA FESTIVAL also celebrates Indigenous culture, country and people. It’s happening across Brisbane’s Redlands, the Southern Moreton Bay islands region and includes key events on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). Get into the spirit of the festival and enjoy whale watching cultural tours, Kunjiels (corroborees), Indigenous sports, eco boat tours, art, weaving, bush tucker dining experiences, speakers’ forums, symposiums, and collaborations. The Festival is ON NOW and runs until August 2018. To find out what’s happening go to http://quandamookafestival.com.au. Josh, pictured above on North Stradbroke Island creating fire in the traditional way, is related to poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal (formerly Kath Walker), the first Aboriginal Australian to publish a book of verse. Check out the recent broadcast about North Straddie on Queensland Weekender at http://www.queenslandweekender.com.au, to find activities and tours you can do on North Stradbroke Island, including those run by Josh. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)