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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.

THIS WEBSITE WAS UPDATED ON WEDNESDAY, 16 MAY 2018!

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

These pages were updated on Wednesday, 16 May 2018.

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  • Join author CHRISTINE WELLS as she discusses her new historical novel, The Juliet Code, which is packed full of spies, love, betrayal and secrets, at the Sandgate Library on Wynnum Library on Thursday, 17 May and the Ashgrove Library on Thursday, 24 May 2018.
  • 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, 17 May 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
  • To celebrate 159 years since the birth of SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE, head for the Wynnum Library on Tuesday, 22 May from 11.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. for a Holmes movie and literary review, and to the Ashgrove Library on Friday, 25 May 2018 from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. for a discussion and tea.
  • LITERARY EVENTS to celebrate the 50 YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the epic science fiction film 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY will be held in BCC libraries during May. Head for the Grange Library on Saturday, 19 May for a discussion, the Corinda Library on Tuesday, 22 May also for a discussion, and the Garden City Library on Tuesday, 22 May from 1.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. for a discussion and screening of the film.

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  • Comedian, writer and actor (Peep Show and That Mitchell and Webb Look) ROBERT WEBB sits down with writer BENJAMIN LAW to look back over his life, and delve into the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage. It’s on at the Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm on Sunday, 20 May 2018 at 5.30 p.m.
  • Popular children’s author JACQUELINE HARVEY will delight young audiences with her excellent new book Kensy and Max, in which the twins embark on a most curious adventure from mysterious Yorkshire to underground London, where they discover that their parents are missing. What has MI6 got to do with it? This FREE session is at Riverbend Books, Bulimba on Monday, 21 May 2018 at 4.30 p.m.
  • Meet author NATASHA LESTER, bestselling author of A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald and Her Mother’s Secret, as she discusses her new novel The Paris Seamstress, at the Chermside Library on Tuesday, 22 May and the Carindale Library on Wednesday, 23 May 2018.
  • The Australian Bird Guide, released in 2017 by the CSIRO, is the most comprehensive and stunningly illustrated field guide to Australian birds ever published. Discuss this beautiful book with scientist PETER MENKHORST, lead author of the guide, at the Kenmore Library on Tuesday, 22 May 2018 from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

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  • Does the news confuse you? Can you tell what’s true and what’s fake? Get savvy at the LIBRARY AND INFORMATION WEEK: NAVIGATING THE NEWS sessions at Mitchelton Library on Wednesday, 23 May, Hamilton Library on Thursday, 24 May and the Indooroopilly Library on Saturday, 26 May 2018.
  • Listen to JOSEPHA DIETRICH speak about her memoir, In Danger, her journey through life with breast cancer from inside the experience. In her book Josie also reflects on the literary works that inspired her. Hear Josepha at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 at 6.30 p.m.
  • ERWIN CABUCOS’ short stories have been published in Australia, Singapore, the United States and the Philippines. Join Erwin to discuss his latest collection of short stories Does it Matter What the Dead Think, at the Fairfield Library on Thursday, 24 May and the Kenmore Library on Friday, 25 May 2018.
  • It’s been 110 years since the birth of Ian Fleming and at the IAN FLEMING’S DR NO – MOVIE AND LITERARY TEA, you can hear some fascinating details about the author and watch Sean Connery, Ursula Andress and Joseph Wiseman in the first ever Bond Classic British spy film. Head for the Carindale Library on Friday, 25 May 2018.
  • Join much-loved author JAMES MOLONEY as he discusses his new novel for adults, The Love that I Have, a powerful and heartbreaking story set in Germany during WWII. James will be at the Brisbane Square Library on Friday, 25 May 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

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  • Bookkeeping is important to any business, and is particularly so with regard to creatives and writers whose income is spotty at best. Find out how it works at the informative session YOUR CREATIVE BUSINESS – BOOKKEEPING, at the Indooroopilly Library on Saturday, 26 May 2018.
  • From starting a BLOG to building an audience, this QUEENSLAND WRITERS CENTRE (QWC) SEMINAR will cover how to establish your blog and explore some of the strategies for growing a blog into a business. Book in at the Toowong Library for Saturday, 26 May 2018.
  • Like poetry? Join the Queensland Poetry Festival at Riverbend Books for POETRY SERIES II. Be inspired by readings from four outstanding contemporary Australian poets: MINDY GILL, PASCALLE BURTON, PHILIP NEILSEN, and ALISON CROGGON. Head for Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Tuesday, 29 May 2018 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Hear local author EMILY O’GRADY speak about her debut novel The Yellow House, which has just won the 2018 Australian/Vogel Literary Award, one of Australia’s richest and most prestigious awards for an unpublished manuscript. Meet up with Emily at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Wednesday, 30 May 2018 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Given her experience in cases of kidnapping, infanticide and murder, forensic psychiatrist and author ANNE BUIST’s first gripping psychological thriller featuring forensic psychiatrist Natalie King had the ring of authenticity. Hear Anne discuss her new book This I Would Kill For at the Garden City Library on Friday, 1 June 2018 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 Wednesday, 16 May 2018.

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  • The Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) and Scripted Ink are calling for all writers, directors and performers to get their applications in for THE EQUITY FOUNDATION DIVERSITY SHOWCASE. Writers are not required to be members of Australian Writers’ Guild to enter. General entries close at midnight on Friday, 18 May 2018.
  • The BANJO PRIZE is offered annually, and any Australian resident aged 18 or older is eligible to enter. Writers need to have a full manuscript at the time of submission. Submit your entries via the HarperCollins website by 5.00 p.m. AEDT on Friday, 25 May 2018.

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  • All Australians are invited to enter THE 2018 GRIEVE WRITING COMPETITION (for prose and poetry), now in its 6th year. Submit a story, maximum 500 words, or a poem up to 36 lines by 8.00 p.m. AEST on Monday, 28 May 2018.
  • Entries for the THE AUSTRALIAN/VOGEL'S LITERARY AWARD are now open. This is one of Australia's richest and the most prestigious awards for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under the age of thirty-five. Submit your entry by Thursday, 31 May 2018.
  • Entries for the 2018 edition of THE FIRST NOVEL PRIZE are now open. The competition is for unpublished and independently published novelists. If your novel is over 50,000 words and is of an adult genre, you should get your MS in online by Thursday, 31 May 2018 (UK).

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  • Emeritus Professor Bruce Dawe AO believed that the contribution of Australian poets helped to shape Australian culture. THE BRUCE DAWE NATIONAL POETRY PRIZE is open to all Australian citizens and permanent residents. Be inspired to enter by Friday, 1 June 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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  • Submissions for the ADELAIDE FESTIVAL are now open. ADL FILM FEST accepts feature films, feature documentary, short and VR works (drama, documentary, hybrid, experimental and animation) made in Australia and internationally. All submissions close at Earlybird Deadline on Thursday, 3rd May with a Last Chance Deadline at 5.00 p.m. on Thursday, 31 May 2018.
  • 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 Wednesday, 16 May 2018. NOTE: Due to the large number of general events coming up in May 2018, this section has been moved to a second Quicklists page at EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2. 

 

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The 30th anniversary of THE SANCTUARY COVE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW (the most highly anticipated marine event in the southern hemisphere) is being held on the Gold Coast in May. Live the dream over four days at The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast, from Thursday, 24 May to Sunday, 27 May 2018 from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily.