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WRITER WATCH: LAUREN CHATER. ‘The Lace Weaver’. Lauren Chater writes fiction with a particular focus on women's stories. After working for many years in a variety of media roles, she turned her passion for reading and research into a professional pursuit. In 2014, she was the successful recipient of the Fiona McIntosh Commercial Fiction scholarship. In addition to writing fiction, she established ‘The Well Read Cookie’, a blog which celebrates her love of baking and literature. She lives in Sydney with her husband and two children. ‘The Lace Weaver’, her first novel, was published by Simon & Schuster in April 2018. She is currently working on her second novel, ‘Gulliver's Wife’, and ‘Well Read Cookie’, a non-fiction book based on her popular blog. (Photo courtesy of Simon & Schuster: modified by L.J. May)

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Coming up - lots of events for September 2018. See below the quick list for further information and go to pages 1, 3, 4 and 5 for more events.   

  • Australia’s biggest rescue day, the RACQ’s BIG ADOPT OUT, is where lots of animals in need of a good home are just waiting for you. Find your new best friend at The Marquee, Brisbane Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, on Saturday, 15 September 2018 from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
  • THE CHILDREN’S MOON FESTIVAL is a FREE showcase of Vietnamese culture for all ages, and is celebrated when the moon is at its roundest and brightest, to symbolise happiness and harmony for all. See a children’s lantern procession, colourful shows, songs and dances, at the C.J. Greenfield Sports Complex, 149 Kimberley Street, Richlands on Saturday, 15 September 2018 from 4.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.
  • THE BRISBANE THAI FESTIVAL 2018 is coming to the Celebration Precinct at Roma Street Parkland and will play host to your favourite Thai foods, dance, music and boxing. The Festival is FREE and will delight people of all ages, at the Roma Street Parkland on Sunday, 16 September 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
  • There will be lots of things to do for kids and people of all ages at the Buranda State School’s centenary celebration BURANDAFEST (entry and parking behind the Stones Corner Library). It’s on Sunday, 16 September 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
  • During the Brisbane Festival, enjoy two excellent LORD MAYOR’S CITY HALL CONCERTS: Hear Queensland’s very own Chamber Orchestra CAMERATA playing ‘UP CLOSE’, and cabaret performer MICHAEL GRIFFITHS with ‘COLE’, a concert exploring the timeless songs of Cole Porter. Dates are Tuesday, 18 September, and Tuesday, 25 September 2018 respectively, from 12.00 noon to 1.00 p.m.
  • The Brisbane City Council is proud to support INTERNATIONAL PARK(ing) DAY, which gives artists, designers and community groups the opportunity to transform on-street parking spaces across Brisbane into creative, people-friendly spaces. Check out the detailed listing for maps to help you find out where they are, and pay them a visit on Friday, 21 September 2018.

 

The Event: THE BIG ADOPT OUT – WITH THE RACQ

Date and time: Saturday, 15 September 2018 from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Venue: The Marquee, Brisbane Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, Brisbane, Queensland.

Ticket price: Gold donation on entry. Go to https://www.bigadoptout.com.au to see a video of what happened last year. To find out how it all works, go to the website at https://www.bigadoptout.com.au/event-details. On that page there’s also a link to parking and transport information, and a map to help find your way there.

What’s happening: Australia’s biggest rescue day, the BIG ADOPT OUT, is on at the Brisbane Showgrounds, and has reached new heights. This year, all the best rescue groups and welfare organisations are gathering under the one roof in a special Dog and Cat pavilion to bring you the widest ever variety of cats and dogs. 

There will be over 20 rescue groups, 8,000 people, and more than 300 animals waiting for their forever homes, plus plenty of food vendors, vet advice, pet service stalls and pet products to help you get your new family started off on the right paw. This event is a one-of-a-kind initiative where many Queensland rescue groups come together to tackle dog and cat homelessness, while helping animals and communities in the process. Please note that you will be required to purchase a lead and harness if you are adopting a dog. 

Organisers say that when you rescue an animal you give them the second chance that they always deserved and in return you receive a lifetime of love, happiness and laughs. The animals available for adoption will be coming from all over Queensland, so please be patient with staff and volunteers, as new animals will be arriving throughout the day.

 

The Event: CHILDREN’S MOON FESTIVAL

Date and time: Saturday, 15 September 2018 from 4.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.

Venue: C.J. Greenfield Sports Complex, 149 Kimberley Street, Richlands. 

Ticket price: FREE to attend.

What’s happening: THE CHILDREN’S MOON FESTIVAL is a showcase of Vietnamese culture for all ages, and is celebrated when the moon is at its roundest and brightest, to symbolise happiness and harmony for all. There will be lots to see, with a children’s lantern procession, colourful shows, songs and dances.

 

The Event: BRISBANE THAI FESTIVAL 2018

Date and time: Sunday, 16 September 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Venue: Celebration Precinct, Roma Street Parkland, 1 Parkland Boulevard, Brisbane City. View on Google Maps

Ticket price: FREE to attend. Go here http://www.brisbanethaifestival.com/program  for the festival program and map.

What’s happening: Get ready for Brisbane’s most anticipated culinary and cultural event extraordinaire! THE BRISBANE THAI FESTIVAL 2018 is coming to the Celebration Precinct at Roma Street Parkland and will play host to your favourite Thai foods, dance, music and boxing.

Try the Pad Thai and Som Tam made by Brisbane’s most famous chefs, grab a smooth, crisp and refreshing Chang Beer and tempting colourful Thai Drinks, all of it a short walk from Queen Street Mall. Let your family explore the traditional arts and crafts activities. Win a round trip ticket from Brisbane to Thailand by Thai Airways and many more prizes.

 

The Event: BURANDAFEST AT THE BURANDA STATE SCHOOL – CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS (100 YEARS FROM 1918–2018)

Date and time: Sunday, 16 September 2017 from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Venue: Buranda State School, Buranda (entry and parking behind Stones Corner Library).

Ticket price: See the website at http://burandafest.com.au for more information.

What’s happening: There will be lots of things to do for kids and people of all ages at this year’s Buranda State School’s BURANDAFEST, which celebrates the school’s 100 YEARS of operation (from 1918– to 2018). The centenary celebrations will feature an historical classroom and school tours.

Find bric-a-brac, old fashioned sweets, cakes and preserves, and if that makes you hungry, there will be food stalls at which you can buy munchies. Expect rides, a petting zoo, and a sideshow alley. Good old-fashioned fun!  Remember to bring your reusable cups, water bottles and bags to win a prize.

 

The Event: BRISBANE FESTIVAL – LORD MAYOR’S CITY HALL CONCERTS

Date and time: Tuesday, 18 September, and Tuesday, 25 September 2018 from 12.00 noon to 1.00 p.m. See below for artists.

Venue: Brisbane City Hall, King George Square, Adelaide and Ann Streets, Brisbane City. This venue is wheelchair accessible.

Ticket price: FREE.

What’s happening: Tuesday, 18 September 2018 – Enjoy ‘UP CLOSE’ featuring CAMERATA. Imagine a cosy, intimate concert up close and personal with players from Camerata – Queensland’s very own Chamber Orchestra. On Tuesday, 25 September 2018 cabaret performer MICHAEL GRIFFITHS will present ‘COLE’, a concert which explores the colourful life and timeless songs of Cole Porter, including You’re the Top, It’s De-Lovely, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and Night and Day. Sometimes Anything Goes.

 

The Event: PARK(ing) DAY 2018

Date and time: Friday, 21 September 2018.

Venue: Various selected car parking spaces across Brisbane. Discover what’s in store for PARK(ing) DAY and the people-friendly parks that teams will be creating, as well as maps to help you find them, at https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/traffic-transport/parking-permits/brisbane-parking-day-2018/explore-parks.

Ticket price: FREE to check them out.

What’s happening: Grab a coffee, help create a recycled material daisy chain or relax in an oasis – all inside a parking space. The Brisbane City Council is proud to support INTERNATIONALPARK(ing) DAY, which gives artists, designers and community groups the opportunity to transform on-street parking spaces across Brisbane into creative, people-friendly spaces.

On Friday, 21 September, Brisbane will join cities around the world in temporarily transforming parking spaces into ‘PARKs’. PARK(ing) DAY encourages people to see parking spaces from a different angle and is a unique opportunity to do something creative to liven up our city’s streets.

PARKING Day started in San Francisco in 2005 and is now celebrated in more than 160 cities across six continents. Join the international movement and visit the PARKs to help showcase our vibrant, creative, and sociable city to the world.

 

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WRITER WATCH: GRANTLEE KIEZA. ‘Mrs Kelly’. Award-winning journalist Grantlee Kieza has held senior editorial positions at ‘The Daily Telegraph’, ‘The Sunday Telegraph’ and ‘The Courier-Mail’. He is a Walkley Award finalist and the author of twelve acclaimed books, including the recent bestsellers ‘Mrs Kelly’, ‘Monash’, ‘Sons of the Southern Cross’ and ‘Bert Hinkler’. In 2017 he was named Queensland's Sports Journalist of the Year and in 2018 he was inducted into the Australian Boxing Hall of Fame. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/kieza_cmail?lang=en. (Photo courtesy of Harper Collins: modified by L.J. May)