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WRITER WATCH: KRISTINA OLSSON. ‘Shell’. Kristina Olsson is an multi-award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction, including ‘Boy Lost’ and ‘The China Garden’. Her new novel, ‘Shell’, is published by Scribner Australia. Kristina studied journalism at the University of Queensland and went on to write for ‘The Australian’, ‘The Courier-Mail’ and ‘Sunday Mail’, the ‘Sydney Sunday Telegraph’ and ‘Griffith Review’. Kristina has also worked extensively as a teacher of creative writing and journalism at tertiary level and in the community, and as an advisor to government. She currently lives in Brisbane. (Photo courtesy of UQP: 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, 2, 4 and 5 for more events.  

  • The locals love it and visitors travel from all over the country to be part of it. The 10-day program of the TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS 2018 will feature a host of unique events and experiences, including the Food and Wine Festival. It’s on in the City of Toowoomba (about 146 km east of Brisbane) from Friday, 21 September to Sunday, 30 September 2018.
  • Soak up the atmosphere at THE CHINESE MOON FESTIVAL, an iconic Chinese lunar calendar event held when the moon is at its roundest and brightest. This FREE exciting cultural experience for people of all ages will be happening in the Chinatown Mall, Duncan Street, Fortitude Valley, on Saturday, 22 September 2018 from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
  • Turn up to the Brisbane Pride Festival Rally and March on Saturday, 22 September in Brunswick Street at 10.00 a.m., and then spend your Saturday in beautiful New Farm Park at the BRISBANE PRIDE FAIR DAY to enjoy live music, performances, food trucks, stalls and more, on Saturday, 22 September from 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
  • Dust off your dirndls and bust out your lederhosen, because the biggest OKTOBERFEST STREET PARTY is coming to Brisbane. Munich Brauhaus will kick off the 2018 Oktoberfest season in Australia with an epic two-day street party at Stanley Plaza in the heart of South Bank Parklands on Saturday, 22 September and Sunday, 23 September 2018.
  • It’s time to dress up, meet your heroes, and unleash your inner geek at OZ COMIC-CON Brisbane. 2018 will feature exciting multi-genre content from across the spectrum. Dress up in your best cosplay outfit and head for the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Cnr Merivale Street and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane, over the weekend of Saturday, 22 September and Sunday, 23 September 2018.

 

The Event: TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS 2018

Date and time: Friday, 21 September to Sunday, 30 September 2018.

Venue: The City of Toowoomba, Queensland. How do you get there? Check out http://tcof.com.au. You can fly directly into Toowoomba, drive yourself (Toowoomba is about 146 km east of Brisbane – there is a distance/location list on the website above), or go by coach (Bus Queensland, Murrays, and Greyhound have regular coach transfers). Those who really want to arrive in style on Saturday and Sunday can catch the Carnival of Flowers Steam Train tours from Roma Street, Brisbane to Toowoomba (see more details below).

Ticket price: Head for the carnival website at https://www.tcof.com.au to find out more about what’s on, where, what it costs and how to book.

What’s happening: The 69TH CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS will bloom in the beautiful garden city of TOOWOOMBA from Friday, 21 September to Sunday, 30 September 2018. Experience over 50 food and wine stalls and visit some gorgeous gardens! The locals love this event and visitors travel from all over the country to be part of it.

The 10-day program features internationally acclaimed musical acts, award-winning parks, the best food and wine in southern Queensland, cooking demonstrations, advice from garden gurus, a multitude of cultural adventures and, of course, tours of some of Toowoomba’s stunning gardens.

Those who really want to arrive in style can catch THE CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS STEAM TRAIN TOUR from Roma Street Station, Brisbane to Toowoomba, on Saturday, 22 September and Sunday, 23 September 2018, and view some of the gardens. You can book in for an optional lunch for an additional cost. Return trip.

Enthusiasts can embark on yet another trip on Wednesday, 26 September 2018, when the CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS SILVER BULLET 2000 CLASS SERIES RAIL MOTOR departs from Roma Street Station to Spring Bluff and onto Toowoomba to see the gardens. You can book in for an optional lunch for an additional cost. Return trip.

These trips are organised by SUNSHINE EXPRESS RAIL TOURS (Australian Railway Historical Society Queensland Division). If this idea get you all steamed up, book early as seats are limited. Ring them on (07) 3252 1759 from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m., on Tues, Wed and Thurs, email them on arhsqld@bigpond.com.au, or visit the website at http://www.arhs-qld.org.au.

 

The Event: THE CHINESE MOON FESTIVAL

Date and time: Saturday, 22 September 2018 from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Venue: Chinatown Mall, Duncan Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

Ticket price: FREE to attend.

What’s happening: Soak up the atmosphere at THE CHINESE MOON FESTIVAL, an iconic Chinese lunar calendar event, which is held when the moon is at its roundest and brightest. This exciting cultural experience for people of all ages will include Asian-inspired performances and festivities with lion and dragon dances, V-pop and K-pop dance and singing performances.

You can attend calligraphy and lantern-making workshops and there will also be an array of market stalls, roving entertainment and traditional music. The Valley has been a long-time home to authentic Asian cuisine, so while you’re there, why don’t you book in for dinner and take in the full Valley experience.

 

The Event: BRISBANE PRIDE FAIR DAY

Date and time: Saturday, 22 September 2018 – for the Pride Rally & March in Brunswick Street at 10.00 a.m., followed by Fair Day at New Farm Park from 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.  

Venue: New Farm Park, New Farm, Brisbane.

Ticket price: General entry $25 plus $2.20 booking fee; Concession (pensioners, students etc.) $15 plus $1.65 booking fee; Kids (12 to 17 years old) $10 plus $1.38 booking fee. Family tickets for 2 adults plus 2 kids are available for $50 plus $3.58 booking fee. Ticket sales end on 21 September 2018. For tickets to Fair Day, go to https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/brisbane-pride-fair-day-2018-tickets-48999644255.

What’s happening: The BRISBANE PRIDE FESTIVAL is Queensland’s largest LGBTIQA+ event (and Australia’s third largest – beaten only by the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival). And it’s in your own back yard. The festival attracts more than 10,000 festival-goers over a four-week period in September each year.

BRISBANE PRIDE FAIR DAY is the biggest and best event on the Queensland LGBTIQA+ calendar, transforming New Farm Park into a playground of culture and celebration. It’s time to gather up your family and friends to spend a Saturday in beautiful New Farm Park for the first Fair Day since the passing of marriage equality. This year the main stage will be headlined by ANTHONY CALLEA, SHELDON RILEY, ELLIE DRENNAN and CHRISLYN. Plus there will be the usual array of fantastic stall holders, food trucks, roving entertainers and more. Enjoy!

 

The Event: OKTOBERFEST STREET PARTY

Date and time: Saturday, 22 September and Sunday, 23 September 2018 from 11 a.m. until late.

Venue: Munich Brauhhaus, Stanley Plaza in the heart of South Bank Parklands.

Ticket price: Entry is FREE, but to book in for particular events, go to http://www.thebavarians.com/oktoberfest/street-party and scroll down to the South Bank booking link. If you have any questions, contact them on 1300 686 424, or email Nina.Reinhardt@rockpool.com.

What’s happening: Dust off your dirndls and bust out your lederhosen, because the biggest Oktoberfest Street Party is coming to Brisbane. The Munich Brauhaus, South Bank, will kick off the 2018 Oktoberfest season in Australia with an epic two-day street party. From the ceremonial Keg Taps of 5 Official Oktoberfest Biers and an Oktoberfest Parade, to the Dogs of Oktoberfest Costume Contest, right through to the Sausage Eating Championships, this is one Street Party you do not want to miss.

This month, three thigh-slapping, toe-tapping, schnitzel-chomping, stein-swilling Oktoberfest Street Parties will be held across Australia. In Brisbane there will be extended outdoor seating, stages, Oom-pah-pah bands and much more. The Oktoberfestivities (and bier) will keep flowing until late, so gather the gang, clear the calendar and book in now before the best seats in the haus are all schnapped up.

 

The Event: OZ COMIC-CON BRISBANE

Date and time: Saturday, 22 September and Sunday, 23 September 2018.

Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Cnr Merivale Street and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane.

Ticket price: All tickets are $17.50. Visit http://www.ozcomiccon.com/brisbane to buy your tickets and check out the guests. Phone 1300 780 677 or email info@ozcomiccon.com if you have any questions.

What’s happening: Yes fans! It’s time once again to dress up, meet your heroes, and unleash your inner geek at OZ COMIC-CON Brisbane. 2018 will feature exciting multi-genre content from across the spectrum. This year there will be appearances by film and television stars, comic book artists and voice actors, gaming demonstrations and cosplay competitions, creative workshops and master classes. You can also search for hard-to-find, exclusive merchandise from vendors.

 

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WRITER WATCH: MARY-ROSE MACCOLL. ‘For a Girl’. Mary-Rose MacColl is the author of five novels, a non-fiction book, a memoir, short stories, feature journalism and essays. She grew up in Brisbane, Australia, with three brothers. Both her parents were journalists. Mary-Rose worked as a journalist, nursing assistant, computer operator and corporate writer while studying towards degrees in journalism and creative writing. Currently she lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and son. Mary-Rose’s latest book is ‘For a Girl’. She says, ‘I am by nature a private person. Secrets are different from privacy. They are things you are forced to keep to yourself, by family, friends, by your own shame. Secrets like these come to the surface one day and demand an airing.’ Emerging from an unconventional, boisterously happy childhood, Mary-Rose MacColl was a rebellious teenager. And when, at the age of fifteen, her teacher and her teacher's husband started inviting Mary-Rose to spend time with them, her parents were pleased that she now had the guidance she needed to take her safely into young adulthood. It wasn't long, though, before the teacher and her husband changed the nature of the relationship with overwhelming consequences for Mary-Rose. In this poignant, brave true story, Mary-Rose lets these secrets come to the surface and, in doing so, is finally able to watch them float away. Visit Mary-Rose’s website at http://mary-rosemaccoll.com. (Photo courtesy of Mary-Rose MacColl: modified by L.J. May)