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Things that go bump in the night!

THE SHADOW WATCHER. ‘I hated to be alone with a shadow, because at any moment I might see something that would crouch, and sink, and lie like a black pool, and then slowly draw itself into the shadow that was nearest. Often that shadow was my own. The thing came first at night, but afterwards there was no hour safe from it. I saw it at dawn and at noon, in the dusk and in the firelight, and always it crouched and sank, and was a pool that flowed into some shadow and became part of it.’ (From ‘The Shadow’ by E. Nesbit (1858–1924), best known as the author of ‘The Railway Children’. Photo by L.J. May S/S)

Watchwords

This page is devoted to events and activities of interest to writers, illustrators and readers! Go to entries below the quick list for more detailed information.  

  • DAVID GILLESPIE will talk about his book The Good Fat Guide, in which he reviews the latest research from this rapidly evolving field, which links seed oils to a host of diseases, including cancer. Meet David at the Wynnum Library on Saturday, 19 October, and the Brisbane Square Library on Saturday, 26 October 2019.
  • In PATHWAYS TO PUBLISHING, an eclectic panel of Brisbane authors will discuss the pros and cons of their writing journeys. Join DAVID BOBIS, KYLIE KADEN, CAROLYN MARTINEZ, along with tutor and published author DR KIM STEELE, as they share their experiences – the good, the bad and the ugly. Have your publishing questions answered at the Chermside Library on Tuesday, 22 October 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
  • If you loved award-winning author CHRIS HAMMER’s bestselling thriller Scrublands, you’ll be eager to get your hands on the sequel, Silver. You can do that and hear Chris in conversation about his new crime novel with BEN HOBSON, at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Monday, 21 October 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Join author DUNCAN RICHARDSON as he discusses his latest book, Captives of the Spanish Lady: 700 Queenslanders in Quarantine – Tenterfield 1919. On the morning of January 28th 1919, a trainload of Queenslanders was told that the border was closed because of the flu outbreak in Sydney and they were to be quarantined for at least a week. How did the town cope? Ask Duncan at the Corinda Library on Tuesday, 22 October 2019.  
  • Join author and traveller MARY MOODY as she discusses The Accidental Tour Guide, the latest memoir instalment that opens with the death of Mary’s beloved husband, David. The grief from this loss galvanises Mary to reinvent herself, combining her love of travel with her passion for gardening. It is the story of breaking new frontiers in the truest sense of the word. Meet Mary at the Brisbane Square Library on Wednesday, 23 October 2019 from 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
  • What can great short stories teach us? How can we turn our own obsessions into great fiction? This Queensland Writers Centre SHORT SHARP STORIES WORKSHOP is designed to help you generate ideas for short fiction based on your own interests. The workshop will be held at the Nundah Library, on Saturday, 26 October 2019 at 10.30 a.m.

 

The Event: MEET WRITER DAVID GILLESPIE

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet David Gillespie’: Saturday, 19 October 2019 from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. at Wynnum Library (Phone: (07) 3403 2199); Saturday, 26 October 2019 from 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. at Brisbane Square Library (Phone: (07) 3403 4166). NOTE: Weekend parking is available at King George Square Car Park for $5.

Ticket price: FREE but bookings are required at the presenting library by contacting them on the phone numbers given above.

What’s happening: Meet DAVID GILLESPIE to talk about his book The Good Fat Guide, in which he reviews the latest research from this rapidly evolving field, which links seed oils to a host of diseases, including cancer. Over the past century, manufactured seed oils have systematically replaced saturated fats in diets. Despite nutrition guidelines stating this is a good thing, rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease are soaring. In fact, recent findings suggest that animal fats are not the villains they were once thought to be.

As most processed foods – from breads to crackers to mayonnaise and pesto – contain seed oils, David shows how to identify these toxic products and make healthier choices at the supermarket. He identifies which brands to avoid, which to enjoy, and how to create seed-oil free versions of favourite foods at home. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for David to sign.

 

The Event: PATHWAYS TO PUBLISHING

Date and time: Tuesday, 22 October 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Venue: Chermside Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Chermside Library on (07) 3403 7200 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Four published authors. Four different pathways. In this PATHWAYS TO PUBLISHING session, an eclectic panel of Brisbane authors will discuss the pros and cons of their writing journeys. Join award-winning short story writer DAVID BOBIS, internationally published domestic-noir author KYLIE KADEN, non-fiction and children’s author CAROLYN MARTINEZ, along with tutor and published author DR KIM STEELE, as they share their experiences – the good, the bad and the ugly.

The panel will answer questions such as do you need an agent, how to know when your book is ready, the best ways to publish independently and what to expect along the way. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for David, Kylie, Carolyn and Kim to sign.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR CHRIS HAMMER IN CONVERSATION WITH BEN HOBSON

Date and time: Monday, 21 October 2019 at 6.30 p.m.

Venue: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford St, Bulimba Queensland 4171.

Ticket price: $8.00 ticket only. Ticket and book $35. Phone: (07) 3899 8555, email info@riverbendbooks.com.au or go online at http://riverbendbooks.com.au and click on Events to book your place(s). PLEASE NOTE: Riverbend does not issue paper tickets for events; your name will be on a list at the door, and they do not issue refunds or exchanges for event tickets except in case of event cancellation.

What’s happening: Author CHRIS HAMMER will be in conversation with BEN HOBSON to talk about his enthralling Australian crime thriller Silver, the sequel to his bestselling novel Scrublands, a Riverbend favourite in 2018. Chris Hammer was a journalist for more than thirty years, dividing his career between covering Australian federal politics and international affairs.

For many years Chris was a roving foreign correspondent for SBS TV's flagship current affairs program Dateline. He has reported from more than thirty countries on six continents. In Canberra, his roles included chief political correspondent for The Bulletin, current affairs correspondent for SBS TV and a senior political journalist for The Age.

Hammer’s first book, The River, published in 2010 to critical acclaim, received the ACT Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Walkley Book Award and the Manning Clark House National Cultural Award. Scrublands, his second book, was published in 2018 and was shortlisted for Best Debut Fiction at the Indie Book Awards.

What’s the story? For half a lifetime, journalist Martin Scarsden has run from his past. He'd vowed never to return to his hometown, Port Silver, and its traumatic memories. But now his new partner, Mandy Blonde, has inherited an old house in the seaside town and Martin knows their chance of a new life together won't come again. Martin arrives to find his best friend from school days has been brutally murdered, and Mandy is the chief suspect.

With the police curiously reluctant to pursue other suspects, Martin goes searching for the killer – and finds the past waiting for him. He's making little progress when a terrible new crime starts to reveal the truth. The media descend on Port Silver, attracted by a story that has it all: sex, drugs, celebrity and religion. Once again, Martin finds himself in the front line of reporting.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR DUNCAN RICHARDSON

Date and time: Tuesday, 22 October 2019 from 10.25 a.m. to 11.25 a.m.

Venue: Corinda Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Corinda Library on (07) 3407 7701 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Join author DUNCAN RICHARDSON as he discusses his latest book, Captives of the Spanish Lady: 700 Queenslanders in Quarantine – Tenterfield 1919. On the morning of January 28th 1919, a trainload of Queenslanders pulled into Tenterfield, only to be told that they could travel no further – the border was closed because of the flu outbreak in Sydney and they were to be quarantined for at least a week.

Squashed into every available billet in town, they waited while more trains arrived from the South, extending the quarantine period indefinitely. How they and the locals coped while governments dithered and bickered makes a fascinating and often amusing story. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or you can bring your copy from home for Duncan to sign

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR MARY MOODY

Date and time: Wednesday, 23 October 2019 from 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Venue: Brisbane Square Library. NOTE: Weekday parking after 4.30 p.m. is available at King George Square Car Park for $5.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Brisbane Square Library on (07) 3403 4166 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: In the tradition of Eat Pray Love and Salvation CreekThe Accidental Tour Guide is the powerful new memoir from a woman who has openly and honestly pushed the boundaries on all that life has to offer. This book is the latest instalment in Mary Moody’s inspirational journey to find her place in the world after the heartbreaking loss of her husband of 42 years to cancer. With her trademark determination, Mary carves out a new life for herself as a single older woman who inspires others to follow their dreams.

Join Mary as she discusses the latest memoir instalment that opens with the death of Mary’s beloved husband, David. The grief from this loss galvanises Mary to reinvent herself, combining her love of travel with her passion for gardening. It is the story of breaking new frontiers in the truest sense of the word.

After her extraordinary trek into the wildflower meadows of the Himalayas, Mary is inspired to lead others through unchartered territories in Morocco, to upmarket European and English gardens, and right to the foot of Mount Everest and historic Nepal. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Mary to sign.

 

The Event: SHORT SHARP STORIES – A WORKSHOP WITH THE QWC

Date and time: Saturday, 26 October 2019 from 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

Venue: Nundah Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Nundah Library on (07) 3407 8701 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: What can great short stories teach us? How can we turn our own obsessions into great fiction? This Queensland Writers Centre SHORT SHARP STORIES WORKSHOP is designed to help you generate ideas for short fiction based on your own interests. Discuss techniques and writing habits to help you develop, draft and improve your work.

 

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WATCHWORDS HOME

THE BODY SNATCHED. ‘The ghouls had come later than usual and they seemed more than usually eager to be gone. Fettes, sick with sleep, lighted them upstairs. He heard their grumbling Irish voices through a dream, and as they stripped the sack from their sad merchandise he leaned dozing, with his shoulder propped against the wall; he had to shake himself to find the men their money. As he did so, his eyes lighted on the dead face. He started; he took two steps nearer, with the candle raised. ‘God almighty!’ he cried. ‘That is Jane Galbraith!’ The men answered nothing, but they shuffled nearer the door. ‘I know her, I tell you,’ he continued. ‘She was alive and hearty yesterday. It’s impossible she can be dead; it’s impossible you should have got this body fairly.’ ‘Sure, sir, you’re mistaken entirely,’ said one of the men. But the other looked Fettes darkly in the eyes, and demanded the money on the spot.’ (From ‘The Body-snatcher’ by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894). Photo of a woodcut by L.J. May S/S)