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Give it up for the Brisbane Comedy Festival!

BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL: Enjoy a COMEDY SMORGASBORD and launch into the comedy season with a full belly of great food and laughs when Newstead Brewing Co. put on a long table lunch with highlight comedians from the Festival cracking their best jokes. As the smokers fill the air with BBQ goodness, tables will be set for share platters and limited edition Newstead Brewing Co. ‘Brisbane Comedy Festival’ beer upon arrival. Sit back, take in the laughs and settle in for a long afternoon of tasty eats and good company. Book in now at www.brisbanecomedyfestival.com for this event, to be held at the Newstead Brewing Co., Castlemaine Street, Milton on Sunday, 24 February 2019. NOTE: Needless to say, this comedy food/drink fest is suitable only for people over the age of 18 and will contain a bit of coarse language and adult themes – or maybe a lot. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)

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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.  

  • Join bestselling Australian author CHARLOTTE NASH as she discusses her beautiful and emotionally compelling new page-turner Saving You, in which Mallory’s estranged husband Duncan, who lives in the US, fails to return their son Harry after a visit. Find out what happens next at the Chermside Library on Tuesday19 February, Kenmore Library on Friday, 22 February and the Garden City Library on Saturday, 23 February 2019.  
  • Just when ex-cop Ted Conkaffey is slowly rebuilding his life in Crimson Lake and getting to know his daughter Lillian, he and his PI partner Amanda take on the case of a boy who seems to have literally disappeared into thin air. Join No 1 New York Times bestselling author CANDICE FOX to discuss her compelling new crime thriller Gone by Midnight at the Wynnum Library on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
  • THE BARDS ARE BACK! You are cordially invited to an entertaining evening of performances by professional and award-winning poets. You can also sign up on the night for the open microphone session to give it your all, at the Wynnum Library on Thursday, 21 February 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
  • Join romance author ALLY BLAKE, author of over 30 books for Harlequin Mills and Boon, at Brisbane City Council Libraries. Meet Ally on Thursday, 21 February 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Ashgrove Library, and Tuesday, 26 February 2019 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at Corinda Library.
  • Plan ahead for your writing year in 2019. During this practical WRITERS LIFE WORKSHOP, presented by the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC), set your writing goals and discuss how to achieve them. Get your writing roadmap at the Brisbane Square Library on Saturday, 23 February 2019 from 1.30 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.
  • THE RÚIN was one of Riverbend's best selling Crime novels of 2018, so get excited to hear author DERVLA McTIERNAN talk about The Scholarher new crime thriller featuring DS Cormac Reilly, at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Monday, 25 February 2019 at 6.30 p.m.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR CHARLOTTE NASH

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet Charlotte Nash’: Tuesday, 19 February 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. at Chermside Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7200); Friday, 22 February 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. at Kenmore Library (Phone: (07) 3407 0009) Saturday, 23 February 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. at Garden City Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7745).

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

What’s happening: Join bestselling Australian author CHARLOTTE NASH as she discusses her beautiful and emotionally compelling new page-turner Saving You. In their tiny pale green cottage under the trees, Mallory Cook and her five-year-old son, Harry, are a little family unit who weather the storms of life together. Money is tight after Harry’s father, Duncan, abandoned them to expand his business in New York.

When Duncan fails to return Harry after a visit, Mallory boards a plane to bring her son home any way she can. During the journey, a chance encounter with three retirees on the run from their care home leads Mallory on an unlikely group road trip across the United States. Zadie, Ernie and Jock each have their own reasons for making the journey and along the way the four of them will learn the lengths they will travel to save each other – and themselves. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Charlotte to sign. 

 

The Event: MEET BESTSELLING AUTHOR CANDICE FOX

Date and time: Wednesday, 20 February 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Venue: Wynnum Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Wynnum Library on (07) 3403 2199 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Join No 1 New York Times bestselling author CANDICE FOX as she discusses her compelling new crime thriller Gone by Midnight. Ex-cop Ted Conkaffey is slowly rebuilding his life in Crimson Lake and getting to know his daughter Lillian. But when he and his PI partner Amanda take on the case of a boy who seems to have literally disappeared into thin air, his job once again threatens everything.

On the fifth floor of the White Caps Hotel, four young friends are left alone while their parents dine downstairs. But when Sara Farrow checks on the children at midnight, her son is missing and CCTV confirms Richie has not left the building. Despite a thorough search, no trace of the child is found. Distrustful of the police, Sara turns to Crimson Lake’s unlikeliest private investigators, disgraced cop Ted Conkaffey and convicted killer Amanda Pharrell.

Books will be available for purchase on the night, or you can bring your own from home for Candice to sign. Gone by Midnight is the third in the Ted Conkaffey series. To find out more about her work, Visit Candice Fox's blog, Follow Candice Fox on Facebook, and Follow Candice Fox on Twitter.

 

The Event: POETS UP LATE

Date and time: Thursday, 21 February 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Venue: Wynnum Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Wynnum Library on (07) 3403 2199 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: THE BARDS ARE BACK! You are cordially invited to an entertaining evening of performances by professional and award-winning poets. You can also sign up on the night for the open microphone session to stun the audience with your fluency and skills – first in, best dressed, people.

 

The Event: MEET ROMANCE WRITER ALLY BLAKE

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet Ally Blake’: Thursday, 21 February 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Ashgrove Library (Phone: (07) 3407 1940); Tuesday, 26 February 2019 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at Corinda Library (Phone: (07) 3407 7701).

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

What’s happening: Romance author, ALLY BLAKE, will talk about her experiences writing one of the most popular genres in the world, and for one of the most iconic publishers in the world – the home of love stories, Harlequin Mills and Boon! With more than 30 books published and over four million copies sold worldwide, Ally knows what of she speaks. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or you can bring your own copies from home for Ally to sign.

 

The Event: A WRITER’S LIFE

Date and time: Saturday, 23 February 2019 from 1.30 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Venue: Brisbane Square Library.

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: Plan ahead for your year of writing in 2019. During this practical WRITER’S LIFE WORKSHOP, presented by the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) as part of the Lord Mayor’s Writers in Residence series, set your writing goals and discuss how to achieve them. You will leave with a roadmap to guide you towards your best writing year!

 

The Event: MEET CRIME THRILLER AUTHOR DERVLA McTIERNAN

Date and time: Monday, 25 February 2019 at 6.30 p.m.

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

Ticket price: $8.00. 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.

What’s happening: THE RÚIN was one of Riverbend's best selling Crime novels of 2018, so naturally they are very excited to have author DERVLA MCTIERNAN visit to talk about her new crime thriller featuring DS Cormac Reilly. Hear all about The Scholar from this critically acclaimed author. If you have yet to read any of Dervla's books, come along and get acquainted with a fantastic new Irish crime series!

What’s the plot? When Dr Emma Sweeney stumbles across the victim of a hit and run outside Galway University late one evening, she calls her partner, Detective Cormac Reilly, bringing him first to the scene of a murder that otherwise would never have been assigned to him.

A security card in the dead woman's pocket identifies her as Carline Darcy, a gifted student and heir apparent to Irish pharmaceutical giant, Darcy Therapeutics. The multi-billion-dollar company, founded by her grandfather, has a finger in every pie, from sponsoring university research facilities to funding political parties to philanthropy – it has funded Emma's own ground-breaking research. The enquiry into Carline's death promises to be high profile and high pressure.

As Cormac investigates, evidence mounts that the death is linked to a Darcy laboratory and, increasingly, to Emma herself. Cormac is sure she couldn't be involved, but as his running of the case comes under scrutiny from the department and his colleagues, he is forced to question his own objectivity. Could his loyalty to Emma have led him to overlook evidence? Has it made him a liability?

Dervla McTiernan was born in County Cork, Ireland to a family of seven. She studied corporate law at the National University of Ireland, Galway and the Law Society of Ireland, and practiced as a lawyer for twelve years. Following the global financial crisis she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now works for the Mental Health commission.

In 2015 Dervla submitted a story for the Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto competition and was shortlisted. This inspired her to complete the novel that would become The Rúin. She lives in Perth with her husband and two children.

 

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BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL: It’s fair to say that RONNY CHIENG has TONE ISSUES, and he’ll explain it all when he returns to Brisbane to perform his unapologetic stand-up live for a very limited run of shows. The Brisbane Comedy Festival’s favourite Malaysian Chinese comedian (huh! – there’s more than one?) is one of the stars of the worldwide smash hit movie ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, correspondent on ‘The Daily Show with Trevor Noah’, as seen in ‘GQ’ and ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’. Find out about Ronny’s issues at the Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm, on Friday, 1 March and Saturday, 2 March 2019. Book in now at www.brisbanecomedyfestival.com. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)