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ROBOTRONICA at QUT – Face the future!

ROBOTRONICA at QUT Gardens Point Campus on Sunday, 18 August 2019: ‘Walkies!’ FROM THE ROBOT SOCIETY’S COMPENDIUM OF HUMAN SAYINGS: ‘My theory of evolution is that Darwin was adopted.’ – Steven Wright. (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.  

  • At this special mid-morning event, meet international award-winning author MICHAEL ROBOTHAM, who will talk about his unnerving new crime novel Good Girl, Bad Girl. Muster your fortitude and head for Riverbend Books, Bulimba, at Wednesday, 21 August 2019 at 11.00 a.m.
  • Debut author TABITHA BIRD will discuss her extraordinary new novel A Lifetime of Impossible Days, in which Willa Waters receives a mysterious box containing a jar of water and the instruction to plant it in her back yard. She does – and somehow creates an extraordinary time slip that allows her to visit her future selves. Share the mystery at the Brisbane Square Library, on Wednesday, 21 August 2019 at 6.00 p.m., the Indooroopilly Library, on Thursday, 22 August 2019 at 10.30 a.m., and the Kenmore Library, on Thursday, 29 August 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • CASS MORIARTY will be in conversation with journalist, author and poet PHIL BROWN to discuss his memoir THE KOWLOON KID, an affectionate yet honest portrait of family, self, and the 1960s in Hong Kong. Take the Star Ferry to the Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary Street, West End, on Wednesday, 21 August 2019 at 6.00 p.m. for 6.30 p.m.
  • Here’s a cracking account of the rivalries and hatreds that split the Liberal Party, brought down Malcolm Turnbull, and propelled Scott Morrison to power. DENNIS ATKINS, National Affairs Editor at The Courier-Mail, interviews DAVID CROWE about his new book, Venom: Vendettas, betrayals and the price of power, the secret history of the brutal power play to lead the government. If you can stand it, head for Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Wednesday, 21 August 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Join author MAYA LINNELL as she shares her rural fiction novel Wildflower Ridge, about four sisters, one farm, and a second chance at following your heart. Meet Maya at the Ashgrove Library on Thursday, 22 August 2019 at 6.00 p.m.
  • The QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL is Australia’s finest festival for all things poetry and spoken word – aficionados will enjoy four days of poetic bliss. Attend the FREE Queensland Poetry Awards and Opening Night, hear some fine readers at the QPF Cabaret, and of course, you won’t want to miss the Australian Poetry Slam: 2019 Queensland Final. See the website in the detailed listing for more about what’s on in Brisbane and where. It’s all happening from Thursday 22 August to Sunday 25 August 2019.

 

The Event: MEET BESTSELLING AUTHOR MICHAEL ROBOTHAM IN A MID-MORNING EVENT AT RIVERBEND

Date and time: Wednesday, 21 August 2019 at 11.00 a.m.

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

Ticket price: $8.00. Book and ticket $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: Book in to catch up with one of Australia's finest crime writers! At this special mid-morning event, meet international award-winning author MICHAEL ROBOTHAM, who will talk about his unnerving new crime novel Good Girl, Bad Girl. Six years ago, Evie Cormac was discovered, filthy and half-starved, hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a shocking crime. Now approaching adulthood, Evie is damaged, self-destructive and has never revealed her true identity.

Forensic psychologist, Cyrus Haven, a man haunted by his own past, is investigating the death of champion figure-skater Jodie Sheehan. When Cyrus is called upon to assess Evie, she threatens to disrupt the case and destroy his ordered life. Because Evie has a unique and dangerous gift – she knows when someone is lying. And nobody is telling the truth.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR TABITHA BIRD

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet Tabitha Bird’: Wednesday, 21 August 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Brisbane Square Library (Phone: (07) 3403 4166); Thursday, 22 August 2019 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at Indooroopilly Library (Phone: (07) 3407 0009); Thursday, 29 August 2019 from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. at Kenmore Library (Phone: (07) 3407 0258). NOTE: Weekday parking after 4.30 p.m. 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: Author TABITHA BIRD will discuss her extraordinary debut novel A Lifetime of Impossible Days. Meet Willa Waters, aged 8… 33… and 93. On one impossible day in 1965, eighty-year-old Willa receives a mysterious box containing a jar of water and the instruction: ‘One ocean: plant in the backyard.’ So, she does – and somehow creates an extraordinary time slip that allows her to visit her future selves.

On one impossible day in 1990, Willa is 33 and a mother-of-two when her childhood self magically appears in her backyard. But she’s also a woman haunted by memories of her dark past – and is on the brink of a decision that will have tragic repercussions…

On one impossible day in 2050, Willa is a silver-haired, gumboot-loving 93-year-old whose memory is fading fast. Yet she knows there’s something she has to remember, a warning she must give her past selves about a terrible event in 1990. If only she could recall what it was. Can the three Willas come together, to heal their past and save their future, before it’s too late? Books will be available for purchase at the event or bring your copy from home for Tabitha to sign.

 

The Event: MEET JOURNALIST, AUTHOR, AND POET, PHIL BROWN

Date and time: Wednesday, 21 August 2019 from 6.00 p.m. (for 6.30 p.m.) to 8.00 p.m.

Venue: Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary Street, West End. Phone them on (07) 3846 3422 if you have any questions, or email books@avidreader.com.au.

Ticket price: $10, Book + ticket (save $10) $29.99. Tickets will be available until 21 August 2019 at 6.00 p.m. Book your tickets at https://avidreader.com.au/events/phil-brown-the-kowloon-kid. Please note that printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname.

What’s happening: CASS MORIARTY will be in conversation with journalist, author and poet PHIL BROWN to discuss his memoir THE KOWLOON KID, an affectionate yet honest portrait of family, self, and the 1960s. The Kowloon Kid is an intimate and tender gem, or as Ross Fitzgerald said: ‘An exquisite love letter to Hong Kong’. (They certainly could do with one at the moment.)  

Phil Brown’s life begins in small-town Australia – Maitland NSW to be precise – but in 1963 his father Ted hankers to return to the Hong Kong of his childhood and to cash in on a construction boom in the burgeoning colony. Under British rule, the world of Hong Kong is a fascinating place for gweilos (foreigners), being both a colonial outpost and a region with all the exoticism and contradictions of the Far East.

If you loved Hugh Lunn’s Spies Like Us, you’ll be thoroughly enamoured of this book, but whereas Hugh was just passing through, Phil’s lived experience in this incomparable city is far more intimate, with touchstones including the Kowloon Cricket Club, the beach at Shek O, the very British Peninsula Hong Kong, and the bustling lanes of Kowloon.

In the unlikely event that you haven’t come across Phil’s work before, the inimitable Mr Brown is a journalist, author and poet who has written for a range of national and international newspapers and magazines, and has published his poetry widely in the mainstream press and literary journals. He is Arts Editor of The Courier-Mail and has a popular column in the lifestyle magazine Brisbane News.

Phil lives in Brisbane’s north with his wife Sandra, son Hamish and a Maltese Sh Tzu Sarge, a starting point for his many travels. Phil’s book of humorous travel stories, Travels with My Angst (UQP, 2004) was short-listed for the Arts Queensland Steele Rudd Award, and Any Guru Will Do (UQP 2006) was the second in his memoir series, to which The Kowloon Kid is a welcome addition.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR DAVID CROWE

Date and time: Wednesday, 21 August 2019 at 6.30 p.m.

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

Ticket price: $8.00. Book and ticket $38. 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: Hear a cracking account of the rivalries and hatreds that split the Liberal Party, brought down Malcolm Turnbull, and propelled Scott Morrison to power. DENNIS ATKINS, National Affairs Editor at The Courier-Mail, interviews DAVID CROWE about his new book, Venom: Vendettas, betrayals and the price of power, the secret history of the brutal power play to lead the government.

They plotted. They schemed. They unleashed chaos. Australia lost two prime ministers in three years in a period of political bloodshed that took the nation’s government to the brink of collapse – until an extraordinary election changed everything. [Honestly, you’d see better behaviour in a kingergarten.]

Venom sheds new light on the fall of Tony Abbott, the rise of Malcolm Turnbull and the electrifying leadership spill that brought parliament to a halt in August 2018. In a day-by-day account, it reveals the strategy Scott Morrison used to defeat his opponents and claim ultimate authority.

David Crowe reported these events for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age as they unfolded. Using more than one hundred interviews with the participants, he tells an epic story of revenge, hatred and the ruthless pursuit of power. And he asks whether the future holds any peace when the past is so full of poison.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR MAYA LINNELL

Date and time: Thursday, 22 August 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Venue: Ashgrove Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Ashgrove Library on (07) 3407 1940 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Join author MAYA LINNELL as she shares her rural fiction novel Wildflower Ridge. Four sisters, one farm, and a second chance at following your heart. Penny McIntyre loves her life as an ambitious city professional, with a marketing team at her fingertips and a promotion just within reach. So, when she’s floored by a mystery illness, and ordered back to the family farm for three months’ rest and recuperation, she is horrified to find her perfect life imploding.

Within days, Penny has to leave her much-loved job, her live-in boyfriend and her beloved city apartment, to return to the small country town in which she grew up. Back to her dad and three sisters, one of whom has never forgiven her for abandoning her family. And to her ex-boyfriend, Tim Patterson, who was the biggest reason she ran away in the first place. Books will be available for purchase at the event or you can bring your copy from home for Maya to sign.

 

The Event: QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL – DEEP LISTENING QPF 2019

Date and time: Thursday 22 August to Sunday 25 August 2019.

Venue: Various venues. See the websites below for more about what’s on and where.

Ticket price: A mix of free and ticketed events. Find out more about the Queensland Poetry Festival at https://queenslandpoetryfestival.com. Download your full program of events at https://festival.queenslandpoetryfestival.com. If you have any questions, phone (07) 3842 9990 or email them at info@queenslandpoetryfestival.com.

What’s happening: Organisers claim that the QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL is Australia’s finest festival for all things poetry and spoken word (and keeping in mind this year’s program – they’re probably not wrong). QPF is an independent festival and arts organisation, which exists to support, cultivate, and promote a vibrant poetry and spoken word culture in Queensland.

With an annual four-day festival plus satellite events held in the last week in August, QPF also curates and administers the following signature projects: Arts Queensland Poetry Awards, Arts Queensland Poet in Residence Program, Indigenous Poet in Residence, Brisbane Poetry Map, SlammED! Schools program, Queensland Heats and the Final of the Australian Poetry Slam, as well as regional tours and events.

QPF is a flagship poetry and spoken word festival, and an important part of Australia’s annual literary calendar. It aims to inspire, entertain, challenge, and bring the wide possibility of poetic expression in all of its forms to a wide audience – page poetry, readings, slam, spoken word, performance, music, ekphrastic poetry, collaborations, installations, cross-platform creations, film, and more.

This year, kick off the festivities with the FREE QUEENSLAND POETRY AWARDS AND OPENING NIGHT. The winners of the 2019 Arts Queensland Poetry Awards will be announced during the evening. These exciting awards support new literary voices and offer poets across Australia the chance to present new works and build their profile, with cash prizes and industry support for the winners.

Other highlights include the QPF CABARET with some great readers, and the LAUNCH of AMNESIA FINDINGS, the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an Unpublished MS, which comes with total prize money of $2,000 and a publishing contract with UQP. There’s so much on, it will blow your mind – see the website above for the full cacophony.

A highlight of the festival is (of course) the eagerly awaited AUSTRALIAN POETRY SLAM: 2019 QUEENSLAND FINAL. Yes, you’re in for a treat! Twenty finalists will compete at the state final, which will also feature a live set from UK spoken word superstar and winner of the 2018 Ted Hughes Poetry Prize, JAY BERNARD. The final will be held at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Fortitude Valley on 25 August 2019, and tickets are $30. See the website for details of how to book.

QPF also partners with various organisations and individuals throughout the year to host a year-long program of launches, workshops, and other events. They welcome enquires from community groups, festivals, libraries and arts organisations looking to connect with poetic practice in Queensland. So, if you’ve got a good idea, get in touch with them.

 

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ROBOTRONICA at QUT Gardens Point Campus on Sunday, 18 August 2019: ‘Nobody loves me. Everybody hates me. I’m going down the yard to eat worms...’ ‘You don’t have a stomach!’ ‘Now I am really sad...’ FROM THE ROBOT SOCIETY’S COMPENDIUM OF HUMAN SAYINGS: ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ – Stephen Hawking. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)