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THE QUEENSLAND CABARET FESTIVAL: RAIN OR SHINE – THE JUDY GARLAND STORY. Redland Performing Arts Centre, 2-16 Middle Street, CLEVELAND, Saturday, 22 June 2019 from 7.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. Tickets: Adults $50, Seniors/Pens: $45, Students $38,Groups 10+ $38pp. Helpmann award-winning singer and actress Kerrie Anne Greenland (Les Miserables) will bring Garland’s songs and stories to life, backed by an on-stage band, including sax, keys and percussion. Featuring hits including Come Rain or Come Shine, Over the Rainbow, The Man That Got Away, The Trolley Song and many more, You can book your tickets in person, by phone on (07) 3829 8131 or at https://tickets.rpac.com.au/WEBPAGES/EntaWebShow/ShowDatesCombo.aspx, (Photo courtesy of The Queensland Cabaret Festival)

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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. 

  • Meet up with like-minded enthusiasts aged 12 years and older at the MANGA AND ANIME CLUB, for games, trivia, streaming, lots of talking, giveaways and Manga crafts, at the Garden City Library, on Friday, 28 June 2019 from 3.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
  • Young people aged from 9 to 12 are encouraged to join author MEGAN DALEY for POETRY IN ALL FORMS. She will take them though various verse novels, traditional forms of poetry and slam poetry, and show them how to construct their own poem and illustrate it with watercolours. For better and verse, show up at the Bracken Ridge Library on Saturday, 29 June 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.
  • Presented by BrisStyle, this session will teach you tips and tricks to show you HOW TO SELL YOUR WORK, whether it be online or face-to-face through markets or wholesale. Find out how to become a real sales person for your creations, at the Brisbane Square Library on Saturday, 29 June 2019. 
  • At this Queensland Writers Centre SHORT SHARP STORIES WORKSHOP, you will discuss techniques and writing habits to help you develop, draft, and improve your work. Take your pen to the Everton Park Library on Saturday, 29 June 2019.
  • You are invited to a LITERARY TEA AND MOVIE EVENT featuring Dashiell Hammett’s THE MALTESE FALCON. Hear some fascinating details about the author and book, and watch Humphrey Bogart (as Sam Spade) and Mary Astor as the mysterious woman, in the classic 1941 black and white film. Slide into the Carindale Library on Saturday, 29 June 2019, from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
  • Meet award-winning writer and critic, ROHAN WILSON, author of The Roving Party and To Name Those Lostto talk about his latest novel, Daughter of Bad Times, at the Brisbane Square Library, on Sunday, 30 June 2019.

 

The Event: MANGA AND ANIME CLUB – FOR PEOPLE AGED 12 YEARS AND OLDER

Date and time: Friday, 28 June 2019 from 3.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Venue: Garden City Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Garden City Library on (07) 3403 7745 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Are you a Manga fiend? Do you binge Anime? Head for the MANGA AND ANIME CLUB for games, trivia and giveaways. Make friends with fellow lovers of Manga and Anime. There will be streaming, lots of talking and Manga crafts. Bring along the Manga you’re reading, and maybe indulge in some cosplay. These sessions are ideal for people aged 12 years and older.

 

The Event: POETRY IN ALL ITS FORMS – FOR YOUNGSTERS AGED 9 TO 12

Date and time: Saturday, 29 June 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.

Venue: Bracken Ridge Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Bracken Ridge Library on (07) 3667 6060 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Join author MEGAN DALEY for POETRY IN ALL FORMS, as she takes participants though various verse novels, traditional forms of poetry and slam poetry, including the book Limelight by young slam poet Solli Raphael. Young people aged from 9 to 12 will learn how to construct their own poem and illustrate it with watercolours.

 

The Event: SMALL BUSINESS SKILLS – HOW TO SELL YOUR WORK

Date and time: Saturday, 29 June 2019 from 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

Venue: Brisbane Square Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Brisbane Square Library on (07) 3403 3166 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Many writers, artists, and creative makers struggle with the idea of ‘selling’ their products and services. Presented by BrisStyle this session will guide you through HOW TO SELL YOUR WORK, whether it be online or face-to-face through markets or wholesale. With these tips and tricks you will be on your way to becoming a real sales person for your work. 

 

The Event: SHORT SHARP STORIES – A QWC WORKSHOP

Date and time: Saturday, 29 June 2019 from 1.30 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Venue: Everton Park Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Everton Park Library on (07) 3403 7400 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: What can great short stories teach us? 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.

 

The Event: THE MALTESE FALCON LITERARY TEA AND MOVIE

Date and time: Saturday, 29 June 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

Venue: Carindale Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Carindale Library on (07) 3407 1490 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Carindale Library is hosting A LITERARY TEA AND MOVIE EVENT featuring Dashiell Hammett’s THE MALTESE FALCON, Hear some fascinating details about the author and book, and watch Humphrey Bogart (as Sam Spade) and Mary Astor in the classic 1941 black and white film (1hr 40mins).

(Samuel) Dashiell Hammett was the prolific American author of many hard-boiled detective novels and short stories throughout the 1920s, 30s and 40s, several of which were adapted for the screen. He is now widely considered to be one of the best mystery writers of all time. The New York Times described him as ‘the dean of the… hard-boiled school of detective fiction.’

This 1941 version of The Maltese Falcon has proved to be the most enduring of the adaptations (a 1931 film was considered to be too lewd to be released until after 1966), and is considered to be a film noir classic – not surprising, given its hugely popular stars and the simultaneously hilarious but chilling performances by the equally huge (in every way) star Sydney Greenstreet, and the unnerving Peter Lorre, as a couple of really creepy crooks.

Coming close in popularity to the bird are the adaptations of The Thin Man novel, featuring everyone’s favourite Mister and Missus Sleuths, Nick and Nora Charles, and a goodly dose of wry humour. There was only one novel, but the imaginations of later screenwriters filled in with a series of movies between 1934 and 1947 (starring William Powell and Myrna Loy), not to mention programs for radio and television, a Broadway musical in 1991, and a stage play in 2009.

An interesting sidelight is that young Samuel Hammett left school when he was 13-years-old and held several jobs before working for the renowned Pinkerton National Detective Agency from 1915 to February 1922, with time off in order to serve in World War I.

By present standards, Hammett’s style of writing may seem old fashioned, but a good story never goes out of date and you can still find some of his books in libraries. Try Red Harvest (1929 – The Continental Op), The Dain Curse (1929), The Maltese Falcon (1930 – Sam Spade), The Glass Key (1931), The Thin Man (1934 – Nick and Nora Charles), and The Continental Op (1974 ed. Stephen Marcus).

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR ROHAN WILSON

Date and time: Sunday, 30 June 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

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: Meet award-winning writer and critic, ROHAN WILSON, the bestselling author of The Roving Party and To Name Those Lost, to discuss his latest novel Daughter of Bad Times.

The plot: Rin Braden is ready to give up on life after the heartbreaking death of her lover Yamaan and the everyday dread of working for her mother’s corrupt private prison company. But through a miracle Yamaan has survived. He turns up in an immigration detention facility in Australia, trading his labour for a supposedly safe place to live.

This is no ordinary facility; it’s Eaglehawk MTC, a manufactory built by her mother’s company to exploit the flood of environmental refugees. Now Rin mist find a way to free Yamaan before the ghosts of her past and a string of bad choices catch up with them both.

 

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THE QUEENSLAND CABARET FESTIVAL: MEGAN HILTY IN CONCERT. Queensland Performing Arts Centre, SOUTH BRISBANE, Thursday, 20 June 2019, 8.00 p.m. to 9.25 p.m. A brand new show with a 40-piece orchestra. After her sell-out QPAC concert in 2016, Broadway star Megan Hilty returns to Brisbane for one night only, performing showstoppers from The Great American Songbook and Broadway hits (including songs from Wicked, SMASH), with Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra. It’s not cheap, but if you love your musicals, this is a once in a lifetime chance to hear this knockout singer. Discounts are available for concession card holders, seniors, and students. ‘A star of the first magnitude with a voice that could blast a tune to the back wall of the theatre or caress a ballad with touching sweetness or regret,’ said Stage Whispers. Mortgage your house and purchase your tickets at https://www.qpac.com.au/event/megan_hilty_19. (Photo courtesy of The Queensland Cabaret Festival) (Photo courtesy of The Queensland Cabaret Festival)