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STEAM INTO NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK – ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND ROBOTICS. THE LUMINARY LECTURE: ROBOTS ARE COMING, READY OR NOT! Robots are set to change the way we live and work. What should we expect and how can we best live with them? Keynote speaker, DR SUE KEAY, runs the world’s first robotic vision centre. Recognised as a Superstar of STEM by Science and Technology Australia, Sue discussed where robot technology is currently at, what we might expect to see in the future and how we can prepare ourselves. This FREE session was held at the Southport Library, Southport, Qld on Friday, 10 August 2018. (Photo of Robot Erica from Japan 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 fellow poetry lovers for readings by some of the previous QUEENSLAND POETRY AWARDS winners as the festival prepares to unveil the 2018 recipients. Lend them your ears at the Brisbane Square Library on Monday, 20 August 2018 from 5.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
  • Is poetry good for your health? In the lead-up to the 2018 QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL, join local performance collective, VOICES OF COLOUR, for readings and performances about the healing power of story, at the Brisbane Square Library on Wednesday, 22 August 2018 from 5.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
  • Celebrate AGATHA CHRISTIE’S BIRTHDAY with a MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS LITERARY TEA AND MOVIE SCREENING. This latest film version is the fourth adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel. KENNETH BRANAGH as Poirot leads the stunning all-star cast at the Chermside Library on Friday, 24 August 2018 from 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
  • In the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) workshop, INTRODUCTION TO WRITING PICTURE BOOKS, you will discover the principles of writing for children and learn to create dynamic and vibrant picture books. It’s happening at the Annerley Library on Saturday, 25 August 2018.
  • AGATHA CHRISTIE’S works are more popular than ever, with new film and television adaptations of her novels flourishing. Join local enthusiast URSZULA WILMOTT for an informative and entertaining discussion about the author and her works, at the Corinda Library on Tuesday, 28 August 2018. 

 

The Event: QUEENSLAND POETRY AWARDS MIX TAPE

Date and time: Monday, 20 August 2018 from 5.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

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

Ticket price: FREE to attend and no bookings are necessary. Ring the Brisbane Square Library on (07) 3403 4166 if you have any questions.

What’s happening: The QUEENSLAND POETRY AWARDS recognise emerging poets from around Australia. Join fellow poetry lovers for readings with some of the previous award winners, as the Queensland Poetry festival prepares to unveil the 2018 recipients.

 

The Event: THE QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL PRESENTS VOICES OF COLOUR

Date and time: Wednesday, 22 August 2018 from 5.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

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

Ticket price: FREE to attend and no bookings are necessary. Ring the Brisbane Square Library on (07) 3403 4166 if you have any questions.

What’s happening: Is poetry good for your health? Can it save a life? In the lead-up to the 2018 QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL, join local performance collective, VOICES OF COLOUR, for readings and performances about the healing power of story.

 

The Event: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS LITERARY TEA AND MOVIE SCREENING (PG)

Date and time: Friday, 24 August 2018 from 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 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: Celebrate AGATHA CHRISTIE’S BIRTHDAY with a MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS LITERARY TEA AND MOVIE EVENT. This latest film version is the fourth adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel, following a 1974 film, a 2001 TV film, and a 2010 episode of Agatha Christie’s Poirot. KENNETH BRANAGH leads the stunning all-star cast, which includes Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, and Leslie Odom Jr., with Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley in supporting roles.

The film was released by 20th Century Fox on 2 November 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and a week or so later in Australia and the United States. Excited? Go to https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/murder-on-the-orient-express to watch a trailer and check out the cast and production details (1 hour 54 minutes. 2017 (PG).

As well as playing Poirot, Kenneth Branagh directed this American mystery film, with a screenplay by Michael Green. Gone is the iconic interpretation of TV’s Hercule Poirot as portrayed by David Suchet, although it’s going to be hard to get it out of your head and look at this murder mystery with new eyes. For starters, the fussy little black moustache of Suchet’s Poirot is replaced by Kenneth Branagh’s walrus facial extravaganza.

In the unlikely event that you have never come across the story before, this is the plot. In 1930s Europe, well known detective Hercule Poirot feels the need for a rest between cases and boards the legendary train, the Orient Express. A fellow passenger requests that Poirot act as their personal body guard, something he politely declines to do. The next morning the passenger is found stabbed to death.

Snow and increasingly bad weather leave Poirot and thirteen strangers stranded on the train in the middle of nowhere and everyone becomes a suspect. As the evidence piles up, Poirot becomes increasingly interested in the victim’s past and why they really fled the United States. Will he solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again?

 

The Event: INTRODUCTION TO WRITING PICTURE BOOKS – A QWC WORKSHOP

Date and time: Saturday, 25 August 2018 from 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

Venue: Annerley Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Annerley Library on (07) 3403 1735 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: In the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) workshop, INTRODUCTION TO WRITING PICTURE BOOKS, you will discover the principles of writing for children and learn how to create dynamic and vibrant picture books.

 

The Event: ALL ABOUT AGATHA!

Date and time: Tuesday, 28 August 2018 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 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: ‘Every murderer is probably somebody's old friend.’ – Agatha Christie. AGATHA CHRISTIE’S works are more popular than ever, with new film and television adaptations of her novels flourishing. Join local enthusiast URSZULA WILMOTT for an informative and entertaining discussion about the author and her works.

 

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STEAM INTO NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK – THE ENVIRONMENT. QUT GREAT BARIER REEF CHALLENGE LECTURE: WORKING TOGETHER TO SECURE THE FUTURE OF OUR NATIONAL ICON. The Great Barrier Reef is under threat and it will take our brightest research and industry minds to meet challenges such as coral bleaching and Crown of Thorns starfish control. Scientists and practitioners from a range of disciplines and organisations are working together to understand the reef’s secrets and develop inventive, sustainable solutions to preserve this natural wonder for future generations. This special Grand Challenge Lecture brought together a panel of reef experts from QUT and other organisations to discuss the key issues and concerns facing the future of the reef and share insights into their own research. The panel discussion and audience Q&A was facilitated by ROBYN WILLIAMS from ABC’s ‘The Science Show’ at the Kindler Theatre (P412), Queensland University of Technology Gardens Point campus, Brisbane City, Qld on Friday, 10 August 2018. Follow what happened on Twitter at https://twitter.com/IFE¬_QUT. This lecture was also livestreamed. Questions? Contact Amanda Dunne at (07) 3138 9498 or on mobile 0407 039 086. Failing that, email amanda.dunne@qut.edu.au and see more at http://www.qut.edu/au/institute-for-future-environments. (Photo of Great Barrier Reef and Crown of Thorns starfish by L.J. May)