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THE 2018 AACTA AWARDS: PRESENTER JULIA ZEMIRO is one of Australia’s favourite television and radio presenters, actresses, singers, writers and comedians. Is there anything this girl can’t do? She was born in France but we don’t hold that against her. We know her best as the host of music quiz and live jam TV show ‘Rockwiz’ and ‘Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery’. Both Julia and Nicole Kidman are now 51-years-old! Can you believe that? Julia is a long-time Theatresports veteran (Sing: ‘Theatresports, Theatresports, You’re forever in our thoughts’… sorry), which is why she can improv at the drop of a hat. And if you’re co-hosting Eurovision Song Contests with Sam Pang, you need to be able to do that. (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.  

  • Journalist and author MICHAEL BEATTY has had an illustrious, and at times, hazardous career that saw him interview stars from Cary Grant to the Rolling Stones, tackle North Queensland television and crocs, and take on the stories of the day. Now the spokesperson for RSPCA Queensland, Michael has written a book about his career as a journalist called Off the Beatty Track (groan), and will be sharing his experiences and stories at the following Brisbane Libraries: Holland Park, Chermside, Carindale and Corinda between Saturday, 22 December 2018 and Tuesday, 22 January 2019. See the listing for dates and times.
  • Budding illustrators and cartoonists aged from 7–14 years will enjoy a CREATE YOUR OWN CHARACTERS FOR A BOOK WORKSHOP with award-winning cartoonist and illustrator PHIL JUDD, who will cover the basics of a story idea and the process of designing story characters. Book in at the Bracken Ridge, Carindale, Toowong, Brisbane Square, Mt Gravatt, and Fairfield Libraries between Friday, 4 January 2019 and Thursday, 24 January 2019. Please see the listing for dates and times. 
  • Youngsters aged 10 years and over will enjoy a WRITING CRIME WORKSHOP with author TRISTAN BANCKS, who will share his tips and tricks on how to create a thrilling crime novel, at the Carina, Holland Park, Toowong, Carindale, Chermside and Sunnybank Hills Libraries between Tuesday, 8 January 2019 and Monday, 21 January 2019. Please see the listing for dates and times.
  • Young adult filmmakers from 12–17 YEARS can participate in FILMMAKING: HOLLYWOOD TRICKS, a free WORKSHOP presented by Active Entertainment, to learn about awesome visual effects that will have their audience super impressed. Fly, teleport, and go invisible, but book in first at the Garden City Library on Tuesday, 8 January 2019 from 10.30 a.m., the Mt Ommaney Library on Tuesday, 8 January 2019 from 2.00 p.m. and the Brisbane Square Library from 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

 

The Event: MEET JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR MICHAEL BEATTY

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet Michael Beatty’: Saturday, 22 December 2018 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at Holland Park Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7755); Thursday, 10 January 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Chermside Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7200); Thursday, 17 January 2019 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Carindale Library (Phone: (07) 3407 1940); Tuesday, 22 January 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 at the presenting library by contacting them on the phone numbers given above.

What’s happening: MICHAEL BEATTY did his first interview with guitar legend, Jimi Hendrix, for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and was promptly ‘exiled’ to a CBC radio station in The Eastern Arctic. After a period of learning Inuit and braving minus 40 degree Celsius temperatures, he returned to London to follow in the footsteps of his father, British screen royalty, Robert Beatty.

What followed was an illustrious, and at times, hazardous career that saw him interview stars from Cary Grant to the Rolling Stones, tackle North Queensland television and crocs, and take on the stories of the day, and the stories no one wanted on Willesee, Today Tonight and Good Morning Australia.

Now working as the spokesperson for RSPCA Queensland, Michael has written a book of his career as a journalist called Off The Beatty Track (groan), and will be sharing his experiences and stories at Brisbane Libraries. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or you can bring your own copy from home for Michael to sign.

 

The Event: BUDDING ILLUSTRATOR AND CARTOONIST WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN AGED 7–14 YEARS – CREATE YOUR OWN CHARACTERS FOR A BOOK WITH PHIL JUDD

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Create Your Own Characters’: Friday, 4 January 2019 from 3.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. at Bracken Ridge Library (Phone: (07) 3667 6060); Saturday, 5 January 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. at Carindale Library (Phone: (07) 3407 1490); Tuesday, 15 January 2019 from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. at Toowong Library (Phone: (07) 3403 2590); Wednesday, 16 January 2019 from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. at Brisbane Square Library (Phone: (07) 3403 4166); Saturday, 19 January 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. at Mt Gravatt Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7775); Thursday, 24 January 2019 from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. at Fairfield Library (Phone: (07) 3403 8615).

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

What’s happening: Budding illustrators and cartoonists aged from 7–14 years will enjoy this CREATE YOUR OWN CHARACTERS FOR A BOOK WORKSHOP with award-winning cartoonist and illustrator PHIL JUDD. The workshop covers the basics of a story idea and the process of designing story characters.

Phil will look at the creation process from scratch, and then move on to creating a cast of original characters. At the end, participants will have an insight into what goes into creating a book and its characters, and have a set of characters of their own to use for a story.

 

The Event: A CRIME WRITING WORKSHOP FOR YOUNGSTERS AGED 10 YEARS AND OLDER WITH TRISTAN BANCKS

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Writing Crime’: Tuesday, 8 January 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. at Carina Library (Phone: (07) 3407 1873); Tuesday, 8 January 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. at Holland Park Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7755); Tuesday, 8 January 2019 from 3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. at Toowong Library (Phone: (07) 3403 2590); Monday, 21 January 2019 from 3.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. at Carindale Library (Phone: (07) 3407 1490); Monday, 21 January 2019 from 12.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m. at Chermside Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7200); Monday, 21 January 2019 from 9.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. at Sunnybank Hills Library (Phone: (07) 3407 0571).

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

What’s happening: Youngsters aged 10 years and over will enjoy this WRITING CRIME WORKSHOP with TRISTAN BANCKS. Based on his experiences in writing his novels Two Wolves and The Fall, Tristan will share his tips and tricks on how to create a thrilling crime novel.

 

The Event: FILMMAKING: HOLLYWOOD TRICKS – A WORKSHOP IDEAL FOR YOUNG ADULTS FROM 12–17 YEARS

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Filmmaking: Hollywood Tricks’: Tuesday, 8 January 2019 from 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon at Garden City Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7745); Tuesday, 8 January 2019 from 2.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. at Mt Ommaney Library (Phone: (07) 3407 7010); Wednesday, 9 January 2019 from 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon at Brisbane Square Library (Phone: (07) 3403 4166).

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

What’s happening: Ever wondered how they do it in Hollywood? Now you can find out! Learn about awesome visual effects that will have your audience super impressed. Fly, teleport, and go invisible.

Find out how ideas can be brought to life using iPads, tripods, lights, microphones, green screens and props. At the end of this workshop, presented by Active Entertainment, you will celebrate with a mini film festival showcasing your own series of short videos!

 

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THE 2018 AACTA AWARDS: NICOLE KIDMAN AC won the 2018 AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS in ‘Boy Erased’, becoming the first actress to win two consecutive Best Supporting Actress Awards (winning last year for ‘Lion’). We are used to seeing actress and producer Nicole in leading roles – she has won so many awards we couldn’t possibly list them all. Nic got her breakthrough in the Aussie thriller ‘Dead Calm’ and the TV miniseries ‘Bangkok Hilton’. She made her Hollywood debut in the racing film ‘Days of Thunder’. Then she married Tom Cruise and had to dice the heels. Later on she received two consecutive nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress after playing a courtesan in ‘Moulin Rouge!’ in 2001, and she grew a large nose as writer Virginia Woolf for ‘The Hours’ in 2002. Nic won the award for the latter and received Golden Globes for both films. She has been a Goodwill ambassador for UNICEF since 1994 and for UNIFEM since 2006. Nicole Kidman was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia in 2006, and was the highest-paid actress in the motion picture industry for that year. Nice! (Photo by L.J. May S/S)