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EMILY BRONTË’S 200TH BIRTHDAY

EMILY BRONTË’S 200TH BIRTHDAY. Due to Emily Brontë’s solitary and reclusive nature, she apparently made no friends outside her family. Apart from Ellen Nussey and Louise de Bassompierre, Emily’s fellow students in Brussels, her closest friend was her sister, Anne, who shared her love for their fantasy world, Gondal. According to Ellen, in childhood they were ‘like twins...inseparable companions’. Most of the information about Emily, however, comes from her sister Charlotte. Stevie Davies argues that Emily evidently shocked her to the point where she may have even doubted her sister’s sanity. After Emily’s death, Charlotte apparently rewrote her character, history and even poems in a style more acceptable to both herself and the bourgeois reading public. (Photo of the plaque marking the birthplace of the four surviving Brontë children in Yorkshire by L.J. May)

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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.     

  • In this Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) workshop, INTRODUCTION TO TRAVEL WRITING, you will gain a broad understanding of travel writing for print and online, with lots of practical exercises. Hike into the Hamilton Library on Saturday, 28 July 2018. 
  • In 1942, Tom Phelps escaped the invading Japanese via the other Kokoda Track, a story that has never before been told. Now Tom's grandson, award-winning actor and writer PETER PHELPSwill share this unforgettable tale of survivalresilience and the indomitable Aussie spirit with you, at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Monday, 30 July 2018 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Now is the time to celebrate books that champion love! Queensland authors BARBARA HANNAY, CHRISTINE WELLS and HELENE YOUNG will talk about their new books and writing women’s stories for women, at the Chermside Library on Monday, 30 July, the Indooroopilly Library on Tuesday, a.m. 31 July, and the Carindale Library on Tuesday, p.m. 31 July 2018.
  • Let poetry rewrite the night! Join the QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL, nurse a glass of wine and be captivated by the words of three outstanding contemporary poets, GRAHAM AKHURSTKRISSY KNEEN and SARAH HOLLAND-BATT, on the Riverbend Deck, Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Have you ever stopped to read the list of ingredients in the products you use every day? Join activist and educator ALEXX STUART to chat about her new book, LOW TOX LIFE (a handbook for a healthy you and a happy planet), at Riverbend Books, Bulimba on Wednesday, 1 August 2018 at 6.30 p.m.

 

The Event: INTRODUCTION TO TRAVEL WRITING – A QWC WORKSHOP

Date and time: Saturday, 28 July 2018 from 2.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Venue: Hamilton Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Hamilton Library on (07) 3403 1050 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Explore the world through words! In the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) workshop, INTRODUCTION TO TRAVEL WRITING, you will gain a broad understanding of travel writing for print and online, how to use photographs as inspiration, and evoke a sense of place with lots of practical exercises.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR, AWARD-WINNING ACTOR AND LEGEND PETER PHELPS

Date and time: Monday, 30 July 2018 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.

What’s happening: THE BULLDOG TRACK is a grandson's story of an ordinary man's war. Learn about Tom Phelps, and the ‘other Kokoda Track’, a story that has never before been told. Seventy-five years later, Tom's grandson, award-winning actor and writer PETER PHELPS, is sharing the unforgettable tale of survival, resilience and the indomitable Aussie spirit.

Peter Phelps is one of Australia's best-loved actors, regularly appearing in film, television and theatre productions. He is an AFI and Logie award winner and has directed episodes of All Saints and Home and Away. In 1994 he wrote the bestselling book Sex Without Madonna: True Confessions of a Hired Gun In Tinseltown (a wry look at his years in Hollywood).

Peter grew up hearing the family stories about his grandfather's incredible survival in New Guinea during WWII. Now, with his father's encouragement, he has written a very personal book about Tom Phelps and the other Kokoda Track. It is March 1942 and the world is at war. Too old to fight and with jobs scarce at home, Tom Phelps found work as a carpenter in the goldfields of the New Guinea Highlands.

No one expected the Japanese to attack in the Pacific. Then they took the northern cities of New Guinea. As word of the invasion and the atrocities being committed spread, Tom and his fellow workers, men of differing nationalities, trades and professions, were caught in the middle of it all. After the airfield was bombed, the Australian military told them to get out via the 'other' Kokoda Track and they set off through the jungle into the unknown.

 

The Event: LOVE BETWEEN THE PAGES: MEET BARBARA HANNAY, CHRISTINE WELLS AND HELENE YOUNG

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Love Between the Pages’: Monday, 30 July 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Chermside Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7200); Tuesday, 31 July 2018 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at Indooroopilly Library (Phone: (07) 3407 0009); Tuesday, 31 July 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Carindale Library (Phone: (07) 3407 1940).

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

What’s happening: Now is the time to celebrate books that champion love! Queensland authors BARBARA HANNAY, CHRISTINE WELLS and HELENE YOUNG will talk about their new books, love stories, writing women’s stories for women, and more. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or you can bring your copies from home for the authors to sign.

BARBARA HANNAY has written more than 40 books set in rural and outback Australia and has twice won the Romantic Book of the Year award. Her new novel, Summer of Secrets, is a multi-generational romance stepped in mystery and secrets.

CHRISTINE WELLS writes about brave, smart women who face extraordinary challenges, and she draws upon her fascination with British and World War Two history. Christine’s new historical novel, The Juliet Code, is full of spies, love, betrayal and secrets.

HELEN YOUNG’s six novels are inspired by the remote places she and her husband have visited on their sailing adventures, and she is also a previous winner of the Romantic Book of the Year award. In her new novel, Return to Roseglen, sibling rivalries and long-held secrets have the power to make or break a family in crisis.

 

The Event: QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL POETRY SERIES 3

Date and time: Tuesday, 31 July 2018 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. Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment as this event often sells out!

What’s happening: ‘Feel the universe tilt and infinitely rebuild’ – From Sarah Holland-Batt’s Mackerel. Join the QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL on the Riverbend deck! Nurse a glass of wine and be captivated by the words of three outstanding contemporary poets, GRAHAM AKHURST, KRISSY KNEEN, and SARAH HOLLAND-BATT. Enjoy the intoxicating tones of singer songwriter BENJIN MAZA, and let poetry rewrite the night!

GRAHAM AKHURST is an Aboriginal writer hailing from the Kokomini of Northern Queensland. He has been published in Australia and America for poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction. His debut novel, Borderland, will be released in 2019 with Hachette. Graham is currently enrolled in an MPhil of Creative Writing at the University of Queensland.

KRISSY KNEEN is the award-winning author of memoir Affection, and fiction: An Uncertain GraceSteeplechaseTriptychThe Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine, Wintering, as well as the Thomas Shapcott Award-winning poetry collection Eating My Grandmother. She has written and directed broadcast documentaries for SBS and ABC Television. An Uncertain Grace was shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize.

BENJIN MAZA is a singer, songwriter, performer and descendant of Mer Island, Tanna Island and Yidindjidi country. He has performed at Byron Bay Bluesfest, Homeground Festival and the Sydney Opera House, as well as touring Regional Queensland with Queensland Theatre Company’s production Stradbroke Dreamtime.

SARAH HOLLAND-BATT is an award-winning poet, editor, critic, and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at QUT. Her most recent book, The Hazards, won the 2016 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Poetry, and was shortlisted for several other major prizes. She is the editor of Black Inc.'s The Best Australian Poems 2016 and 2017, and is presently a Sidney Myer Creative Fellow.

 

The Event: LOW TOX LIFE WITH ACTIVIST AND EDUCATOR ALEXX STUART

Date and time: Wednesday, 1 August 2018 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.

What’s happening: Have you ever stopped to read the list of ingredients in the products you use every day? Or maybe you’re confused by what those ingredients actually are and whether or not they are good for you? Join activist and educator ALEXX STUART to chat about her new book, LOW TOX LIFE (a handbook for a healthy you and a happy planet), and watch her give a demonstration on how to make the wonderful room spray in her book!

Alex will clear a path through the maze of mass-market ingredient cocktails, providing simple alternatives to the unknown nasties found in everyday products. You don't need to be a fulltime homesteader with a cupboard full of organic linens to go low tox. Start small, switching or ditching one nasty at a time, and enjoy the process as a positive one for you and the planet.

Low Tox Life shows you how to create low tox household and personal products, like dry shampoo, oven cleaner and even a head lice treatment; recipes for delicious low tox family feasts; and tips for navigating ‘greenwashing’, ethical shopping, reducing food waste and low toxing your mind. Alexx also shares her story of the health crisis that inspired her dramatic shift to a low tox life.

 

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EMILY BRONTË’S 200TH BIRTHDAY. Emily Brontë's ‘Wuthering Heights’ was first published in London in 1847 by Thomas Cautley Newby. The novel’s violence and passion led the Victorian public and many early reviewers to think that it had been written by a man. When it first came out, ‘Wuthering Heights’ received mixed reviews and was often condemned for its portrayal of ‘unchecked primal passions, replete with savage cruelty and outright barbarism’. The book subsequently became an English literary classic, but Emily never knew the extent of fame her only novel achieved, because she died at the age of 30 on the 19 December 1848, a year after its publication. Her health was probably weakened by Yorkshire’s harsh climate and the contamination of the water supply by runoff from the church’s graveyard. Emily’s brother Branwell died suddenly on Sunday, 24 September 1848, and a week after his funeral service Emily caught a severe cold. This quickly developed into inflammation of the lungs, which led to tuberculosis. She refused all medical help and remedies, saying that she would have ‘no poisoning doctor’ near her. At noon on the day that she died, Emily could only whisper in gasps. With her last audible words she said to Charlotte, ‘If you will send for a doctor, I will see him now’, but it was too late. She died at about two in the afternoon. Emily had grown so thin that her coffin measured only 16 inches wide. The carpenter said that he had never made a narrower one for an adult. Emily was interred in the Church of St Michael and All Angels family capsule in Haworth. Emily’s dog Keeper, her faithful friend and worshipper, seemed to understand her like a human being. Keeper was a solemn mourner at Emily’s funeral and never recovered his cheerfulness. (Photo commemorating the deaths of Emily and Charlotte Brontë by L.J. May)