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Street Smart Art!

Can’t get enough Street Art? Then take a drive and check out STREET ART IN TOOWOOMBA. The regional Queensland town of Toowoomba, west of Brisbane, is fast developing a reputation for street art culture and a vibrant laneway life, which combines art and architecture in a culturally diverse urban environment. Well over 100 artworks now adorn the walls of public buildings and laneways in Toowoomba’s Outdoor Art Exhibition – and it’s there to be enjoyed 24/7 on every day of the year. (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.     

  • Producer and host of the AWARD-WINNING UK PODCAST THE ALLUSIONIST, HELEN ZALTZMAN, is here for you. Join her for a fascinating and irreverent adventure into the world we make with words, and taking gender out of language through the power of infotainment – with musical support from Martin Austwick. Find your generous helping of pop culture at the Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm, on Saturday, 25 May 2019 at 7.30 p.m. 
  • Award winning authors SHERYL GWYTHER, RICHARD YAXLEY, HEIDI COOPER SMITH, and panel moderator, MEGAN DALEY, will discuss and guide you through the process of writing for children and young adults, from picture books through to teenage fiction, at the Brisbane Square Library, on Sunday, 26 May 2019.
  • Join the QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL on the Riverbend deck and be captivated by the words of outstanding poets, at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Tuesday, 28 May 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • THE DESIGN CONFERENCE is unlike any event you’ve ever been to. TDC discusses more than the future direction of design, but also what design means in the hearts and minds of the world’s favourite creative leaders, with 18 keynotes from critically acclaimed creatives, as well as a wide range of breakout workshops. Book your tickets at https://thedesignconference.com.au and head for the Brisbane Powerhouse from Wednesday, 29 May to Saturday, 1 June 2019. 
  • Are you too attached to your ‘stuff’? Can’t throw it away or give it away because you think it means too much to you or you don’t want it to go to waste. Then, this LESS STUFF session with decluttering expert LINDSAY MILES is for you. Learn about this essential yet simple, joyful guide to decluttering that reminds us what’s important in life, at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Friday, 31 May 2019 at 6.30 p.m.

 

The Event: THE ALLUSIONIST – AWARD-WINNING UK PODCAST WITH HELEN ZALTZMAN

Date and time: Saturday, 25 May 2019 at 7.30 p.m.

Venue: Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm QLD 4005. Click on link for a map.

Ticket price: Adult: $25, Concession: $20 (transaction fee of $6.60 applies to all bookings). For more information or online bookings go to the Brisbane Powerhouse website at http://brisbanepowerhouse.org. NOTE: suitable for ages 12+ due to some coarse language.

What’s happening: Ever heard of Toki Pona (said to be ‘the smallest language in the world’)? Have you questioned Western yogic deployments of ’namaste’, opening lines on dating apps, or dating systems of the BC, AD and BCE kind? Producer and host HELEN ZALTZMAN is here for you. Join her for a fascinating and irreverent adventure into the world we make with words.

AWARD-WINNING BRITISH PODCAST THE ALLUSIONIST is a logophile’s dream. In each episode of The Allusionist, Zaltzman rumbles through language with infectious verve and a generous helping of pop culture. Her latest show is about taking gender out of language through the power of infotainment – with musical support from Martin Austwick.

 

The Event: THE SOCIETY OF WOMEN WRITERS QUEENSLAND PANEL: WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS

Date and time: Sunday, 26 May 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

Venue: Brisbane Square Library. (NOTE: Weekend parking is available at King George Square Car Park for $5) View on Google Maps

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Brisbane Square Library on (07) 3403 4166 to reserve your place(s) OR visit the website at https://www.eventbrite.com.au and search ‘The Society of Women Writers Queensland panel’

What’s happening: Award winning authors SHERYL GWYTHER, RICHARD YAXLEY, HEIDI COOPER SMITH, and panel moderator, MEGAN DALEY, will discuss and guide you through the process of writing for children and young adults, from picture books through to teenage fiction.

 

The Event: POETRY SERIES TWO AT RIVERBEND

Date and time: Tuesday, 28 May 2019 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, and they do not issue refunds or exchanges for event tickets except in case of event cancellation.

What’s happening: Join the QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL on the Riverbend deck and be captivated by the words of outstanding poets! Line up to be announced!

 

The Event: THE DESIGN CONFERENCE (TDC)

Date and time: Wednesday, 29 May to Saturday, 1 June 2019.

Venue: Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm QLD 4005. Click on link for a map.

Ticket price: Book your tickets at https://thedesignconference.com.au

What’s happening: THE DESIGN CONFERENCE is unlike any event you’ve ever been to. TDC discusses more than the future direction of design, but what design means in the hearts and minds of the world’s favourite creative leaders. It will feature 18 keynotes from critically acclaimed creatives, including Adam J. Kurts, Tea Uglow (Google Creative Labs) and Chris Do (The Futur) as well as a wide range of breakout workshops.

TDC is a fun and exciting way to experience the business of design alongside a warm and highly engaged audience. Plus there are parties, curated side events, music and culture experiences along the way. Be a part of it!

 

The Event: LESS STUFF WITH LINDSAY MILES

Date and time: Friday, 31 May 2019 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, and they do not issue refunds or exchanges for event tickets except in case of event cancellation.

What’s happening: Author LINDSAY MILES will be at Riverbend to talk about her intriguing new book Less Stuff, an essential yet simple, joyful guide to decluttering that reminds us what’s important in life.

This book is for people who find it difficult to declutter and who don’t want to see things go to waste. Clutter impacts on our productivity, stresses us out and keeps us stuck. Why do we let our stuff stand in the way of the lives we dream about? But what about when it comes to throwing away all that stuff? – after all, there is no ‘away’. 

Decluttering is great for our mental wellbeing, and when done right, it can be good for the planet too. When we rehome, repurpose or recycle the things we no longer need, we free up existing resources for others and reclaim our homes with less guilt.

In Less Stuff you’ll explore, step by step, finding your ‘enough’, learn how to let go of your old possessions without sending them to landfill, and eventually break the cycle of stuff. The end result is a planet with less strain, a home with more peace and a life with more meaning.

 

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WATCHWORDS HOME

During a WALKING TOUR through Toowoomba’s increasingly famous street art laneways, guides will share a mix of stories about the art, the world renowned artists, and the architecture on display. If your taste leans more to the traditional, Toowoomba’s public art gallery, established in 1938, is the oldest in regional Queensland and the permanent home of the Lionel Lindsay Art Gallery and Library, which features more than 400 significant Australian art works by the Lindsay family and such artists as Frederick McCubbin, Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and Rupert Bunny. For more about must-see places and events in Toowoomba, visit the Toowoomba Visitor Information Centre at 86 James Street, Toowoomba, phone them toll free on 1800 331 155, email them at infocentre@toowoombarc.qld.gov.au, or visit their website at http://www.toowoombarc.com.au. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)