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THE QUEENSLAND CABARET FESTIVAL: DEBORAH CONWAY & WILLY ZYGIER. The Queensland Performing Arts Complex, SOUTH BRISBANE. Friday, 21 June and Saturday, 22 June 2019, from 8.00 p.m. (2 hours and 30 min. – includes interval) Tickets: $65. NOTE: Due to overwhelming demand, a third and final concert of EPIC has been released on Saturday, 22 June at 2.00 p.m. EPIC will be the concert event of 2019, celebrating the new alongside the much loved – it launches DEBORAH CONWAY and WILLY ZYGIER’s tenth album, ‘The Words Of Men’ and pairs it with 1993’s ARIA Award Winning and Gold selling record, ‘Bitch Epic’, reflecting one of the most creative bursts in their renowned 27 year collaboration, Book your tickets at https://www.qpac.com.au/event/epic¬19. (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. 

  • The second in SLQ’s Portrait of an Artist series for 2019 offers a unique insight into the life and the politically-charged work of Queensland Indigenous artist GORDON HOOKEY, whose work is held in the public collection of most major Australian galleries as well as public collections in the United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand and Canada. During this FREE event, see a film interview with Gordon, followed by a Q & A session with him, in Auditorium 1, Level 2, State Library of Queensland (SLQ), South Bank, on Friday, 26 July 2019 from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
  • During this MARKETING IDEAS WORKSHOP, presented by IRENA BEE, you will learn how to turn your creative hobby or writing skills into a successful business using free tools and simple planning. Begin the dream at the Wynnum Library on Saturday, 27 July 2019 from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
  • Join ANDY GRIFFITHS at MORETON BAY COLLEGE for more madcap Treehouse adventures in THE 117 STOREY TREEHOUSE, which now has 13 new storeys. Book through Riverbend Books for this great event to be held at the Moreton Bay College Music Centre, 72 Hargreaves Road, Manly West, Brisbane, on Sunday, 28 July 2019 at 2.00 p.m.
  • DOMINIC SMITH, best-selling auhor of The Last Painting of Sara De Vos, will speak about his compelling new novel The Electric Hotel, which traces the intertwined fates of a silent film director and his muse. Book in at Riverbend Books for this event, which will be held at the Polding Theatre, Lourdes Hill College, 86 Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne, Brisbane, on Wednesday, 31 July 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Attend the launch of DIMITY POWELL’S new picture book PIPPAPippa is a little pigeon with big blue-sky ambitions: to fly solo and explore the world beyond her nest. But how will she survive in this new uncharted territory with all its treacherous dangers and make it back home in time for tea? Take your little ones to find out at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Saturday, 3 August 2019 at 3.30 p.m.
  • MEGAN K. STACK sits down with ABC Radio’s REBECCA LEVINGSTON to discuss her new book, Women’s Work, a stunning memoir of raising her children abroad with the help of Chinese and Indian women, and which turns a journalistic eye on the trade-offs they’d been forced to make. Head for the Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, on Tuesday, 6 August 2019 at 7.00 p.m.

 

The Event: PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST SERIES 2019 – THE POLITICALLY-CHARGED WORK OF QUEENSLAND INDIGENOUS ARTIST GORDON HOOKEY – A PROUD WAANYI MAN

Date and time: Friday, 26 July 2019 from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Venue: Auditorium 1, Level 2, State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane.

Cost: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Register for your tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/register?orderid=9a9f586898a611e9a3680a10d8745256&client_token=a2f8005d0cd14aec8b9cc5932d8cebf2&eid=62341618459

What’s happening: The second in SLQ’s Portrait of an Artist series for 2019 offers a unique insight into the life and the politically-charged work of Queensland artist GORDON HOOKEY. A proud Waanyi man, Gordon was born in Cloncurry in north-west Queensland. He is an oil painter and sculptor whose art is located at the interface where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures converge.

Gordon's work combines figurative characters, iconic symbols, bold comic-like text and a spectrum of vibrant colours. His art is well known for its piercing commentary of Australia’s political landscape, its leaders and representatives. Gordon’s work is held in the public collection of most major Australian galleries as well as public collections in the United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand and Canada.

Watch a screening of an interview with Gordon, which was filmed for the James C Sourris AM Collection of contemporary Australian artist interviews. Following the screening, enjoy an intimate Q & A session with Gordon to hear his musings on art, life and possibly politics!

 

The Event: MARKETING IDEAS WORKSHOP – TIME TO TURN YOUR SKILLS INTO A BUSINESS USING EFFECTIVE MARKETING IDEAS

Date and time: Saturday, 27 July 2019 from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

Venue: Wynnum Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Wynnum Library on (07) 3403 2199 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Be your own boss and turn your creative hobby or writing skills into a successful business using free tools and simple planning. With as little as an hour a week you can start creating the life of your dreams – even without a website.

IRENA BEE has been teaching non-profits, start-ups and businesses how to tell their story for more than 25 years. During this MARKETING IDEAS WORKSHOP, you will learn what makes a great story, and how to use it with traditional media and on social media, to find your perfect customer and audience. 

 

The Event: ANDY GRIFFITHS, AND THE 117 STOREY TREEHOUSE

Date and time: Sunday, 28 July 2019 at 2.00 p.m.

Venue: Moreton Bay College Music Centre, 72 Hargreaves Road, Manly West, Brisbane.

Ticket price: $16.00. Ticket and Book deal $22. 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 ANDY GRIFFITHS at MORETON BAY COLLEGE for more madcap Treehouse adventures in THE 117 STOREY TREEHOUSE! Andy and Terry's treehouse now has 13 new storeys, including a tiny-horse level, a pyjama-party room, an Underpants Museum, a photo-bombing booth, a waiting room, a Door of Doom, a circus, a giant-robot-fighting arena, a traffic school, a water-ski park filled with flesh-eating piranhas, and a treehouse visitor centre with a 24-hour information desk, a penguin-powered flying treehouse tour bus, and a gift shop.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR DOMINIC SMITH

Date and time: Wednesday, 31 July 2019 at 6.30 p.m.

Venue: Polding Theatre, Lourdes Hill College, 86 Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne, Brisbane.

Ticket price: $15.00. Book and ticket deal $40. 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: Riverbend Books is proud to present an evening with bestselling author, DOMINIC SMITH as he speaks about his compelling new novel The Electric Hotel, which traces the intertwined fates of a silent film director and his muse. Spanning three continents and the best part of a century, Dominic takes us on a tour of the heart; to Paris, Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Palisades, Los Angeles, Belgium, Andorra and our very own Tamarama. If you loved The Last Painting of Sara De Vos, you're sure to enjoy this new literary masterpiece!

ABOUT THE BOOK: For nearly half a century, Claude Ballard has been living at the Hollywood Knickerbocker Hotel. A French pioneer of silent films, who started out as a concession agent for the Lumiere brothers, the inventors of cinema, Claude now spends his days foraging mushrooms in the hills of Los Angeles and taking photographs of runaways and the striplings along Sunset Boulevard.

But when a film-history student comes to interview Claude about The Electric Hotel – the lost masterpiece that bankrupted him and ended the career of his muse, Sabine Montrose – the past comes surging back. In his run-down hotel suite, the ravages of the past are waiting to be excavated: celluloid fragments and reels in desperate need of restoration, and Claude's memories of the woman who inspired and beguiled him

Award-winning author Dominic Smith grew up in Sydney, Australia, and now lives in Austin, Texas. He is the author, most recently, of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, an acclaimed bestseller in Australia and the US. Dominic's other novels are: The Beautiful MiscellaneousThe Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre and Bright and Distant Shores.

Dominic's awards include the Dobie Paisano Fellowship from the Texas Institute of Letters, the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Prize, the Gulf Coast Fiction Prize, and a new works grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. His fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and been shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year and the Vance Palmer Prize.

 

The Event: ATTEND THE LAUNCH OF DIMITY POWELL’S NEW PICTURE BOOK PIPPA

Date and time: Saturday, 3 August 2019 at 3.30 p.m.

Venue: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford St, Bulimba Queensland 4171.

Ticket price: $5.00. 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: Attend the launch of DIMITY POWELL’S new picture book PIPPA. Pippa is a little pigeon with big blue-sky ambitions: to fly solo and explore the world beyond her nest. Her parents are less than thrilled with their risk-taking feathered fledgling and smother her with well-meant yet suffocating warnings until one day she ignores them all and takes the leap into the unknown…alone.

But how will she survive in this new uncharted territory with all its treacherous dangers and make it back home in time for tea? Join Pippa on her incredible adventure as she discovers home is where the heart is.

You will receive a $5.00 gift voucher with your booking and places are limited. Book for children only – parents and chaperones are free of charge.

 

The Event: MEGAN K. STACK IN CONVERSATION WITH ABC RADIO'S REBECCA LEVINGSTON

Date and time: Tuesday, 6 August 2019 at 7.00 p.m. (70 minutes)

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

Ticket price: Adult: $35, Concession $30, Ticket and Book $55 (plus a transaction fee of $6.90). For more information and online bookings go to the Brisbane Powerhouse website at https://brisbanepowerhouse.org/events/2019/08/06/in-conversation-with-megan-k-stack. This event is suitable for ages 12+

What’s happening: MEGAN K. STACK sits down with ABC Radio’s REBECCA LEVINGSTON to discuss her new book, Women’s Work, a stunning memoir of raising her children abroad with the help of Chinese and Indian women. Women’s Work shines a light on the joy, fear, and exhaustion of motherhood, and causes readers to reflect on their impact on working mothers.

Stack decided to leave her prestigious job as a foreign correspondent to work from home and look after her baby. As her family grew and her husband’s job took them to China and Dehli, a series of Chinese and Indian women cooked, cleaned and babysat for them.

Megan grew increasingly aware of the brutal realities of these women’s lives: domestic abuse, alcoholism, unplanned pregnancies. Hiring poor women had given her the ability to work while raising her children, but what ethical compromise had she made? Determined to confront the truth, Stack met the families and children of these women and turned a journalistic eye on the trade-offs they’d been forced to make. 

 

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THE QUEENSLAND CABARET FESTIVAL: JAZZ @ WOODSTOCK: INGRID JAMES AND TONI ZAFFA. The Old Museum, Fortitude Valley, BRISBANE, Sunday, 16 June 2019 from 8.15 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. Tickets: Adult $25, Concession $20. 50 years ago, back in 1969, Woodstock was one of the grooviest and iconic events in live music history. Close to half a million people attended Woodstock, jamming the roads with up to 8 miles of traffic. It’s difficult not to be inspired by many of those artists who performed at Woodstock, such as Blood Sweat & Tears, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, Richie Havens, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Santana, Neil Young, and The Who. INGRID JAMES and TONI ZAFFA and MD, USA Grammy-award winning trumpeter/vocalist, PAUL ARMSTRONG have put together a stellar 7-piece band, also featuring John Reeves (piano), Paul Henderson (guitar), Andrew Shaw (bass) and Sacha Kloostra (drums), who will present a show that promises to be a glorious celebration of the great songs that were once heard and loved – breathing new life into the music. Get your tickets at https://www.oldmuseum.org/event/jazzatwoodstock. (Photo courtesy of The Queensland Cabaret Festival)