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WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL BRISBANE: WE WILL BE MARTIANS – OUR FUTURE ON THE RED PLANET. As the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, take a journey to our next destination: MARS! A stellar group of interdisciplinary experts will explore the technological, physiological, and psychological challenges of sending humans to Mars, perhaps one day to live there permanently. Don your space helmet and live your dream as one of a space-faring species, on Sunday, 24 March 2019 in the Concert Hall, QPAC from 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon. Tickets: Adult: $35, Concession: $30, Student: $25. Book at http://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au. (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.    

  • Riverbend Books is delighted to announce a very special evening with author and artist, KIRSHA KAECHELE. This is a rare and unique opportunity to attend an event preceding an exhibition at one of the world’s most exciting modern art galleries, MONA (Museum of Old and New Art – Tasmania)Book yourself into Riverbend Books, Bulimba, for Monday, 25 March 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Join THE QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL on the Riverbend deck and be captivated by the words of outstanding poets! Line-up to be announced! This event sells like hot cakes each year, so book in now if you want to go. It’s happening at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Tuesday, 26 March 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Bestselling author, DAVID GILLESPIE, is one of Australia’s most trusted non-fiction researchers, and has written a compelling book that every parent needs to read. Teen Brain explains why screens are making your teenager depressed, anxious and prone to lifelong addictive illnesses – and how to stop it now. Discuss this curly question with David at the Polding Theatre, Lourdes Hill College, Hawthorne, on Wednesday, 27 March 2019 at 6.30 p.m. – Book through Riverbend Books, Bulimba.
  • Join award-winning local author, SIMON CLEARY, to discuss his new novel The War Artist, a timely and compelling novel about the legacy of war, the power of art and the possibility of atonement. Catch up with Simon at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Thursday, 28 March 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • How well do you know your characters? In this WRITING FROM CHARACTER WORKSHOP with the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC), you will learn how to get deep inside the minds of significant characters and better understand their motivations, choices and psychological states. Book in for this session at the Bulimba Library on Saturday, 30 March 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR AND ARTIST KIRSHA KAECHELE

Date and time: Monday, 25 March 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.

What’s happening: Riverbend Books is delighted to announce a very special evening with artist, KIRSHA KAECHELE. This is a rare and unique opportunity to attend an event preceding an exhibition at one of the world’s most exciting modern art galleries, MONA (Museum of Old and New Art – Tasmania).

Gather at Riverbend to welcome Mona’s Kirsha Kaechele to talk about her new book, Eat the Problem, in conversation with BILL PLATZ. Eat the Problem is a deluxe, genre-bending food and art compendium featuring a series of ‘recipes’ using invasive species – both real and surreal. Over 544 decadent pages, it features the contributions of artists whose work is in Mona’s permanent collection, as well as noted chefs, writers, scientists and philosophers from around the world.    

​Contributors include James Turrell, Marina Abramović, Andoni Luis Aduriz of Mugaritz, Germaine Greer, Heston Blumenthal, Mike Parr, Pablo Picasso, Enrique Olvera of Pujol, Laurie Anderson, Tim Minchin, and many more.

Along with meditations on eating, destroying, or transforming invasive species into art, Eat the Problem includes recipes for life in the form of poetry, essays, scatological musings and interviews. There will be an accompanying Eat the Problem exhibition which opens at Mona (Tasmania) on 13 April 2019 and runs through until 2 September 2019. Tickets are limited – book now to reserve your spot!

 

The Event: POETRY SERIES ONE

Date and time: Tuesday, 26 March 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.

What’s happening: Join THE QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL for POETRY SERIES ONE on the Riverbend deck and be captivated by the words of outstanding poets! Line up to be announced! This event is very popular and tickets sell like hot cakes, so book in now if you want to go.

 

The Event: EXPLORE THE TEEN BRAIN WITH DAVID GILLESPIE

Date and time: Wednesday, 27 March 2019 at 6.30 p.m.

Venue: NOTE that this event will be held at the Polding Theatre at Lourdes Hill College, 86 Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne, Brisbane.

Ticket price: From $18.00 AUD. Book through Riverbend Books: 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.

What’s happening: Riverbend is proud to present an evening with bestselling author, DAVID GILLESPIE. He’s one of Australia’s most trusted non-fiction researchers and has written a book that every parent needs to read. At the Polding Theatre at Lourdes Hill College, Hawthorne, David will speak about his compelling new book Teen Brain. Why screens are making your teenager depressed, anxious and prone to lifelong addictive illnesses – and how to stop it now.

With their labile and rapidly developing brains, adolescents are particularly susceptible to addiction, and addiction leads to anxiety and depression. What few parents know is that what we think of as the most typical addictions and problematic teen behaviours – smoking, drinking, drug-taking, and sex leading to teenage pregnancy – are on the decline.

The bad news is that a whole raft of addictions has taken their place. Whereas once the dopamine-hungry brain of a teenager got its fix from smoking a joint or sculling Bundy and Coke, it’s now turning to electronic devices for the pleasure jolt that typically comes from playing online games and engaging with social media. What is even more troubling is that, unlike drugs, alcohol and cigarettes, electronic devices are not illicit – quite the contrary. They are liberally distributed by schools and parents, with few restrictions placed on their use.

However, all is not lost. In Teen Brain, David sets out clear, reasonable and effective rules to help you confidently manage your kids’ use of screens at this critical point in their lives. You’d be wise to book in quickly to claim your seat for this one!

 

The Event: MEET LOCAL BRISBANE AUTHOR SIMON CLEARY

Date and time: Thursday, 28 March 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.

What’s happening: SIMON CLEARY is the author of two novels, including The Comfort of Figs (2008), which was published after the manuscript was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards. His second novel, Closer to Stone (2012), was inspired by his experiences in North Africa at the commencement of the Algerian civil war in the 1990s. It went on to win the Queensland Literary Awards People’s Choice Award.

Now you can join Simon at Riverbend to discuss his new novel, The War Artist, a timely and compelling novel about the legacy of war, the power of art and the possibility of atonement.

When Brigadier James Phelan returns from Afghanistan with the body of a young soldier killed under his command, he is traumatised by the tragedy. An encounter with young Sydney tattoo artist, Kira, leaves him with a permanent tribute to the soldier, and it is a meeting that will change the course of his life. What he isn’t expecting on his homecoming is a campaign of retribution from the soldiers who blame him for the ambush and threaten his career. With his marriage also on the brink, his life spirals out of control.

Years later, Phelan is surprised when Kira re-enters his life seeking refuge from her own troubles and with a young son in tow. She finds a way to help him make peace with his past, but she is still on the run from her own.

 

The Event: WORKSHOP: WRITING FROM CHARACTER WITH THE QWC

Date and time: Saturday, 30 March 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

Venue: Bulimba Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Bulimba Library on (07) 3407 8223 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: How well do you know your characters? In this WRITING FROM CHARACTER WORKSHOP with the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC), you will learn how to get deep inside the minds of significant characters and better understand their motivations, choices and psychological states. Knowing your characters better will help you write more convincingly and engage your readers on a deeper level.

 

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NASA – A HUMAN ADVENTURE: THE EXHIBITION, is a thrilling journey through humankind’s exploration of space. On the 50th anniversary of humans landing on the moon, come face-to-face with NASA’s remarkable achievements in human space flights and space exploration – the greatest adventure that humans have ever undertaken. Discover the exciting history of rocket science and space flight, and learn about some of the most extraordinary accomplishments in space technology. This is the most comprehensive and extensive touring space flight exhibition in the world, and features an extraordinary collection of more than 250 historically significant artefacts from the United States and Soviet Union space programs. The objects on display include original space flown objects, high fidelity replicas and scale models. The exhibition will be open daily at the Queensland Museum, Brisbane from Friday, 15 March 2019 to Wednesday, 9 October 2019. Buy your tickets at www.qm.qld.gov.au/space. (Photos of Space Shuttle Atlantis by L.J. May S/S)