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STARGAZING LIVE 2018: In Stargazing 2017, GREG QUICKE tried to explain to JOSH THOMAS why he’s off the planet. GLOSSARY: EXOPLANETS. Exoplanets are planets that circle a star other than our own sun – all existing beyond our own solar system. In the past 20 years thousands have been discovered, mostly with the help of NASA’s Kepler space telescope. These far off worlds come in a variety of sizes and orbits. Some are enormous planets existing close to their parent stars. Others are icy and rocky. (Photo of Josh and Greg by L.J. May S/S. Glossary courtesy of Stargazing and the ABC)

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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.   

  • Bookkeeping is important to any business, and is particularly so with regard to creatives and writers whose income is spotty at best. Find out how it works at the informative session YOUR CREATIVE BUSINESS – BOOKKEEPING, at the Indooroopilly Library on Saturday, 26 May 2018.
  • From starting a BLOG to building an audience, this QUEENSLAND WRITERS CENTRE (QWC) SEMINAR will cover how to establish your blog and explore some of the strategies for growing a blog into a business. Book in at the Toowong Library for Saturday, 26 May 2018.
  • Like poetry? Join the Queensland Poetry Festival at Riverbend Books for POETRY SERIES II. Be inspired by readings from four outstanding contemporary Australian poets: MINDY GILL, PASCALLE BURTONPHILIP NEILSEN, and ALISON CROGGON. Head for Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Tuesday, 29 May 2018 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Hear local author EMILY O’GRADY speak about her debut novel The Yellow House, which has just won the 2018 Australian/Vogel Literary Award, one of Australia’s richest and most prestigious awards for an unpublished manuscript. Meet up with Emily at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Wednesday, 30 May 2018 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Given her experience in cases of kidnapping, infanticide and murder, forensic psychiatrist and author ANNE BUIST’s first gripping psychological thriller featuring forensic psychiatrist Natalie King had the ring of authenticity. Hear Anne discuss her new book This I Would Kill For at the Garden City Library on Friday, 1 June 2018 at 6.00 p.m.

 

The Event: YOUR CREATIVE BUSINESS – BOOKKEEPING

Date and time: Saturday, 26 May 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

Venue: Indooroopilly Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Indooroopilly Library on (07) 3407 0009 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: BOOKKEEPING is important to any business, and is particularly so for creatives and writers whose income is spotty at best. Come along to this informative session and hear about the top reasons why bookkeeping is vital to the health and life of your business. Learn some great tips to help you avoid your paperwork getting away from you. 

 

The Event: BLOGGING FOR BEGINNERS – WITH THE QUEENSLAND WRITERS CENTRE (QWC)

Date and time: Saturday, 26 May 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

Venue: Toowong Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Toowong Library on (07) 3403 2590 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: From starting a BLOG to building an audience, this QUEENSLAND WRITERS CENTRE (QWC) SEMINAR will cover how to establish your blog and explore some of the strategies for growing a blog into a business.

 

The Event: QPF RIVERBEND POETRY SERIES II 2018

Date and time: Tuesday, 29 May 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). You would be wise to book in now if you want to go; these events sell out early. PLEASE NOTE: Riverbend does not issue paper tickets for events. Your name will be on a list at the door.

What’s happening: Join the Queensland Poetry Festival at Riverbend Books for POETRY SERIES II. Be inspired by readings from four outstanding contemporary Australian poets (see below) and let poetry rewrite your night.

  • MINDY GILL is a poet and editor. In 2017 her work was recognised by the Tom Collins Poetry Prize, the Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship, and the Queensland Premier’s Young Writers and Publishers Award. She lives in Brisbane, where she is Peril Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief.
  • PASCALLE BURTON is a poet and performer with an interest in conceptual art and cultural theory. Projects include UN/SPOOL (with Nathan Shepherdson), 24 Hour Gym (with Tessa Rose), and performing in the band The Stress of Leisure. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies, such as Australian Poetry Journal, Clan Analogue, Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry, Cordite Poetry Review, Overland, Sod and V+L-A=K.
  • PHILIP NEILSEN is a poet, author and editor who has published sixteen books. Wildlife of Berlin is his sixth collection of poetry. He teaches poetry and poetics at the University of Queensland and is adjunct professor of creative writing at QUT. Philip’s work has been translated into various languages including Chinese, German and Korean and his poetry has been included in several prestigious anthologies.
  • ALISON CROGGON writes across several genres, including poetry, novels, libretti and criticism. Her first poetry collection won the Anne Elder and Dame Mary Gilmore Prizes, and subsequent poetry collections have been shortlisted for the Victorian and NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Alison’s novels are internationally published and she was the 2009 Geraldine Pascall Critic of the Year.

  

The Event: MEET AUTHOR EMILY O’GRADY

Date and time: Wednesday, 30 May 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: At Riverbend Books you’ll get the chance to hear local author EMILY O’GRADY speak about her debut novel The Yellow House, a powerful story about loyalty and betrayal, the legacies of violence and the possibility of redemption. This book has just won the 2018 Australian/Vogel Literary Award, one of Australia’s richest and most prestigious awards for an unpublished manuscript.

Although The Yellow House is Emily’s first novel, her fiction and poetry has appeared in Review of Australian Fiction, Westerly, Australian Poetry Journal, The Lifted Brow, Kill Your Darlings, The Big Issue Fiction Edition and Award Winning Australian Writing. In 2012 she took out the QUT Undergraduate Writing Prize, and in 2013 she won the QUT Postgraduate Writing Prize.

What’s the book about? Ten-year-old Cub lives with her parents, older brother Cassie, and twin brother Wally on a lonely property bordering an abandoned cattle farm and knackery. Their lives are overshadowed by the infamous actions of her Granddad Les.

Even though Les has been dead for twelve years, the local community continues to ostracise the whole family. Cub has been kept in the dark about her grandfather’s crimes, but when the secrets the family want to keep buried start to bubble to the surface, Cub is forced to come to terms with her family’s murky history.

 

The Event: MEET FORENSIC PSYCHIATRIST AND AUTHOR ANNE BUIST

Date and time: Friday, 1 June 2018 at 6.00 p.m.

Venue: Garden City Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Garden City Library on (07) 3403 7745 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Forensic psychiatrist and author ANNE BUIST is the Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and has over 25 years clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry. She works with Protective Services and the legal system in cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder. Medea’s Curse was her first mainstream psychological thriller in the Natalie King, Forensic Psychiatrist series.

Given her experience, Anne’s gripping psychological thriller, Medea’s Curse, set in the heart of Melbourne, had the ring of authenticity as forensic psychiatrist Natalie King investigated devastating crimes perpetrated by women against their own children. Hear Anne speak about her new book This I would Kill For at the Garden City Library. Books will be available to buy on the night, or you can bring your own copy from home for Anne to sign.

 

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STARGAZING LIVE 2018: Remnants of a supernova in the Origan Nebula. GLOSSARY: DARK FIELDS. Dark fields are regions of the sky without much background emission from the solar system or the galaxy. By looking into them, astronomers have been able to detect very faint galaxies in the early universe, and to study their evolution from the early stages to the present. The term is also used to describe a sky completely unmarred by human light interruption. Siding Spring is Australia’s premier observatory, a UNESCO certified Dark Field site, and a world leader in the search for planets orbiting distant stars. (Photo of the supernova courtesy of Dr David Malin, Astrophotographer. Glossary courtesy of Stargazing and the ABC)