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If music and literature had a very cool baby, it would be A Rock & Roll Writers Festival
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If music and literature had a very cool baby, it would be A Rock & Roll Writers Festival

First thing’s first – rock and roll is so much more than a genre. Rock and roll is an attitude and a way of life that is built around pushing boundaries, sticking it to the man and generally kicking huge amounts of ass. It makes sense, then, that rock and roll forms the basis of one of Brisbane’s most exciting cultural events. Taking over the historic Old Museum for the April 1–2 weekend, A Rock & Roll Writers Festival celebrates and explores the intrinsic relationship between writing and music, utilising the smartest (and boldest) minds in the business. more

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Book out your weekend for the Brisbane Writers Festival
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Book out your weekend for the Brisbane Writers Festival

Spring in Brisbane sure is a beautiful time – the jacarandas are waking up, the weather is sublime and some of the best and brightest minds in the literary business descend upon our fair river city for the annual Brisbane Writers Festival. Aptly held within the State Library of Queensland and sprawling across the adjoining Cultural Precinct, the festival runs from September 7–11 to spread the lit love. more


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TWE ZICS
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Zine & Indie Comic Symposium returns to The Edge

Whether you’re a scrawler or a drawer, unite with other likeminded papier enthusiasts at the Zine & Indie Comic Symposium (ZICS) this weekend. A three-day celebration of the zine and comic mediums, ZICS will run from Friday August 29 to Sunday August 31 at The Edge at SLQ. The team from local weekly webcomic LUV Comics will be hosting a Pecha Kucha-style presentation on opening night and presenting on a panel about gender and sexuality, while DIY screenprinting workshops and a large-scale painting battle will also entertain. more

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RISE hip-hop book launches at New Globe Theatre

Urban culture photographer Michelle Grace Hunder began shaping the concept of an Australian hip-hop photo book two years ago, and this weekend the final product will be launched in Brisbane. Taking to New Globe Theatre this Saturday August 23, the launch for RISE will see a number of the featured artists performing on the night. Remi will perform alongside hip-hop greats Briggs, Mantra, Grey Ghost, Dylan Joel, Mistress of Ceremony and DJs Jaytee, Flagrant and Sensible J. The launch will also see a different bonus act at each city’s event, with surprise guest artists, who have been featured in the RISE book, taking to the stage to freestyle a performance of their choice. more

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Ashgrove Literature Festival inspires young minds

Next week, Ashgrove State School is hosting the inaugural Ashgrove Literature Festival – a three-day community event running August 19–21, focused on literature and creativity. Seven children's authors will be attending the festival to talk to kids about the books they have written. Along with authors' talks, there will be creative writing sessions custom-designed by QUT. more

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Be enthralled by Brisbane Fringe Festival performances
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Be enthralled by Brisbane Fringe Festival performances

Be captivated by a whirlwind of music, comedy, theatre, writing, poetry, circus, cabaret, visual art and creative workshops when Brisbane Fringe Festival fills local venues from this weekend. In its third annual appearance, the not-for-profit festival will showcase Brisbane’s diverse vanguard artistic community from Thursday August 14 to Sunday August 31. From restaurants and bars to traditional live music venues, the Brisbane Fringe Festival stage knows no limits, with the launch party kicking off at The Zoo tonight, before traversing locales like Lock ‘n’ Load, Lucky Duck, Avid Reader, The Tivoli and Black Bear Lodge. more

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Hear brave new voices at the Australian Poetry Slam

Words that bounce off the walls of the arena, rhythmically delivered to your ears and mind, both sharp and soft of tongue, loud and forceful, or sometimes as reserved as a whisper. Words that rhyme, sentences that stimulate and challenge, and stories that sink deep into your soul, delivering a shiver through your limbs. more

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Omar Musa launches debut novel Here Come The Dogs

Malaysian-Australian slam poet and hip-hop artist Omar Musa has released three hip-hop albums and two poetry books, appeared on Q&A and won hearts at TEDxSydney. And now he’s set to release his debut novel, Here Come The Dogs. Part prose, part verse, the novel captures the urgent language and hip-hop rhythms of Omar’s usually spoken word and places it on the page. Creating a window into the youth of contemporary multicultural Australia, Here Come The Dogs follows the lives of three disaffected, hedonistic, aspirational and sometimes violent young men. Supported by Brisbane slam poet and author of The Future Ancients Luka Lesson and DJ Butch Daddy, Omar will launch the book at Black Bear Lodge on Wednesday July 30 from 7:00 pm. Watch his TEDxSydney appearance here and find tickets to Wednesday’s book launch via Riverbend Books & Teahouse. more