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TWE Ashgrove Literature Festival
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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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TWE Poetry Slam
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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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TWE Omar Musa
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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


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TWE Matthew Condon in conversation, Brisbane
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Join local author Matthew Condon in conversation

Lovers of crime fiction get an extra chill down their spines when reading the work of local author Matthew Condon, who bases many of his works on true events. Joining investigative journalist Chris Masters in conversation, Matthew will discuss his new book Jacks and Jokers, which follows on from his bestselling book Three Crooked Kings. His latest read delves into the corrupt ways of former Police Commissioner Terry Lewis and the ‘Rat Pack’, during the Joh Bjelke-Peterson era. As the investigative reporter who broke the story of the corruption on Four Corners in 1987 – the story that was the catalyst for the Fitzgerald Inquiry into police corruption – Chris will certainly add some interesting fodder to the conversation. Join Matthew and Chris at Brisbane Powerhouse on Sunday April 13.     more

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TWE Alain de Botton
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Examine the news with Alain de Botton

The celebrated mind behind treasured tomes like The Architecture of Happiness, The Consolations of Philosophy and How To Think More About Sex has released yet another insightful read with The News: A User’s Manual. The Swiss-British author’s latest release probes and pokes our fascinating relationship with ‘the news’, prompting readers to once again take a closer look at the status quo. As an extra special treat for local fans, Alain de Botton will be sharing his insights and musings across two Brisbane Powerhouse presentations at QUT Kelvin Grove this Friday March 28. more

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TWE Library Lover's Day
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Get out that library card on Library Lovers’ Day

While the number of gentlefolk who own a library card may be dwindling, our city’s libraries continue to play an important role in modern culture. Not only do libraries all around Brisbane educate and provide enjoyment through lending tomes, but these knowledge portals also offer regular digital classes for adults, storytelling for children, writers groups, book clubs and talks with authors. Celebrate the humble library this Friday February 14, when Library Lovers’ Day is celebrated across the country. more

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Lifeline Bookfest Brisbane
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Word nerds get ready for Lifeline Bookfest

Pick up a classic tome, expand your recipe book collection or invest in a bundle of travel memoirs for a decadent bout of couch-based wanderlust – the biannual book rummage that is Lifeline Bookfest returns to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre this Saturday. more

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David Sedaris
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Be enchanted by An Evening With David Sedaris

Not a stand-up comic, nor a performer, David Sedaris somehow manages to weave his dry wit and incisive social critiques into a comedic strand of language that leaves you inspired and uplifted. Experience the man and the writer in person when he sits down with audiences at Brisbane Powerhouse for an evening of reading and conversation. On Thursday January 23, the author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls will take to the stage to deliver his usual satiric observations of the human condition in person. more

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The Lifted Brow launches tome at Avid Reader
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The Lifted Brow launches tome at Avid Reader

It’s been five deliciously enthralling years of short stories, essays and commentary from the folk behind literary magazine The Lifted Brow, and now founding editor Ronnie Scott has selected some of the very best pieces for its first treasure tome. The anthology celebrates the publication’s past by collating previously published works from gifted wordsmiths like Benjamin Law, Romy Ash, Tao Lin and David Foster Wallace, and tucking them into the covers of The Best of The Lifted Brow: Volume One. Give literature a metaphorical high-five at The Lifted Brow’s Brisbane book launch, taking place at Avid Reader in West End on Wednesday October 23. more

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TEDxBrisbane
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TEDxBrisbane returns to stimulate and inspire ideas

Stimulating new ideas, communicating amazing stories and inspiring the next generation of thinkers, TEDx conferences drive our world forward in a positive fashion. From early beginnings covering topics such as technology, entertainment and design, TEDx conferences are independently organised events that allow TED inspiration to continue to spread beyond online videos. more