The Rock and Roll Writers Festival
Apr
1
Apr 2

The Rock and Roll Writers Festival

  • Old Museum

A Rock & Roll Writers Festival celebrates the creative relationship between writing and music. Fans of music and writing get up close and personal with the creators of stories and songs.

The festival will  surprise, entertain, enlighten and challenge - through discussions and interviews with some of Australia’s finest authors, songwriters, lyricists and commentators.

We love bands that incorporate literary concepts and references into their songs, as much as we love books that include references to music to enhance the experience for the reader.

We are fans of great writing and great songs. Words and music that make you cry, laugh, gasp, shout and above anything else feel.

David Burton will be appearing across the festival. Click here for more. 

St Mary's In Exile
Aug
27
Sep 25

St Mary's In Exile

  • Billie Brown Theatre

It would be beyond belief if it wasn’t true.

David Burton's latest theatrical work. More here

In 2009, Brisbane’s Catholic community was rocked when the Catholic Church stepped in to oust beloved priest Father Peter Kennedy from his post at St Mary’s in South Brisbane.

He led more than 700 devoted parishioners, but the Church’s higher powers doubted his faith. They scorned the statue of Buddha in the foyer and frowned when he blessed same-sex couples, or let women into the pulpit.

So, on a stormy night, after refusing to resign or to fall in line with orthodoxy, an excommunicated Father Peter is packing up to go into exile – when a mysterious young homeless visitor walks out of the rain, wanting to know the story behind this unconventional holy man and what drove him to defy one of the world’s most powerful authorities.

Gripping and inspirational drama, St Mary’s in Exile is the story of a tight-knit community, a poignant reminder that the word “church” refers not to the 123-year-old heritage listed Renaissance building, but the bond between the disparate people who gather there. A bond that endured when Peter handed over the keys amid a media frenzy, and led his flock down the street to the Trades and Labor Council building, where they still worship every weekend. Penned by acclaimed Brisbane playwright David Burton (April’s Fool, The Voice in the Walls, Hedonism’s Second Album).

USQ Bookcase
Jul
22
Jul 23

USQ Bookcase

  • University of Southern Queensland

David Burton will be appearing at the USQ Bookcase, Toowoomba. David will be delivering the keynote address on Friday, July 22nd, and will be delivering a masterclass on playwriting on Saturday July 23rd. Book tickets and find out more here

In Conversation with Michael Grant
May
26
6:00 pm18:00

In Conversation with Michael Grant

  • State Library of Queensland

Brisbane Writers Festival in partnership with the State Library of Queensland is thrilled to present David Burton in conversation with New York Times bestselling YA author Michael Grant. Michael is the author of the brilliant Gone series, The Messenger of FearThe Tattooed Heart and many more.

Tickets available here

Celebration of Literature
Mar
9
Mar 11

Celebration of Literature

  • Somerset College

The Somerset Celebration of Literature is a significant cultural event that reaches beyond Somerset College to include the whole community. This inspiring three day festival is held on the Gold Coast each year, with ticket sales exceeding 18,000.

Over 30 acclaimed authors from around Australia hold interactive sessions and workshops for both children and adults. It’s a great opportunity to meet authors and illustrators, have your books signed and enjoy a festival dedicated to reading and writing.

This year, the festival is pleased to welcome David Burton as an invited guest. 

Perth Writers Festival
Feb
18
Feb 21

Perth Writers Festival

  • Perth, WA Australia

Bringing together writers, artists, activists and campaigners from around the globe, the 2016 Perth Writers Festival will have you thinking about the world and our place in it.

This year, Perth Writers Festival will feature David Burton. 

The Voice In The Walls
Sep
21
Oct 2

The Voice In The Walls

  • Old Government House

Part game, part audio tour, part theatre, The Voice in the Walls is an audio-immersive, site-specific performance for 9-12 year olds set in one of Queensland's most historic buildings, Old Government House.

Combining technology, history, time travel, and a healthy dose of creepy, The Voice in the Walls puts audiences at the centre of the action, equipped with headphones and a wireless device, sent in to explore the halls of this grand, supposedly haunted mansion.

Sure to be unlike anything they've encountered before, The Voice in the Walls is an utterly thrilling performance experience, created especially for 9-12 year olds.

Book here

 

How to Be Happy - Launch
Sep
14
6:00 pm18:00

How to Be Happy - Launch

  • Avid Reader

* This is a FREE EVENT but online RSVPs are essential. Just use the 'Tickets Available' link above! *

Join the 2014 winner of The Text Publishing Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing, David Burton for the launch of 'How to Be Happy'.

A funny, sad and serious memoir, 'How to Be Happy' is David Burton’s story of his turbulent life at high school and beyond. Feeling out of place and convinced that he is not normal, David has a rocky start. He longs to have a girlfriend, but his first ‘date’ is a disaster. There’s the catastrophe of the school swimming carnival—David is not sporty—and friendships that take devastating turns. Then he finds some solace in drama classes with the creation of ‘Crazy Dave’, and he builds a life where everything is fine. But everything is not fine.

And, at the centre of it all, trying desperately to work it all out, is the real David.

'How to Be Happy' tackles depression, friendship, sexual identity, suicide, academic pressure, love and adolescent confusion. It’s a brave and honest account of one young man’s search for a happy, true and meaningful life that will resonate with readers young and old.

Book here!

Brisbane Writers Festival
Sep
5
Sep 6

Brisbane Writers Festival

  • State Library of Queensland

David Burton will be appearing across many panels and conversations as part of the Brisbane Writers Festival to promote his latest book How to Be Happy. David will be signing and taking your questions after each session. Many sessions are free, but book now to confirm your seat! Click here for more. 

Word Play @ Brisbane Writers Festival
Sep
2
Sep 4

Word Play @ Brisbane Writers Festival

  • State Library of Queensland

David will be at Brisbane Writers Festival's celebration for young readers Word Play, promoting his new book How to Be Happy. David will be giving talks and signing.

Click here to book your place now. 

 

Under This Sky
Aug
1
Aug 2

Under This Sky

  • Logan Brothers Football Oval

A new musical production for Queensland Music Festival.

The City of Logan is a vibrant place full of energy and diversity woven together by a myriad of stories, both shared and unique, but all waiting to be told.

Under This Sky is a world premiere production so spectacular that no mere stage can contain it. Carved into the banks above Logan Brothers Rugby League field, the performance space merges with the landscape and the open night sky provides a stunning backdrop.

The show boasts all original music, written by and for the community, featuring a cast of more than 700 and exploring a day in the life of this pulsing city. Musical genres mesh as gigantic puppets meet fire-twirlers, dancers face-off, a solo guitarist plays to the night stars, whilst the full-throttle sound of hotted-up lawnmowers makes way for the thunderous rhythm of massed drummers.

Logan’s stories are revealed, some with exuberance and others with tenderness, driven by energy, pride and a true sense of community.

Under This Sky is a story of joy and identity, of the ordinary and the extraordinary. This is an epic celebration of place.

Entry is free. Arrive early to secure your spot. Bring a blanket, chair or cushion. This is an alcohol free event.

The Land Mine is Me
Jul
2
Jul 4

The Land Mine is Me

  • Queensland Theatre Compnay

A play written with Claire Christian.

Performed by Queensland Theatre Company's Senior Youth Ensemble
There’s a bomb in the school. 
The bomb is going to explode. 
Do you know who did it?

The Land Mine is Me by David Burton and Claire Christian is a comic and contemporary take on the life of an adolescent. The school has been evacuated and we meet the misfits, the perfectionists, the drama queens and the socially awkward. More than an angst riddled exploration of “teenage issues”, The Land Mine is Me asks the audience to consider, how far do you have to push before someone explodes?

‘Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces back together.’
-Ray Bradbury

Book here