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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | May 26, 2022

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AboutAdrien Van Bruinessen, Author at The Creative Issue

Adrien Van Bruinessen

Adrien Van Bruinessen

My greatest influence in life has always been music, which lead to my writing embarrassing songs that I can still remember now (there were dance moves, too). Mortifying early-day lyrics aside, my writing became a skill and a passion that increased my hunger for, and love of, words. I spend most of my hours analysing classic novels and plays. Although I adore theatre, unfortunately this love did not translate into talent. In the measly one performance I have ever been involved in, I developed stage fright and began crying, but soldiered on to receive an A, as my teacher thought it was all a part of the act. Nailed it. Coming from a small town of just 2,000 people, the move to the big city was both daunting and exhilarating, and I now feel so lucky that I can immerse myself in the culture of Brisbane.

Posts By Adrien Van Bruinessen

How To Be Productive When Working From Home

February 7, 2015 |

It can be easy to become distracted when working from home. You’re in your own environment, surrounded by all of your own belongings, and it can be tempting to read that magazine, watch that movie or drink that bottle of red in your pyjamas. These helpful tips will help keep your day productive when you’re working from home. Read More

Sarah Rotella Of The Gay Women Channel

February 6, 2015 |

Sarah Rotella is kind of a big deal. She is the co-creator of successful YouTube channel, The Gay Women Channel, which has over 190,000 subscribers and her personal films have over twenty-four million YouTube views. As busy as she is excelling in her fields of writing, acting, directing, animating and general awesomeness, Sarah took time away from her camera and her cat to answer some of our nosy little questions. Read More

Brisbane’s Best Venues For Up-And-Coming Bands

February 2, 2015 |

Everyone loves a good gig, and there is nothing quite as exciting as hearing a new band for the first time. Feast your eardrums and get yourself down to these rocking Brisbane venues, where you are sure to discover your new favourite band, and possibly the next big thing in the music industry. Check them out before everyone else does. Read More

Brisbane Locals On Hosting The Mardi Gras

January 31, 2015 |

Feather boas and body glitter are being hunted out of the back of closets all around the country as the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras rears its fabulous head once again. As it returns for the 37th year in a row, bringing a strong statement of pride, diversity and acceptance, I can’t help but feel jealous that Brisbane is not host to the feel-good party of the year.

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Valentine’s Day Gifts That Don’t Suck

January 26, 2015 |

Love is in the air, and the money-grubbing holiday we all secretly love is just around the corner, but roses and chocolates are so 2014. This Valentine’s Day, get your sweetheart something that they’ll truly appreciate, and will struggle to throw out when you break up in six months. Read More

Book Review: Off Track Planet’s Travel Guide For The Young, Sexy And Broke

January 23, 2015 |

Reading, travelling and reading about travelling; these are joys that are shared by many, and there are endless travel guides available out there to satisfy any case of bookworm or wanderlust. Off Track Planet’s Travel Guide For The Young, Sexy And Broke offers something a little different, however. Perhaps a little unorthodox in comparison to your typical travel guides, it offers insight into globetrotting in an educational and entertaining manner that is relevant to our society of new-experience-addicts.

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Thriller Live: A Michael Jackson Celebration

January 16, 2015 |

Created to celebrate the career of one of the world’s greatest entertainers, Thriller Live is moonwalking its way to Brisbane. With over two hours of non-stop hits from the undisputed King of Pop, we will be taken on a journey through the magic of Michael Jackson’s 45 year musical history. Read More


January 15, 2015 |

Prepare to be spellbound! We all love the childhood classic, The Wizard Of Oz, but have you ever wondered what was happening in The Land of Oz before Dorothy and Toto dropped in? WICKED is the untold story of the witches of Oz, because after all, we all need some naughty to go with our nice.

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Book Review: The Fictional Woman By Tara Moss

January 12, 2015 |

Tara Moss is the bestselling author of nine novels, an ambassador for several women and children’s rights institutes and a journalist and blogger of relevant social and political issues. She is a sought after public speaker, possesses a Certificate III in private investigator credentials, and has a motorcycle licence. She is also a beautiful fashion model, which sadly causes scepticism amongst some ignorant people of her credibility throughout her other successful fields. Read More

Brisbane’s Best Record Stores

January 9, 2015 |

What once was old is now new again, with musos and hipsters alike scouring record stores in the hopes of finding a gem to add to their collection, and in turn, their vintage cred. With compact discs becoming perpetually uncool, and the only way to obtain your favourite tunes being either online or on vinyl, we have chosen the best record stores in Brisbane for all your listening pleasure. Read More

Costumes From The Golden Age Of Hollywood

January 4, 2015 |

Immerse yourself in the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood at the Museum of Brisbane. Gorgeous gowns and iconic costumes of the Golden Age of Hollywood, from the 1920s to the 1960s, will be on display exclusively in Brisbane, this being all of the costumes’ first time being exhibited in Australia. Read More

Book Review: We Need To Talk About Kevin

January 3, 2015 |

This novel is like watching a bus crash, but in a good way. You are 90% sure that something terribly awful is going to occur, but you are holding onto the hope that it doesn’t. Silly, naïve you. Read More

How To Stick To Your New Year Resolution

January 1, 2015 |

We’re all guilty of it; January the first rolls around and the smell of sunscreen and self-improvement is in the air, but whether you plan to increase your fitness or save money, you still end up stuffing your cheeks with chocolate on the couch and splashing out on shoes you don’t need. Read More

La Boite Theatre Company Presents The Wind In The Willows

December 24, 2014 |

Our beloved childhood classic is on its way to Brisbane. Kenneth Grahame’s wholehearted tale, The Wind in the Willows, has received a fresh twist for modern audiences by the award winning writer/director team of Maxine Mellor and Kat Henry. Read More