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April 2019

Andrea Goldsmith – Invented Lives

29 April @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In the mid 1980s, 24 year old Galina Kogan leaves Leningrad – forbidden ever to return. As a Jew, she’s inherited several generations’ worth of Russia’s chronic anti-Semitism. As a Soviet citizen, she is unprepared for Australia and its easygoing ways. Andrea Goldsmith’s first novel, Gracious Living, was published in 1989. This was followed by Modern Interiors, Facing the Music, Under the Knife, and The Prosperous Thief, which was shortlisted for the 2003 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Reunion was published…

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Lindsay Tanner – Comeback

30 April @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

President of the Essendon Football Club and former politician Lindsay Tanner held the seat of Melbourne from 1993 to 2010 and is the author of several books, including Politics with Purpose and Slideshow. His latest crime fiction work, Comeback, is the sequel to Comfort Zone in the Jack van Duyn series, set in gritty inner city Melbourne and the world of crooked property developers, angry unionists and the homelessness crisis. Join Lindsay to discuss politics, football and the precarious existence…

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May 2019

Michael Carr-Gregg & Flip Shelton – Smart Snacks

2 May @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Don’t underestimate the power of snacks! When it comes to kids’ mood, energy, focus and success at school, one of the most influential factors is diet. Join parenting expert and one of Australia’s highest profile psychologists and author of 11 books, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, along with writer, presenter, broadcaster and all-round foodie, Flip Shelton, in this discussion of the surprising effects that food choices can have on our children’s health and well-being.

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Lou Harvey-Zahra – Creative Discipline for Happy Toddlers and Children

7 May - 9 May

International parenting author Lou Harvey-Zahra presents practical ideas to transform tears and tantrums into smiles. Hear expert tips on establishing family values for positive behaviour and increased harmony in the home. Lou is the author of the best-selling Happy Child, Happy Home and Creative Discipline, Connected Family. Multiple sessions are taking place across the region: FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN AGED 0-6 Tuesday 7 May Belmont 2:00-3:00pm Lara 6:30-7:30pm Wednesday 8 May Newcomb 4:00-5:00pm Waurn Ponds 6:30-7:30pm Thursday 9 May Corio…

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Natasha Lester – The French Photographer

9 May @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Inspired by the incredible true story of Lee Miller, Vogue model turned one of the first female war photojournalists, is this new novel by the best-selling Australian author of The Paris Seamstress. Natasha is the author of six novels of dynastic fiction – about strong women succeeding in a man’s world – be it obstetrics, cosmetics, fashion or journalism.

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Fiona Lowe – Home Fires

11 May @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Award-winning Australian author Fiona Lowe’s latest novel beautifully captures the grief caused by bushfires, as well as the hope and sense of community that rises from the ashes. When a lethal bushfire tears through Myrtle in the breathtaking Otway Ranges, the town’s buildings and the lives of the residents are left as smouldering ash. Join Fiona as she examines themes from her novel such as women supporting women, developing emotional strength in rural communities and the role of community in…

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Jocelyn Moorhouse – Unconditional Love

22 May @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Award-winning screenplay writer and film director, Jocelyn Moorhouse has directed numerous films including Proof, How to Make an American Quilt, A Thousand Acres and The Dressmaker. She has also produced two of her husband’s, director P.J. Hogan’s films, Muriel’s Wedding and Mental. Join Jocelyn as she shares stories about movies, motherhood and raising children with autism; her love of film; as well as what she and her family have learned, and offering hope to others.

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Meg & Tom Keneally – The Ink Stain

23 May @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join one of Australia’s best loved authors Tom Keneally AO and daughter Meg as they discuss their latest collaboration, book four of The Monsarrat Series, The Ink Stain. Soon to be made into a TV series, the series is set in colonial Australia in the convict locations of Port Macquarie, Parramatta and Macquarie Island. The latest, The Ink Stain, is set in colonial Sydney where nothing gets done unless land, sly grog or shares are provided on the side. The…

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Alcestis, World Premiere Reading by Playwright Kat Moritz

24 May @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Date: May 24th, 2019 Time: 7.00 – 9:00pm Cost: $25 per head inc. light refreshments, Oakdene wines, cheese & fruit board. Tickets: 30 NOTE: Course language Join us for an evening of history, performance and storytelling, and delve into the world of the ancient Greeks, with this world premiere reading of playwright Kat Moritz’s radical adaptation of Euripides’ Alcestis. Read by two of Australia’s finest actors, Lachlan Woods (The Twelfth Night, Melbourne Theatre Company; Winners and Losers, Seven Network; Neighbours, Network Ten)…

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Nadia Wheatley – Her Mother’s Daughter: A Memoir

30 May @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Nadia Wheatley’s biography The Life and Myth of Charmian Clift was The Age Book of the Year (Non-Fiction) and is the only biography to have won the Australian History Prize, NSW Premier’s History Awards. Born in Australia in 1949, Nadia grew up caught in the parental crossfire between an independent woman and a controlling man. After her mother’s death, she began writing the stories her mother had told her of her childhood and her life. Some fifty years later, the…

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June 2019

Launch of The Arms of Men

2 June @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

On June 2nd 2019 Melbourne Poets Union’s Union will publish John Bartlett’s Chapbook The Arms of Men as part of the Union Poet Series Chapbook. Maria Takolander from Deakin University will launch the Chapbook and bookings can be made at the Geelong Regional Library website.   John Bartlett is the author of three novels, “Towards a Distant Sea”, “Estuary” and “Jack Ferryman: Reluctant Private Investigator”. He also published “All Mortal Flesh”, a collection of short stories and “A Tiny &…

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