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Louisa Deasey - A Letter from Paris

From her father's secret service in World War II to his relationships with some of the most famous bohemian artists in postwar Europe, Melbourne-based writer Louisa Deasey has unearthed letters, dated from 1949 that detail a passionate affair between her father Denison and a Frenchwoman Michelle, in post-war London.  This is a portrait of a fascinating man, both at the epicenter and the mercy of the social and political currents of his time. ‘A Letter from Paris’ is about the stories we tell ourselves, and the secrets the past can uncover. A compelling tale of inheritance and creativity, loss and reunion, it shows the power of the written word to cross the bridges of time.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Open Mind Lecture Series

Paul Ham - New Jerusalem

Who is to say that your God is not the true God? The questions raised by Paul Ham in New Jerusalem go to the heart of the meaning of faith - not just for Christianity, but for all religions. New Jerusalem is a story of religious obsession and persecution, of noble ideals trampled to dust, of slavish sexual surrender.

Paul Ham is a former Sunday Times correspondent, with a Master's Degree in Economic History from the London School of Economics. He is now an award-winning and best -selling history writer.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events

High Tea with Susan Alberti: The Trailblazing Story of the Footy Lady

No tragedy, no challenge has proved too hard for Susan Alberti. The woman from the working-class suburbs has battled board rooms, courts, lymphoma and diabetes; and was one of the driving forces behind the AFL's move into women's football.  Join Susan and biographer, writer and speaker Stephanie Asher for a special High Tea event as they discuss their journey to publishing this remarkable story. Ticket $50 per person (includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival)

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Sunday, 21 October 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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All In Game On!

Battle it out with your favourite Xbox and Wii games as we get our game on. In partnership with The fOrT Youth Centre.
Ages 12+

Thursday, 27 September 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Corio Library

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Smartphone Chat

Come and join this expert-facilitated Q & A and knowledge-sharing session with other smartphone users and learners.

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Multiple Locations

Author Encounters

Mike Carlton - On Air

Journalist. Father. Raconteur. On Air is Mike Carlton's story. No holds-barred. Mike was an award winning Newstalk radio star in Sydney and London; a biting satirist; and for some 20 years, a witty and penetrating newspaper columnist. Join Mike as he a discusses - with characteristic humour and flair - the feuds and the friendships, the fun and the follies; and the extraordinary parade of characters and events encountered in the unique life he has led.

Monday, 8 October 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

Narrelle M Harris - From Stoker to Stackhouse: The Vampire as Metaphor

Throughout its literary life, the vampire has been a metaphor for many different things. That keeps changing, depending on the writer’s approach and the times they live in. Narrelle M Harris will discuss the history of the vampire novel and the different metaphors vampires represent in fiction: including fear of foreigners, anxieties about sex and death, the impact of the HIV crisis of the 1980s, and more recent commentary on over-consumption.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Waurn Ponds Library

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Richy Bennett - 100 Dawns: A Divine Entwine of Mother Nature and Human Nature

Inspired by the beauty of nature, pioneering psychologist, author and poet Richy Bennett completed one hundred consecutive days of dawn meditation and sunrise surfs to fundraise for mental health services. Learn how Richy created comfort in the uncomfortable of howling storms and wild waves. Coinciding with World Mental Health Day 2018, be enchanted by the uplifting vision and verse that arose from his devotion.

Thursday, 11 October 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The Australian National Surfing Museum

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Narrelle M Harris - Sherlock Holmes: However Improbable

Award winning author and speaker Narrelle M Harris will discuss the enduring popularity of the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his biographer, Dr John Watson. She will also explore the elements of a quintessential Holmes story within the context of modern interpretations: whether he’s depicted as a Victorian gentleman, a 21st Century detective, a cartoon mouse, a Japanese woman, or in a loving relationship with his best friend, John Watson.

Thursday, 11 October 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Belmont Library

Special Events

Orchestra Geelong celebrates the 2018 Seniors Festival

To celebrate the 2018 Seniors Festival, Orchestra Geelong in partnership with Geelong Regional Libraries is pleased to present a very special performance at the Dome.
Book now to avoid disappointment for this very special free event.

Sunday, 14 October 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

Anne Connor - Two Generations

Two decades after his death, award winning Melbourne writer Anne Connor discovered a dark wartime secret from her father’s past.   Her investigation of the long-lasting impact it had on her family is explored in her debut memoir Two Generations.  Join Anne as she discusses how she reconstructed her family’s past to create a compelling three-dimensional story that takes us from suburban Geelong to muddy jungles and to the day Darwin was bombed on 19 February 1942.

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Multiple Locations

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Dale Baker - Arty Farty Marty: The Paint Smashin' Kraken

Arty Farty Marty loves to surf and paint. Join Dale Baker, the author of this children's book as he tries his tentacles at painting in the style of some famous painters. But what happens when Marty's arty farty ways get a bit too farty?

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Multiple Locations

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Financial Abuse and Sexually Transmitted Debt: The Price Women Pay

Not all intimate partner violence is physical. There is often financial control imposed within abusive relationships, and devastating, long-term financial impacts after leaving the relationship.
Financial abuse can take many forms. Women can inherit debt or poor credit ratings, lose property or have to deal with fines incurred by their abusive current or ex-partner.
Join us for an evening of conversation with experts and survivors as they share real-life stories and information about the effects of financial abuse and the road to recovery.
In partnership with Barwon Community Legal Service, Deakin University and Barwon Health.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events

Rosalie Ham - The Year of the Farmer

Rosalie Ham, the number one bestselling author of The Dressmaker, returns to Geelong to discuss her latest novel, The Year of the Farmer. A darkly satirical novel about a country town at war with the elements and one another, The Year of the Farmer tells the story of Neralie Mackintosh, a woman who returns to her hometown in New South Wales to find it now has more problems than just the drought.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

Kaye Baillie - Message in a Sock

Tammy is safe at home, but her heart is with her father at the warfront. While her mother knits socks for the soldiers, Tammy slips a message inside each pair. But will her one special message find her father, and bring him safely home? Based on a true exchange between Lance Corporal A. McDougall and a young girl, Message in a Sock is a gorgeous collage-style tale which pays respect to the ANZACs and their families.

Thursday, 8 November 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Torquay Library

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Anne Summers - Unfettered and Alive: A Memoir

Join us for this very special event with Anne Summers in conversation, as she discusses her inspiring memoir.  One of Australia's most influential women, from cadet journalist, to policy maker, to change agent at large, her new book reveals stories about the famous and powerful people she has worked with or reported on. Anne is refreshingly frank about her own anxieties and mistakes as well as her, at times, heart-breaking family story of violence and ultimately reconciliation.

Friday, 9 November 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

Keith Badger - Joining Loose Ends

From the Camino to the Pacific Crest Trail, many people are recognising the life-changing force of moving through the landscape on foot. At the age of 58, Keith Badger suddenly found himself with a dream and desire to return to his birthplace in England and walk. It was a simple plan, to walk from one end of Britain to the other with his Australian wife Debby. And yet as they traversed the country, from John O’Groats to Land’s End, Keith and Debby found themselves confronting far greater challenges than the landscape and shocking weather. Join Keith as he discusses his life-changing journey.

Multiple Times
Multiple Locations

Author Encounters

Toni Jordan - The Fragments

Join Melbourne author of the acclaimed Our Tiny, Useless Hearts, Toni Jordan, as she discusses her new novel. A superbly crafted and captivating mystery, The Fragments features long-buried secrets, literary intrigue and the most fascinating author to never exist.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

Christian White - The Nowhere Child

The Nowhere Child is a critically acclaimed, riveting tale of trauma, cult conspiracy and memory. Author Christian White’s life changed overnight when he went from working odd jobs to pay the rent in-between his screenwriting jobs to winning the coveted Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript and receiving publishing deals in 15 countries. Join Christian in conversation as he discussed his extraordinary path to publication and the themes of this remarkable, best-selling debut.

Please note this event has been rescheduled from the September program.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events

Jim Haynes presents The Times and Rhymes of Henry Lawson

Join author and entertainer Jim Haynes for this entertaining and informative session as he tells the remarkable story of Henry Lawson's tragic life and shows us why he is regarded as the most Australian of all verse writers, using Henry's own verse to showcase his humour, observations of life and love of Australia.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Ocean Grove Library

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Thursday 20 September is the day to take the time to relax, pick up a book and read for one hour on your own, or with your children.

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