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Gabriella Coslovich - Whiteley on Trial


It was a cause célèbre: the biggest case of alleged art fraud to come before the Australian criminal justice system, a $4.5 million sting drawing in one of the country's most gifted and tragic artists, Brett Whiteley. It started with suspicions raised about artworks being produced in the style of Whiteley from a Melbourne art restorer's studio. In her book about the scandal, Whiteley On Trial, author Gabriella Coslovich discusses the trial and acquittal by the Appeals Bench. Join her as she talks about this intriguing story with Geelong Gallery Director Jason Smith.

  • The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre Wednesday, 28 February 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Fiona Lowe - Birthright

Award-winning Australian author Fiona Lowe's new novel is set against the backdrop of Victoria’s high country. 'Birthright' is the story of a family tangled together by a legacy of wealth, secrets, simmering childhood rivalry and betrayals. Join Fiona as she discusses her exploration of whether inheritance is a privilege or a right?

Thursday, 1 March 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Belmont Library

Author Encounters

Ken Linnett - Tulloch: The Extraordinary Life and Times of a True Champion

Ken Linnett has meticulously researched the achievements and rollercoaster career of one of our finest racehorses. It is a history that takes readers on a journey from the golden era of radio to the wondrous new world of television and reveals a strong cast of human characters including several colourful Australians. Ranging from master trainer T J Smith to the owners he quarrelled with and champion jockeys George Moore and Neville Sellwood to the dynamic vet, Percy Sykes, who helped bring Tulloch back from the dead. This tale is full of drama and interesting characters. This is an event for racing fans and social historians alike.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Waurn Ponds Library

Author Encounters



Owning 15 Subway franchises at one point in his career, entrepreneur Craig Goddard has hired and worked with thousands of teenagers. Even the most academically gifted student will struggle if they graduate without the skills to survive in the workplace. In 28 Tips for Teenagers Craig identifies a range of simple yet powerful skills that can have a big impact in supporting teenagers to achieve their personal goals. Tips include dealing with time at school, finding guidance and support when needed and creating a plan for life after school.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Waurn Ponds Library

Author Encounters

Maxine Flakmore - Babies

Come along and meet local author and illustrator Maxine Flakemore, and hear about her new book ‘Babies’. This lovely picture book for young children is about having fun with how baby magpies and baby humans are similar. This is Maxine’s fifth book of true stories for children about birds and animals that Maxine has cared for. Maxine aims to help children understand that all creatures are unique, have different personalities and live in family groups just like people do.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Torquay Library

Author Encounters

Stephanie Asher - The Footy Lady: The trailblazing story of Susan Alberti


No tragedy, no challenge, has proved too hard for Susan Alberti. The woman from the working-class suburbs has battled boardrooms, courts, lymphoma and adult diabetes; and was one of the driving forces behind the AFL's move into women's football. This is a story of passion, generosity and a woman who will inspire you to take on the seemingly impossible and triumph. Join biographer Stephanie Asher as she discusses the writing of this extraordinary life.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Ocean Grove Library

Author Encounters

Lucas Jordan - Stealth Raiders

Bringing to life the outposts of 1918 through the diaries and letters of the men closest to the enemy, Stealth Raiders, tracks the evolution of stealth raids and gives a vivid account of the First World War from the perspective of frontline soldiers and unveils the success of these raids and our Aussie larrikins.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Corio Library