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Patricia & Don Edgar - Peak: Reinventing Middle Age


Issues surrounding our ageing population are regularly in the news: from healthcare to retirement it seems there are many unanswered questions about how our society will learn to live with longevity. In PEAK, Patricia Edgar (author of IN PRAISE OF AGEING) and her husband Don argue that while ‘Middle Age’ once referred to anyone 40+, it should now more broadly encompass those from ages 50–75. People are retiring from work much later and remaining active members of the community well beyond their 60s, and it's time to rethink our ideas about ageing and our emphasis on youth as the best years of life.

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Chloe Shorten - Take Heart, A Story for Modern Stepfamilies

Chloe Shorten is a public affairs specialist, a mother to three children and married to Bill Shorten, the leader of the Federal Opposition. In her new book Chloe takes a close and considered look at modern Australian families and tells of her own quest to create a new normal. Honest, sincere and warm hearted, it is the story of the modern household and it broadens the idea of who qualifies as ‘a family’ in the 21st century.

Thursday, 27 April 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Kasey Edwards - Guilt Trip: My Quest to Leave the Baggage Behind

Now in her forties, author and commentator Kasey Edwards reflects on how being a woman often feels like a test. One she flunks. From her body, to her mothering skills, relationships and career, Kasey has managed to feel guilty about just about everything. And let’s not even mention the epidural, elective caesarean and baby formula. Join Kasey in conversation as she explores the guilt she shouldn’t have to feel, and says out loud: ‘I am not the problem here. And neither are you.’

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre