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Peter FitzSimons - Monash's Masterpiece: The battle of Le Hamel and the 93 minutes that changed the world


Meet and hear Peter FitzSimons as he brings to life the story of the battle of Le Hamel - the Allied triumph masterminded by Australian commander Sir John Monash, whose strategies became the blueprint for modern warfare. The Battle of Le Hamel on 4 July 1918 was an Allied triumph, and strategically very important in the closing stages of WWI. What happened in the 93 minute battle changed for the rest of the war the way the British fought battles, and the tactics and strategies used by the Allies. Peter FitzSimons brings this Allied triumph to life, and tells this magnificent story as it should be told.

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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

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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

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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

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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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