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Renee d'Offay - Time to Soar

Renee d'Offay was a 19 year old apprentice hairdresser when she contracted Meningococcal disease which caused her to lose her hearing. Renee will speak about her book in which she moves chronologically from losing her hearing, her recovery, living with deafness, receiving a cochlear implant and the challenges she has overcome.

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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Jacqui Lambie - Rebel with a Cause

Outspoken, unexpected and refreshingly honest, Rebel with a Cause is the candid memoir of former Senator Jacqui Lambie. During her time as a Senator, Jacqui's authentic and unscripted voice made her stand out as she campaigned tirelessly for the causes she felt passionately about. Listen to Jacqui discuss the story of her life in Parliament with humour, honesty and dignity.

Monday, 5 March 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Meshel Laurie - Buddhism for the Unbelievably Busy

We are all so very busy these days. Self-confessed workaholic Meshel Laurie knows better than anyone what it is to feel overwhelmed. As a practising Buddhist she's discovered some principles to help temper her tendencies. Join Meshel as she shares her wit and wisdom on how to reclaim calm.

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