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Robert Dessaix - The Pleasures of Leisure


In today’s crazily busy world the importance of making time for leisure is more vital than ever. In a world where time is money, what is the value of walking without purpose, socialising without networking, nesting when we could be on our laptops?
Robert Dessaix shows, in his thoughtful and witty book, how taking leisure seriously gives us back our freedom – to enjoy life, to revel in it, in fact; to deepen our sense of who we are as human beings. Join Robert in conversation with Simon Caterson as he explains how we can reclaim our right to ‘rest well’, and to loaf, groom, nest and play, as he looks at leisure from many angles: reading, walking, travelling, learning languages, taking siestas and simply doing nothing. This lively and engaging conversation will remind us that at leisure we are at our most intensely and pleasurably human.

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Kylie Ladd - The Way Back

Best-selling author Kylie Ladd's latest release, The Way Back, was inspired by the stories of returned children such as Jaycee Duggard and Michelle knight. A brilliant, searching psychological thriller about a community's worst fears. Join Kylie for a fascinating conversation about her new novel.

Thursday, 28 September 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Peter Greste – The First Casualty

In a world where the first casualty of war is truth, journalism has become the new battleground. The First Casualty is foreign correspondent Peter Greste’s first-hand account of how the war on journalism has spread from the battlefields of the Middle East to the governments of the West. Join Peter as he discusses his extremely timely, enlightening and passionate account and unpicks the extent to which modern investigative journalism is under threat.

Thursday, 19 October 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Fiona McIntosh - The Tea Gardens

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From England’s seaside town of Brighton to India’s slums of Calcutta and the breathtaking Himalayan mountains, The Tea Gardens is a story of heroism, heartache and healing and the latest release from Fiona McIntosh internationally bestselling author of The Chocolate Tin, The Perfumer’s Secret, The Last Dance and Nightingale.  Meet and hear Fiona at this special evening event.

Thursday, 9 November 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Rachael Johns – The Greatest Gift

Internationally best-selling author Rachael Johns will share the story of her eagerly anticipated new release, The Greatest Gift in this special in conversation event.  The Greatest Gift is the poignant, heart-warming story of a woman who wants nothing else than to be a mum, and one who never wanted to be a mother.  Don’t miss this chance to meet Australia’s leading writer of contemporary relationship stories.

Monday, 13 November 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Trevor Pescott - Birds and Botanists: A field naturalist's history of Geelong

Join local author and columnist, Trevor Pescott, as he explores many regional places of environmental significance and the wealth of wildlife to be found there. Discover profiles of people who have made a significant contribution to our understanding of the local plants and animals and learn the history of the two field-naturalists clubs of Geelong.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Belmont Library

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Dr Steven Sommer - Finding Hope When Facing Serious Disease

When he almost lost his life in 2012, holistic medical practitioner Dr. Steven Sommer became inspired and determined to share his experience and knowledge before his life was done. In Finding Hope he shares his patients' and his own personal journey, gathering examples and research from illnesses such as Cancer, Heart Disease, and Parkinson’s. Dr Sommer synthesizes the key principles for finding and maintaining hope for better health in the face of such serious challenges.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Waurn Ponds Library