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Robert Dessaix - The Pleasures of Leisure

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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.

  • The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre Thursday, 10 August 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

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Dr Bernadette Brennan – A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work

Helen Garner is one of Australia’s most important and most admired writers. Bernadette Brennan’s A Writing Life is the first full-length study of Garner’s forty years of work. Join the author and academic Dr Bernadette Brennan in conversation with Deakin University’s Maria Takolander as they discuss the books, journals and correspondence of one of Australia’s most beloved women of letters.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Brendan McAloon – Sharks Never Sleep

Brendan McAloon is a reformed journalist and television producer. He established Rip Curl’s Search TV series, co-produced Mick Fanning’s award-winning biopic surf film and was a television producer for professional surfing’s World Championship Tour. In his new book, Sharks Never Sleep, he shares the stories of scientists, conservationists and a host of eccentric characters. Settle in for some gripping first-hand shark encounters.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Lia Hills – The Crying Place

The Crying Place has been described as a haunting, luminous novel about love, country and the ways we grieve. Join critically-acclaimed poet, novelist and translator, Lia Hills, in conversation with Maria Takolander, as they explore the fascinating research undertaken and her experiences in remote communities while writing the book.

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Alli Sinclair - Beneath the Parisian Skies

Join award winning local author Alli Sinclair as she discusses the research journey she undertook for her new release, Beneath Parisian Skies. Learn more about the Australian National Gallery's collection of Ballet Russes costumes and designs by Matisse, Picasso and Coco Chanel.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Michael McGirr - Snooze: The Lost Art of Sleep

Michael McGirr’s Snooze delves into the mysterious world of sleep: its many benefits, its stubborn inclusiveness and what our brains get up to while we’re in bed. Join the author for this journey through various views on sleep, wakefulness and dreams.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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