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The January/February edition of the What’s On brochure is out now!




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Author Encounters photo of author Gideon Haigh beside his book cover A Momentous, Uneventful Day

*IN-PERSON* Gideon Haigh - The Momentous, Uneventful Day: a requiem for the office

Has COVID-19 ushered in the end of the office? Or is it the office’s final triumph?

For decades, futurologists have prophesied a boundary-less working world, freed from the cramped confines of the office. During the COVID-19 crisis, employees around the globe got a taste of it. Confined by lockdown to their homes, they met, mingled, collaborated, and created electronically.

In The Momentous, Uneventful Day, Gideon Haigh reflects on our ambivalent relationship to office work and office life, how we ended up with the offices we have, how they have reflected our best and worst instincts, and how these might be affected by a world in a time of contagion.


Seats are limited so please book early!

Special Events Author Neal Drinnan

*IN-PERSON* Writers' Workshop: Neal Drinnan - Pathways to Publishing

This writers' workshop, Pathways to Publishing, will provide a ground-up model of how book publishing works - both creatively and commercially.

It doesn’t matter whether you are writing a novel, biography, children’s story, cookbook or popular psychology book, if you’re interested in publishing your book, it's of great importance to understand all the layers to the process and to have a strategy ready - because no matter how your book is published, it is going to be you who has to sell it.

Participants are requested to submit 150 words outlining their project in advance to

Places are extremely limited and there is a $10pp registration fee for this event.


Saturday, 13 March 2021 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

*IN-PERSON* Fiona Lowe - A Home Like Ours

What really lies beneath the idyllic facade of this small town? From 'The Queen' of novels about family and relationships, Geelong best selling author Fiona Lowe.

A picturesque small town, a cosy community garden, a facade of tolerance and acceptance - but when three women with wildly different loyalties come together, what secrets and lies will be revealed? Can such disparate women unite to save the garden and ultimately stop the town from tearing itself apart?

A timely novel exploring prejudice and privilege, from bestselling Australian author Fiona Lowe. Geelong based Fiona has been a midwife, a sexual health counsellor and a family support worker; an ideal career for an author who writes novels about family and relationships. Previous novels include Just an Ordinary Family, Home Fires and Birthright, to name a few.

Book now to avoid disappointment.


Wednesday, 10 March 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Waurn Ponds Library

Author Encounters

*IN-PERSON* Ross Garnaut – Reset

Join us for our annual Fiona Baranowski lecture with esteemed economist and best selling author, Ross Garnaut.

In Reset, renowned economist Ross Garnaut shows how the COVID-19 crisis offers Australia the opportunity to reset its economy and build a successful future – and why the old approaches will not work.

Garnaut develops the idea of a renewable superpower, he calls for a basic income and he explores what the ‘decoupling’ of China and America will mean for Australia.

In the wake of COVID-19, the world has entered its deepest recession since the 1930s. Shocks of this magnitude throw history from its established course – either for good or evil. In 1942 – in the depths of war – the Australian government established a Department of Post-War Reconstruction to plan a future that not only restored existing strengths but also rebuilt the country for a new and better future. As we strive to overcome the coronavirus challenge, we need new, practical ideas to restore Australia. This book has them.

This is the ground breaking sequel to Superpower.

This lecture is held each year in memory of Geelong Regional Libraries staff member, Fiona Baranowski. Fiona, who passed away suddenly in March 2015, is remembered for her long history and valuable contribution to the library services in the Geelong Region.

Get in early to book your ticket.


Thursday, 11 March 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

*IN-PERSON* Robyn Boyd Furniture Collection

This event is part of Geelong Design Week 2021, an initiative of Geelong UNESCO City of Design and the City of Greater Geelong.

Focusing on Robin Boyd, Australia's most famous mid-century architect, and his collection of furniture bought back to life by KFive Furniture in collaboration with the Boyd Foundation.

Robin Boyd (1919–71) was one of Australia’s most famous architects of the last century, and very important in modernist design in Australian residential architecture. He was well published in newspapers of the day and wrote nine books: two of them well-known including The Australian Ugliness and Australia’s Home.

Join us for a talk by Architect Tony Lee who is the Founder and Former Director of the Boyd Foundation. Tony will provide the background and detail as to how the collaboration was formed between Erna Walsh, CEO of KFive Furniture, and the foundation.

Book early to secure your ticket.


Thursday, 18 March 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

*IN-PERSON* Be Inspired by Humans in Geelong

This event is part of Geelong Design Week 2021, an initiative of Geelong UNESCO City of Design and the City of Greater Geelong.

In keeping with the 'Unpredictable' theme of Geelong Design Week, their dynamic team members will inspire, disrupt and be provocative by showcasing:

• Doing it differently – positively, influencing the agenda

• The Humans in Geelong multimedia model

• Humans in Geelong amazing stories and their positive effects

• Pictures, film clips

• Highlights of the Humans in Geelong Expos and Online Expo 2020

Humans in Geelong (HuG) is a small team of ‘Not-for-Profit’ volunteers who report on the ‘good news’ stories of our home town Geelong, and region. The stories are about the everyday humans who are taking action, one way or another, and making a difference. Stories showcase creativity, cultural diversity, sustainable practices, equity and opportunities within our region. This includes shedding light on causes, however small, that may not be covered in the mainstream media.

Be swept away by the HuG movement! The inspirational Humans in Geelong Book will be available to purchase for a donation.

Book your tickets below.


Tuesday, 23 March 2021 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

*IN-PERSON* Compelling Book Design

Think book design is just about creating the perfect book cover? Think again. Words, pages, cover, spine, ink - book design includes many elements and a good design needs to bring everything together in a way that grabs the readers’ attention and compels them to explore more.

Each year the Australian Book Design Association (ABDA) presents the Australian Book Design Awards which recognise the bravest and brightest, the most original and beautiful books published in Australia. Designer Stephen Banham designed Death of a Typographer, a novel written by author Nick Gadd. This book was shortlisted for Best Designed Literary Fiction Cover and won the 2020 Designers’ Choice for Cover of the Year, and Stephen and Nick will both be on the panel to discuss the importance of book design from an author/narrative perspective and the unique collaborative relationship between the two.


Wednesday, 24 March 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

*ONLINE* Raising Girls Who Like Themselves

The seven qualities that enable girls to thrive in a world that tells them they are flawed.

When you raise a girl who likes herself, everything else follows.

She will strive for excellence because she has faith in her ability to achieve it and the confidence to pick herself up.
She will nurture her physical and mental health because it's natural to care for something you love.
She will insist on healthy relationships because she believes she deserves nothing less.
She will be joyful and secure, knowing that her greatest friend and most capable ally is herself.

Join us for an online event to discuss this theme with authors Kasey Edwards and Christopher Scanlon.


*This event is now booked out. Visit our YouTube Channel to view the recording (please note, it may take up to 48 hrs for the recording to become available)*

Tuesday, 30 March 2021 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Virtual Event

Special Events

*IN-PERSON* Writers' Workshop: Mark Smith - Writing Short Fiction

This half-day workshop focussing on writing short fiction will cover topics such as story structure, the critical beginning of your story, building characters, the importance of setting and narrative drive and pacing.

Ideal for beginning to intermediate writers, please note this workshop will be hands-on and participants are requested to come prepared to write – preferably with a story you are already working on – or come prepared to begin a new one!

Workshop presenter, author Mark Smith, lives on Victoria’s Surf Coast. His debut novel, The Road To Winter (Text, 2016) was shortlisted for the Australian Indie Book Awards, the Readings YA Prize, The Forward Indie Awards (US) and the Queensland Literary Awards.  


Please note, there is a $10.00pp registration fee for this event.

Saturday, 17 April 2021 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters Photo of cover 13 Wise Women

*IN-PERSON* 13 Wise Women - The COVID Year

In the lead up to International Women's Day on 8th March, we provide a local focus as Geelong's wise women open up about their lives and share their experiences of the COVID year.

This book is the second in the 13 Wise Women series and features 13 women from all walks of life across the Geelong region.

Most of us have ridden the extreme highs and lows of COVID-19. We have used what we know, what we have learned about ourselves and others, to work through a time that most of us alive today have never experienced before. 

This event will feature Founder, Facilitator and Co-author of the 13 Wise Women book series, Gail Mortimer, together with Davina Montgomery (Editor and co-author), Frederike Moodie (Web master and co-author) and Mara McDonald (co-author).

They will talk us through the hearts and hopes, self-doubts and fears, strengths and inspiration, some coping strategies, a few giggles, and so many tears - that some of our region's most inspirational women discovered during 2020.

Book early to avoid disappointment!



Thursday, 4 March 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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