As well as the Author Events listed below, you can explore and register for upcoming virtual Creative & Connected and eKnowHow sessions in the What's On section of our website.
Wednesday 10 June, 7.30-8.30pm
Wednesday 17 June, 7.30-8.30pm
Wednesday 24 June, 7.30-8.30pm
Recordings of previous Off The Shelf author events can be viewed on the Geelong Regional Libraries' YouTube page.
Wednesday 27 May, 7.30-8.30pm
In 1803, a convict called William Buckley fled an embryonic settlement in the land of the Kulin nation, to take his chances in the wilderness. For 32 years, Buckley lived as a Wadawurrung man, learning his adopted tribe's language, skills and methods of survival. The outside world finally caught up with Buckley in 1835, after John Batman, a bounty hunter from Van Diemen's Land, arrived.
The son of one of Australia’s best known storytellers, Bryce Courtenay, Adam Courtenay is a Sydney based writer and journalist and the bestselling author of The Ship That Never Was.
This event was held in recognition of Reconciliation Week 2020.
Wednesday 20 May, 7.30-8.30pm
The latest novel by multi-award winning author Heather Rose, Bruny, is a searing, subversive story of family, love, loyalty and the new world order. Part political thriller, part love story, this genre-bending and prescient novel considers how far a government might go to achieve its aims.
Heather is joined in conversation by author Suzanne Leal, whose new book The Deceptions was inspired by the lives of Suzanne’s former landlords, Fred and Eva Perger, who were Czech and Jewish and had both survived the Holocaust.
Thursday 14 May, 7.30-8.30pm
What do you when you’re told you’ve got terminal cancer at 50? Take up crochet, convert to religion and bow out gracefully? Or ditch your husband of twenty years, abandon your demanding kids, leave your job, desert your bossy, octogenarian mother, cash in your life savings and take your two sisters on a luxury cruise? Courageous? Or ruthlessly selfish?
Kathy Lette is a celebrated and outspoken comic writer who has an inimitable take on serious current issues. See Kathy discuss her latest book in an hilarious chat with Facilitator Robert Gott.
ONLINE EVENT: TOM KENEALLY - THE DICKENS BOY
Wednesday 6 May, 7.30-8.30pm
The tenth child of Charles Dickens, Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens, known as Plorn, had consistently proved unable 'to apply himself ' to school or life. Aged sixteen, he is sent, as his brother Alfred was before him, to Australia. Against this backdrop, and featuring cricket tournaments, horse-racing, bushrangers, sheep droving, shifty stock and station agents, frontier wars and first encounters with Australian women, Plorn meets extraordinary people and enjoys wonderful adventures as he works to prove himself.
This is one of one of our best known and most prolific authors Tom Keneally in his most familiar terrain - taking historical figures and events and reimagining them with verve, compassion and humour. This was a live recorded webinar using Zoom.
Our events commence online at 7.30pm using the video webinar platform Zoom.
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