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SUE WILLIAMS - ELIZABETH & ELIZABETH

Wednesday 28 April, 2021, 7.30-8.30pm

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PAST EVENTS

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Recordings of previous Off The Shelf author events can be viewed on the Geelong Regional Libraries' YouTube page.

JOHN BARTLETT - AWAKE AT 3AM

Sunday 11 April

John Bartlett is the author of three novels, a collection of short stories and published non-fiction. He is a reviewer, interviewer, former tutor of Creative Writing at Deakin University and a creative writing workshop facilitator. His poetry has been published in a number of Australian and overseas journals. 

In June 2019 Melbourne Poets Union released his Chapbook The Arms of Men and in 2020 Ginninderra Press published Songs of the Godforsaken as part of its Picaro Poets’ series as well as his full poetry collection Awake at 3am in late 2020.  He was the winner of the 2020 Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize.

“Loss, longing and nostalgia infuse the poems in this poignant collection. Some poems are elegiac, some confessional, others alert to environmental exploitation, sexuality and human suffering. Here is a poet engaged with his world and showing us what it is to remember, to question, to see and feel.” (Julie Maclean)

“Awake at 3AM is a truly superb collection of outstanding poems.” (Maggie Farr)

 

PIP WILLIAMS - THE DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS

Thursday 8 April

In-conversation with Geelong author, Jen Kloester.

Pip Williams is the author of the much-loved memoir One Italian Summer and the national number one bestseller, The Dictionary of Lost Words.

Kasey Edwards and Christopher Scanlon - Raising Girls Who Like Themselves

Wednesday 31 March

GEELONG DESIGN WEEK: COMPELLING BOOK DESIGN - RE-THINKING THE COVER

Wednesday 24 March 

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

GEELONG DESIGN WEEK: BE INSPIRED BY HUMANS IN GEELONG

Tuesday 23 March 

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

ROSS GARNAUT - RESET

Thursday 11 March.

Annual Lecture in Memory of Fiona Baranowski.
In Reset, esteemed economist and best-selling author Ross Garnaut shows how the COVID-19 crisis offers Australia the opportunity to reset its conomy and build a successful future – and why the old approaches will not work. Garnaut develops the idea of a renewable superpower and calls for a basic income as he explores what the ‘decoupling’ of China and America will mean for Australia. Reset is the groundbreaking sequel to Superpower.

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

GIDEON HAIGH - THE MOMENTOUS, UNEVENTFUL DAY

Thursday 25 February

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.

Please note this recording is audio only.

DEBORAH RODRIGUEZ - THE MOROCCAN DAUGHTER

Deborah Rodriguez is the author of the international bestsellers The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul, Return to the Little Coffee Shop of Kabul, The Zanzibar Wife and Island on the Edge of the World.

Morocco: a captivating country of honour and tradition. And, for four women, a land of secrets and revelations.

From the twisted alleyways of the ancient medina of Fès to a marriage festival high in the Atlas Mountains, Deborah Rodriguez’s entrancing new bestseller is a modern story of forbidden love set in the sensual landscape of North Africa.

Deborah lives in Mazatlán, Mexico and will be joining us via Zoom for this special online, lunchtime event.

Deborah will be in conversation with author Suzanne Leal, whose novel The Deceptions recently won the Nib Literary Award People’s Choice Prize.

 

GROWING UP DISABLED IN AUSTRALIA - PANEL DISCUSSION

Unfortunately the recording of this event has been corrupted whilst processing from a livestream to an on-demand recording on YouTube, and is no longer working. Our sincere apologies that this event is not available for on-demand viewing.

One in five Australians has a disability. And disability presents itself in many ways. Yet disabled people are still underrepresented in the media and in literature. Growing Up Disabled in Australia is the fifth book in the highly acclaimed, bestselling Growing Up series. It includes interviews with prominent Australians such as Senator Jordon Steele-John and Paralympian Isis Holt, as well as poetry and graphic art, and more than 40 original pieces by writers with a disability or chronic illness.

Led by Editor, writer and appearance activist Carly Findlay, and featuring a number of Victorian-based contributors, this panel discussion event explores some of the most pressing issues faced by those living with a disability.

 

JENNY HOCKING - THE PALACE LETTERS

Thursday 4 February, 2021, 7.30-8.30pm

Professor Jenny Hocking waged a ten-year campaign and a four-year legal battle to force the National Archives of Australia to release the letters written by Governor General John Kerr to the Queen during one of the most divisive episodes in the nation’s history – the dismissal. In May 2020, despite being opposed by the Archives, Buckingham Palace, and the full resources of the federal government, she won her historic case in the High Court. 'The Palace Letters' is the ground-breaking account of her indomitable fight.

SHORT AND SWEET (SHORT STORY EVENT) - NEW AUSTRALIA FICTION 2020

Join us for an exploration of the short story genre hosted by local writer Charlotte Guest, with readings and contributions from writers Elizabeth Flux, Laura McPhee-Browne and Jack Vening.

New Australian Fiction 2020, published by Kill Your Darlings, features contributors from writers all around Australia. Their stories explore how characters respond to some of the most intriguing and urgent issues of our time, including genetic experimentation, nuclear fallout, and ongoing and destructive white-settler colonialism.

This event was hosted in partnership with publishers Kill Your Darlings and our bookseller for this event, The Book Bird in Geelong West, where you can re-purchase your book now.

ANALOGUE IRAN BY ALI MC

Tuesday 8 December

In August and September 2019, documentary photographer Ali MC spent four weeks capturing the diversity of Iran through black and white 35mm film. The result is Analog Iran, an online exhibition which explores the diversity of a country that is often stereotyped in the media.  From the border of Afghanistan to the bustling metropolis of Tehran, these photographs bring to life the everyday lives of Iranian people.  Ali’s work shows the tension between the hospitality and graciousness of the Iranian people, and the constant political and economic pressures of daily life.

Watch this wonderful presentation of his stunning photographs, and tales of his travels through this amazing part of the world.

 

BARRY JONES - WHAT IS TO BE DONE

Wednesday 2 December

Watch Barry Jones in conversation with Matthew Ricketson. 

MARIE YOUNAN with JILL SANGUINETTI - A DIFFERENT KIND OF SEEING

Wednesday 25 November

A discussion commemorating Social Inclusion Week 2020 and International Day for People With a Disability.

A Different Kind of Seeing is a memoir telling the inspiring story of Marie Younan, an Assyrian refugee, accidentally blinded as a child, who after a long and difficult journey eventually migrated to Melbourne. She attended the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind where she learnt English, braille and gained physical mobility with the help of a cane. Marie is now a professional interpreter with counsellors and refugees at the Foundation Centre for Survivors of Torture.

Marie was accompanied by co-author Jill Sanguinetti, in discussion with a facilitator, author Lee Kofman.

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