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Alison Sim - Pain Heroes: Stories Of Hope And Recovery


Pain is experienced by everyone at some point in their life. Some people experience pain that hangs around far longer than it should. Join pain management expert, Alison Sim, as she shares the stories of people who have experienced persistent pain and recovered from it from her recent book, Pain Heroes. Alison will also offer some practical, evidence-based advice on how to embrace what modern science tells us about pain, in order to recover. No quick fixes or magic silver bullets, just sensible advice that is echoed by the lived experiences in the stories of the Pain Heroes.

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Sleep and Mental Health Seminar

Join Professor Michael Berk and Dr Andrew Bradbeer as they explore the link between sleep and mental health. Learn the science between these links and practical solutions on what you can do to help with sleep.

Brought to you in conjunction with GMHBA.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events Women in Democracy

Target 50/50: Women in Local Leadership Forum

Join us to celebrate local women leaders, encourage women candidates for the 2020 local government elections and to support the goal of gender equality in local government. The highlight of the evening will be the launch of Geelong’s Y WILD – Young Women in Local Democracy, by the Hon. Gabrielle Williams MP, Minister for Women, Youth and Prevention of Violence Against Women. Presented in partnership with Women in Local Democracy and Women’s Health and Wellbeing, Barwon South West.

Friday, 21 June 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events Australian Slam Poetry Event - image of performer


Australian Poetry Slam is a live literary performance program where the audience decides the champion. With a nationwide round of 60 heats, the best slammers will perform for the chance to win the Australian Poetry Slam National Final at Sydney Opera House as part of Story-Fest. Hosted by writer, speaker, educator, performance poet, and Artist Ambassador for TEAR Australia, Joel McKerrow. Come along and compete or consume! 

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Author of Mind the Gap and other travel books, Tim Richards is an experienced travel writer with articles published in newspapers and magazines across the world and regular assignments for Lonely Planet. Join Tim for this unique travel talk where he recounts anecdotes from this amazing journey from Hamburg in Germany to Chernobyl in the Ukraine, via Denmark and Poland - including tales of a woman who leads a Hamburg Beatles tour by playing songs on a ukulele, and his experiences touring abandoned sites and sleeping overnight in Chernobyl, the site
of history’s worst nuclear disaster.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Belmont Library

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Local Anakie wildlife carer Shelley Hyndman has always fostered a love for our native species. Join us as she shares her knowledge about how to rescue and care for these unique creatures and what it takes to release them back into the wild.

Saturday, 22 June 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Lara Library

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This biography by local author Marion Pescud follows the journey of artist Susan Sutton, from the aspirations of her early years to the maturity of acclaimed recognition. Her works of art showcase Victoria's Southwestern coast along the Great Ocean Road, from Geelong to Lorne and beyond, with paintings that convey accuracy and a masterful understanding of the region, capturing the essence of the landscape and the culture of the people. Join Marion and Susan in conversation about the book and the art.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre