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Caroline Jane Knight – High Tea with Great Aunt Jane Austen


Caroline Jane Knight shares more than Jane Austen’s name and DNA. Caroline is the last Austen descendent to grow up in Chawton on the ancestral estate where Jane herself lived and wrote. Join Caroline for a very special High Tea as she shares her unique childhood growing up surrounded by four hundred years of family history in the heart of great aunt Jane’s literary legacy, private family photographs and how Jane Austen’s extraordinary popularity has changed the lives of her Chawton family today. Funds raised will be donated to the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation. Tickets $50, includes high tea and a glass of sparkling wine on arrival.

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Join the Geelong Region Cancerians for a specialist panel discussion aimed at exploring the early detection, prevention and research of various types of cancer. Panelists will include Professor Tom Jobling OAM a Director of Gynaecologic Oncology at Monash Medical Centre and recipient of the Order of Australia Medal in 2017 for services to Ovarian Cancer Research; Dr Karl Najjar, a specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and awardee of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists; cancer survivor Maureen O’Keeffe and panel moderator Roxie Bennett.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Stuart Kells - Shakespeare's Library

From acclaimed author and ardent bibliophile, Stuart Kells, comes an exploration of the quest to find the personal library of the world’s most famous author. The whereabouts of Shakespeare’s library—his personal collection of manuscripts, books, letters and miscellaneous papers—is a mystery that continues to compel and inspire bibliophiles around the world. Join Stuart in conversation as he shares insights and stories of his journey.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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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.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Gregory Day - A Sand Archive

Gregory Day is a writer, poet and musician whose debut novel, The Patron Saint of Eel, won the prestigious Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 2006 and was included on the VCE Literature syllabus for five years. He is a regular contributor to the literary pages of The Age and The Australian newspapers. Gregory will be joined by Deakin University's Associate Professor Maria Takolander for an evening not to be missed. Under discussion will be Gregory’s latest novel A Sand Archive. Hailed by 2018 Miles Franklin winner Michelle De Kretser as a ‘bravura work’, this ground-breaking book crosses between fact and fiction to produce a memorable reading experience.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre