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Keith Badger - Joining Loose Ends


From the Camino to the Pacific Crest Trail, many people are recognising the life-changing force of moving through the landscape on foot. At the age of 58, Keith Badger suddenly found himself with a dream and desire to return to his birthplace in England and walk. It was a simple plan, to walk from one end of Britain to the other with his Australian wife Debby. And yet as they traversed the country, from John O’Groats to Land’s End, Keith and Debby found themselves confronting far greater challenges than the landscape and shocking weather. Join Keith as he discusses his life-changing journey.

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In the mid 1980s, 24 year old Galina Kogan leaves Leningrad – forbidden ever to return. As a Jew, she's inherited several generations’ worth of Russia's chronic anti-Semitism. As a Soviet citizen, she is unprepared for Australia and its easygoing ways. Andrea Goldsmith’s first novel, Gracious Living, was published in 1989. This was followed by Modern Interiors, Facing the Music, Under the Knife, and The Prosperous Thief, which was shortlisted for the 2003 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Reunion was published in 2009, and The Memory Trap was awarded the 2015 Melbourne Prize. Invented Lives tells a story of love and exile – exile from country, exile at home, and exile from one's true self.

Monday, 29 April 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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President of the Essendon Football Club and former politician Lindsay Tanner held the seat of Melbourne from 1993 to 2010 and is the author of several books, including Politics with Purpose and Slideshow. His latest crime fiction work, Comeback, is the sequel to Comfort Zone in the Jack van Duyn series, set in gritty inner city Melbourne and the world of crooked property developers, angry unionists and the homelessness crisis. Join Lindsay to discuss politics, football and the precarious existence of people living on the margins of our society.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Don’t underestimate the power of snacks! When it comes to kids’ mood, energy, focus and success at school, one of the most influential factors is diet. Join parenting expert and one of Australia’s highest profile psychologists and author of 11 books, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, along with writer, presenter, broadcaster and all-round foodie, Flip Shelton, in this discussion of the surprising effects that food choices can have on our children’s health and well-being.

Thursday, 2 May 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters


International parenting author Lou Harvey-Zahra presents practical ideas to transform tears and tantrums into smiles. Hear expert tips on establishing family values for positive behaviour and increased harmony in the home. Lou is the author of the best-selling Happy Child, Happy Home and Creative Discipline, Connected Family.

Sessions for parents of children aged 0 - 6 years: 

Tuesday 7 May
Belmont 2:00-3:00pm
Lara 6:30-7:30pm
Wednesday 8 May
Newcomb 4:00-5:00pm
Waurn Ponds 6:30-7:30pm
Thursday 9 May
Corio 11:00am-12noon
Geelong West 2:00-3:00pm

Sessions for parents of children aged 7 - 12 years:

Wednesday 8 May
Leopold 9:30-10:30am
Thursday 9 May
Torquay 6:30-7:30pm

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Inspired by the incredible true story of Lee Miller, Vogue model turned one of the first female war photojournalists, is this new novel by the best-selling Australian author of The Paris Seamstress. Natasha is the author of six novels of dynastic fiction – about strong women succeeding in a man's world – be it obstetrics, cosmetics, fashion or journalism.

Thursday, 9 May 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Award-winning Australian author Fiona Lowe’s latest novel beautifully captures the grief caused by bushfires, as well as the hope and sense of community that rises from the ashes. When a lethal bushfire tears through Myrtle in the breathtaking Otway Ranges, the town’s buildings and the lives of the residents are left as smouldering ash. Join Fiona as she examines themes from her novel such as women supporting women, developing emotional strength in rural communities and the role of community in healing.

Saturday, 11 May 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Belmont Library