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Mark Brandi - The Rip


The Rip is an urban crime novel following a hidden trio of drifters and addicts in inner city Melbourne. Author Mark Brandi’s inspiration came from his intimate knowledge of Richmond, where in 2017 heroin overdose deaths reached a 17-year high, with 34 of those deaths occurring in a four-block area. While faced with enormously challenging circumstances, both main characters are portrayed with respect and dignity, and not as passive victims of circumstance. Mark is a rising star of Australian literature. His first novel Wimmera won the  coveted British Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger, and was named Best Debut at the 2018 Australian Indie Book Awards.

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Set at the close of the 1970s and traversing thousands of kilometres of inland roads, Exploded View is a revelatory interrogation of Australian girlhood. Carrie Tiffany’s debut novel, Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Guardian First Book Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and won the Dobbie Award and the WA Premier’s Award for Fiction. Her second novel, Mateship with Birds, was also a remarkable success. Don’t miss this discussion of her third novel which poses the question: must a girl always be a part, and how can she become a whole?

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters


Philomena Manifold has created a book of beauty and wonder in Written in Stone: Reading the Rocks of the Great Ocean Road. A visual book that dives deep into time, poetry and the way rocks hold stories, Written in Stone is multi-disciplinary, combining research, writing, sketches, maps, and photographs. These elements have been woven together into a 135 million-year journey that follows the coast from Torquay to Warrnambool.

Thursday, 21 March 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Torquay Library

Author Encounters


Andy McNeilly has been teaching children and adults for many years. More recently he has been running workshops to help families connect. They focus on ‘life skills’ that are vital for our children to succeed in the futures they design for themselves. Life skills are often learnt later on in life, on the job, by trial and error. These are the people skills that enable us to socialise, communicate and interact with each other in harmony. They include gratitude, empathy, communication, imagination, organisation, self-awareness and resilience. Join Andy for the launch of his new book Connecting with Your Kids, which contains fun, simple and practical ideas to help raise resilient children.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Ocean Grove Library

Author Encounters


Join local author D.R. (Donna) Coghlan for a discussion about her first published manuscript The Secrets We Keep: A Love Story. Donna will speak about how she came to write the book, the writing process, the book itself, the decision to self publish and other current projects.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Waurn Ponds Library

Author Encounters


Well known to Australian television audiences from Real Housewives of Melbourne, sassy and adventurous Jackie Gillies also works as one of the country’s most sought-after psychic mediums. In her first book Shine It Up, Jackie examines ways to bring spirituality into everyday life and shows us how to shine through all sorts of circumstances. This is the story of a young woman from Newcastle doing all the conventional things, who found the courage to follow her gift and create an amazing life.

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

Author Encounters


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