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BOOK LAUNCH – JOHN BARTLETT – THE ARMS OF MEN

The Arms of Men is a collection of poetry by John Bartlett, published by the Melbourne Poets Union as part of their Union Poet Chapbook Series. John is the author of three novels, Towards a Distant Sea, Estuary and Jack Ferryman: Reluctant Private Investigator, as well as All Mortal Flesh, a collection of short stories and A Tiny & Brilliant Light,  his published non-fiction. Join John and fellow poet Maria Takolander as well as representatives from the Melbourne Poets Union to launch this inspiring collection. 

Sunday, 2 June 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

Connecting With Your Kids - Building Resilient Children

Join this fun and interactive workshop for parents and carers where Andy McNeilly will provide strategies for achieving greater connection with your children. Andy will present ideas to help build more resilient children, build stronger family relationships and improve your self-confidence in communicating with your children so they can be happier, more secure and move forward academically.

Thursday, 6 June 2019 - 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Leopold Library

Author Encounters Robert Gott Author Photo

Robert Gott - The Autumn Murders

Presented in conjunction with the Queenscliff Low Light Festival

The Autumn Murders is the third novel in the ‘Murders’ series of historical crime novels set in Melbourne in 1944. The localized prejudices, National Socialist sympathisers and sectarian tensions are eerily familiar. Robert Gott is the award winning author of 97 books both fiction and non-fiction. He will be discussing historical fiction and its timelessness with fellow author Jock Serong.

Sunday, 9 June 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Queenscliff Uniting Church

Author Encounters Heather Sheard and Ruth Lee - Women to the Front Book cover image

BOOK LAUNCH: HEATHER SHEARD AND RUTH LEE – WOMEN TO THE FRONT

This book explores the stories of the Australian women who served as surgeons, pathologists, anaesthetists and medical officers between 1914 and 1919. Despite saving hundreds of lives, their experiences have been almost totally absent from official military records - until now. Prolific historian Heather Sheard is a Melbourne-based retired teacher and school principal and Dr Ruth Lee is a local Geelong author well known for the biography Woman War Doctor: The Life of Mary De Garis.

Thursday, 13 June 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters Photo of Armando Lucas Correa sitting at a desk

ARMANDO LUCAS CORREA – THE DAUGHTER’S TALE

Inspired by one of the most shocking atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis during World War II, the 1944 massacre of the inhabitants of a village in the south of France, The Daughter's Tale is a beautifully crafted family saga of love, survival and hope against all odds. Cuban-born, New York City-based Armando Lucas Correa is an award-winning journalist, editor and author of the international bestseller The German Girl, which is now being published in thirteen languages.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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

Author Encounters Sarah Hopkins - The Subjects image of Book Cover

SARAH HOPKINS – THE SUBJECTS

The Subjects is an eerie depiction of the over-criminalisation and overmedicalisation of young people in the juvenile justice system. This is the breakout literary novel of established author and Sydney-based criminal lawyer Sarah Hopkins, author of The Crimes of Billy Fish, Speak to Me, and This Picture of You.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters Tony Birch - The White Girl (image of book cover)

TONY BIRCH – THE WHITE GIRL

In acknowledgement of NAIDOC Week 2019, Tony Birch joins us to discuss his latest novel The White Girl which shines a spotlight on the 1960s and a devastating government policy. Odette Brown has lived her whole life on the fringes of a small country town. After her daughter disappeared and left her with her granddaughter Sissy to raise, Odette has managed to stay under the radar of the welfare authorities who are removing fair-skinned Aboriginal children from their families. When a new policeman arrives in town, Odette must risk everything to save Sissy and protect everything she loves. Tony Birch is the acclaimed author of Ghost River which won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing and Blood which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events Australian Slam Poetry Event - image of performer

AUSTRALIAN POETRY SLAM HEAT

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

Author Encounters Rober Macklin - Castaway book cover image

ROBERT MACKLIN – CASTAWAY

The astonishing and little-known story Of Narcisse Pelletier, a French cabin boy shipwrecked on the Far North Queensland coast and saved by the local Uutaalnganu (Night Island people), with whom he lived for almost two decades. In Castaway, Robert Macklin weaves an unforgettable tale of a young man caught between two cultures in a time of transformation and violent upheaval. Robert is the author of 29 books, including Dark ParadiseHamilton Hume – Our Greatest Explorer, and Dragon and Kangaroo – China and Australia’s shared history.

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

Author Encounters Megan K. Stack book cover

MEGAN K. STACK – WOMEN’S WORK

In Australia on a whirlwind week-long tour, USA National Book Award finalist and best-selling author of Every Man in This Village is a Liar, New York-based writer and former Middle East war correspondent Megan K. Stack will discuss her latest book, Women’s Work. A personal reckoning with labour, motherhood and privilege, this is a stunning memoir about the expat life of raising children abroad with the help of Chinese and Indian women who are also working mothers, and their stories which  so often go untold.

Thursday, 8 August 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters Alex McClintock On The Chin book cover image

ALEX MCCLINTOCK – ON THE CHIN: A BOXING EDUCATION

The sport of boxing provokes love, loathing and sometimes lust with equal intensity. In On the Chin, Alex McClintock uses his own unlikely progress through the amateur ranks as a springboard to explore the history, culture and contradictions of the world of boxing — with detours through some of its more notable characters. Alex McClintock grew up in Sydney and now lives in Toronto, Canada. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Monthly

Wednesday, 14 August 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre