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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

Creative & Connected

Re-writing the Past with Jock Serong

Join novelist Jock Serong in this workshop that explores how to use fiction to reveal the truth about the past.
You will learn:
• ways of thinking about “truth” in historical fiction
• a range of research methods that are accessible to all of us
• ideas for keeping it lively and avoiding dust and mildew
This event is held in partnership with the Surf Coast Shire.

Sunday, 14 July 2019 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Torquay Library

Author Encounters

Book Launch: Brendan Ryan - The Lowlands of Moyne

Brendan Ryan's poetry, reviews and essays have been published in literary journals and newspapers, inlcuding Island, Westerly, Antipodes, The Age, The Weekend Australian and Conptemporary Australian Poetry. The Lowlands of Moyne is his sixth collection of poetry and continues his exploration of Victoria's Western Disctrict landscapes through poems examining the relationship between farmers and farm animals. 

Saturday, 20 July 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events

SOS – WILD LIFE RESCUE

This event has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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

Creative & Connected Kanopy image

CLASSIC MOVIE SCREENING WITH KANOPY

Join us and experience Kanopy, a film streaming service available to all library users, as we watch a classic movie from Hollywood's golden era. 

Thursday, 4 July 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

eKnow How

Introduction to Kanopy

Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video platform for public libraries and universities that offers viewers a large collection of award-winning films and documentaries. Come and learn how it works. 

Multiple Times
Multiple Locations

Creative & Connected Humans in Geelong logo

HUMANS IN GEELONG

Are you sick of all the bad news? Hear heart-warming stories of inspirational locals who are making a difference. Hear Jacqui Bennett talk about her passion, Humans in Geelong, which uses the powerful medium of storytelling to create positive social  change. The aim is to inspire, connect and strengthen our community by showcasing stories of cultural diversity, sustainable practices, health and wellness, equity, creativity and opportunities. 

Wednesday, 24 July 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Waurn Ponds Library

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