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ANTONY LOEWENSTEIN – PILLS, POWDER AND SMOKE

Like the never-ending war on terror, the drugs war is a multi-billion-dollar industry that won’t go down without a fight. Its direct results have included mass incarceration in the US, extreme violence in different parts of the world, the backing of dictatorships, and surging drug addiction globally. Author, writer and filmmaker Antony Loewenstein is a Jerusalem-based Australian journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, the BBC, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, and many others. Pills, Powder, and Smoke investigates the individuals, officials, activists, victims, DEA agents, and traffickers caught up in this deadly war.

Word for Word Festival Preview Week

Two special non-fiction author encounters to whet your appetite ahead of Word for Word festival in November. www.wordforwordfestival.com.au

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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REBEKAH ROBERTSON – ABOUT A GIRL

In 2000, Rebekah Robertson gave birth to twin boys, George and Harry. But as they grew older, their preferences began to show, and by the age of three it was clear Georgie was drawn to anything that was pretty or had a skirt that could swirl. Rebekah and her husband united in their determination to help her live freely and fearlessly. Their case was the start of the long road to justice for transgender children in Australia and became the basis of the 2013 landmark decision to remove the Family Court’s jurisdiction. This is Rebekah Robertson’s extraordinary personal story of raising her transgender child, Georgie Stone, who has become a voice not just for other transgender kids – but for an emerging generation.

Word for Word Festival Preview Week

Two special non-fiction author encounters to whet your appetite ahead of Word for Word festival in November. www.wordforwordfestival.com.au

Thursday, 12 September 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK PERFORMANCE

Celebrate Children’s Book Week with us and enjoy a wonderful live performance by Meerkat Productions including audience interaction, original songs and fantastic puppetry. Bookings essential for all attending adults and children. All ages.


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BEE TALK

Join local beekeeping expert, John Webb, as he shares his knowledge about how to harness the power of bees. John will demonstrate what is in a beehive and educate us about how to safely interact with these unique and amazing insects.

Thursday, 29 August 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Lara Library

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BOOK LAUNCH: FAVEL PARRETT – THERE WAS STILL LOVE

Join us for the launch of There Was Still Love, the profoundly moving new novel from Miles Franklin-shortlisted local author Favel Parrett. A tender and beautifully told story of memory, family and love, Parrett's deep emotional insight and stellar literary talent shines through in this love letter to the strong women who bind families together, despite dislocation and distance. Favel Parrett is the author ofPast The ShallowsandWhen The Night Comes.Presented in partnership with Torquay Books.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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THE ADVENTURES OF HUNTER AND PHOEBE

Meet Hunter, an ex-working dog of Vision Australia and his trainer, Phoebe. Learn about the highs and lows of life as a trainer. A fun and informative session for the whole family.

Thursday, 26 September 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Chilwell Library

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BOOK LAUNCH & CHILDREN’S ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP: MAXINE FLAKEMORE

When Grandpa Whistledis Maxine Flakemore's latest children's book, is the story of her father, Neville, as told through his unique whistle. The illustrations depict the many changes that happened through his life and his love of animals. Join Maxine to find out how she creates her wonderful illustrations in sepia ink and ‘inktense’ crayons and create your own drawing to help us celebrate the launch.Ages 5+

Thursday, 26 September 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Torquay Library

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LIZ HARFULL – IN PRAISE OF COMMUNITY COOKBOOKS

Liz Harfull is passionate about telling the stories of Australia's quiet voices – the extraordinary, everyday people who make up our communities. The bestselling author and award-winning rural journalist walked away from corporate life to write books and has since written two national bestsellers. Tried Tested and Truewas recently shortlisted for a prestigious international Gourmand Award. The beautifully designed book captures treasured recipes and previously untold stories about Australian community cookbooks and the unsung volunteers who put them together. Please bring along your own favourite community cookbooks to share.

Wednesday, 2 October 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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MONICA DULLARD PRESENTS ‘FANCY THAT!’

Twenty-one years in stand-up comedy… fancy that! Don’t miss Monica Dullard performing her enduring, hilarious comedy. After sell-out shows, Monica is bringing her ridiculously funny stories to the library. Presented in partnership with the Geelong Seniors Festival.

Wednesday, 2 October 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Waurn Ponds Library

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PLAYING THE GHOST: GEELONG’S GUISERS AND GHOST HOAXERS OF THE VICTORIAN ERA

Learn about the fascinating and peculiar fad of the late 19th century where young people 'played the ghost', disguising themselves in elaborate ghost and monster costumes accentuated with phosphorescent paint, in an attempt to scare people at night. Presented by Dr David Waldron, Lecturer in History and Anthropology, School of Education and Arts, Federation University. Presented in partnership with the Victorian Seniors Festival.All ages welcome.

Sunday, 13 October 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Queenscliff Uniting Church

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ORCHESTRA GEELONG PRESENTS

Join us for an outstanding free concert in the Dome thanks to Orchestra Geelong. Performing under the baton of worldrenowned Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Mark Shiell, Orchestra Geelong will take you on a musical journey across continents and time zones with short works by composers such as Verdi, Brahms, Mozart, Grieg, Sibelius and more. Presented in partnership with the Geelong Seniors Festival.All ages welcome.

Saturday, 19 October 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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HERSTORY: WOMEN OF THE GEELONG REGION

"We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains.”Ursula Le Guin Herstory aims to lift the voices of women past and present, women of First Nations People, women of all backgrounds and cultures, their stories, their struggles and their achievements. The Barwon Month of Action to Stop Men’s Violence Against Women and Children is a good time to reflect on the role that women have played in building and maintaining our communities, our towns and our institutions. It is time to recognise and change the herstory.Presented in partnership with Deakin University, Reclaim the Night Collective Geelong, Geelong Regional Library Coorporation and Barwon Community Legal Service for Barwon Month of Action.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre