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Kasey Edwards

Kasey Edwards Author Talk

Kasey Edwards has been read by over 10 million people worldwide. She is the author of the bestselling memoir Thirty-Something and Over It and writes a column for Daily Life.

 

Date:   Tuesday 1 August

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Dymocks Camberwell, The Well Shopping Centre, Shop 113-114, 793 Burke Rd, Camberwell VIC

Michael Roberts

Champions of Collingwood Author Talk

Come and hear AFL historian and author, Michael Roberts who will chat about all things AFL, in particular his beloved Collingwood Football Club. Michael will also be signing copies of his latest book, Champions of Collingwood

Date:   Saturday 5 August

Time:   12:00pm

Venue: Collins Bookstores Ballarat, 80 Bridge Mall, Ballarat VIC 3350

Price:   This is a free event.

Judy Horacek

Judy Horacek Author Talk

Random Life is a collection of over 200 recent cartoons by much-loved cartoonist Judy Horacek. Drawn for her regular spot in the Age (and other publications wise enough to employ her), Judy’s ninth cartoon collection covers subjects as diverse as climate change, feminism, social media, fairy tales, Mondays and zebras.

Date:   Thursday 10 August

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Brunswick Library

David Hunt

David Hunt author talk

David Hunt is an unusually tall and handsome man who likes writing his own bios for all the books he has written. David is the author of Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia, which won the 2014 Indie Award for non-fiction and was shortlisted in both the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and Australian Book Industry Awards. True Girt, the sequel, was published in 2016, as was a book for children, The Nose Pixies. David has a birthmark that looks like Tasmania, only smaller and not as far south.

Date:   Tuesday 15 August

Time:   10:00am

Venue: Old Town Hall, Bendooley Street, Bowral

Price:   This is a free event.

Judy Horacek

Judy Horacek Author Talk

Random Life is a collection of over 200 recent cartoons by much-loved cartoonist Judy Horacek. Drawn for her regular spot in the Age (and other publications wise enough to employ her), Judy’s ninth cartoon collection covers subjects as diverse as climate change, feminism, social media, fairy tales, Mondays and zebras.

Date:   Thursday 17 August

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Paperchain Bookshop

Anna Krien

Anna Krien in conversation with Pete Hay

Renowned environmental commentator, Anna Krien, visits the frontiers of Australia’s climate wars and notes PM Turnbull’s own-goals in what should have been his moment. As always, her insights into the government’s stance on climate is compelling and apposite.

Joining Anna in conversation will be Tasmanian academic and poet Pete Hay.

Join Anna and Pete for this necessary discussion at Fullers Bookshop.

Tickets are free but booking is essential as places may be limited. 

Date:   Monday 21 August

Time:   5:30pm

Venue: Fullers Bookshop, 131 Collins St, Hobart, TAS 7000

Price:   This is a free event.

Toby Walsh

Android Dreams

Come hear Toby Walsh talk about his new book describing the past, present and future of Artificial Intelligence.

Date:   Tuesday 22 August

Time:   5:30pm

Venue: Plus 5 Bar, 37 S Wharf Promenade, South Wharf

Price:   This is a free event.

Jeff Apter

Thirroul Readers and Writers Festival

Jeff Apter is the author of more than 20 books. His work includes biographies of the Finn brothers, Johnny O’Keefe, the Bee Gees, Marc Hunter, ‘Shirley’ Strachan, Silverchair, John Farnham and Keith Urban. His latest book is High Voltage: The Life of Angus Young. Jeff has also co-written and / or ghostwritten memoirs by the musicians Kasey Chambers, Richard Clapton and AC/DC’s Mark Evans, the boxer-turned-soldier Paul Warren and cricketer Michael Slater. Jeff helped with the memoir Somebody That I Used to Know: Love, Loss and Jack Thompson by Bunkie King, which was the bestselling non-fiction title in Australia on its release in early 2015. Jeff was also the creative consultant for the 2015 live show, A State of Grace: The Music of Tim and Jeff Buckley, which was nominated for a Helpmann award. Jeff lives in Wollongong.

Date:   Friday 25 August

Time:   8:00pm

Venue: Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul & Excelsior Hall, Thirroul Community Centre

Anna Krien

MWF: Climate Change Activism

What are the different factions of climate change activism, and how do they come together in cohesive action? Anna Krien (The Long Goodbye) and Indigenous climate activist Amelia Telford discuss the current state of climate change activism, and where it’s heading.

This is a free event. No bookings are required.

Date:   Saturday 26 August

Time:   11:00am

Venue: ACMI The Cube, Federation Square, Melbourne VIC

Price:   This is a free event.

Jenny Valentish

MWF: Women of Substances

Drawing together neuroscientific research and memoir, journalist Jenny Valentish charts the world of substance use in her new book, Woman of Substances. Join her as she explores the gendered experience of drug and alcohol addiction. With Kate Holden.

Date:   Saturday 26 August

Time:   1:00pm

Venue: Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC

Price:   $22/$19

Benjamin Law

MWF: Binge Culture

In the age of Netflix, TV shows are ready-made for bingeing. How has this changed screenwriting methods? Reach for the popcorn with Megan Abbott (The Deuce), Brodie Lancaster (No Way! Okay, Fine) and Benjamin Law (The Family Law) as they explore the influence of viewer trends on television.

Date:   Saturday 26 August

Time:   1:00pm

Venue: ACMI Studio 1, Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC

Price:   $22/$19

Judy Horacek

MWF: Creative Women

Across long careers, Kate Grenville, Judy Horacek and Leah Purcell have excelled in their fields of literature, political cartoons and playwriting. Meet these brilliant creative women and discover how they have pushed their creative boundaries to continue redefining career success over time.

Date:   Sunday 27 August

Time:   10:00am

Venue: Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC

Price:   $22/$19

Toby Walsh

MWF: AI: Towards Worklessness

With the rapid evolution of artificial intelligence, will humans become redundant in the workplace? Rutger Bregman, Simon Longstaff, Toby Walsh and Ally Watson discuss the future of worklessness, and its implications for class and social equality.

Date:   Sunday 27 August

Time:   1:00pm

Venue: ACMI Cinema 1, Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC

Price:   $22/$19

Christine Kenneally

MWF: Investigative Journalism

How does investigative journalism fit into the current media landscape of 24-hour news and infotainment? New Yorker writer David Grann and Buzzfeed’s Christine Kenneally examine longform’s function, future and funding

Date:   Sunday 27 August

Time:   4:00pm

Venue: ACMI Studio 1, Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC

Price:   $22/$19

Anna Krien

MWF: Protest & Persist: Behind the Wire

Through audio, video and live storytelling, hear the urgent and necessary first-person narratives from narrators living inside immigration detention on Manus Island and Nauru.

This is a free event. No bookings are required.

Presented in partnership with Right Now.

Date:   Sunday 27 August

Time:   5:00pm

Venue: ACMI The Cube, Federation Square, Melbourne VIC

Price:   This is a free event.

Dennis Glover

MWF: Local Libraries: Dennis Glover

Explore the life of George Orwell – and his last and greatest novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four – with acclaimed Australian writer Dennis Glover, who has reimagined the classic novelist’s final years through fiction in The Last Man in Europe.

This is a free event, but bookings are required.

Date:   Monday 28 August

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Newport Community Hub, 13/15 Mason St, Newport VIC 3015

Price:   This is a free event.

Jenny Valentish

MWF: Sexism as a Mental Health Crisis

Facing relentless discrimination, social stigma and violence, women are expected to succeed in a system that actively works against them. Anni Hine Moana, Zoe Morrison and Jenny Valentish explore the patriarchal structures exacerbating women’s mental ill-health.

Date:   Tuesday 29 August

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Queen Victoria Women's Centre, 210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Price:   $22/$19

Nicole Hayes

MWF: Footy Girls

Hear from an AFL star as Collingwood player Emma King joins Nicole Hayes and Alicia Sometimes (authors of A Footy Girl’s Guide) to discuss the rise of women’s football. Find out what it means to play footy ‘like a girl’!

Date:   Thursday 31 August

Time:   10:00am

Venue: Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC

Price:   $8

Alice Pung

MWF: Second-Generation Narratives

The second-generation Australian experience is reflected in many new works of literature. How does an understanding of place, home and family inform storytelling – and increase understanding about migration? Randa Abdel-Fattah, Maxine Beneba Clarke, AS Patrić and Alice Pung explore.

Date:   Friday 1 September

Time:   10:00am

Venue: ACMI Cinema 1, Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC

Price:   $22/$19

George Megalogenis

MWF: In Search of Good Governance

How did Australian politics get to its current demoralised state? What needs to change for good governance to return? Join journalists George Megalogenis and Laura Tingle as they explore the past, present and future of Australian politics.

Date:   Friday 1 September

Time:   10:00am

Venue: Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC

Price:   $22/$19

Harriet McKnight

MWF: Alzheimer’s in Fiction

How is the experience of Alzheimer’s disease – as patient, carer or onlooker – reflected in fiction? Rachel Khong (Goodbye, Vitamin) and Harriet McKnight (Rain Birds) explore the condition’s effect on family, friends and loved ones in their debut novels.

Date:   Friday 1 September

Time:   11:30am

Venue: ACMI Studio 1, Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC

Price:   $22/$19

Laura Tingle

MWF: Politicians as Personalities

What’s more important in politics: personality or policy? Judith Brett (The Enigmatic Mr Deakin), Rebecca Huntley (Still Lucky) and Laura Tingle (In Search of Good Government) discuss what makes a great politician – and what happens when personal ambition is put ahead of party priorities.

Date:   Friday 1 September

Time:   1:00pm

Venue: Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC

Price:   $22/$19

George Megalogenis

MWF: Housing Affordability

Housing has become favoured for investment over shelter, with Australians accumulating larger amounts of debt in order to purchase property. What stress is this placing on the economy, and what is the effect on homelessness and other inequality? Lyn Craig, Glyn Davis and George Megalogenis investigate.

Date:   Friday 1 September

Time:   2:30pm

Venue: ACMI Cinema 1, Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC

Price:   $22/$19

Stan Grant

MWF: Rise of the Right Wing

From Pauline Hanson to the United Patriots Front, Australian right-wing extremism is flourishing. How did we get here – and what’s next? Go behind the headlines with Anna Broinowski, Stan Grant and David Marr to discover more about the rise of conservatism in Australia.

Date:   Saturday 2 September

Time:   2:30pm

Venue: Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC

Price:   $22/$19

Ryan O’Neill

MWF: Readings Recommends: Short Stories

Celebrate the very best in new Australian fiction with Readings. Hear from Melanie Cheng (Australia Day), Jennifer Down (Pulse Points) and Ryan O’Neill (Their Brilliant Careers), who will each read a short story from their collections.

Date:   Saturday 2 September

Time:   5:30pm

Venue: ACMI The Cube, Federation Square, Melbourne VIC

Price:   This is a free event.

Dennis Glover

MWF: Reimagining Literary Figures

Dennis Glover (The Last Man in Europe), Ryan O’Neill (Their Brilliant Careers) and Marija Peričić (The Lost Pages) explore the lives and motivations of literary figures real and imagined. From Kafka to Orwell, discover the appeal – and sometimes absurdity – of writers writing about writers.

Date:   Sunday 3 September

Time:   10:00am

Venue: ACMI Studio 1, Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC

Price:   $22/$19

Alice Pung

MWF: #LoveOzYA

Celebrate local YA with the best in the biz! #LoveOzYA authors Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Ellie Marney and Alice Pung discuss the importance of representation, telling Australian stories and why YA is important for teens and adults alike. With Danielle Binks.

Date:   Sunday 3 September

Time:   2:30pm

Venue: ACMI The Cube, Federation Square, Melbourne VIC

Price:   This is a free event.

Judy Horacek

Judy Horacek Author Talk

Random Life is a collection of over 200 recent cartoons by much-loved cartoonist Judy Horacek. Drawn for her regular spot in the Age (and other publications wise enough to employ her), Judy’s ninth cartoon collection covers subjects as diverse as climate change, feminism, social media, fairy tales, Mondays and zebras.

Date:   Tuesday 5 September

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: National Library Canberra

Jeff Apter

Jeff Apter author talk

Jeff Apter is the author of more than 20 books, many dealing with the world of music. He has written biographies of Keith Urban, the Finn brothers, Johnny O’Keefe, Jeff Buckley and the Bee Gees. As ghostwriter, he has worked with Kasey Chambers, AC/DC’s Mark Evans and Richard Clapton. He was also the creative consultant for the Helpmann Award–nominated live production A State of Grace: The Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley and spent four years on staff at Rolling Stone Australia.

 

Date:   Tuesday 5 September

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Rockdale Library, 444-446 Princes Hwy Rockdale

Price:   This is a free event.

2017 St. Albans Writers' Festival

2017 St. Albans Writers' Festival

Started in 2015, the focus of the St Albans Writers’ Festival is to bring Australian writers and writing to our tiny village, so that residents and visitors can enjoy an intimate weekend of words. We pride ourselves on the warmth of our welcome and the atmosphere our community creates. It is an unique experience for writers and visitors.

Date:   Friday 8 September

Time:   10:30am

Venue: St. Albans, NSW

Price:   $120 - $200

Kate Mildenhall

The Modern Voice in Historical Fiction

Writing styles have altered over the years. Should an historical novelist cater for the tastes of 21st Century readers by introducing modern expressions and dialogue in their novels? Is it valid to introduce current sensibilities to characters who would otherwise have been constrained by their own societies? Authors Kate Mildenhall, Melissa Ashley, Greg Pyers and Luke Devenish discuss with Eleanor Limprecht  how historical novels have changed over time, and how they approach writing authentic characters true to their period.

Date:   Sunday 10 September

Time:   10:00am

Venue: Swinburne University, "AMDC Building Swinburne University of Technology, John Street, Hawthorn"

Price:   $280+

Lauren Sams

Speak Your Mind 2017: Feminism

Feminism stands at the forefront of Australian policial, social and economic rhetoric. Our panelists write from diverse experiences in Australia, America and Iran; exploring representations of women in fiction, as mothers and in the fashion, escort and modelling industries.

Date:   Tuesday 12 September

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Newtown Library, 8-10 Brown St, Newtown

Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law in conversation with Professor Tedd Snell

Learnability Professional Development, UWA Cultural Precinct, City of Perth Library and Boffins Books and pleased to invite you to attend a compelling public discussion featuring Benjamin Law on Sexuality, Schools and the Media.

Are Australian schools safe? And if they’re not, what happens when kids are caught in a bleak collision between ill-equipped school staff and a confected media scandal?

In 2016 the Safe Schools program became the centre of an ideological firestorm. In QE67 Benjamin Law explores how and why this happened. He weaves a subtle, gripping account of schools today, sexuality, teenagers, new ideas of gender fluidity, tabloid media scares and mental health.

Looking at the perils for those of uncertain or shamed sexual identity, and bullying of the vulnerable young, he brings to light hidden worlds, in an essay notable for its humane clarity.

This presentation will be chaired by Professor Tedd Snell, Chief Cultural Officer, UWA Cultural Precinct. 

Date:   Tuesday 12 September

Time:   6:15pm

Venue: University Club of Western Australia Auditorium, Cnr Stirling Hwy and Hackett Drive, Entrance #1, Carpark #3, Crawley, WA 6009

Price:   $12

Harriet McKnight

Harriet McKnight Author Talk

Harriet McKnight’s work has been shortlisted for the 2014 Overland VU Short Story Prize, the 2015 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, and the 2016 Overland Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize. She works as Managing Editor of The Canary Press. Rain Birds is her debut novel.

Date:   Wednesday 13 September

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: Belmont Library, 163 High Street, Belmont

Price:   This is a free event.

Harriet McKnight

Rain Birds Launch

Celebrate the launch of Harriet McKnight's debut novel Rain Birds, a powerful story about love, grief and loss, one that examines personal tragedy set against global and environmental responsibilities. To be launched by Melanie Joosten.

Date:   Thursday 14 September

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Readings, 309 Lygon Street, Carlton VIC 3053

Price:   This is a free event.

Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law in conversation with Mary Lou Rasmussen

Benjamin Law and Mary Lou Rasmussen will be in conversation on Benjamin's new Quarterly Essay, Sexuality, Schools and the Media , which asks "Are Australian schools safe?" And if they're not, what happens when kids are caught in a bleak collision between ill-equipped school staff and a confected media scandal?

Book signings will take place at 6pm before the conversation and then again after. This event is free.

 

Date:   Tuesday 19 September

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Auditorium, China in the World Building, 188 Fellows Lane, Australian National University, Acton, ACT 2603

Price:   This is a free event.

Harriet McKnight

Speak Your Mind 2017: Climate Change

On our climate change panel, experts will shine a factual light on the contemporary Australian climate debate, alongside authors of speculative fiction who have imagined our future as one of desolate landscapes, resource scarcity and threatened species.

Date:   Tuesday 26 September

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Newtown Library, 8-10 Brown St, Newtown

Jeff Apter

Jeff Apter author talk

Jeff Apter is the author of more than 20 books, many dealing with the world of music. He has written biographies of Keith Urban, the Finn brothers, Johnny O’Keefe, Jeff Buckley and the Bee Gees. As ghostwriter, he has worked with Kasey Chambers, AC/DC’s Mark Evans and Richard Clapton. He was also the creative consultant for the Helpmann Award–nominated live production A State of Grace: The Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley and spent four years on staff at Rolling Stone Australia.

 

Date:   Thursday 12 October

Time:   7:00pm

Venue: Westfield Carindale Shopping Centre Library, Westfield Carindale Shopping Centre Library

Price:   This is a free event.

Brigid Delaney

Speak Your Mind 2017: Wellness

The contemporary wellness movement encourages active participation in dieting, exercise, alternative medicine and mindfulness, in order to improve physical and mental health. Our panel will discuss wellness from a number of view points, and answer the questions you may have as a result of your own search for wellness.

 

Date:   Tuesday 17 October

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Newtown Library, 8-10 Brown St, Newtown

Heather Ellis

Heather Ellis Author Talk

Heather Ellis has worked as a radiation safety technician, a motorcycle courier, a journalist for News Ltd and in communications for an NGO. She lives near Melbourne with her three children, and is currently writing the sequel to Ubuntu while working as a freelance journalist and professional speaker. And she still rides motorcycles.

 

Date:   Friday 27 October

Time:   11:00am

Venue: Hobart LINC, State Library Tasmania, 91 Murray Street, Hobart

Price:   This is a free event.

Heather Ellis

Heather Ellis Author Talk

Heather Ellis, Melbourne author will hold an author talk and slide show at the Hotel Soho for her book, Ubuntu: One Woman’s Motorcycle Odyssey Across Africa. An extraordinary tale of adventure, courage and personal growth; the message of Ubuntu will stay with you long after you finish this amazing read. 

Date:   Saturday 28 October

Time:   1:30pm

Venue: Hotel SoHo, 124 Davey St, Hobart, TAS

Price:   This is a free event.

Michael Smith

Meet the Author: Michael Smith

ATTENTION ADVENTURERS!

Make your way to Riverbend on Friday November 3rd at 6.30pm to hear from  Michael Smith, the first person to fly solo around the world in an amphibious plane!! Learn about the epic seven month adventure which took him to the farthest reaches of the globe , often risking his life to make modern aviation history.

Don't miss this chance to hear from a truly intrepid Australian, as he recounts tales from his book, Voyage of the Southern Sun. You just might be inspired to take a journey of your own...!

Date:   Friday 3 November

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford St, Bulimba, QLD 4171

Price:   $8

Speak Your Mind 2017: Technology

Technology plays a pivotal role in our daily lives; in the way we work, communicate, shop and spend our time. This panel explores surveillance, connectivity, the changing workplace and the role of technology in consumerism.

 

Date:   Tuesday 7 November

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Newtown Library, 8-10 Brown St, Newtown