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David Hunt

2017 Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival

First there was Girt, now comes True Girt. Hear author David Hunt as he takes us to the Australian frontier with hardy pioneers, gun-slinging bushrangers, directionally challenged explorers and lots of sheep.

 

Date:   Saturday 3 June

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: Margaret River Cultural Centre, 51 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River, WA - Australia

Price:   $20

Jenny Valentish

Jenny Valentish in conversation with Leanne de Souza

Jenny Valentish has worked as a full-time journalist for more than 20 years, contributing to Rolling Stone, The Monthly, Cosmo, and editing Triple J's Jmag. In her new book, Woman of Substances, she launches herself out of her comfort zone by using her own story to write about women and addiction. Join Jenny Valentish, as she becomes the subject matter for the first time, in conversation with Leanne de Souza.

Date:   Monday 5 June

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Avid Reader, 193 Boundary St, West End Qld 4101

Price:   $10

Laura Tingle

Laura Tingle in conversation with Ross Gittins

Join Laura Tingle in search of good government, with Ross Gittins

Date:   Tuesday 6 June

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road Glebe NSW 2037 Sydney Australia

Price:   $12/$9/gleeclub free

Jenny Valentish

Jenny Valentish in conversation with Lollie Barr

Journalist Jenny Valentish investigates the female experience of drugs and alcohol in Woman of Substances, using her own story to light the way. Join her for an author talk, in-conversation with Lollie Barr, and a book signing in celebration of its release!

Her travels around Australia take her to treatment facilities and AA groups. Mining the expertise of leading researchers, she explores the early predictors of addiction, such as childhood trauma and temperament, and teenage impulsivity. Drawing on neuroscience, she explains why other self-destructive behaviours – such as eating disorders, compulsive buying and high-risk sex – can be interchangeable with problematic substance use.

Valentish follows the pathways that women, in particular, take into addiction – and out again. Woman of Substances is an insightful, rigorous and brutally honest read.

Date:   Wednesday 7 June

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St Newtown NSW 2042

Price:   This is a free event.

Jenny Valentish

Jenny Valentish Author Talk

Jenny Valentish has worked as a full-time journalist for more than 20 years, contributing to Rolling Stone, The Monthly, Cosmo, and editing Triple J's Jmag. In her new book, Woman of Substances, she launches herself out of her comfort zone by using her own story to write about women and addiction. Join Jenny Valentish, as she becomes the subject matter for the first time.

Date:   Thursday 8 June

Time:   7:00pm

Venue: The Avenue, 91 Swan Street, Richmond VIC

Price:   This is a free event.

David Hunt

Writers & Readers: True Girt with David Hunt

Join author David Hunt to hear stories from the side-splitting sequel to his best-selling Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia. In True Girt we travel to the Australian Frontier - the Wild South, home to hardy pioneers, gun-slinging bushrangers, directionally challenged explorers, nervous Indigenous people, Caroline Chisholm and sheep. Lots of sheep.

Date:   Friday 9 June

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Paddington Library 247 Oxford Street Paddington, NSW 2021

Price:   $10

Pelle No-Tail Book Launch

Pelle No-Tail Book Launch

Mother and daughter duo have translated one of Sweden's most popular children's series, Pelle No-Tail. The first translation, The Adventures of Pelle No-Tail will be launched over drinks and nibbles 2pm Sunday, 11 June. Kids more than welcome, we'll have a colouring in station ready just for them!

Date:   Sunday 11 June

Time:   2:00pm

Venue: Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St Newtown NSW 2042

Price:   This is a free event.

Thornton McCamish

In Search of Alan Moorehead

A world-famous Australian writer, an inspiration to Robert Hughes and Clive James, a legendary war correspondent who also wrote bestselling histories of exploration and conservation … and yet forgotten? In his book Our Man Elsewhere: In Search of Alan Moorehead journalist and writer Thornton McCamish delves into the past to reclaim a remarkable figure.

Moorehead’s story, with its countless adventures, jet-set glamour and its tragic arc is a beguiling one. He talks with author and bookman Stuart Kells.

Date:   Monday 12 June

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: Woodend Community Centre, High St & Forest St, Woodend VIC 3442

Price:   $20

Book Launch A Horse Called Mighty

Book Launch A Horse Called Mighty

Celebrations of the 20th anniversary of Might and Power’s Caulfield Cup Melbourne Cup double kick off with the launch of an expanded and updated edition of Helen Thomas’ timeless story A Horse Called Mighty.

Limited tickets available to this special day which will be hosted by Melbourne Racing’s Chief Race-caller Matt Hill.

The day will commence with Devonshire Tea with Annie’s freshly baked homestead scones. Master of Ceremonies Matt Hill will introduce author Helen Thomas who will speak on the book and this legendary stayer, Might and Power, the only horse ever to lead all the way to win the Caulfield Cup Melbourne Cup double. Matt will host a question and answer with Helen and attendees before officially launch the book with star of the show Might and Power.

Book signing and photo opportunities with Might and Power and Helen Thomas will follow before a light sandwich lunch.

The book launch special event package includes:

  • Your signed copy of A Horse Called Mighty
  • Devonshire Tea with freshly baked homestead scones
  • A limited edition Living Legends Might and Power ceramic badge
  • Photo of you with the star of the show Might and Power
  • A light sandwich lunch

Date:   Tuesday 13 June

Time:   11:00am

Venue: Living Legends 207 Oaklands Road Greenvale Victoria 3059 Australia

Price:   $55

Kerrie Soraghan

Willy Lit Fest: Living Footy

Fans live footy. They fall into its clutches and are happy to be tossed about in a state of battered uncertainty. It’s all about hope and joy and other important stuff. No wonder footy is such an attractive topic for writers and thinkers! Join Yvette Wroby, Kerrie Soraghan and John Harms as they try to make sense of their passion.

We all know the place of football in the life of this community, this city, this nation. Whether you’re in the grip of footy or not, you can’t help but see the impact it has on people. It consumes them. Us! Reasonable, intelligent, capable people. Three footy fans, intrigued by the depth of their own feeling, have spent a lot of time thinking about what footy means to them – and writing of their own experience.

Date:   Saturday 17 June

Time:   10:30am

Venue: The Chamber, 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown

Price:   $20

Stuart Kells

Willy Lit Fest: Great Libraries – Good for Heart, Mind & Soul

The world’s great libraries reflect the visions and foibles of the men and women who made them. Stuart Kells takes a fascinating look at the little-known stories of two privately founded American libraries: the Morgan and the Folger. Both institutions exemplify the role of libraries as food for heart, mind and soul.

Proudly supported by Friends of Williamstown and Newport Libraries.

Date:   Sunday 18 June

Time:   3:30pm

Venue: Downstairs Studio, 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown

Price:   $15

Anna Krien

Anna Krien on the climate deadlock

Quarterly Essay 66: Anna Krien on the Climate Deadlock explores the psychology and politics of a warming world. Talking to coal workers and scientists, lobbyists and activists, she considers where climate change is taking us, and assesses where effective action is to be found. Anna, one of Australia’s leading narrative journalists, will talk about it all another one: Chloe Hooper (The Tall Man). Entry is $25 per person and includes a copy of the Quarterly Essay. Please book here

Date:   Monday 19 June

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston Street, Carlton

Price:   $25

Anna Krien

Anna Krien in conversation with Will Steffen

Anna Krien will be in conversation with Will Steffen to discuss her new book ,Quarterly Essay 66, The Long Goodbye: Coal, Coral and Australia's Climate Deadlock, which explores the psychology and politics of a warming world. She visits frontlines in Australia's climate wars - the Great Barrier Reef, South Australia, the Coalition party room. She looks at the global state of play. Talking to coal workers and scientists, lobbyists and activists, she considers where climate change is taking us, and assesses where effective action is to be found.

Date:   Wednesday 21 June

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Copland Lecture Theatre Copland Building, 25 Kingsley Street Australian National University Acton, ACT 2601

Price:   This is a free event.

Anna Krien

Writers @ Stanton: Anna Krien

In this vivid, urgent Quarterly Essay, Anna Krien explores the psychology and politics of a warming world. She visits frontlines in Australia's climate wars - the Great Barrier Reef, South Australia, the Coalition party room. She looks at the global state of play. Talking to coal workers and scientists, lobbyists and activists, she considers where climate change is taking us, and assesses where effective action is to be found.

The author talk is followed by question time and the opportunity for book signing.

There is seating for 100 people and standing room is available. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. If you have specific accessibility or seating requirements, please contact the library prior to the event.

Date:   Thursday 22 June

Time:   2:00pm

Venue: Stanton Library 234 Miller Street North Sydney New South Wales 2060

Price:   This is a free event.

Anna Krien

Anna Krien - On the Climate Deadlock

In this vivid, urgent essay, Anna Krien explores the psychology and politics of a warming world. She visits frontlines in Australia's climate wars - the Great Barrier Reef, the Hunter Valley, the Coalition party room. She looks at the global state of play. Talking to coal workers and scientists, lobbyists and activists, she considers where climate change is taking us, and assesses where effective action is to be found. 

Date:   Thursday 22 June

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road Glebe NSW 2037 Sydney Australia

Price:   $12/$9/gleeclub free

David Hunt

David Hunt author encounter

In 2013 David Hunt’s Girt turned Australian history on its head, delighting readers across the country.

Now he’s back with the next hilarious chapter, True Girt. In this side-splitting sequel to his best-selling, award-winning first book, David Hunt takes us to the Australian frontier.

Date:   Friday 23 June

Time:   10:00am

Venue: St Ives Library 166 Mona Vale Road, St Ives

Price:   This is a free event.

Jenny Valentish

The Big Dry: Alcohol and Us

In our backyards, balconies and beer gardens – Australians get along famously with booze. Drinking is an entrenched part of our national identity: it’s a recurrent theme in our pop culture, a scene-setter for friendship, a supposedly inherent part of work and play.

Lately, though, as the personal, social and public health costs of drinking become clear, many Australians are reconsidering our indulgent traditions. Some have even suggested that alcohol will go the way of the cigarette once its connection to chronic or life-threatening illnesses is fully acknowledged.

Jill Stark is the author of High Sobriety: My Year Without Booze. As an Age reporter, she’s written extensively about the escalating toll of alcohol abuse in Australia. Writer Jenny Valentish’s book, Woman of Substances, tells her own story (as well as those found in rehab facilities, halfway houses and AA groups), as she explored the paths people take into and out of addiction. In the process, she’s discovered that women’s experiences of substance abuse and treatment differ greatly from those of men.

Along with Chris Raine – founder of Hello Sunday Morning, an online initiative aiming to refocus drinking behaviour on individual choice, rather than cultural expectation – and host Jacinta Parsons, we’ll open a fresh discussion about Australia’s changing relationship with alcohol, and how we can anticipate and deal with the side effects.

Date:   Tuesday 27 June

Time:   5:15pm

Venue: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Price:   This is a free event.

Anna Krien

Anna Krien - On The Climate Deadlock

ABC Radio National's Paul Barclay is in-conversation with Anna Krien discussing her Quarterly Essay: On The Climate Deadlock. 

In this vivid, urgent essay, Anna Krien explores the psychology and politics of a warming world. She visits frontlines in Australia's climate wars – the Great Barrier Reef, South Australia, the Coalition party room. She looks at the global state of play. Talking to coal workers and scientists, lobbyists and activists, she considers where climate change is taking us, and assesses where effective action is to be found.

Date:   Tuesday 27 June

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Avid Reader, 193 Boundary St, West End Qld 4101

Price:   $10

Anna Krien

In Conversation with Quarterly Essayist, Anna Krien on the Climate Deadlock

UWA Oceans Institute, the City of Perth Library & Boffins Books are pleased to present Anna Krien, author of the latest Quarterly Essay #66 The Climate Deadlock.

The Great Barrier Reef is dying. Extreme weather is becoming all too familiar. And the Coalition government is divided and paralysed.

This presentation will be chaired by Professor Gary Kendrick, UWA Oceans Institute. 

Date:   Wednesday 28 June

Time:   6:15pm

Venue: The University of Western Australia, Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (Building 453), Cnr of Fairway and Fairway, Entrance 4, Crawley WA 6009

Price:   $12

Jenny Valentish

Jenny Valentish and Brigid Delaney in conversation

Join writers, Jenny Valentish (Woman of Substances) and Brigid Delaney (Wellmania) as they discuss their new work exploring wellness, addiction, treatment, and the female experience.

Date:   Wednesday 28 June

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Readings, 309 Lygon Street, Carlton VIC 3053

Price:   This is a free event.

Brigid Delaney

Wellmania Book Launch

Join us for for the launch of Wellmania: Misadventures in the Search for Wellness by Brigid Delaney 

Date:   Thursday 6 July

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Potts Point Bookshop, 14 MacLeay St, Sydney NSW 2011

Price:   This is a free event.

Dennis Glover

Reflections on Orwell with Dennis Glover

Hear Dennis Glover reflect on the life and work of George Orwell. Dennis' stunning debut novel, The Last Man in Europe, will change the way we understand Orwell and his final book Nineteen-Eighty Four.

Ticket includes a glass of wine or sparkling water on arrival.

Date:   Saturday 8 July

Time:   3:00pm

Venue: Uniting Church Queenscliff - Cnr Hesse and Stokes Street Queenscliff, VIC

Price:   $12

Dennis Glover

Dennis Glover in conversation with Sean O'Beirne

Dennis Glover grew up in Doveton before studying at Monash University and King’s College, Cambridge, where he was awarded a PhD in history. He has worked for two decades as an academic, newspaper columnist, political adviser and speechwriter to Labor leaders and senior ministers.

 

Date:   Tuesday 11 July

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Readings, 309 Lygon Street, Carlton VIC 3053

Price:   This is a free event.

Dennis Glover

Dennis Glover in conversation with Annabel Crabb

Dennis Glover grew up in Doveton before studying at Monash University and King’s College, Cambridge, where he was awarded a PhD in history. He has worked for two decades as an academic, newspaper columnist, political adviser and speechwriter to Labor leaders and senior ministers.

 

Date:   Thursday 13 July

Time:   12:30pm

Venue: State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney

Price:   This is a free event.

Brigid Delaney

Brigid Delaney​ - Wellmania

Join Brigid Delaney for the launch of Wellmania: Extreme Misadventures in the Search of Wellness.

Brigid Delaney is a senior writer for The Guardian Australia. She has previously worked as a lawyer and journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald, the Telegraph (London), ninemsn and CNN. She is the author of two books: This Restless Life and Wild Things.

Date:   Thursday 13 July

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Avid Reader, 193 Boundary St, West End Qld 4101

Price:   $7.50

Andrew Ford

Andrew Ford Author Talk

Andrew Ford is the author of, among others, Illegal Harmonies, Earth Dances, Try Whistling This and The Sound of Pictures. He is a composer, writer and broadcaster and presents The Music Show on ABC Radio National. His awards include the Paul Lowin Prize for his song cycle Learning to Howl, a Green Room Award for his opera Rembrandt’s Wife, and the Geraldine Pascall Prize for critical writing. His music has been played in many parts of the world, and championed by groups such as the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Brodsky Quartet and the New Juilliard Ensemble.

Date:   Thursday 27 July

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Fitzroy Library, 128 Moor St, Fitzroy, VIC

Price:   This is a free event.

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