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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

Book launch: It's Alive!

To celebrate the launch of It's Alive! Artificial intelligence from the logic piano to killer robots, join your host Mel Campbell and author Toby Walsh on a surprising and inspiring journey through the past, the present - and into the future of AI.

Date:   Tuesday 22 August

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Cargo Hall, South Wharf, Melbourne

Price:   This is a free event.

Book Week Event - The Adventures of Pelle No-Tail

Book Week Event - The Adventures of Pelle No-Tail

Meet Pelle No-Tail, from the classic Swedish children's book, The Adventures of Pelle No-Tail, a sweet-natured cat whose tail was bitten off by a rat when he was a kitten.

Join Stephanie and Ann-Margrete Smee as they talk about this children's book now translated into English. Children will be delighted by these timeless stories about Pelle's adventures and misadventures and his encounters with the nasty cat Mans and his foolish henchmen Bill and Bull.

The Adventures of Pelle No-Tail is perfect for children aged six and up, either to read by themselves or with their parents.

Bookings essential. Children under the age of eight must be accompanied by an adult.

Date:   Thursday 24 August

Time:   3:45pm

Venue: Balmain Library Balmain Town Hall 370 Darling St, NSW, Australia

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