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*IN-PERSON* Maria Takolander - Trigger Warning

Poetry Book Launch

**BOOKED OUT** but please join the wait list in case we are able to increase audience capacity

Trigger Warning is not for the fainthearted, but neither are the elemental realities of domestic violence and environmental catastrophe that these astonishing poems address.

Comprised of three sections, the first summons a difficult personal history by conversing with poets – from Sylvia Plath to Anne Carson – whose dramatised confessions trigger Takolander’s own. The second part remains focused on the domestic, while redeeming that scene of trauma through a reinventing wit. The final section of this extraordinary book turns its attention outside, playing with poetry itself in order to confront the Anthropocene and the final frontier of death. This is poetry that balances ruthlessness and lyrical beauty; poetry alive to its time and audience; poetry not to be missed.

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Saturday, 31 July 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

*ONLINE* Tony Park - Blood Trail

**DUE TO THE NSW LOCKDOWN, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN SWITCHED TO ONLINE**

Author In-conversation

Evil is at play in a South African game reserve. A poacher vanishes into thin air, defying logic and baffling ace tracker Mia Greenaway.

Meanwhile Captain Sannie van Rensburg, still reeling from a personal tragedy, is investigating the disappearance of two young girls who locals fear have been abducted for use in sinister traditional medicine practices. But poachers are also employing witchcraft, paying healers for potions they believe will make them invisible and bulletproof.

When a tourist goes missing, Mia and Sannie must work together to confront their own demons and challenge everything they believe, and to follow a bloody trail that seems to vanish at every turn.

Tony Park is the author of 19 bestselling thriller novels set in Africa. His 18th, Last Survivor, reached number one in South Africa. Tony grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney and has worked as a newspaper reporter, a press secretary, a PR consultant and a freelance writer. He also served 34 years in the Australian Army Reserve, including six months as a public affairs officer in Afghanistan in 2002. He and his wife, Nicola, divide their time equally between Australia and southern Africa.

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Tuesday, 10 August 2021 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

*IN-PERSON* Sara Phillips - Best Australian Science Writing

Author In-conversation

This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week.

Join us for a special event as we turn science into stories that we can all understand, with anthology Editor and award-winning science writer, Sara Phillips. Sara is executive editor for the Asia-Pacific region of Nature Research Group’s custom publishing arm. Previously, she was the national environment reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, where she filed news and feature stories for online, radio and television, and editor of ABC Environment online, a now-archived portal for the ABC’s environment content.

Sara will be in-conversation with Dyani Lewis, editor of the forthcoming Best Australian Science Writing 2021 and freelance science journalist based in Melbourne. Dyani is also a scientist with a PhD in plant genetics, and a background working in sexual health research.

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Tuesday, 17 August 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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*ONLINE* Judith Hoare - In-conversation

The Woman Who Cracked the Anxiety Code

The true story of the little-known mental-health pioneer who revolutionised how we see the defining problem of our era: anxiety.
Panic, depression, sorrow, guilt, disgrace, obsession, sleeplessness, low confidence, loneliness, agoraphobia … Dr Claire Weekes knew how to treat them, but was dismissed as underqualified and overly populist by the psychiatric establishment. In a radical move, she had gone directly to the people.

Her international bestseller Self-Help for Your Nerves has helped tens of millions of people, and continues to do so. Yet even as letters and phone calls from readers around the world flooded in, thanking her for helping to improve — and in some cases to save — their lives, Dr Claire Weekes was dismissed as underqualified and overly populist by the psychiatric establishment. Just who was this woman, and what was her very valuable advice?

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Wednesday, 25 August 2021 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Virtual Event

Creative & Connected

*ONLINE* Jock Serong - Crafting Gripping Plots

Writers' Workshop presented by Geelong Regional Libraries

Join Jock Serong, the versatile and award-winning author of five novels, in this unique writing course all about plot and structure in novel-length fiction.
Readers have a deep instinct for story, and the inter-related concepts of plot and structure are the cornerstones of good fiction. This workshop is designed to assist you in pinning down the characters and images that demand to be written to a narrative frame. Through a series of insights from your tutor, along with exercises, examples and further reading, this workshop will give you the practical skills you need to craft a tight and engaging structure for your novel.

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Saturday, 28 August 2021 - 10:30am to 3:30pm
Virtual Event

Creative & Connected

*IN-PERSON* Janet Brown - Playwriting

Writers' Workshop presented by Geelong Regional Libraries

Join us for an in-person workshop to learn the ins and outs of playwriting with local author and playwrite, Janet Brown.

Playwriting: from the Concept to the Stage

In this one day workshop, you will be introduced to strategies and ideas with Janet Brown to help you move forward in your script writing project. What is the story you want to tell? Beginning with how to harness your ideas and developing a creative concept, then moving on to shaping your story with an understanding of character, dialogue and structure, you will explore the art of playwriting and different styles of working. Playwriting is an art and to get your play on stage it becomes a great collaborative  adventure! What do you do with your script when you think it is finished? Writing the play is the first major step, but there is much more to understand about the journey from the page to the stage.  Janet will share her industry knowledge and experience with you.  Suitable for beginners and those with playwriting experience.

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Saturday, 25 September 2021 - 10:30am to 3:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

*IN-PERSON* Judy Nunn - Showtime!

Author Talk

Judy Nunn's latest bestselling novel will take you from the cotton mills of England to the theatres of Melbourne, on a scintillating journey through the golden age of Australian showbusiness.

In the second half of the 19th century, Melbourne is a veritable boom town, as hopefuls from every corner of the globe flock to the gold fields of Victoria.

And where people crave gold, they also crave entertainment.

Waiting in the wings: Comedy, tragedy, passion and betrayal; economic depression, the Black Death and the horrors of World War One…

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Tuesday, 28 September 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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*IN-PERSON* Tania Farrelly - The Eigth Wonder

Author Talk - A Seniors Festival Event

The Suffragette meets The Greatest Showman in this story of passion and courage, as a young feminist fights against the rules of society to find her place in the world.

New York, 1897. The richest city in the world.

Beautiful, young and privileged, Rose Kingsbury Smith is expected to play by the strict rules of social etiquette. But she has a quietly rebellious streak and is determined to make her own mark on Manhattan’s growing skyline. When the theft of a precious heirloom plunges the Kingsbury Smiths into financial ruin, Rose becomes her family’s most tradeable asset. She finds herself fighting for her independence and championing the ideal of equality for women everywhere.

From Fifth Avenue mansions to Lower East Side tenements and the carnivals of Coney Island, The Eighth Wonder explores the brilliance and brutality of one of the world’s most progressive eras and celebrates the visionaries who dare to rebel.

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Thursday, 7 October 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Leopold Library

Author Encounters

*IN-PERSON* Alli Sinclair - Character Relationships

Writers' Workshop presented by Geelong Regional Libraries

This workshop is designed to bring your characters to life, give your story depth and create characters that will take readers on a memorable journey.

The relationships your characters have with each other can bring tension, romance, nostalgia, and intrigue to your story, but how do you develop characters that tap into these emotions and keep the reader engaged?

Participants will learn

  • The importance of different character relationships
  •  How to use character relationships to drive the story
  • How to add tension in relationships
  •  How to develop three-dimensional characters
  • How to use character strengths and weakness to create multi-faceted relationships

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Saturday, 23 October 2021 - 10:30am to 3:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Author Encounters

*IN-PERSON* Narrelle M Harris - Sherlock Holmes With A Twist

Author In-conversation - A Seniors Festival Event

Join Narrelle M Harris and Lucy Sussex in conversation about The Only One in the World: A Sherlock Holmes Anthology (Clan Destine Press). 

Sherlock Holmes, the character created by Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887, is now arguably the world’s most famous fictional detective. Just a century later there were an estimated 25,000 stage adaptations, films, television productions and publications featuring Holmes and his biographer, Dr John Watson. According to the Guinness World Records, Holmes is the most portrayed literary human character on screen. Pastiches of Conan Doyle's 56 short stories and four novels are even more ubiquitous.

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Thursday, 28 October 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Barwon Heads Library re-opening

The Barwon Heads Library will be reopening on Friday 30 July, from the usual opening time,

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The Geelong Regional Libraries' app

The Geelong Regional Libraries’ app is your portal to the library, easily accessible from your mobile device.

The app is compatible with both Apple and Android phones and tablets and is available now through the iOS App Store and Google Play. 

 

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