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*IN-PERSON* Dorothy Johnston - Queenscliff Literary Walk

Free

Join local mystery writer Dorothy Johnston and the Queenscliff Library for a walk and talk around some of Queenscliff's most intriguing literary landmarks.

Starting at Hotel Q (the old Royal), walk down Mercer Street to Henry Handel Richardson’s house, continue on to the checkpoint at the bridge leading to Swan Island, then up Gellibrand Street, pausing on the way to look out towards the pilot’s operation centre then past the police station and finish at the Fort.  All of these locations are featured in Dorothy’s novels.

Dorothy Johnston was born in Geelong and now lives in Ocean Grove. She is currently working on a sea-change mystery series set in Queenscliff. The first three titles are Through a Camel’s Eye, The Swan Island Connection and Gerard Hardy’s Misfortune.

Please note, this event involves moderate walking and participants will need to dress warmly and bring an umbrella.

Dorothy’s books will be available for purchase and signing at the end of the walk.

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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

Author Encounters

*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

Author Encounters

*IN-PERSON* Judy Nunn - Showtime!

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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