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Robyn Annear at the City Gallery (VIC)

Join curator Robyn Annear as she discusses the history of the McEwans celebrity pavement .

Between 1972 and 1994, scores of celebrities had their hand and footprints immortalised in cement at the entrance to the McEwans hardware store in Bourke Street. 'Gotcha!' presents 40 of the surviving prints from the McEwans pavement, together with stories of the celebrities who made them and newspaper images capturing the mood of the times.

Robyn Annear writes about Melbourne’s history. Her books include BearbrassA City Lost & Found (Whelan the Wrecker’s Melbourne), Adrift in Melbourne and Corners of Melbourne. In her podcast, Nothing on TV, Robyn presents stories from Trove historical newspapers. 'Gotcha!' is the fourth exhibition she has curated for the City Gallery, and her third with a one-word title.

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Garry Disher in Conversation with Katherine Collette in Williamstown

Join Books and Paper for an evening with multi award winning author Garry Disher, in conversation with Katherine Collette. They discuss Disher's thrilling new novel, Sanctuary.

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Author Talk: Garry Disher in conversation with Robert Gott at Brighton Library

Join Garry Disher in conversation with Robert Gott, as they discuss Disher's thrilling new novel Sancturay

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Nova Weetman at the Brisbane Writers Festival (QLD)

In this session at the Brisbane Writers Festival, Nova Weetman will share how she has used real people and events when writing books for young adults and middle-grade readers.

Focusing on her YA book Everything Is Changed, which is based on a real event, and two historical middle-grade novels, Outlaw Girls and Elsewhere Girls, Nova will talk about the research involved in using real figures from history and how important it is to get it right. Nova will also touch on the ethics involved in writing about your own life in memoir.

Aimed at students in lower–middle secondary.

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Megan Williams at the Brisbane Writers Festival (QLD)

Growing up is hard, but reading these sensitive, melancholy books is like talking to a friend who’s seen it all.

Megan Williams, author of Let's Never Speak of This Again, and Biffy James discuss writing the delicate balance of loss and hopefulness, how we’re shaped by our troubles and the importance of coming to terms with grief.

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John Morrissey at the Brisbane Writers Festival (QLD)

Join us for a rapid-fire extravaganza, where a sensational selection of authors will read from their work in less than an hour. Will we beat the clock? Hopefully. Will it be wildly entertaining either way? Absolutely. Come along for more yarns than you could poke a forked stick at and discover your new favourite writer in the process! 

Featuring John Morrisseya Melbourne writer of Kalkadoon descent and author of Firelight. His work has been published in OverlandVoiceworksMeanjin and the anthology This All Come Back Now. He was the winner of the 2020 Boundless Mentorship and the runner-up for the 2018 Nakata Brophy Prize.

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Claire Christian at the Brisbane Writers Festival (QLD)

The pleasures and pitfalls of love in all its forms are rendered in vivid detail by these marvellous writers. From the pangs of desire to the comfort of friendship, these authors have their fingers on the pulse in matters of the heart.

Claire Christian, author of West Side Honey, It's Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake and Beautiful Mess, speaks with Anita Heiss, Michelle Upton, Brydie Lee-Kennedy and Kimberley Allsopp at the Brisbane Writers Festival. 

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Book Launch: Edenhope by Louise Le Nay (VIC)

Join Greater Hamilton Library in welcoming local author Louise Le Nay to launch her new novel, EdenhopePredominately written from the comfort of the Hamilton Library, this great story is now a published work. 

Louise says: Marnie has one plan, to care for her grandchildren, only thing is, she has no money, no ideas and she may have broken a whole lot of laws, but what the hell, she has nothing left to lose.

Lunch provided. 

Free, but bookings are essential. 

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Author Talk: Robyn Annear at the PMI Library (VIC)

Did you know that around the 1860s, civic reprobates who discarded orange peel in the streets of Melbourne risked life and limb? Apparently new flagstone paving stones, combined with discarded orange peels, were a serious hazard. Oranges were a popular snack at the time and peel littered the pavements, with women blamed by the newspapers as the 'chief strewers of peel'. 

Join us as Robyn Annear talks about this story and more from her new book Corners of Melbourne. Robyn is an author who 'tackles her sprawling subject matter with her trademark wit and her knack for singling out the perfect historical reference.' (Age)

Bookings are essential with a gold coin for entry.

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Emily Spurr at the Willy Lit Fest: A Long, Vibrant Life (VIC)

Trish Bolton (Whenever You’re Ready) and Emily Spurr (Beatrix & Fred) are enamoured with the vibrant lives of older women. They’ll discuss ageism, feminism and the relief of letting your hair go grey.

Beatrix is a loner. She has a love-hate relationship with her one friend, Ray, a hate-hate relationship with everyone else in her office and a genuine attachment to a stuffed canary named Horatio. She drinks alone far too much. Lately she’s been finding the edge of the railway platform dangerously seductive.

Her life needs to change. Then she crosses paths with an old woman who seems to be stalking her, and that’s exactly what happens. Eighty-something Fred is smart, earthy, funny and not the harmless elderly lady she appears to be. She is, in fact, quite literally something else. But what?

When something happens to Ray, Fred decides to reveal herself. And Beatrix realises she has some agonising choices to make.

Beatrix & Fred is an off-kilter love story wrapped in a satisfying layer of moral complexity and tied up with a ribbon of sheer fun. Warm, witty, more than slightly weird—it takes the age-old question of what it is to be human beyond humanity itself.

Originally from Tasmania, Emily Spurr lives in Melbourne with her partner, their twins and the ghost of a deaf, geriatric cat. Emily’s first novel A Million Things was shortlisted for the prestigious Victorian Premier’s Unpublished Manuscript Prize, voted BookBrowse Best Debut Novel of 2021, longlisted for the 2022 Margaret and Colin Roderick Literary Award and Highly Commended for the 2022 Barbara Jefferis Award. Beatrix & Fredis Emily’s second novel.

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