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Helen Garner visits Montsalvat

In collaboration with Nillumbik Shire Council and Yarra Plenty Regional Library, and to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Alan Marshall Short Story Award, Montsalvat is hosting a celebration of writing in honour of the memory of one of the great contributors to the cultural life in our Shire: Gwen Ford – gardener, writer, artist, social justice advocate, and friend to an entire community. 

The guest speaker will be Helen Garner, one of Australia’s most loved – and read – writers. Helen will discuss This House of Grief, her most recent work, described by Peter Craven as ‘A magnificent book about the majesty of the law and the terrible matter of the human heart.’ 

The evening will include a reading by Dennis Coard of the 2014 Alan Marshall Short Story Award Open Section winning story Last Man Standing by Michelle Wright.

Gwen Ford, whose anniversary falls in late March, was intimately involved with the Shire’s Alan Marshall Short Story Award. Helen Garner is former judge of the competition. So all things come together for an evening of talk and fellowship.

Helen Garner was born in 1942 in Geelong, and was educated there and at Melbourne University. Her first novel, Monkey Grip, came out in 1977, won the 1978 National Book Council Award, and was adapted for film in 1981. Her novel, The Spare Room won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Queensland Premier’s Award for Fiction and the Barbara Jefferis Award, and has been translated into many languages.

Bookings essential. Please call (03) 9439 7712

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Literary Lunch with Kate Grenville in Sydney

One of Australia’s finest writers Kate Grenville pays tribute to an amazing woman, her mother, in One Life, the story of a woman whose life spanned a century of tumult and change. In many ways Nance’s story echoes that of many women, for whom the spectacular shifts of the twentieth century offered a path to new freedoms and choices. In other ways Nance was exceptional. In an era when women were expected to have no ambitions beyond the domestic, she ran successful businesses as a registered pharmacist, laid the bricks for the family home, and discovered her husband’s secret life as a revolutionary.

Kate Grenville’s bestselling novel The Secret River received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize. Grenville’s other novels include Sarah Thornhill, The LieutenantLilian’s StoryDark Places and Joan Makes History.

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Blues Point Bookshop event with Kate Grenville

Join Bluespoint Bookshop for an evening with Kate Grenville as she presents her new book, One Life: My Mother's Story

When Kate Grenville’s mother died she left behind many fragments of memoir. These were the starting point for One Life, the story of a woman whose life spanned a century of tumult and change. In many ways Nance’s story echoes that of many mothers and grandmothers, for whom the spectacular shifts of the twentieth century offered a path to new freedoms and choices. In other ways Nance was exceptional. In an era when women were expected to have no ambitions beyond the domestic, she ran successful businesses as a registered pharmacist, laid the bricks for the family home, and discovered her husband’s secret life as a revolutionary.

One Life is an act of great imaginative sympathy, a daughter’s intimate account of the patterns in her mother’s life. It is a deeply moving homage by one of Australia’s finest writers.

Kate Grenville’s bestselling novel The Secret River received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize. Grenville’s other novels include Sarah ThornhillThe LieutenantLilian’s StoryDark Places and Joan Makes History.

Bookings by email bluesptbooks@bigpond.com or phone 02 9956 7056.

Kate Grenville in Bowral

Join The Bookshop Bowral for a morning tea with Kate Grenville as she presents her new book, One Life: My Mother's Story

When Kate Grenville’s mother died she left behind many fragments of memoir. These were the starting point for One Life, the story of a woman whose life spanned a century of tumult and change. In many ways Nance’s story echoes that of many mothers and grandmothers, for whom the spectacular shifts of the twentieth century offered a path to new freedoms and choices. In other ways Nance was exceptional. In an era when women were expected to have no ambitions beyond the domestic, she ran successful businesses as a registered pharmacist, laid the bricks for the family home, and discovered her husband’s secret life as a revolutionary.

One Life is an act of great imaginative sympathy, a daughter’s intimate account of the patterns in her mother’s life. It is a deeply moving homage by one of Australia’s finest writers.

Kate Grenville’s bestselling novel The Secret River received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize. Grenville’s other novels include Sarah Thornhill, The LieutenantLilian’s StoryDark Places and Joan Makes History.

Bookings essential. Please phone The Bowral Bookshop on (02) 4862 1634 or email thebookshop@iprimus.com.au

Kate Grenville visits ANU

Australian National University welcomes Kate Grenville for an in conversation event with Marion Halligan.

When Kate Grenville’s mother, Nance Russell, died she left behind the fragments of a memoir. This proved the starting point for One Life, the story of a woman whose life spanned a century of tumult and change. In many ways Nance’s story echoes that of many mothers and grandmothers, for whom the spectacular shifts of the twentieth century offered a path to new freedoms and choices. In other ways Nance was exceptional. 

One Life is an act of great imaginative sympathy, a deeply moving homage to her mother by one of Australia’s finest writers. It provides an illuminating window into Australia’s social history, including attitudes to Aborigines, the role of women and the impact of politics and class.

Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. Her bestselling novel The Secret River received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize. Grenville’s other novels include Sarah ThornhillThe LieutenantLilian’s StoryDark Places and Joan Makes History.

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Kate Grenville for Woden Library

Woden Library welcomes Kate Grenville to discuss her new book, One Life: My Mother's Story.

When Kate Grenville’s mother died she left behind many fragments of memoir. These were the starting point for One Life, the story of a woman whose life spanned a century of tumult and change. In many ways Nance’s story echoes that of many mothers and grandmothers, for whom the spectacular shifts of the twentieth century offered a path to new freedoms and choices. In other ways Nance was exceptional. In an era when women were expected to have no ambitions beyond the domestic, she ran successful businesses as a registered pharmacist, laid the bricks for the family home, and discovered her husband’s secret life as a revolutionary.

One Life is an act of great imaginative sympathy, a daughter’s intimate account of the patterns in her mother’s life. It is a deeply moving homage by one of Australia’s finest writers.

Kate Grenville’s bestselling novel The Secret River received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize. Grenville’s other novels include Sarah ThornhillThe LieutenantLilian’s StoryDark Places and Joan Makes History.


Refreshments provided.

Please RSVP via email to woden@harryhartog.com.au

Griffith Review at Brisbane Powerhouse

Griffith Review presents 'From the Shadows: a discussion about the enduring legacies of war'.

In a year that marks the centenary of the battles of Gallipoli and the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II, join a panel of contributors to Griffith Review 48: Enduring Legacies alongside dramaturg Dr Shane Pike, to explore the consequences of Australia’s involvement in war.  

Shifting the focus away from battles and commemorations, these writers and theatre practitioners shine new light on the legacy, and long shadow, of the great wars of the twentieth century and the conflict of ANZAC story-making.

Panellists include Professor Stephen Garton, Professor Jenny Hocking and Dr Shane Pike

From the Shadows will be chaired by ABC Radio National Big Ideas presenter and producer, Paul Barclay.

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Hannie Rayson in Albert Park

Avenue Bookstore Albert Park welcomes Hannie Rayson to discuss her new memoir, Hello, Beautiful!: Scenes from a Life.

A memoir in parts, from one of Australia's best-loved playwrights. Hannie Rayson–writer, mother, daughter, sister, wife, romantic, adventuress, parking-spot optimist–has spent a lifetime giving voice to others in the many roles she has written for stage and television. In her new book, she shines the spotlight on herself.

This collection of stories from a dramatic life radiate with the great warmth and humour that has made Hannie one of the best-known playwrights in the country. From a childhood in Brighton to a urinary tract infection in Spain, from a body buried under the house to a play on a tram, Hello, Beautiful! Scenes from a Life captures a life behind the scenes – a life of tender moments, hilarious encounters and, inevitably, drama.

Hannie Rayson is a playwright and screenwriter. Her works–including Hotel Sorrento, Inheritance and Life After George–have been performed around Australia and internationally. She has been awarded two Australian Writers' Guild Awards, four Helpmann Awards, two NSW Premier's Literary Awards and a Victorian Premier's Literary Award. Her play Life After George was the first play to be nominated for the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Bookings essential, please email rsvp@avenuebookstore.com.au with the subject line 'Hannie Rayson at Albert Park'.

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Kate Grenville in Hawthorn

Join one of Australia’s finest writers, Kate Grenville, in conversation with Jo Case about her new work, One Life: My Mother's Story.

When Kate Grenville’s mother died she left behind many fragments of memoir. These were the starting point for One Life, the story of a woman whose life spanned a century of tumult and change. In many ways Nance’s story echoes that of many mothers and grandmothers, for whom the spectacular shifts of the twentieth century offered a path to new freedoms and choices. In other ways Nance was exceptional. In an era when women were expected to have no ambitions beyond the domestic, she ran successful businesses as a registered pharmacist, laid the bricks for the family home, and discovered her husband’s secret life as a revolutionary.

One Life is an act of great imaginative sympathy, a daughter’s intimate account of the patterns in her mother’s life. It is a deeply moving homage by one of Australia’s finest writers.

Kate Grenville’s bestselling novel The Secret River received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize. Grenville’s other novels include Sarah Thornhill, The LieutenantLilian’s StoryDark Places and Joan Makes History.

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Kate Grenville visits Eltham College

Eltham Bookshop, Eltham College and Text Publishing warmly invite you to celebrate Kate Grenville’s new book One Life: My Mother's Story.

When Kate Grenville’s mother died she left behind many fragments of memoir. These were the starting point for One Life, the story of a woman whose life spanned a century of tumult and change. In many ways Nance’s story echoes that of many mothers and grandmothers, for whom the spectacular shifts of the twentieth century offered a path to new freedoms and choices. In other ways Nance was exceptional. In an era when women were expected to have no ambitions beyond the domestic, she ran successful businesses as a registered pharmacist, laid the bricks for the family home, and discovered her husband’s secret life as a revolutionary.

One Life is an act of great imaginative sympathy, a daughter’s intimate account of the patterns in her mother’s life. It is a deeply moving homage by one of Australia’s finest writers.

Kate Grenville’s bestselling novel, The Secret River received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize. Grenville’s other novels include Sarah Thornhill, The Lieutenant, Lilian’s Story, Dark Places and Joan Makes History.

Bookings essential. Please call 9439 8700 or email elthambookshop@bigpond.com