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Author talk: Robyn Annear at Clayton Library (VIC)

Please join us as Robyn Annear discusses her new book, Corners of Melbourne, at Clayton Library. 

What better defines a city than its street corners? A corner gives you a starting point, a destination and a place to turn. It’s furnished with pillar boxes, newsstands and tram stops, and lamp-posts for light and lounging. 

Where would you be likeliest to find a pub? At the corner, of course. And who better than Robyn Annear to usher you around the corners of Melbourne, and reveal their bizarre, baroque and mostly forgotten stories?

Free, but bookings are essential. 

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Author talk: Kate Grenville with Nicole Abadee at Adelaide Writers’ week (SA)

Join Text author Kate Grenville to discuss her latest novel, Restless Dolly Maunder, with Nicole Abadee. 

Kate Grenville has been delighting readers since her very first collection, Bearded Ladies, was published in 1984. Nicole Abadee takes the opportunity to talk to Grenville about her oeuvre.

Free, no booking required. 

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Author talk: Helen Elliott with Beejay Silcox on Eleven Letters to You at Adelaide writers’ week (SA)

Join Text author Helen Elliott to discuss her memoir, Eleven Letters to You, with Beejay Silcox. 

Helen Elliott, a wonderfully perceptive literary critic, finally decided to write a memoir – a letter to eleven people who influenced her life. She explains why to Beejay Silcox.

Eleven Letters to You is a profoundly original memoir, an intimate account of growing up in the suburbs of Melbourne in the fifties and sixties, before feminism.

Free, no booking required. 

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Author talk: Gail Jones with J.M. Coetzee on One Another at Adelaide Writers’ week (SA)

Join Text authors Gail Jones and J.M. Coetzee at Adelaide Writers' week to discuss Jones's new novel, One Another

Gail Jones’s masterly new novel traverses the borders between art and life, between life and death, in a journey through literary history and emotional landscapes. Elegantly written, deftly crafted, One Another covers new territories of grief, memory and narrative.

Free, no booking required. 

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author talk: Una Mannion with Helen Elliott at Adelaide writers’ week (SA)

Join Una Mannion with Text author Helen Elliott at Adelaide Writers' week to discuss Mannion's latest release. 

Una Mannion’s second novel, Tell Me What I Am, is a superbly literary novel masquerading as a compelling thriller. In conversation with Helen Elliott, Mannion asks how we know who we are.

Free, no booking required.

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Author in-conversation: Emily Spurr and Eleanor Thomas at Mornington Library (VIC)

Join us on International Women's Day for an entertaining in conversation event with Emily Spurr author of Beatrix & Fred and Eleanor Elliott Thomas, author of The Opposite of Success.

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 & Fred is Emily’s second novel.

Eleanor Elliott Thomas worked for many years as a lawyer before devoting herself to writing full-time. She lives in Melbourne with her partner and two daughters. The Opposite of Success is her first novel.

Free, bookings essential.

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Performance: Opera based on J.M. Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello (SA)

This special concert performance previews a major excerpt from a new opera by Nicholas Lens, a Flemish composer from Belgium, with a libretto by J.M. Coetzee, based on his extraordinary novel Elizabeth Costello.  

Nicholas Lens’ secular oratorio Flamma Flamma was memorably performed at the opening night of the 1998 Adelaide Festival to 20,000 people. Known worldwide for his musical partnerships with Nick Cave, he has also collaborated previously with J.M. Coetzee on the opera Slow Man, based on the novel of the same name. South African-Australian novelist J.M. Coetzee has won the Booker Prize (twice), the CNA Literary Award (thrice) and numerous other awards, including the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature.  

Is this the gate? will be performed by Judith Dodsworth (voice), Elizabeth Layton (violin), Helen Ayres (violin), Stephen King (viola), Thomas Marlin (cello), Michael Ierace (piano), and Matthew Kneale (bassoon).

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Book Club: The Lost Library at Where The Wild Things Are (QLD)

Come and climb into the Treehouse—a book club for 7 to 10-year-old readers. At Where The Wild Things Are, they read two books a term, talk about them in a facilitated and playful bookclub discussion, play book related games and have afternoon tea.

This session will be on The Lost Library, by Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass

Includes:

  • Bookclub Book
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Facilitated Bookclub Discussion
  • 10% off purchases made on Bookclub day
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Author Talk: Vikki Wakefield with Sisters in Crime (SA)

At this Sisters in Crime SA event, author Vikki Wakefield will be speaking about her new psychological thriller book To the River with author Sonya Bates.

Vikki Wakefield writes fiction for adults and young adults. Her novels have been shortlisted for numerous awards. After You Were Gone, a psychological thriller, was her first novel for adults and was published in 2022 to much acclaim. To the River is her second psychological thriller for adults. Vikki lives in Adelaide, South Australia.

About To the River:

The Kelly family has always been trouble. When a fire in a remote caravan community kills nine people, including 17-year-old Sabine Kelly’s mother and sister, Sabine confesses to the murders. Shortly after, she escapes custody and disappears. Recently made redundant from marriage, motherhood and her career, journalist Rachel Weidermann has long suspected Sabine made her way back to the river—now, twelve years after the ‘Caravan Murders’, she has the time and the tenacity to corner a fugitive and land the story of the year.

Rachel’s ambition lights the fuse leading to a brutal chain of events, and the web Sabine weaves will force Rachel to question everything she believes. Vikki Wakefield’s compelling psychological thriller is about class, corruption, love, loyalty, and the vindication of truth and justice. And a brave dog called Blue.

Event includes finger food and first drink (wine or non-alcoholic drinks available).

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Author Talk: John Morrissey at Blak & Bright Festival (VIC)

Get a glimpse into the minds of young writers who are shaping the future of Blak literature. With John Morrissey, Stone Motherless Cold, Susie Anderson and moderated by Neika Lehman.

John Morrissey is a Melbourne writer of Kalkadoon descent. 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.

In Firelight, the award-winning John Morrissey investigates colonialism and identity without ever losing sight of his characters’ humanity. Brilliantly imagined and masterfully observed, Firelight marks the debut of a writer we will be reading for decades to come.

In partnership with Emerging Writers Festival.

Free, but bookings are essential.

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