Prime Minister Bob Hawke and journalist Laurie Oakes at the National Press Club in Canberra in 1984.
Laurie Oakes has spent the last 45 years covering federal politics in Canberra. In Remarkable Times: Australian Politics 2010-13: What Really Happened he writes about recent political events - Rudd, Gillard, Abbott. In a Canberra Times-Australian National University meet-the-author event on November 12 at 6.30pm in the Copland Lecture Theatre, ANU, Oakes will discuss his new book. Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org or 6125 4144
Canberra resident Rob Roy Herzog has won a bronze medal in the 2013 Readers' Favourite Literary Award Competition, Memoir Category in the US. The book 'G'day Y'all, Whimsical Wanderings and Wonderings from Kentucky to Australia is his first and was published just before his 69th birthday. The book, published by Xlibris, is available for sale on line from amazon.com, barnesandnobel.com and other websites.
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Canberra author Robert Macklin's Dark Paradise, the horrific history of Norfolk Island, is to be translated by the Xi'an International Studies University and will be his fourth book published in China, a record for an Australian author.
Christos Tsiolkas will discuss his new novel, Barracuda, about modern sport and being a good person, with ABC radio presenter Genevieve Jacobs at the National Library of Australia Theatre at 6pm on Thursday, October 31. Admission is $10. Bookings: nla.gov.au/bookings or 6262 1271.
The Batemans Bay Writers Festival will be held on the June long weekend. The first of a series of events leading up to the festival is a literary lunch on Saturday, November 16, when Sue Pieters-Hawke will talk about her new book, Hazel: My Mother's Story, a sequel to her first book, Hazel's Journey. The lunch is at the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, Beach Road. Tickets are $45. Bookings are essential: online at bbwf.com.au or phone 4472 9250.
Some of Australia's most significant living writers will converge on Goulburn on Sunday, October 20, as part of The Invisible Thread, an anthology that celebrates writing from the ACT and surrounding areas. The event, called Regional Threads - An Afternoon of Readings, will include awarding-winning novelists Roger McDonald and Marion Halligan, non-fiction writer Kim Mahood, and poets Russell Erwin and John Stokes. It will be held from 2pm to 4.30pm at South Hill Gallery, 3 Garroorigang Road, Goulburn. This is a free event but seating is limited. To reserve a place, phone South Hill on 0411 131 515. Writers will be available for book signing.
WHAT'S ON Thursday: 8pm
The Friends of the ANU Classics Museum invite you to a talk by Professor Tony Sagona from the University of Melbourne in the Copland Lecture Theatre, ANU, titled Unlocking Gallipoli: New Perspectives on the History and Archaeology of the ANZAC Battlefield. Admission is free.
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