Litbits May 18 2019

Storyfest

StoryFest has launched its inaugural 2019 festival with workshops, a family program and other events. It's on from June 21-23 in the Milton Mollymook Ulladulla region. Tickets and more information: storyfest.org.au.

Poetry prize

Entries are now open for the 2019 Australian Catholic University (ACU) Prize for Poetry, with a $10,000 first prize. The theme is Solace. Entries close on July 8 and winners will be announced in September. artsandculture.acu.edu.au.

The Next Chapter

Applications for The Wheeler Centre's national writers' scheme, The Next Chapter, are open for 2019. Ten writers will each receive $15,000 and the help of a mentor to develop their work as well as a four-day residency at Varuna, The Writers' House in Katoomba. Applications and nominations close at 5pm on Friday July 12, 2019. Send a 10,000-word writing sample, a 300-word personal statement and a one-page letter of support from someone who can vouch for your commitment to writing. thenextchapter.wheelercentre.com.

WHAT'S ON

May 18: At Paperchain Manuka at 11am, Sophie Hansen will talk about her cookbook, A Basket by the Door. RSVP: info@paperchainbookstore.com or phone 6295 6723.

May 20: Not Very Quiet Presents: Christine Paice (from the Illawarra) and Meredith from the Blue Mountains. Smith's Alternative, 76 Alinga St, Civic, 7-9pm. Entry $10 waged/ $5 unwaged. Includes open mic.

May 21: Meg Keneally will talk about her novel Fled, about convict Mary Bryant, at 6pm at the National Library of Australia. $20. stickytickets.com.au/80826/author_talk_with_meg_keneally.aspx.

May 22: National Simultaneous Storytime, where an Australian picture book is read simultaneously at venues around the country, will happen in the National Library of Australia at 11am. This year's book is Matt Cosgrove's Alpacas with Maracas. Free, bookings essential at stickytickets.com.au/83982/2019_national_simultaneous_storytime.aspx.

May 22: Fellowship Lecture with Dr Ellen Smith: Queers in Exile: Sexuality and Ex-Patriotism in Mid-Century Australian Literature, at 5.30pm in the National Library's Conference Room. Bookings: stickytickets.com.au/82231/fellowship_presentation_queers_in_exile_sexuality_and_expatriotism_in_midcentury_australian_literature.aspx.

Canberra author Karen Viggers. Photo by Karleen Minney.

Canberra author Karen Viggers. Photo by Karleen Minney.

May 22: The launch of a new writing community for Canberra, Anon Writers, features journalist Karen Hardy, novelist Karen Viggers and blogger Michelle Mitchell in conversation with author Zoya Patel on why they write, and how they do it well. At Book Face Gungahlin, 6pm, bookings via Eventbrite.

May 23: Poetry at Manning Clark House with Susan Peachey, Moya Pacey and Melinda Smith. 11 Tasmania Circuit, Forrest, at 7.30pm. $10 entry, nibbles and wine included.

May 26: Muse is holding a Post-Election Post-Mortem at 3pm with Phil Coorey, Alice Workman and participating chair, Stephanie Peatling. $15 includes a drink. musecanberra.com.au.

May 27: That Poetry Thing: Reconciliation Day special event. Smith's Alternative, 76 Alinga St, Civic, 7-9pm. Free Entry for First Nations patrons, otherwise $10 waged/ $5 unwaged. Includes open mic.

May 29: Fellowship Lecture with Dr Bess Moylan about decolonising historical maps to give them a wider audience. National Library of Australia Theatre, 5.30pm. Free, bookings at stickytickets.com.au/83388/fellowship_presentation_decolonising_historical_maps.as.

June 6: Peter Papathanasiouou's debut book, Little One, will be launched by Virginia Haussegger at the National Library of Australia on at 6pm. Free but bookings essential: nla.gov.au/event/book-launch-little-one.

June 12: In a free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event, New York-based Cuban author, Armando Lucas Correa will be in conversation with Alex Sloan on Correa's new novel, The Daughter's Tale, following on from The German Girl, at 6pm in Small Theatre, Kambri Cultural Centre, ANU. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144.

June 12: Poetry at the House features Matt Hetherington (NSW), Penelope Layland and Shane Strange (Canberra). Admission: $10 waged, $5 unwaged, collected before reading starts at 7.30pm in the Fellows' Bar of ANU's University House. Bookings: gpage40@bigpond.net.au.

July 10: Poetry at the House features Andy Kissane (Sydney), Lesley Lebkowicz and Suzanne Edgar (Canberra). Admission: $10 waged, $5 unwaged, collected before reading starts at 7.30pm in the Fellows' Bar of ANU's University House (1 Balmain Crescent, Acton). Bookings: gpage40@bigpond.net.au.

August 14: Poetry at the House features Carol Jenkins (Sydney), David Gilbey (Wagga Wagga) and P.S. Cottier (Canberra) Admission: $10 waged, $5 unwaged, collected before reading starts at 7.30pm in the Fellows' Bar of ANU's University House. Bookings: gpage40@bigpond.net.au.

September 11: Poetry at the House features Jennifer Harrison (Melbourne), Paul Hetherington (Canberra) and Harry Laing (Braidwood). Admission: $10 waged, $5 unwaged, collected before reading starts at 7.30pm in the Fellows' Bar of ANU's University House. Bookings: gpage40@bigpond.net.au.

October 9: Poetry at the House features Robert Gray (Sydney), Owen Bullock and Melinda Smith (Canberra). Admission: $10 waged, $5 unwaged, collected before reading starts at 7.30pm in the Fellows' Bar of ANU's University House. Bookings: gpage40@bigpond.net.au.

November 13: Poetry at the House features Michael Sharkey (Castlemaine), K.A. Nelson and Jen Webb (Canberra). Admission: $10 waged, $5 unwaged, collected before reading starts at 7.30pm in the Fellows' Bar of ANU's University House. Bookings: gpage40@bigpond.net.au.

December 11: Poetry at the House features Robyn Rowland (Torquay), Paul Cliff and Kathy Kituai (Canberra) Admission: $10 waged, $5 unwaged, collected before reading starts at 7.30pm in the Fellows' Bar of ANU's University House. Bookings: gpage40@bigpond.net.au.