Peter Porter Poetry Prize
Entries are now open for the Australian Book Review's 16th Peter Porter Poetry Prize. Judged by John Hawke, Bronwyn Lea and Philip Mead, it honours the life and work of Australian poet Peter Porter (1929-2010). First prize is $7000 and four other shortlisted poets will each receive $500. Entry is open to all poets writing in English, until midnight, October 1, 2019. Entries must be an original single-authored poem of not more than 70 lines written in English. The five shortlisted poems will be published in the January-February 2020 issue and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in January. australianbookreview.com.au
The 2019 John Hinde Award for Excellence in Science-Fiction Writing is now open for entries. It offers $10,000 for the best produced script and professional support for the best unproduced script. Entries close on Friday, August 9, 2019. More information and entries: awg.com.au
July 22: That Poetry Thing: Recent Work Press launches Giant Steps: Fifty poets reflect on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and beyond, with readings by contributors and a space-themed open mic. Smith's Alternative, 76 Alinga St, Civic, 7-9pm. Free.
July 23: At 6pm in the China in the World Auditorium, Fellows Lane, in a free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event, blind law professor Ron McCallum will be in conversation with Kim Rubenstein on McCallum's memoir, Born at the Right Time. Bookings: anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144.
July 25: Poetry at Manning Clark House features Fiona McIlroy, Luke Whitington and PS Cottier. 11 Tasmania Circuit, Forrest, at 7.30 pm. $10 entry, nibbles and wine included.
July 26: ACT Writers Centre is having a Winter Warmer, an evening of mingling, entertainment and some practical tips for writers and artists, at 6pm at Harry Hartog ANU. Tickets: eventbrite.
July 28: A Brush with Poetry features special guest Jacqui Malins, a stunt poet based in Canberra. Free open mic event. 1.30pm for 2pm. 15 Queen Street, Binalong. BYO alcohol. Info: 0401 289 178.
July 31: Tony Park will talk about his latest thriller, Ghosts of the Past, about two journalists on the trail of a legend, at6.30pm at Gungahlin Library. 16+. Bookings: eventbrite.
August 5: At 6pm in the Cinema Theatre, Kambri Cultural Centre, ANU in a free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event, Erik Jensen will be in conversation with Karen Middleton on Jensen's new Quarterly Essay: The Prosperity Gospel. How Scott Morrison won and Bill Shorten lost. Bookings:anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144.
August 5: At 6pm in the T2 Theatre, Kambri Cultural Centre, ANU in a free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event, Australian Federal Police Commander Grant Edwards will be in conversation with Genevieve Jacobs on his memoir, The Strong Man, on his life and his battle with PTSD after warzone service. Bookings: anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144.
August 6: At 6pm in the Cinema Theatre, Kambri Cultural Centre, ANU in a free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event, Paul Tilley will be in conversation with Peter Costello on Tilley's book, Changing Fortunes. A History of the Australian Treasury, on how Treasury has evolved its economic thinking and policy influence. Bookings: anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144.
August 15: At 6pm in the China in the World Auditorium, Fellows Lane, ANU in a free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event, multiple Walkley Award-winning author Adele Ferguson will be in conversation with Andrew Leigh on Ferguson's new book Banking Bad. How Corporate Greed and Broken Governance Failed Australia. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144.
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