Meet the author
August 3: In an ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author virtual event at 6pm, Paddy Manning will be in conversation with Helen Haines on Manning's new book Body Count. How Climate Change is Killing Us. eventbrite.com.au/e/in-conversation-with-paddy-manning-tickets-113854206998.
Geoff's Poetry at Smith's
Geoff Page writes that after the closure of Beyond Q he's accepted an offer from That Poetry Thing at Smith's to join their program for the rest of the year, beginning on August 3 with Mike Ladd, Anita Patel and Andrew McDonald. Future readings: September 7, October 6, November 9 and December 7. Physical admission: $10 waged, $5 unwaged (20 people only, paid online in advance via Smith's Alternative Calendar). 7pm at Smiths Alternative Bookshop, 76 Alinga Street, Civic (Melbourne Building). Zoom readings will also start at 7pm and will finish by 9pm at the latest. Log on information will be sent shortly beforehand. No open mic. Technical inquiries: SmithsPoetryThing@gmail.com
Australian Book Review is calling for entries in the 17th Peter Porter Poetry Prize, one of Australia's most lucrative and respected awards for poetry. First prize is $6000 and four other shortlisted poets will receive $1000 each. Entry is open to all poets writing in English, until midnight on October 1, 2020. 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 2021 issue and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in January. australianbookreview.com.au.
Sisters in Crime
Canberra author Natasha Molt is talking about her debut novel, Cutting the Cord, as part of the Sisters in Crime panel, International Women of Mystery. Molt, L. A. (Louisa) Larkin, and Kirsty Manning will reveal their deadly secrets to fellow author P D (Phillipa) Martin. youtube.com/channel/UC83cnF8LjiaUAk6RTIAJkNg/videos
Muse is back
August 8: Dr Liz Allen in The Future of Us sets out possibilities for a better Australia. In conversation with Chris Wallace. Muse.
August 9: Geoff Kitney in Beyond the Newsroom looks at a lifetime in journalism and the state of news today. In conversation with David Crowe.
August 30: In Reading on the Margins Bookclub, podcasters Yen Eriksen and Zoya Patel discuss Alexis Wright's Tracker, a collective memoir about Aboriginal leader Tracker Tilmouth.
September 5: Milena Cifali's Mallacoota Time tells of losing her home in the NYE 2019 bushfires and the road to recovery. 4.30pm; free event, bookings essential.
September 6: Chris Wallace's How to Win an Election is an autopsy of the 2019 election, as well as an explainer of how to win an election. In conversation with Tom McIlroy.
September 13: Life, Online: Australian eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant, and Ginger Gorman (Troll Hunting), discuss trolling, cyber security and the dark depths of the web.
Events are mostly 3-4pm and entry is $10 - or more for the book + entry option - unless otherwise indicated. Full details and bookings at: musecanberra.com.au.
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