Meet the author
November 27: In an ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event from 6pm to 7pm, Laura Tingle will be in conversation with Don Russell on Laura's new Quarterly Essay, The High Road: What Australia can learn from New Zealand. The New Zealand high commissioner Dame Annette King will give the vote of thanks.Manning Clark Theatre, Kambri Cultural Centre, ANU. Limited to 200 people with social distancing.
Registrations for all events except as noted are at anu.edu.au/events.
That Poetry Thing
November 25: At 4pm in a Friends-only event, Helen Ennis will speak about her award-winning book, Olive Cotton: A Life in Photography. To become a Friend of the National Library and for more information: nla.gov.au.
November 30: Arts journalist, editor and poet Thuy On zooms in to debut her first poetry book Turbulence (UWAP) in the ACT. Includes an open mic (three minutes per poet) - participate from Zoom or room. Live tickets are $10 at Smith's Alternative, 76 Alinga St, Civic. Free to attend via Zoom; the link will be posted on the That Poetry Thing Facebook page from 6pm on the night. "Doors" open 6.30pm, event starts 7pm.
December 1: In Upturn, Tanya Plibersek brings together some of the country's most interesting thinkers who are ready to imagine a better Australia, and to fight for it. It is a compelling vision for a stronger economy, a fairer society and a more environmentally sustainable future. Meet Tanya in conversation with parliamentary colleague Dr Andrew Leigh, from 6pm. $10 entry, entry and book $39.69, signed book only $32.99. Tickets limited to 20 on site but the event will also be livestreamed for free on Facebook.
As the current laureate, Ursula Dubosarsky, nears her halfway mark, the Australian Children's Laureate Foundation board is embarking on the selection process for the 2022-23 Australian Children's Laureate and they would love to hear from you. The first five laureate terms, with Boori Monty Pryor and Alison Lester (2012-13), Jackie French (2014-15), Leigh Hobbs (2016-17), Morris Gleitzman (2018-19) and Ursula Dubosarsky (2020-21) have been a resounding success. Now you have a chance to nominate up to three people you would like the ACLF panel to consider for selection as your next Australian Children's Laureate. For details about the Laureate program visit childrenslaureate.org.au.
Calibre Essay Prize
The $7500 Calibre Essay Prize is open until January 15 to all essayists writing in English. Entries must be essays of between 2000 and 5000 words on any subject and may be personal or political, traditional or experimental. The winner will receive $5000; the runner-up will receive $2500. More information and entries: australianbookreview.com.au.
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