WRITER WATCH: MANAL AL-SHARIF. ‘Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening’. Computer scientist, Manal al-Sharif, is a Saudi Arabian women's rights activist who helped start a women's right to drive campaign in 2011. A women's rights activist, who had previously filmed herself driving, filmed al-Sharif driving a car as part of the campaign. The video was posted on YouTube and Facebook. Al-Sharif was promptly detained, released on 21 May 2011, and rearrested the following day. On 30 May, al-Sharif was released on bail, on the condition that she return for questioning if requested, not drive and not talk to the media. Following her driving campaign, al-Sharif remained an active critic of the Saudi government, tweeting on issues including imprisoned female foreign workers, the lack of elections for the Shura Council, and the murder of Lama al-Ghamdi. Visit her website at https://manal-alsharif.com. (Photo of Manal al-Sharif modified by L.J. May. CC BY-SA 3.0)
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- Join EDDIE AYRES in conversation with FRANCES WHITING, as he discusses his remarkable autobiography, Danger Music, teaching music in a war zone, and transitioning from Emma to Eddie. Meet
him at the Brisbane Square Library on Wednesday, 12 September 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
- Join fellow enthusiasts
for trivia and discussion in celebration of the author LOUISA MAY ALCOTT and 150 years of her classic work, Little Women, at the West End Library on Thursday, 13 September, Corinda Library on Friday, 14 September and the
Toowong Library on Friday, 21 September 2018.
- Join Archibald Prize winning artist BEN QUILTY as he sits down with ABC Radio’s SARAH
KANOWSKI to discuss his new book, Home, a collection of drawings by Syrian children, at the Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm, on Friday, 14 September 2018 at 7.00 p.m.
- CANCELLED - SORRY - Hear acclaimed music biographer JEFF APTER talk about Australian music legends, from Johnny O’Keefe to John Farnham, and the Bee
Gees to AC/DC. What is it that makes a musician iconic? And is there something that separates Australian musicians from the rest of the world? Meet Jeff at the Brisbane Square, Bracken Ridge, Holland Park and Indooroopilly Libraries from Friday, 14 September
to Sunday, 16 September 2018. See the listing for details of dates and times.
The Event: MEET AUTHOR AND MUSICIAN EDDIE
Date and time: Wednesday, 12 September 2018 from
6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Venue: Brisbane Square Library. NOTE: Week day
parking after 4.30 p.m. is available at King George Square Car Park for $5.
FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Brisbane Square Library on (07) 3403 4166 to reserve your place(s).
What’s happening: Join EDDIE AYRES in conversation with FRANCES WHITING, as he discusses his remarkable autobiography, Danger Music (which was featured in the 2018 edition of Brisbane Libraries’ Top 40 Book Club Reads). Eddie’s lifetime of musical experience ranged from playing with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for many years, to landing in Australia to present an extremely successful ABC Classic FM radio show.
But for all that time, Eddie was Emma Ayres. In 2014 Emma was spiralling into a deep depression caused by anguish about her gender. She quit her radio job, travelled,
and then decided on a surprising path to salvation – teaching music in a war zone at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. Emma then decided to take the final steps to become Eddie, the man who was always there inside. Books will be available
to purchase on the night, or you can bring your own copy from home for Eddie to sign.
The Event: 150 YEARS OF LITTLE WOMEN BY LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Little Women’: Thursday, 13 September 2018 from 10.30 a.m.
to 11.30 a.m. at West End Library (Phone: (07) 3403 8620); Friday,
14 September 2018 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at Corinda Library (Phone: (07) 3407 7701); Friday, 21 September 2018 from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. at
Toowong Library (Phone: (07) 3403 2590).
Ticket price: FREE but bookings are required
at the presenting library by contacting them on the phone numbers given above.
What’s happening: LOUISA MAY ALCOTT’s novel LITTLE WOMEN became a much loved book when it was
published 150 years ago in 1868. Her characters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy continue to delight readers with their stories of love, sisterhood, and American life in the 19th century. Little
Women is set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts, and is loosely based on Alcott’s childhood experiences with her three sisters.
Louisa May Alcott was an abolitionist and a feminist and she remained unmarried throughout her life. She died from a stroke, two days after her father died, in Boston
on 6 March 1888. Join fellow enthusiasts for trivia and discussion in celebration of the author and her classic work.
The Event: ARCHIBALD
PRIZE WINNING ARTIST BEN QUILTY IN CONVERSATION WITH ABC RADIO’S SARAH KANOWSKI
Date and time: Friday, 14 September 2018 at 7.00 p.m.
Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm QLD 4005. Click on
link for a map.
Ticket price: Adult: $35, Concession: $30 (transaction fee of $6 applies
to all bookings). For more information or online bookings Click here to book for this Powerhouse event! PLEASE NOTE that this event is only suitable for people aged 12 years and over.
Join Archibald Prize winning artist BEN QUILTY as he sits down with ABC Radio’s SARAH KANOWSKI to discuss his new book, Home, a collection of drawings by Syrian children. Ben Quilty has assembled this heartbreaking and awe-inspiring collection of drawings by the
most vulnerable victims of a brutal civil war, the children of Syria.
The collection forms an extraordinary testament to the resilience of a generation
of survivors whose childhood has been shaped by the worst war of our century. Their art speaks directly to us all as human beings and we have an obligation to listen closely and seriously.
Proceeds from the sale of this book will directly support World Vision’s Child Friendly Spaces, early childhood and basic education projects in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. Ben will be signing books
following the event. This session is part of Writers+Ideas events. If you would like to be one of the first to know about upcoming Writers+Ideas events – sign up HERE.
The Event: CANCELLED - SORRY - HEAR MUSIC BIOGRAPHER JEFF APTER
Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet Jeff Apter’: Friday,
14 September 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Brisbane Square Library (Phone: (07) 3403 4166); Saturday, 15 September 2018 from
10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at Bracken Ridge Library (Phone: (07) 3667 6060); Saturday, 15 September 2018 from 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. at Holland Park
Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7755); Sunday, 16 September 2018 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00
noon at Indooroopilly Library (Phone: (07) 3407 0009).
Ticket price: FREE but bookings are required at the presenting library by contacting them on the phone numbers given above.
What’s happening: Hear acclaimed music biographer JEFF APTER talk about Australian music icons, from Johnny O’Keefe to John Farnham, and the Bee Gees to AC/DC.
What is it that makes a musician iconic? And is there something that separates Australian musicians from the rest of the world?
Jeff is the author
of more than 20 music biographies, many of them bestsellers. He has written about Johnny O’Keefe, Keith Urban, Silverchair, the Bee Gees, the Finn brothers and Angus Young. As a ghostwriter he has worked with Kasey chambers, AC/DC’s Mark Evans
and Richard Clapton. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Jeff to sign.
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