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EMILY BRONTË’S 200TH BIRTHDAY

‘WUTHERING HEIGHTS’ – IT’S EMILY BRONTË’S 200TH BIRTHDAY. English novelist and poet, EMILY BRONTË, was born on 30 July 1818 in Thornton Market Street on the outskirts of Bradford, in the West Riding of Yorkshire in Northern England, and died on 19 December 1843 at Haworth. She is best known for her only novel ‘WUTHERING HEIGHTS’ which is now considered to be a classic of English literature. Emily wrote under the pen name Ellis Bell. Celebrate her life and work at the Stones Corner Library on Saturday, 21 July from 2.30 pm. to 3.30 p.m. (Portrait of Emily painted by her brother Branwell Brontë dated to about 1833. The debate continues about whether this image is one of Emily or her sister Anne. PD)

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This page is devoted to events and activities of interest to writers, illustrators and readers! Go to entries below the quick list for more detailed information.   

  • Hear from DR. SANDUK RUIT, the Barefoot Surgeon who, like his mentor Fred Hollows, took on the world's medical establishment to give the life-changing gift of sight to hundreds and thousands of the world's poorest and most isolated people. Pay your respects at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Friday, 13 July 2018 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Can you identify the murderer before the police do? Pit your logic against theirs during THE UNEXPECTED GUEST, a thriller by Agatha Christie, presented by the NASH THEATRE at The Brunswick Room, Merthyr Road Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Road, New Farm, from Friday, 13 July to Saturday, 4 August 2018. 
  • Teacher librarian and children’s literature expert MEGAN DALEY will tell you how to create a sense of fun and interest around reading to foster a love of story and language in children from as young as five. Join her for HARNESSING THE POWER OF STORY at the Wynnum Library on Tuesday, 17 July at 6.30 p.m. and the Kenmore Library at 6.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 24 July 2018.
  • If you’re a budding poet, seasoned peddler of prose, or an appreciator of the spoken word, you are invited to come along to POETS UP LATE for an entertaining evening of poetry, and to sign up for the open microphone session to perform your original works. Head for the Wynnum Library on Thursday, 19 July from 6.00 p.m. 
  • Join author SALLY PIPER, author of Grace’s Table, to discuss her gripping new novel, The Geography of Friendship, at the Chermside Library on Thursday, 19 July at 6.00 p.m., and the Wynnum Library from 6.30 p.m. on Thursday, 26 July 2018.

 

The Event: THE BAREFOOT SURGEON – DR. SANDUK RUIT

Date and time: Friday, 13 July 2018 at 6.30 p.m.

Venue: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford St, Bulimba Queensland 4171.

Ticket price: $8.00. Phone: (07) 3899 8555, email info@riverbendbooks.com.au or go online at http://riverbendbooks.com.au and click on Events to book your place(s). PLEASE NOTE: Riverbend does not issue paper tickets for events. Your name will be on a list at the door.

What’s happening: Come along to hear from DR. SANDUK RUIT, the Barefoot Surgeon who, like his mentor Fred Hollows, took on the world's medical establishment to give the life-changing gift of sight to hundreds and thousands of the world's poorest and most isolated people.

‘Fred always said, “If all I've achieved is launching Ruit, then my life has been a success, because I know he'll change the world.” Today, I know that looking on from above, he would be so proud to see that our remarkable friend has done just that, one pair of eyes at a time. I hope you find Dr Sanduk Ruit's story as deeply inspiring as I do.’ Gabi Hollows.

The Barefoot Surgeon is the story of a boy from the lowest tiers of a rigid caste system, who grew up in a tiny, remote Himalayan village with no school, to become one of the most respected ophthalmologists in the world and a medical giant of Asia. Compelling and compassionate, it is also the story of a young doctor who became Fred Hollows' medical soul mate and who chose to defy the world's medical establishment and the lure of riches to make the world a better place.

 

The Event: THE UNEXPECTED GUEST – A THRILLER BY AGATHA CHRISTIE (THE PLAY)

Date and time: Friday, 13 July to Saturday, 4 August 2018.

Venue: The Brunswick Room, Merthyr Road Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Road, New Farm. 

Ticket price: Make your bookings at http://www.nashtheatre.com, by phone on (07) 3379 4775 or email nashtheatre4@bigpond.com.au. Ordinary sessions: Adult $20, Concession $15 and Member/child $12. Preview/Final Dress Rehearsal on Friday, 13 July: $10 all tickets. Opening night on (includes supper): Adult $25, Concession $20 and Member/Child $17.

What’s happening: Like a good thriller? Here’s one to keep you on the edge of your seat. NASH THEATRE presents THE UNEXPECTED GUEST by Agatha Christie and directed by Sharon White, in which a lost traveller stumbling through thick fog in the English countryside, is relieved to come across a manor house where he might find assistance. Only to find that the owner of the house, Richard Warwick, has been shot dead in his wheelchair and his wife is standing nearby holding a gun. Not what our traveller was hoping for. Can you identify the murderer before the police do?

 

The Event: HARNESSING THE POWER OF STORY WITH MEGAN DALEY

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘The Power of Story’: Tuesday, 17 July 2018 from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 a.m. at Wynnum Library (Phone: (07) 3403 2199); Tuesday, 24 July 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Kenmore Library (Phone: (07) 3407 0258).

Ticket price: FREE but bookings are required at the presenting library by contacting them on the phone numbers given above.

What’s happening: Reading aloud to children greatly improves language and literacy skills, especially in the early years of a child’s development. Hearing a range of voices and experiencing stories in different forms is enormously important in creating a sense of fun and interest around reading and fostering a love of story and language.

In this session for parents, teacher librarian and children’s literature expert MEGAN DALEY will share ideas on how you can consolidate and extend the story reading experience – both in print and online – for children from as young as five, up to the middle years of primary school.

 

The Event: POETS UP LATE

Date and time: Thursday, 19 July 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Venue: Wynnum Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Wynnum Library on (07) 3403 2199 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Are you a budding poet, seasoned peddler of prose, or an appreciator of the spoken word? If so, you are invited to come along to POETS UP LATE for an entertaining evening of poetry. You can also sign up on the night for the open microphone session to perform your original works, give it your all and show what you can do – first in, best dressed, people.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR SALLY PIPER

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet Sally Piper’: Thursday, 19 July 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Chermside Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7200); Thursday, 26 July 2018 from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. at Wynnum Library (Phone: (07) 3403 2199).

Ticket price: FREE but bookings are required at the presenting library by contacting them on the phone numbers given above.

What’s happening: Join author SALLY PIPER, author of Grace’s Table, to discuss her new novel, The Geography of Friendship, in which three young women set off on a hike in the wilderness anticipating the adventure of a lifetime. Over the next five days, as they face up to the challenging terrain, it soon becomes clear that they are not alone, and the freedom they feel quickly turns to fear. Only when it is too late for them to turn back do they fully appreciate the danger they are in.

As their friendship is tested, each girl makes an irrevocable choice, the legacy of which haunts them for years to come. Now in their forties, Samantha, Lisa and Nicole are estranged, but decide to revisit their original hike in an attempt to salvage what they lost. Books will be available for purchase on the night, or you can bring your copy from home for Sally to sign.

 

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EMILY BRONTË’S 200TH BIRTHDAY. Emily was born to Maria Branwell and Irishman Patrick Brontë. She was the younger sister of Charlotte Brontë and the third-eldest of four surviving siblings, between the youngest, Anne, and her brother, Branwell. In 1820, shortly after Emily’s younger sister Anne was born, the family moved eight miles away from the village of Thornton Market Street to Haworth, where her father Patrick was employed as perpetual curate. It was here that the children developed their love of literature and honed their literary talents. (Map of Yorkshire showing the location of Haworth. PD)