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STARGAZING LIVE 2018: GLOSSARY: THE MILKY WAY is a barred spiral galaxy containing 400 billion stars bound together by gravity, and earth is in one part of it – about half way out from the centre. It’s shaped like a huge whirlpool that rotates once every 200 million years. It is made up of at least 100 billion stars, as well as dust and gas. It’s so big that light takes 100,000 years to cross from one side to the other. To make you feel even smaller than you already did, our Milky Way belongs to a cluster of at least 40 galaxies. (Photo of the similar Andromeda galaxy by L.J. May S/S. Glossary courtesy of Stargazing and the ABC)

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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.     

  • Comedian, writer and actor (Peep Show and That Mitchell and Webb Look) ROBERT WEBB sits down with writer BENJAMIN LAW to look back over his life, and delve into the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage. It’s on at the Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm on Sunday, 20 May 2018 at 5.30 p.m.
  • Popular children’s author JACQUELINE HARVEY will delight young audiences with her excellent new book Kensy and Max, in which the twins embark on a most curious adventure from mysterious Yorkshire to underground London, where they discover that their parents are missing. What has MI6 got to do with it? This FREE session is at Riverbend Books, Bulimba on Monday, 21 May 2018 at 4.30 p.m.
  • Meet author NATASHA LESTER, bestselling author of A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald and Her Mother’s Secret, as she discusses her new novel The Paris Seamstress, at the Chermside Library on Tuesday, 22 May and the Carindale Library on Wednesday, 23 May 2018.
  • The Australian Bird Guide, released in 2017 by the CSIRO, is the most comprehensive and stunningly illustrated field guide to Australian birds ever published. Discuss this beautiful book with scientist PETER MENKHORST, lead author of the guide, at the Kenmore Library on Tuesday, 22 May 2018 from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

 

The Event: MELT 2018: ROBERT WEBB AND BENJAMIN LAW: HOW NOT TO BE A BOY

Date and time: Sunday, 20 May 2018 at 5.30 p.m.

Venue: Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm QLD 4005. Click on link for a map.

Ticket price: Full: $35, Concession: $30 (transaction fee of $5.95 applies to all bookings). For more information or online bookings go to the Brisbane Powerhouse website at https://brisbanepowerhouse.org/events/2018/05/20/robert-webb-and-benjamin-law-how-not-to-be-a-boy. NOTE: this discussion is suitable for ages 15+ and lasts for 60 minutes.

What’s happening: Here are the RULES FOR BEING A MAN: Don’t Cry. Love Sport. Play Rough. Drink Beer. Don’t Talk About Feelings! In his new book, comedian, writer and actor (Peep Show and That Mitchell and Webb Look) ROBERT WEBB explores the nature of masculinity, the relationships that made Robert who he is as a man, the lessons we learn as sons and daughters and the understanding that sometimes you aren’t the Luke Skywalker of your life – you’re actually Darth Vader.

Robert sits down with writer BENJAMIN LAW to look back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh, and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father. They will delve into the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life. Fans will be happy to know that both Robert and Benjamin will be signing books after the conversation.

 

The Event: MEET CHILDREN’S AUTHOR JACQUELINE HARVEY

Date and time: Monday, 21 May 2018 at 4.30 p.m.

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

Ticket price: FREE. 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: Popular children’s author JACQUELINE HARVEY will delight audiences with her excellent new book Kensy and Max, in which the twins embark on a most curious adventure from mysterious Yorkshire to underground London, at a speed to rival that of any London black cab.

The twins’ lives are turned upside down when they discover that their parents are missing. As the situation unfolds, so many things don’t add up: their strange new school, the bizarre grannies on their street, the coded messages they keep finding, and the feeling that all around them adults are keeping secrets. Worse still, it appears that their lives are endangered as well.

What’s MI6 got to do with it? Why would you tell the world the exact location of your central spy agency? What if MI6 was just a PR company and the real spies were somewhere else where you’d never find them? Like under a school just around the corner…

Jacqueline worked in schools for many years and has had a passion for storytelling since she was a child. She is the author of the popular Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose series, which have sold over one million copies in Australia alone. Her books have received numerous short-listings and awards while her picture book, The Sound of the Sea, was a CBCA Honour Book. Jacqueline lives in Sydney and is currently working on Kensy and Max’s second adventure, which will be published in September 2018.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR NATASHA LESTER

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet Natasha Lester’: Tuesday, 22 May 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Chermside Library (Phone: (07) 3403 7200); Wednesday, 23 May 2018 from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Carindale Library (Phone: (07) 3407 1940).

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

What’s happening: Meet author NATASHA LESTER, bestselling author of A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald and Her Mother’s Secret, as she discusses her new novel The Paris Seamstress. In 1940, Parisian seamstress Estella Bissette is forced to flee France as the Germans advance. She lands in Manhattan with a few francs, one suitcase, her sewing machine and a dream to have her own atelier.

In 2015, Australian curator Fabienne Bissette journeys to the annual Met Gala for an exhibition of her beloved grandmother’s work – one of the world’s leading designers for ready-to-wear clothing. But as Fabienne learns more about her grandmother’s past, she uncovers a story of tragedy, heartbreak, secrets, and sacrifices made for love.

Crossing generations, society’s boundaries and international turmoil, The Paris Seamstress is the beguiling story of the special relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter as they attempt to heal the heartache of the past. Books will be available for purchase on the night, or bring your own copy from home for Natasha to sign.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR AND BIRDMAN PETER MENKHORST

Date and time: Tuesday, 22 May 2018 from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Venue: Kenmore Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Kenmore Library on (07) 3403 7200 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: The Australian Bird Guide, released in 2017 by the CSIRO, is the most comprehensive field guide to Australian birds ever published. The award-wining guide features around 4,700 colour illustrations, including specially commissioned paintings of more than 900 species, providing an indispensable reference for all birders and naturalists looking to explore Australia’s magnificent and unique birdlife – and a treasure for people who appreciate a monumentally beautiful work of art.

In this special event, lead author of the guide, PETER MENKHORST, will discuss some of the fundamentals of bird identification and share tips for tackling the more difficult identification challenges. He will also talk about his experiences writing The Australian Bird Guide, which took more than eight years to complete.

Peter Menkhorst is a lifelong field naturalist and birder, and a recognised authority on Australian birds and mammals. He has been a zoologist and wildlife manager for over 40 years, including 30 years at the Victorian Government’s biodiversity research centre (the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research) where he is currently Principal Scientist. Books will be available for purchase on the night, or you can bring your copy from home for Peter to sign. Even if you previously thought that you weren’t particularly interested in birds, you probably will be after this session. 

 

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STARGAZING LIVE 2018: It’s a stunning picture, but more prosaically, this is a black hole burping after eating. GLOSSARY: BLACK HOLES. Black holes sound much more dramatic than they are. It’s really just a region of space with a gravitational field that’s so intense no matter or radiation can escape. They’re created when the centre of a big star falls on itself, or collapses. When this happens it causes a supernova, which is an exploding star that blasts part of the star into space. Essentially, a black hole is a huge amount of matter packed into a very small area. In earth terms, think of a star ten times the size of the sun, squeezed into a sphere approximately the diameter of New York City. (Photo of the Black Hole and Glossary courtesy of Stargazing and the ABC)