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WRITER WATCH: DR KARL KRUSZELNICKI. ‘Karl, The Universe and Everything’. Karl Kruszelnicki AM, popularly referred to as ‘Dr Karl’, is an Australian science communicator, who is widely known as an author and science commentator on Australian radio and television. Dr Karl is the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow in the Science Foundation for Physics at the School of Physics, University of Sydney – why is it so? He was born in Sweden to Polish parents, who both were Holocaust survivors. The family emigrated to Australia when Karl was two, and eventually settled in Wollongong, NSW where he grew up. Dr Karl has received multiple awards for his work in popularising science, and prolific doesn’t begin to describe his writing output. Visit his personal website at http://www.drkarl.com and his numerous programs on the ABC at http://www.abc.net.au/science/drkarl. (Photo courtesy of Dr Karl)

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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.    

  • From Stella Prize shortlisted author KRISSY KNEEN comes Wintering, a daring, original and exciting novel about abuse, complicity and delusion, set in the beautiful Tasmanian landscape. Meet Krissy at Riverbend Books, Bulimba on Wednesday, 26 September 2018 at 6.30 p.m.
  • As a spiritual quest after the death of his wife, NOEL BRAUN undertook several walking journeys across France and Spain while aged in his 70s and 80s. Meet him to discuss his experience of writing his memoirs, at the Corinda Library on Tuesday, 25 September, Kenmore Library on Friday, 28 September and the Bulimba Library on Saturday, 29 September 2018.
  • Author JANET LEE, winner of a 2017 Queensland Literary Award, will talk about her experiences writing The Killing of Louisa, a woman who was hanged in New South Wales in 1889. Was she guilty or not? Discuss it at the Kenmore Library on Saturday, 29 September at 10.00 a.m., and the Wynnum Library on Saturday, 29 September 2018 at 2.30 p.m.
  • ALICE’S WONDERLAND: A MOST CURIOUS ADVENTURE is a travelling family-friendly exhibition presented by Museums Victoria, which brings basic science concepts to life for 3–8-year-olds and their families. It’s ON NOW at the Cobb+Co Museum, 27 Lindsay Street, TOOWOOMBA, and runs until Monday, 28 January 2019. 

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR KRISSY KNEEN

Date and time: Wednesday, 26 September 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: From Stella Prize shortlisted author KRISSY KNEEN comes Wintering, a daring, original and exciting novel about abuse, complicity and delusion, set in the beautiful Tasmanian landscape. Books+Publishing said of Krissy’s work: ‘One of Australia’s hidden literary gems. With each new book, I find myself hoping that readers will finally discover her quirky, sexy and incredibly beautiful writing.’

What’s Wintering about? When Jessica’s partner disappears into the dark Tasmanian forest, there is the mystery of what happened to him – the deserted car, the enigmatic final image recorded on his phone. Then there is the strange circle of local women: widows of disappeared men, with their bizarre fellowship and unhinged theories. And the forest itself, looming hugely over this tiny settlement on the remote tip of the island.

But for Jessica there is also a tight community in which she is still a stranger and Matthew was not. What secrets do they all know about her life – that she doesn’t? And why do they believe things that should not be true? For her own sanity, Jessica needs to know two things. Who was Matthew? And who, or what, has he become?

Krissy Kneen is an award-winning writer who has written memoir, poetry and fiction. Her novel, An Uncertain Grace, was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. Krissy’s other work includes Affection, Steeplechase, Triptych and The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine. She lives in Brisbane and you may also see her lurking around the Avid Bookshop in West End.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR AND INTREPID WALKER NOEL BRAUN

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet Noel Braun’: Tuesday, 25 September 2018 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at Corinda Library (Phone: (07) 3407 7701); Friday, 28 September 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. at Kenmore Library (Phone: (07) 3407 0258); Saturday, 29 September 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. at Bulimba Library (Phone: (07) 3407 8223).

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

What’s happening: Join NOEL BRAUN to discuss his experience of writing his memoirs. Noel embarked on a spiritual quest of self-discovery after the suicide of his wife, Maris. He decided to walk two of the more popular routes of the Camino de Santiago across France and Spain, and two journeys along different routes later followed.

Noel undertook these journeys aged in his 70s and 80s, and has described his experiences and the people he met in his books The Day Was Made for Walking and I Guess I’ll Just Keep on Walking. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or you can bring your own copy from home for Noel to sign.  

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR JANET LEE

Date, time and BCC library venues for ‘Meet Janet Lee’: Saturday, 29 September 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. at Kenmore Library (Phone: (07) 3407 0258); Saturday, 29 September 2018 from 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 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: Author JANET LEE, winner of a 2017 Queensland Literary Award, will discuss her experiences writing The Killing of Louisa. Louisa Collins was hanged in New South Wales in 1889. She was tried four times for the alleged murders of her two husbands. In three of those trials the juries could not agree that she was guilty. At her fourth trial, the testimony of Louisa’s young daughter, May, contributed to Louisa’s conviction.

Intimately reimagined from Louisa’s perspective, with a story that just might fit the historical facts, this clever and compelling novel visits Louisa in her prison cell as she reflects on her life, and the deaths and losses that have dictated her fate. Will she confess, or was an innocent woman brutally hanged? Books will be available for purchase on the day, or you can bring your own copy from home for Janet to sign. 

 

The Event: ALICE’S WONDERLAND: A MOST CURIOUS ADVENTURE

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Monday, 28 January 2019. Opening hours are from 9.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. daily.

Venue: Cobb+Co Museum, 27 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba. Phone (07) 4659 4900 or visit http://www.cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au for more information. 

Ticket price: Entry is FREE for residents of the Toowoomba Regional Council area with proof of address. Entry for visitors from outside the area: Adult $12.50, Concession $10, Child (3–15) $6.50, Family (1A+3C) $25, Family (2A+4C) $32. Under 3s are FREE. Book now at http://www.cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au.

What’s happening: ALICE’S WONDERLAND: A MOST CURIOUS ADVENTURE is a travelling exhibition presented by Museums Victoria, and originally produced by the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. Alice’s Wonderland is a family-friendly exhibition that brings basic science concepts to life for 3–8-year-olds and their families. The colourful exhibition is full of interactive components that encourage curious children and adults alike to explore, discover and learn through play.

Follow Alice as she falls down a rabbit hole into a strange world... ‘Down, down, down, will the fall never come to an end?’ Children are invited to explore the way they perceive and make sense of the world around them in this new, hands-on exhibition based on Lewis Carroll’s well-known Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Children can let curiosity guide their way through a series of educational exhibits which introduce optics and illusions, word play, physics and maths. Each activity will introduce a range of numeracy, literacy and science concepts in a delightful and playful way.

 

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WRITER WATCH: DR LISA HARVEY-SMITH. Many people will recognise Lisa from her appearances on ‘Stargazing Live’ the ABC 3-part TV adventure hosted by Professor Brian Cox and Julia Zemiro. Lisa is an astrophysicist at the CSIRO, based in Sydney, NSW. Her research interests include the origin and evolution of cosmic magnetism, supernova remnants, the interstellar medium, massive star formation and astrophysical masers. And she is VERY enthusiastic as you can see by the photograph above. Lisa was born in Essex, England in 1979, but we’ve got her now and we’re not giving her back. In this country she is known as an astronomer, TV presenter, MC, Speaker and writer. She has written articles for ‘The Conversation’ and ABC Science. Check out the Prof’s personal website on https://lisaharveysmith.com and discover how long we have left before the Andromeda Galaxy hits us. (Photo by L.J. May S/S, ABC-TV)