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THE 2018 AACTA AWARDS: PRESENTER SHANE JACOBSON is an Australian actor, director, writer, presenter and comedian, popularly known as the ‘Dunny Man’ because of his thoroughly convincing performance as Kenny, a plumber working for a portable toilet rental company in the 2008 film ‘Kenny’, and the spin-off TV series ‘Kenny’s World’. He won the Australian Film Institute Award (now an AACTA) for Best Actor in a Leading Role for that performance. Shane is a familiar face on our TV screens and he has a way with children. He currently presents ‘Little Big Shots’ on the Seven Network, in which he introduces kids from around the world who have extraordinary abilities. In the movie ‘Oddball’ it was hard to figure out who was the cutest – Shane, the penguins, or the dog. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)

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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.    

  • Join bestselling Australian author CHARLOTTE NASH as she discusses her beautiful and emotionally compelling new page-turner Saving You, in which Mallory’s estranged husband Duncan, who lives in the US, fails to return their son Harry after a visit. Find out what happens next at the Hamilton Library on Wednesday, 6 February 2019. 
  • Meet international bestselling author KAREN VIGGERS to talk about her new novel, The Orchardist's Daughter, which is set in the wilds of remote Tasmania, as was her most popular novel The Lightkeeper’s Wife. You can catch up with Karen at Riverbend Books, Bulimba, on Wednesday, 6 February 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
  • Join radio and TV personality OSHER GÜNSBERG for an intimate evening packed full of raw honesty, genuine emotion and plenty of laughs, as he unveils the stories in his best selling memoir Back, After the Break. Book in now at the Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm, for Friday, 8 February 2019 at 7.00 p.m.
  • T.M. CLARK, author of My Brother-But-OneShooting ButterfliesTears of a Cheetah and Child of Africa, will talk about her new and exciting book Nature of the Lion, at the Fairfield Library on Saturday, 9 February 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR CHARLOTTE NASH

Date and time: Wednesday, 6 February 2019 from 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Venue: Hamilton Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Hamilton Library on (07) 3403 1050 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Join bestselling Australian author CHARLOTTE NASH as she discusses her beautiful and emotionally compelling new page-turner Saving You. In their tiny pale green cottage under the trees, Mallory Cook and her five-year-old son, Harry, are a little family unit who weather the storms of life together. Money is tight after Harry’s father, Duncan, abandoned them to expand his business in New York.

When Duncan fails to return Harry after a visit, Mallory boards a plane to bring her son home any way she can. During the journey, a chance encounter with three retirees on the run from their care home leads Mallory on an unlikely group road trip across the United States.

Zadie, Ernie and Jock each have their own reasons for making the journey and along the way the four of them will learn the lengths they will travel to save each other – and themselves. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Charlotte to sign. 

 

The Event: MEET INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING WRITER KAREN VIGGERS

Date and time: Wednesday, 6 February 2019 at 6.30 p.m.

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

Ticket price: $8.00 for ticket only; $33 AUD book and ticket. 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, and they do not issue refunds or exchanges for event tickets.

What’s happening: Gather at Riverbend to hear about her latest work from international bestselling author KAREN VIGGERS. In her new novel, Kate returns to remote Tasmania, the setting of her most popular novel The Lightkeeper’s Wife

Set in the old-growth eucalypt forests and vast rugged mountains of southern Tasmania, The Orchardist's Daughter is an uplifting story about friendship, resilience and finding the courage to break free.

Sixteen-year-old Mikaela has grown up isolated and homeschooled on an apple orchard in south-eastern Tasmania, until an unexpected event shatters her family. Eighteen months later, she and her older brother Kurt are running a small business in a timber town.

Miki longs to make connections and spend more time in her beloved forest, but she is kept a virtual prisoner by Kurt, who leads a secret life of his own. When Miki meets Leon, another outsider, things slowly begin to change. But the power to stand up for yourself must come from within. And Miki has to fight to uncover the truth of her past and discover her strength and spirit.

Born in Melbourne and raised in the Dandenong Ranges riding horses and writing stories, Karen Viggers went on to study veterinary science at Melbourne University before working in practice for several years. She completed a PhD in wildlife health, and since then has worked on a wide range of Australian native animals, including kangaroos.

Karen loves landscapes, wild places, people and animals. She is the author of three novels: The Stranding (2008) and the bestselling, The Lightkeeper's Wife (2011) and The Grass Castle. She lives in Canberra with her husband and two children.

 

The Event: HEAR FROM RADIO AND TV PERSONALITY OSHER GÜNSBERG

Date and time: Friday, 8 February 2019 at 7.00 p.m. (75 mins. Plus book signing).

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

Ticket price: Adult: $37.50 (transaction fee of $6.60 applies to all bookings). For more information or online bookings go to the Brisbane Powerhouse website at https://brisbanepowerhouse.org/events/2019/02/08/osher-gunsberg. NOTE: Suitable for ages 15+. Contains coarse language and trigger warning depression and mental health issues.

What’s happening: Join radio and TV personality OSHER GÜNSBERG for an intimate evening packed full of raw honesty, genuine emotion and plenty of laughs, as he unveils the stories in his best selling memoir Back, After the Break. Join Osher after the show for a meet and greet, where copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing.

In this presentation Osher, a natural storyteller, will delve into the memories of growing up in suburban Australia, dealing with bullying, and his childhood forays into the wonderful world of psychiatry. Hear about what was really going on during his early days of radio, and behind the scenes of Channel [v] and Australian Idol.

Whilst Osher was establishing himself as one of Australia’s most recognisable media personalities, he was also coping with living with mental illness and alcohol addiction. Learn how Osher pulled himself out of the depths of psychosis to meet his wife, and to live each day working at getting better.

 

The Event: MEET AUTHOR T.M. CLARK

Date and time: Saturday, 9 February 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

Venue: Fairfield Library.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but bookings are essential. Ring the Fairfield Library on (07) 3403 8615 to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: Join T.M. CLARK, author of My Brother-But-One, Shooting Butterflies, Tears of a Cheetah and Child of Africa, as she discusses her new book Nature of the Lion. After relocating to South Africa on the heels of scandal five years ago, Chloe and her invalid father, Mike, once wealthy Zimbabwean landowners, now have little. Away at university, Chloe has had to rely on her father’s best friend Enoch and his son Xo to watch over Mike. When a violent confrontation puts Chloe in danger, Enoch steps in to help – with inadvertent fatal results.

With increasing pressure on the police from a right-wing group to charge Enoch, this mismatched family have no choice but to flee back to Zimbabwe. But crossing the border will be dangerous and near impossible with their route taking them amid warring dissident armies and landmines, and their every footstep stalked by a shadowy ring of hunters, whose trophies are taken from more than animals… Books will be available for purchase on the day, or you can bring your copy from home for T.M. Clark to sign.

 

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THE 2018 AACTA AWARDS: Actress and singer DEBORAH MAILMAN AM won the AACTA AWAARD FOR BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA for ‘Mystery Road’. Deborah grew up in Mount Isa in North West Queensland, graduated from the Queensland University of Technology Academy of the Arts with a Bachelor of Arts, and is probably our best-known female indigenous actress. Her accomplishments are many. We loved her in the film ‘The Sapphires’, playing Kelly Lewis in the successful Australian television series ‘The Secret Life of Us’, Aunt Linda in ‘Cleverman’, and Cherie Butterfield in the popular and often hilarious Australian TV drama series ‘Offspring’. Deb was the first Aboriginal actress to win the Australian Film Institute Award (now known as the AACTA AWARDS) for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and she went on to win four more, in both television and film. Deb first gained recognition for the 1998 film ‘Radiance’ for which she won her first AFI award. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)