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Litbits: Canberra’s literary diary for the week of November 29

BRUSH WITH POETRY
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November 30: The last session for 2014 of  A Brush with Poetry is on at the Black Swan Gallery, Stephen Street (Burley Griffin Way), Binalong,  at 1.30 for 2pm. Villanelle or free verse, limerick or lyric, bush ballad or city sonnet – rock from laughter to tears with poetry of all styles and a bit of music thrown in. All poets, singers, musicians – new and established – welcome to share the mike. Gold coin donation. Light lunches, wine bar. Enquiries [email protected]南京夜网; [email protected]南京夜网

PAUL MALONE

December 1: Is it only the orang-utans that matter? Australian journalist Paul Malone will talk about his new book The Peaceful People – The Penan and Their Fight For the Forest at the Asia Bookroom, Lawry Place, Macquarie at 6pm. RSVP by November 30: phone 6251 5191. Entry by gold coin donation to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

THE MANDARIN CODE

December 5: Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann, authors of The Mandarin Code, will be at Paperchain Manuka for a meet the author and booksigning event from 6.30 to 7.30pm. This satirical thriller is a follow-up to the The Marmalade Files and deals with murder, treachery and revenge. RSVP: 6295 6723.

THE WILD ONES

December 3: At The Front, Lyneham at 6pm, there will be readings by journalist and author of the political thriller Challenge Paul Daley, Canberra Times contributor and author of The Beach Volcano Nigel Featherstone, Drag down to unlock or place an emergency call author Melinda Smith and The Grass Castle author Karen Viggers with music by Chris Endrey. This Wild Ones/Electric Shadows Bookshop event is free but please book on 6248 8352.

SCRIPTWRITING WORKSHOP

December 6: Playwright John Lombard, an emerging writer with a particular focus on short plays, will conduct a workshop on scriptwriting at Playing Field Studio from 10am to 12.30pm. Cost $2. Open to anyone, no experience necessary. Bookings: [email protected]南京夜网.

ANTHONY ANAXAGOROU

December 7: British poet and performer Anthony Anaxagorou will conduct a workshop on spoken word poetry and performance at Entry 29, 1 Moore Street, Civic from 11am to 6pm (cost: $75/$55) followed by a night of live performance at Transit Bar from 7pm. More information and tickets: facebook南京夜网/AnaxagorouAustTour.

DIGITAL CULTURE

December 9: A digital culture panel talk, Where the Book Went Next, features Simon Groth, Manager of if:book Australia, Zoe Sadokierski, Vice-President of the Australian Book Designers Association and Charlotte Harper, founder and publisher of Editia, discussing the future of books. National Library of Australia theatre, 12.30pm. Admission free. Bookings: nla.gov.au/bookings or 6262 1271 (weekdays 9am to noon).

POETRY AT THE GODS

December 9: Sydney poets Stephen Edgar and Judith Beveridge will read at the next Poetry at the Gods event at The Gods Cafe, ANU Arts Centre, at 8pm. Light meals available from 6.30pm. Non-eating seats available. Admission $20/$14. Seating is limited to 80. Bookings essential: phone 6248 5538.

MEET THE AUTHOR

December 15: The Shaun Micallef ANU/Canberra Times meet the author event is sold out, capping what organiser Colin Steele says has been a record year of attendances with such speakers as Amy Tan, Bob Carr, Gareth Evans, Betty Churcher, Paul Kelly, Hugh Mackay, Geraldine Doogue and Peter FitzSimons. We can look forward to an interesting new line-up in 2015.

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