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Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Little Libraries

There are 5 "Little Libraries" within 25 miles.

Local venues

Minotaur (0.1 miles)
121 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
15 McKillop Street, Melbourne, VIC Australia
377 Little Collins Street, Melborne, VIC 3000 Australia
259 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
Basement, 119 Swanston St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
455 Bourke, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
Federation Square, Corner Swanston & Flinders Streets, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
322 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
Dymocks Melbourne (0.2 miles)
234 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria Australia
259 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
Level 3 Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne, 3000 Australia
379 Collins St, Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
All Star Comics (0.2 miles)
1/410 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
Embiggen Books (0.2 miles)
197-203 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
Level 1, 188 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
Hyland's Bookshop (0.3 miles)
Level 1, 29-31 Heffernan Lane, Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
162 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
Collected Works (0.3 miles)
Level 1, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
The Assembly Hall Building, 156 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
126 Russell Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
147-149 Russell St, Melbourne, Victoria Australia
Level 6, 225 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
328 Swanston St, Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
342 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
464 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria Australia
RMIT Bookshop (0.3 miles)
17-25 Little LaTrobe St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
Fly By Night Books (0.4 miles)
413 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
415 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, Victoria Australia
Resistance Books (0.4 miles)
Level 5, Druids House, 407 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
118 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
Level 20, 80 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
239 A'beckett St, Melbourne, Victoria Australia
Hill of Content (0.5 miles)
86 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
Paperback Bookshop (0.5 miles)
60 Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
Jaspar Hotel 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia
15 Gisborne Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3002 Australia
9th Floor West, 700 Collins Street, Docklands, Melbourne, VIC 3001 Australia
Level 1, 11-15 Argyle Place, South Carlton, Victoria 3053 Australia
234 St Kilda Rd, Southbank, Vic 3006 Australia
688 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
Mary Martin Books (0.9 miles)
Shop G17 Ground Floor, SouthGate Complex, Whiteman St, Melbourne, VIC 3006 Australia
656 Swanston St, Carlton, Vic 3053 Australia
678 Swanston St, Carlton, Victoria Australia
161 Barry Street, Carlton, Vic 3053 Australia
66 Errol Street, North Melbourne, Vic 3051 Australia
DFO, 20 Convention Centre Place, near Lorimer Street, South Wharf, VIC 3006 Australia
Shop 16, 20 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, Victoria 3006 Australia
546 Queensberry Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia

Local events

Apr
16
Blak Wave
The Wheeler Centre: Books, Writing and Ideas, Wednesday, April 16 at 6:15pm
Next Wave Festival 2014’s keynote initiative, Blak Wave, involves the creation of a publication that showcases the work of the next generation of Indigenous artists. In this document, contributors are invited to explore the political, personal and aesthetic boundaries of contemporary art.

Tahjee Moar is a young Torres Strait Islander woman, a curator and co-founder of Yolk Collective, a not-for-profit organization comprised of six Art Theory students from the Centre of Fine Arts in Sydney. The collective is designed to create opportunities and editorial for emerging artists. Tony Albert is a highly accomplished artist whose work has been exhibited in Israel, South Korea, New Zealand and Cuba. His work can be seen in many collections around Australia, including the National Gallery of Australia and the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane.

In this panel discussion as part of Next Wave Festival 2014’s grand narrative, Tahjee, Tony and other contributors to the festival publication speak frankly on what it means to be a 21st Century Indigenous art practitioner and how their artistic practices are helping to forge a fresh path to the future. (rodneyvc)
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Apr
16
John A. Scott
Readings - Carlton, Wednesday, April 16 at 6:30pm
Rodney Hall will launch John A. Scott’s new nove, N. (aeclark)
Apr
17
Lunchbox / Soapbox: Emma Ayres on The Viola: A big violin, a small cello, or just a joke?
The Wheeler Centre: Books, Writing and Ideas, Thursday, April 17 at 12:45pm
As the old joke goes, the definition of a gentleman is someone who can play the viola, but chooses not to. So, what is a viola? Why did all the most famous composers play it, including Jimi Hendrix? And why is this beautiful instrument the laughing stock of the orchestra?

Emma Ayres is a classically trained musician and the darling of ABC Classic FM Breakfast. Today, she lets loose on the viola haters in a classical-music rant that will make everyone sit up and listen. To dispel any final doubts, she will also play.

Lunchbox/Soapbox

We love exploring ideas at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That’s why every Thursday lunchtime we hand the microphone over to the great thinkers, dreamers and orators of our time.

With a dazzling range of passionate speakers and unusual topics, our soapbox provides a platform for the eclectic, topical and enlightening stories you won’t hear elsewhere. This is the most memorable lunch break you’ll have all week.

If you’re in need of sustenance of body as well as mind, the MOAT lunch cart will be serving delicious $15 lunchboxes in the performance space from 12.20pm. (rodneyvc)
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Apr
22
Bruce Pascoe
Readings - Carlton, Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30pm
Bruce Pascoe discusses his book, Dark Emu, with Overland editor, Jeff Sparrow. (aeclark)
Apr
23
Jennifer Saunders
The Wheeler Centre: Books, Writing and Ideas, Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30pm
Some comedic geniuses were formed by years of misery as a child but once in a generation there comes along an individual of pure, unadulterated talent who was just born funny and stayed that way. The mighty Jennifer Saunders – actor, comedian, writer, keeper of diaries for at least a week each January – is wholly deserving of the accolade ‘legend’.

In keeping with a life devoted to hilarity, Saunders has released Bonkers: My Life in Laughs, a memoir that provides a refreshing respite from the usual celebrity catalogue of childhood woe. Saunders claims that she has precious little in the way of misery to recall, and not much in the way of memory either, but her Mum did keep all her schoolbooks and incomplete diaries for her to draw upon when penning the book.

All her classic moments get a mention – The Comic Strip, her long-running friendships with Dawn French and Joanna Lumley, and many more. This is sure to be the hottest ticket of 2014 and is guaranteed to be absolutely fabulous, darling. (rodneyvc)
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Event location: Dallas Brooks Centre
Apr
23
Jennifer Saunders - Author Talk & Book Signing
Dallas Brooks Centre, Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30pm
Jennifer Saunders, Bonkers: My Life in Laughs
Author Talk & Book Signing
Tickets - prices vary refer to More Info below
Public (added from Penguin Australia)
Apr
24
Words & Music: Katie Noonan and Michael Leunig
The Wheeler Centre: Books, Writing and Ideas, Thursday, April 24 at 7:30pm
All of our lives have soundtracks. We cherish certain songs that have meant something to us in our lives, lyrics that have helped us through tough times and inspired us to do better, or think differently. Similarly, everyone has a shortlist of seminal books, or short stories, or poems that have made a difference to them – pieces of writing that have formed who they are.

Who do our favourite writers listen to? What do the musicians we admire love to read? In the first of a brand new ongoing series, legendary cartoonist and cultural treasure Michael Leunig, and much-loved singer songwriter Katie Noonan discuss their inspirations. Michael will highlight two pieces of music that have inspired his writing and illustrations, while Katie tells us about two pieces of writing that have helped shape her musical direction. We eavesdrop on their exchange of treasures, and the conversation that ensues.

This event is hosted by Genevieve Lacey, at The Substation in Newport. (rodneyvc)
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Event location: The Substation, 1 Market Street Newport Victoria 3015
Apr
24
Michael Leunig - Author Talk
The Substation, Thursday, April 24 at 7:30pm
Michael Leunig, The essential Leunig: Cartoons from a Winding Path
Author Talk
Tickets $35 / $20 Concession
Public (added from Penguin Australia)
Apr
25
Lighthouse Literary Festival at Aireys Inlet: John Clarke
The Wheeler Centre undertakes its annual pilgrimage to the Lighthouse Literary Festival at Airey’s Inlet, to present a pair of literary legends by the sea.

Writer, satirist and actor John Clarke, famed for his mock political interviews and stellar television and film career, picks his 8 favourite books, the ones that have influenced him most. In this event, he expounds on his choices with Wheeler Centre director Michael Williams.

Presented by the Wheeler Centre, our two Lighthouse Literary Festival sessions are available only to Festival Pass holders. (rodneyvc)
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Event location: Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club, Cnr Great Ocean Road and Yarringa Road, Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231
Apr
26
Manu Feildel - Book Signing
Costco - Docklands, Saturday, April 26 at 12:30pm
Manu Feildel, French for Everyone
Book Signing
Free Event
Public
Ph: 03 8602 0300 (added from Penguin Australia)
Apr
26
Lighthouse Literary Festival at Aireys Inlet: Robert Drewe
The Wheeler Centre undertakes its annual pilgrimage to the Lighthouse Literary Festival at Airey’s Inlet, to present a pair of literary legends by the sea.

Award-winning author Robert Drewe, whose most recent book Montebello is a sequel to his much-loved memoir The Shark Net, sits down with Michael Williams to explore how living by the ocean has informed his fiction.

Presented by the Wheeler Centre, our two Lighthouse Literary Festival sessions are available only to Festival Pass holders. (rodneyvc)… (more)
Event location: Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club, Cnr Great Ocean Road and Yarringa Road, Aireys Inlet, Victoria 3231
Apr
28
The Next Big Thing: Holly Childs, Melinda Houston and Jenna Martin
There has been an explosion of vibrant new writing talent in Australia of late, and since we opened our doors, the Wheeler Centre has been right at the heart of the 21st Century literary zeitgeist. Our first ever event was a Debut Monday, showcasing exciting new authors.

The Next Big Thing is the evolution of that event. We’ve broadened our horizons to present to you not only first time authors, but also those dedicated scribes with several books to their name. These are the names we believe should be on everyone’s lips, the authors we love, but who may have slipped under your radar. Join us to discover them before everyone else does!

If you plan on making a night out of it, the MOAT offers a pre-event package from 5pm to 6pm: $20 for a meal and a glass of wine. Bookings essential; call (03) 9094 7820 or email info@themoat.com.au.

Melinda Houston

After 20 years writing everything from local news to celebrity profiles and hundreds of book, film, food and bar reviews, Melinda Houston scored her own dream job – TV critic – in 2006.

Jenna Martin

Since finishing high school ten years ago, Jenna Martin has been a teacher in Sydney, a law student in Wollongong, an actor in London and a film producer in Los Angeles.

Holly Childs

Holly Childs is a writer, editor (Crazy in Love magazine) and artist. She makes work around digital semiotics, transformations of language and culture, aberration, fashion. Her first novella No Limit will be released by Hologram in April 2014. (rodneyvc)
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Event location: The Moat, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria. 3000
Apr
29
Rebellion and Tomorrow
That we live in a time of constant change is beyond doubt. Many grand narratives that have shaped the modern world are beginning to crumble as their usefulness to contemporary society comes under serious question. Representative democracy, marriage, print media and so much more are in flux, being replaced by new paradigms.

What does it mean to live in such a time of change, on an individual level? Who are the agents of true rebellion that will shape the world of tomorrow? How is this information shared? Will today’s generations be able to build on the success of their predecessors, or are they being handed a poisoned chalice?

This dynamic and interactive event, presented in partnership with Next Wave Festival 2014, examines new grand narratives and how people experience rebellion, both politically and personally. How are ideas surrounding fundamental change progressed through our society?

We hear from six speakers – including Erik Jensen, Georgie Mattingley, Phuong Ngo and Sarah-Jane Norman – who will reflect on their personal experiences of climate change, family, media and history. In an innovative format, the debate will flow in the direction you wish to explore, a unique opportunity to help shape all our tomorrows.

A good event starts great conversations. Here’s your chance to stay back a while and meet the guest speakers. Nibbles provided. Drinks at bar prices.

Erik Jensen

Erik Jensen is a writer and editor, formerly with the Sydney Morning Herald. He has won the Walkley’s Young Print Journalist of the Year and the United Nation’s Media Peace Award.

Phuong Ngo

Phuong Ngo’s practice explores the individual and collected identity of the Vietnamese diaspora through the exploration of history, politics and culture. He completed an honours degree in fine art at RMIT in 2012, and has exhibited at numerous galleries throughout Melbourne including the Counihan (2013) and the Centre for Contemporary Photography (2012).

Georgie Mattingley

Georgie graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 2012. Often adopting a playful humour and a quirky use of visual aesthetic, Georgie aims to beautify confronting spaces or events, as a tool to question people’s limits and values.

Brendan Maclean

After training with the NSW Drama Company and under NIDA practitioner Kate Gaul, Brendan’s career kicked off when triple j offered him the chance to get behind the mic in 2007. Since then, he has hosted and produced some of triple j’s highest rating shows, from House Party to Super Request to Home and Hosed, scoring top interviews with Goldfrapp, John Butler, Krafty Kuts and Urthboy.

Alan Duffy

Dr Alan Duffy is a research fellow at Swinburne University, creating model universes within supercomputers to study the growth of galaxies, from the Big Bang to the present day.

Laura Bates

Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, a collection of over 10,000 women’s daily experiences of gender inequality (rodneyvc)
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Apr
29
Mark Isaacs
Readings - Carlton, Tuesday, April 29 at 6:30pm
Mark Isaacs, discusses his book, The Undesirable. (aeclark)
Apr
30
Emerging Writers' Festival Launch: Fact vs Fiction
The Wheeler Centre: Books, Writing and Ideas, Wednesday, April 30 at 6:15pm
The Emerging Writers’ Festival launches its 2014 program with the ultimate game of fact vs fiction. How often do novelists base their work on actual events? Do journalists exaggerate the truth for the sake of a good story? Do poets even know the difference?

Four guests from this year’s Emerging Writers’ Festival present their tall tales at the program launch. The trick is to convince everyone they are telling the truth, unless of course they’re lying. It’s up to you to decide. Choose your side and behold the 2014 Emerging Writers’ Festival program in all its glory, as the truth (and this year’s stellar lineup) is finally revealed!

The Emerging Writers’ Festival promote the interests of emerging writers – to improve their opportunities for professional development as well as their engagement with the broader public. Each year EWF brings writers, editors, publishers and performers together with readers for a festival that is an essential part of Australia’s literary calendar.

Co-hosted by Emerging Writers' Festival Director Sam Twyford-Moore and Wheeler Centre Head of Programming Simon Abrahams.

Sam Twyford-Moore

Sam Twyford-Moore is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. He is the current Director of the Emerging Writers' Festival.

Liam Pieper

Liam Pieper’s grandmother introduces him to her friends, as ‘my grandson who writes for the Internet’. You might find his work in the Monthly, Meanjin, The Best of The Lifted Brow, Going Down Swinging and The Sleepers Almanac. His memoir, The Feelgood Hit of The Year, is published by Penguin Australia in 2014. He is co-recipient of the 2014 M Literary Residency. Find him on twitter @liampieper.

Michele Lee

Michele Lee is an Asian-Australian writer. Her recent theatre works include Talon Salon (Next Wave Festival 2012, You Are Here Festival 2013, Darwin Festival 2013) and the AWGIE-winning radio play See how the leaf people run. She is currently working on Moths, recipient of the inaugural Betty Burstall Commission. Michele’s first memoir is Banana Girl (Transit Lounge, 2013).

Zoe Norton Lodge

Zoe Norton Lodge is a writer/presenter on The Checkout (ABC1). She is writing her first book with Giramondo Publishing. Zoe is the co-creator of Story Club, a monthly storytelling night which is also currently being developed for ABC2.

Nicholas J. Johnson

Nicholas J. Johnson is a Melbourne based author, entertainer and collector of scams. His first novel, Chasing The Ace (Simon & Schuster), is out in July.

Simon Abrahams

Simon Abrahams is the Wheeler Centre’s Head of Programming. (rodneyvc)
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Apr
30
Honey Brown - Book Launch & Book Signing
Honey Brown, Through The Cracks
Book Launch & Book Signing
Free Event
Public
Ph: 03 9209 6655 (added from Penguin Australia)
May
1
Lunchbox / Soapbox: Adam Alter: Drunk Tank Pink: The subconscious forces that shape how we think, feel and behave
‘Drunk Tank Pink’ is a very particular shade. In 1979 psychologists discovered that it has an extraordinary effect: if you stare at it for two minutes, you dramatically weaken in strength.

In a brilliant new study of the strange recesses of our minds, Adam Alter, professor of marketing and psychology at NYU, reveals the world is full of such hidden forces that shape our every thought, feeling and behaviour, without us ever realising. Some letters in product names make us more likely to buy them (nearly all successful brands contain a ‘k’ sound). We are more likely to be critical if we write in red rather than green. Our first school report can determine our future careers. Understanding these cues, Alter argues, is key to smarter decision-making, more effective marketing, and better outcomes for ourselves and society.

Adam Alter

Adam Alter is marketing professor at New York University. (rodneyvc)
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May
1
Henry Carroll
Readings - Carlton, Thursday, May 1 at 6pm
Henry Carrol, author of the Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs, will lead a walking tour through Carlton. (aeclark)
May
1
The Stella Prize
In response to the seemingly endless parade of male writers shortlisted and winning Australian literary prizes, in 2013 a new paradigm was born – the Stella Prize, Australia’s first prize to reward a woman writer for the best book of the year.

Ironically, since the formation of the Stella Prize, women have scooped the majority of Australian literary awards. Anna Funder, Gillian Mears and Michelle de Kretser have dominated winner’s podiums with their books All That I Am, Foal’s Bread and Questions of Travel. This year’s shortlisted authors are Hannah Kent, Anna Krien, Fiona McFarlane, Kristina Olsson, Alexis Wright and Clare Wright.

As the 2014 Stella Prize is announced, last year’s inaugural winner Carrie Tiffany and Stella Prize co-founder Aviva Tuffield will be joined by this year’s winner to question whether the award has provoked a fundamental change in how women writers are viewed, or if gender bias is as virulent as ever. (rodneyvc)
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May
2
Laura Bates
Laura Bates started the Everyday Sexism Project in April 2012, in response to the persistent narrative espoused in the media and elsewhere that sexism is no longer prevalent in contemporary life. Having repeatedly heard that women now share the same status as men and that gender-based comments or so-called ‘jokes’ are simply par for the course and must be endured, Laura launched the website to provide a space for people to talk about the instances of sexism they experience in everyday life.

In its first year the site received 25,000 stories and quickly became a powerful agent for change. Laura’s subsequent journalistic work and activism has had a profound effect on attitudes regarding sexism. She has written on the subject for the Guardian, the Independent and the Huffington Post, as well as successfully campaigning against plastic surgery mobile phone apps for children.

In this lecture, Laura will walk us through the history of the Everyday Sexism Project and look towards a hopeful future by examining its positive impact on the lives of women as we work towards a truly equal society, free of prejudice. (rodneyvc)
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May
3
Breakfast Club: 'One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star' - Friedrich Nietzsche
Breakfast Club starts with a bang as Fierce Festival’s Laura McDermott puts the chaos theory to the test. Many famous artists have experimented with abandoning control as a means of directing the creative process. Laura invites musicians, educators and business figures to help us consider how less control can sometimes result in more rewarding outcomes.

Start your weekends with big ideas, breakfast by Yoghurt Culture and coffee from Small Batch by donation.

Next Wave Breakfast Club

Kickstart your brain with a dose of stimulation courtesy of Next Wave. Breakfast Club is your morning shot of artistic and intellectual insight. We’re not interested in expert-led formats or a room full of people thinking the same things; we want big opinions, good discussion and personal stories.

Laura McDermott

Laura McDermott is Joint Artistic Director (along with Harun Morrison) of Fierce Festival – an international festival of live art and public intervention. (rodneyvc)
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May
4
Breakfast Club: Sleepwalking through fire: cold facts, hot futures
In our first Sunday morning event, Arts House’s greenie-in-residence Matt Wicking contemplates the human side of climate change. The truth may be out there, but faced with the monumental task of working out solutions, too often we choose to ignore the obvious. How can embracing unthinkable climate realities change this dynamic and help guide us towards a more hopeful future?

With guests Matilda Dixon-Smith and Eliza Muirhead.

Start your weekends with big ideas, breakfast by Yoghurt Culture and coffee from Small Batch by donation.

Next Wave Breakfast Club

Kickstart your brain with a dose of stimulation courtesy of Next Wave. Breakfast Club is your morning shot of artistic and intellectual insight. We’re not interested in expert-led formats or a room full of people thinking the same things; we want big opinions, good discussion and personal stories.

Matt Wicking

Matt is currently Greenie-in-Residence at Arts House, where he’s helping a group of progressive arts organisations build sustainability into their practice.

Matilda Dixon-Smith

Matilda Dixon-Smith is a writer, editor and theatre-maker.

Eliza Muirhead

Eliza is a photographer, videographer and communications professional for animals and the environment. (rodneyvc)
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May
5
Weather Stations: Power Slam
Performance poetry punches through to the truth with its high energy and biting satire. As part of the Weather Stations project, a global initiative that places literature and storytelling at the heart of the conversations around climate change, three poets will take on the powers that be in a night of rhythm and rhyme, focusing on what it means to be an artist living in a hostile world rife with political and social injustice.

Polish Weather Stations representative Jaś Kapela takes to the stage in an incendiary event that will tackle today’s most politically charged issues, most notably climate change. Kapela is a renowned master of the form, as well as an accomplished novelist and blogger.

Joining him will be Maxine Beneba Clarke, Abe Nouk and Geoff Lemon. Maxine is one of Australia’s best known performance poets and her much anticipated short-story collection Foreign Soil, winner of the Victorian Premier’s Unpublished Manuscript Award, is released in May. Abe is a Sudanese refugee and the reigning Victorian champion in the Australian Poetry Slam competition. Geoff is an author, poet and editor of seminal Australian literary journal Going Down Swinging.

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean heritage. She is the author of the poetry collections Gil Scott Heron is on Parole (Picaro Press, 2009) and Nothing Here Needs Fixing (Picaro Press, 2013), the title poem of which won the 2013 Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize.

Geoff Lemon

Geoff Lemon is a political satirist, sportswriter, spoken word performer, and editor of lit anthology Going Down Swinging.

Jas Kapela

Jaś Kapela is a Polish poet, novelist, columnist and blogger. His darkly comic work is proudly left-wing, and focuses on the conflict of an individual living in a hostile society.

Abe Nouk

Abraham ‘Abe’ Nouk is the founder and director at Creative Rebellion Youth. (rodneyvc)
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May
6
The Fifth Estate: Malcolm Fraser
Since he resigned from federal politics, former prime minister Malcolm Fraser has capped a long and distinguished career by focusing on human rights and international relations. In this captivating dual edition of The Fifth Estate, host Sally Warhaft sits down with the legendary figure in Melbourne and Ballarat to reflect on his political life and talk about his latest book, Dangerous Allies.

Australia has always been largely dependent on powerful distant empires for its security and for direction in how we should shape our foreign policy. In Dangerous Allies, Malcolm Fraser looks back over our dependence on Britain and the United States and examines how our status as an independent Pacific nation has altered this balance of power.

Sally Warhaft and Malcolm Fraser will discuss the ideas in Dangerous Allies and tackle the current state of Australian politics in this broad-ranging series of revealing interviews.

Malcolm Fraser

Malcolm Fraser served as Australia’s 22nd Prime Minister from 1975 until he resigned from federal politics in 1983, after 28 years as the Federal Member for Wannon. He held several ministries during his time in Parliament, including Minister for the Army, Minister of State for Defence and Minister for Education and Science. (rodneyvc)
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Event location: Melbourne City Conference Centre, 333 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000
May
7
Weather Stations: The Current Climate
Few contemporary issues present us with so much information, speculation and polarity of opinion as climate change. While many in the scientific community argue that the planet is headed for environmental disaster, equally determined sceptics dismiss such concerns. Elected officials and the media have taken sides and fiercely defend their often contradictory positions.

As part of the Weather Stations initiative, the Wheeler Centre presents an event that provides, you the audience, a chance to ask experts in the field what’s really going on. All five of the Weather Stations writers in residence from around the globe, including our own Tony Birch, will be amongst a participatory audience. The writers will reflect on their residencies and grill a panel of climate specialists.

Guests on the panel include Amanda McKenzie, CEO of the Climate Council, the independent body that was crowdfunded after the Climate Commission’s government funding was withdrawn.

This is your chance to ask the real experts, so come armed with questions – and stay on to chat with Weather Stations writers and panellists in the aftermath. Nibbles provided, drinks available for purchase.

Jas Kapela

Jaś Kapela is a Polish poet, novelist, columnist and blogger. His darkly comic work is proudly left-wing, and focuses on the conflict of an individual living in a hostile society.

Tony Birch

Tony Birch is the author of the acclaimed novel, Blood (UQP 2011), shortlisted for this year’s Miles Franklin Award. He has also published widely as a short fiction writer.

Mirko Bonné

Mirko Bonné is author of Nie mehr Nacht (No more Night), nominated for the German Book Award.

Xiaolu Guo

One of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists under 40, Xiaolu Guo is profound, incisive, funny and often disturbingly accurate.

Oisin McGann

Oisín McGann is one of Ireland’s leading writers and illustrators of books for children and young adults.

Amanda McKenzie

Amanda McKenzie is the CEO of the Climate Council. (rodneyvc)
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Event location: http://wheelercentre.com/events/event/the-current-climate/
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