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Chris Womersley
Chris Womersley

28 JUNE 2022

Join us for a night that celebrates Melbourne, art, friendships and one of our city's greatest writers, Chris Womersley. Melbourne, 1991. Fresh out of detox and five years after his involvement in the theft of Picasso's masterpiece The Weeping Woman from the NGV, Edward Degraves - art forger and drug addict - returns to Melbourne for a new start. All he needs is to make one last visit to The Diplomat, a seedy motel renowned for its drug dealers and eccentrics. But Edward's new-found sobriety is both a torment and a gift. As he revisits old haunts, he is confronted by reminders of the past: ruined relationships, a stalled career as an artist and - looming over everything - the death of his beloved wife Gertrude. Shot through with grief and dark comedy, The Diplomat is a powerful story of love and recovery - and a stark evocation of the fine line between self-destruction and redemption. This event is free to attend but bookings are essential.

EVENT TIME: 6:30 PM

VENUE: 309 Lygon St, Carlton, Victoria, 3053
309 Lygon St Carlton VIC 3053

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Amani Haydar
Amani Haydar

29 JUNE 2022

Amani Haydar suffered the unimaginable in 2015 when she lost her mother in a brutal act of domestic violence perpetrated by her father. Five months pregnant at the time, her own perception of how she wanted to mother (and was mothered) was shaped by this devastating murder. In the aftermath, Amani and her siblings were faced with the loss of both parents - their father, Haydar Haydar, was charged and sentenced to 18 years behind bars. Over the past six years, Amani has re-evaluated her parent's relationship (an arranged marriage) and her childhood, and reckoned with the burden of intergenerational trauma and impact of the passing of her maternal grandmother in Beirut in 2006. She's examined the holes in the justice system for addressing and combating emotional abuse and coercive control and advocates for change. She's raised two beautiful children. Now, in award winning The Mother Wound, Amani writes with power, fury and grace on how we inherit violence and trauma, but also strength, resilience and joy. She writes from the intersection of her experiences as a victim of crime, a lawyer, an Arab-Australian, a woman, daughter and a mother. Poetically combining memoir, social commentary and legal analysis, this is a powerful story of female resilience and motherhood you won't easily forget. Bri Lee began her first day of work at the Queensland District Court as a bright-eyed judge's associate. Two years later she was back as the complainant in her own case. Bri writes about her journey through the Australian legal system; first as the daughter of a policeman, then as a law student, and finally as a judge's associate in both metropolitan and regional Queensland. The injustice Bri witnessed, mourned and raged over every day finally forced her to confront her own personal history, one she'd vowed never to tell. And this is how, after years of struggle, she found herself on the other side of the courtroom, telling her story. These two incredible women are closing out our latest 'Up late' series in conversation. Please join us to witness their discussion on the legal system, privilege, consent, women, creative expression and more. Bring questions of your own for this generous pair!

EVENT TIME: 6:30 PM

VENUE: Gordon Library
Gordon Library 799 Pacific Hwy Gordon NSW 2072

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Maggie Dent
Maggie Dent

2 JULY 2022



EVENT TIME: 10:00 AM

VENUE: Paperbark Merchants Bookshop
240 York St Albany WA 6330

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Julia Busuttil Nishimura
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

28 JULY 2022

Join us for the celebration of cooking with simple ingredients, seasonal produce and the joys of coming together at the table. Julia Busuttil Nishimura's cooking is influenced by her Maltese heritage, the distinctive ebb and flow of Melbourne's seasons, and by her time spent living in Tuscany, where she learned the joys of the Italian kitchen. We are delighted to have her talking about her new cookbook Around the Table (and signing copies) alongside chatter about writing and creating. With recipes ranging from quick, flavourful meals for busy weeknights to simple indulgences for summer feasts, her latest book Around the Table perfectly matches dishes to time and place. Each recipe has a personal meaning - Mediterranean classics from Italy and Malta, and Japanese dishes Julia has learned from her husband, Nori. This event is free to attend but bookings are essential.

EVENT TIME: 6:00 PM

VENUE: Readings Emporium - Emporium Melbourne
Shop 1-016/287 Lonsdale St Melbourne VIC 3000

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Ann Cleeves
Ann Cleeves

17 AUGUST 2022

Readings, together with the Australian Crime Writers Association, are beyond delighted to welcome Ann Cleeves - the British mystery crime writer famous for her Vera Stanhope, Jimmy Perez, and Matthew Venn series. Ann has written more than thirty-five critically acclaimed novels, and in 2017 was awarded the highest accolade in crime writing, the CWA Diamond Dagger. Tonight, she will be chatting with Karina Kilmour about her latest novel, The Rising Tide, featuring Vera Stanhope, star of the beloved Vera series. Tickets are $35 per person and include a signed copy of The Rising Tide.

EVENT TIME: 6:30 PM

VENUE: Cinema Nova
380 Lygon St CARLTON VIC

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