Literature

 

19 July

Nick Earls ‘In Conversation’ with Peter Thompson

Literary Breakfast
Nick Earls ‘In Conversation’ with Peter Thompson

Join Nick Earls over breakfast as he discusses his latest book, Analogue Men.

Date Time Price Venue Duration
Sat. 19 july 8.00am $45 Adult
$40 Concession (on presentation of Concession Card)
RACV Noosa Resort 90 min
Inclusions Full Breakfast
Tickets are for shared tables. Bookings limited to 120 only
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nick EarlsAnalogue Men

Do you ever feel like you might have just one more?
chance to get on top of your life and make things happen?

Andrew Van Fleet is forty-nine and feeling fifty closing in. He’s bailed out of his private equity job for something that’ll let him spend more time at home, but the house is overrun by iPads and teenage hormones and conversations that have moved on without him.

Plus his ailing father is now lodged in the granny flat, convalescing from surgery and with his scrappy bulldog in tow.

And then there’s Brian Brightman, the expensive fading star at the radio station Andrew’s signed up to manage, whose every broadcast offers fresh trouble. He’s forty-nine too and, like Andrew, starting to wonder if the twenty-first century might prove to be his second best.

‘Buy a Nick Earls novel and you need never be sad again’
Who Weekly

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19 July

Dr Bruce Dawe AO ‘In Conversation’ with Peter Thompson

Literary Morning Tea

Widely recognized as Australia’s most popular poet, Bruce Dawe AO was born in Fitzroy, Victoria, in 1930, and was educated at Northcote High School, Melbourne.
Date Time Price Venue Duration
Sat. 19 July 10.30am

$40  Adults
$35 Concessions

RACV Noosa Resort

75 min
Inclusions Morning Tea and In Conversation event
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bruce DaweAfter leaving school at 16, he worked in various occupations (labourer, farmhand, clerk, sawmill-hand, gardener, and postman) before joining the RAAF in 1959.

He left the RAAF in 1968 and began a teaching career at Downloads College, Toowoomba, in 1969.

He holds 4 university degrees (B.A., M.Litt. M.A., Ph.D.) – All completed by part-time study.

Bruce Dawe was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters by USQ for his services to literature in 1995.
In 1996 he was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of New England.

In 1997 Dr Dawe was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of New South Wales.

Dawe was awarded the Order of Australia (AO) for his contribution to Australian literature.

In 1997 he was awarded the Inaugural Philip Hodgins Medal for Literary Excellence.

In 2000 he was awarded an Art Council Emeritus Writers Award for his long and outstanding contribution to Australian literature.

In 2003 Dawe was awarded a Centenary Medal “for distinguished service to the arts through poetry”. 

Bruce Dawe has published 13 books of poetry, one book of short stories, one book of essays, and has edited two other books. Many articles have been published dealing with his writings.

Join Bruce ‘In Conversation with Peter Thompson’ for Morning Tea. Bruce will also read some excerpts from his favourite poems.

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22 July

Anna Goldsworthy - Piano Lessons

Piano Lessons is a story of the getting of wisdom, tender and bittersweet

Date Time Price Venue Duration
Tue. 22 July 11.00am $25 Adult
$20 Concession
Noosa Arts Theatre 60 min*
Additional Tickets available from both Noosa Arts Theatre and The J Theatre
*no intermission
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Anna GoldsworthyIn this superb and original memoir, Anna Goldsworthy recalls her first steps towards a life in music, from childhood piano lessons with a local rock muso to international fame as a concert pianist. As she discovers passion and ambition, and confronts doubt and disappointment, she learns about much more than tone and technique.

Goldsworthy evokes the hopes and uncertainties of young adulthood, the fear and exhilaration of performing, and the complex bonds between teacher and student. An unforgettable cast of characters joins her, drawn with wit and affection: her parents; her fellow musicians, both friends and rivals; and her schoolmates, in all their teenage glory.

Above all there is her teacher, Mrs Sivan, enigmatic, charismatic and intimidating all at once. 

"I have never read a better depiction of a great mentor and of how true learning takes place.    Every teacher of anything should read this book. Twice."
- Philip Levine, US Poet Laureate

"...one of the most affecting and beautifully composed memoirs of recent years."
- The Sydney Morning Herald

 “A remarkable book”
- The Australian

“A wonderful story elegantly told”
- The Australian Literary Review

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25 July

Josephine Moon - ‘The Tea Chest’ in conversation with Phil Brown

Literary Morning Tea

In 2013 Josephine Moon, a mother from regional Queensland, found herself in the centre of a hotly contested auction between several publishers, hoping to publish her debut novel.

Date Time Price Venue Duration
Fri. 25 July 10.30am $40 The Plantation Room, Noosa Springs Golf and Spa Resort 75 min
Inclusions Morning Tea and In Conversation event.
Tickets are for shared tables. Bookings limited to 120 only.
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Josephine Moon credit Kathleen LamarqueSet in an exquisite boutique tea shop, The Tea Chest tells the story of three young women taking a chance on themselves.
Written with heart and infused with the seductive scents of bergamot, Indian spices, lemon, rose and caramel, Josephine Moon has conjured up a world you won't want to leave.
Join Josephine ‘In Conversation’ with writer, journalist Phil Brown.

Image courtesy of Kathleen Lamarque

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26 July

Mandy Sayer, ‘The Poet’s Wife’ in conversation with Phil Brown.

Literary Morning Tea

In the follow-up to her bestselling memoir, Dreamtime Alice, Mandy Sayer tells the story of the ten years she and Yusef Komunyakaa spent together, first as lovers, then as husband and wife.

Date Time Price Venue Duration
Sat. 26 July 10.30am $40 Adults
$35 Concessions (On presentation of Concession card)
Rickys River Lounge and Restaurant, Quamby Place 75 min
Inclusions Morning Tea and In Conversation event
Tickets are for shared tables. Bookings limited to 80 only
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The Poets WifeEven though we'd grown up in vastly different cultures and countries, we'd both known poverty, domestic violence and the expectation that neither one of us would ever amount to anything. That was probably what united us more than anything: our shared defiance of that prediction.

She tap-danced on street corners for people's small change. He was an out-of-work university teacher, poet and Vietnam vet. She was white and from Australia. He was black and from the Deep South. They met on Mardi Gras, New Orleans in 1985. She was twenty-two. He was nearly forty.

They fell in love. They married. What happened next will thrill, move, perplex and enrage you. It will break your heart. The Poet's Wife tells the story of the ten years that Mandy Sayer and Yusef Komunyakaa spent together, first as lovers, then as husband and wife.

During that time he became a famous poet, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the highest honour for poetry in the United States, and a university professor.

Mandy Sayer won the Australian-Vogel Award in 1989 for her novel Mood Indigo. She has written five works of fiction, edited one anthology (with another due for publication later this year), and written two memoirs, Dreamtime Alice, which won the 2000 National Biography Award and Velocity, which won the Age Non- Fiction Prize. She lives in Sydney.

Join Mandy ‘In Conversation’ with writer, journalist Phil Brown.

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