Literature

18 July

David Leser ‘In Conversation’
with Phil Brown

Literary Breakfast

TO BEGIN TO KNOW A deeply moving and searingly honest memoir about fathers and sons.

Date Time Price Venue
Sat 18 July 8.00am $47.50 Adult
$42.50 Concession (on presentation of Concession Card)
RACV Noosa Resort, 94 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
Duration 1.5 hours (including breakfast)
Inclusions Full Breakfast
(Tickets are for shared tables. Bookings limited to 120 only.)
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TO BEGIN TO KNOW

About the Book:

A lyrical, deeply moving and searingly honest memoir of two men, father and son, and their shared truths and burdens, To Begin to Know is a story of love and forgiveness, of acceptance and hope. It goes to the heart of a family - the hearts of all families - and asks questions crucial to us all.

David Leser

About the Author:

David Leser has been a Middle East and Washington D. C. correspondent as well as feature writer in Australia for the Murdoch, Packer and Fairfax presses. He's more recently gained a reputation as a brilliant profile writer; among his subjects are Alan Jones, Dame Edna Everage, Helen Garner, Margaret Whitlam and the Dalai Lama.

21 July

Barrie Cassidy ‘In Conversation’
with Melanie Tait

Literary Breakfast

PRIVATE BILL In Love and War By Barrie Cassidy

Date Time Price Venue
Tue 21 July 8.00am $47.50 Adult – Concession
$42.50 (on presentation of Concession Card)
RACV Noosa Resort, 94 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
Duration 1.5 hours (including breakfast)
Inclusions Full Breakfast Tickets are for shared tables.
Additional Bookings limited to 120 only.
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‘A story straight out of the Australian mythos, profoundly affectionate and true.’
Don Watson

Private Bill Barrie Cassidy

About the Book:

Barrie Cassidy’s dad Bill survived more than four years as a prisoner of war in World War II. He first saw conflict on Crete in May 1941, during the largest parachute invasion in wartime history. Just four days later, Bill was wounded and captured.

Twice he tried to escape his internment—with horrific consequences. He suffered greatly but found courageous support from his fellow prisoners. His new wife Myra and his large family thought he was dead until news of his capture finally reached them. Back home, many years of silence after the war, unhealed wounds unexpectedly opened for Bill and Myra, testing them once again.

Private Bill is a classic heart-warming story—as told by their son—of how a loving couple prevailed over the adversities of war to live an extraordinarily ordinary, happy life.

Barrie Cassidy

About the Author:

Barrie Cassidy started out in journalism as a cadet reporter with the Border Mail in Albury. In the 47 years since, he has been a court reporter and police roundsman, a political correspondent, program host, newsreader, radio broadcaster and foreign correspondent. He has worked for the Shepparton News, the Melbourne Herald, the ABC, The Australian and Network Ten, as well as in Washington and Brussels. For the past 13 years he has been host of the ABC’s highly respected political discussion program Insiders, and until recently, host of the sports equivalent, Offsiders. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was senior press secretary to Prime Minister Bob Hawke and then ultimately his political adviser.

Private Bill is his third book. The Party Thieves, a bestseller that traced the rapid demise of Kevin Rudd, was published after the 2007 election. An Ocean of Cricket was written with his son Adam, and captured in words and stunning photographs the emergence of cricket in the South Pacific.

23 July

Darleen Bungey ‘In Conversation’
with Kristin Williamson

Literary Lucheon

JOHN OLSEN An Artist’s Life An exhilarating book, both trenchant and tender, it unflinchingly reveals the man in full.

Date Time Price Venue
Thu 23 July 12.30pm $87.50 (Includes Booking Fee) Noosa Waterfront Restaurant, 142 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville
Duration 2 hours (including lunch)
Inclusions 2 course luncheon, glass of wine.
(Tickets are for shared tables. Bookings limited to 80 only.)
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JOHN OLSEN An Artist’s Life

John Olsen an artists life

About the Book:

This landmark biography by Darleen Bungey, the author of the celebrated biography of Arthur Boyd, graphically depicts the forces that drove John Olsen to become ‘one of Australia’s greatest living artists’.

Darleen Bungey strips away the veneer of showmanship and fame to show the substance of a painter driven by his art above all, and a need to depict his country’s landscape as Australians had never seen it before. Drawing on extensive interviews with both Olsen and those who have known him best, she explores his passionate private life, his friendships and rivalries with other artists, and his love–hate relationship with the Australian art scene.

Darlene Bungey

About the Author:

Darleen Bungey has been an advertising copywriter, associate editor and writer for British magazines, freelance journalist, and book reviewer. In 1999 she began researching her seminal biography of Arthur Boyd, which was published to critical acclaim in 2007 and for which she was awarded a PhD. It won the Dobbie Literary Award and the Australian Book Industry Award for Biography of the Year.

24 July

Hannie Rayson and David Williamson ‘In Conversation’
with Gail Forrer

Literary Event

Hello Beautiful Hannie Rayson - When two of Australia’s favourite playwrights grace the stage, Magic happens.

Date Time Price Venue
Fri 24 July 10.30am $27.50 Adult –
$22.50 Concession (on presentation of Concession Card)
Noosa Arts Theatre, Weyba Road, Noosaville
Duration 60 minutes no intermission
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Hello Beautiful

Hello Beautiful hannie Rayson

About the Book:

Hannie Rayson — writer, mother, daughter, sister, wife, romantic, adventuress, parking-spot optimist—has spent a lifetime giving voice to others in the many roles she has written for stage and television. In her new book, she shines the spotlight on herself. Hello, Beautiful! captures a life behind the scenes—a life of tender moments, hilarious encounters and, inevitably, drama.

 
Hannie Rayson David Williamson

About the Author:

Hannie Rayson’s works - including Hotel Sorrento, Inheritance and Life after George - have been performed around Australia and internationally. She has been awarded two Australian Writers’ Guild Awards, four Helpmann Awards, two NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. Her play Life after George was the first play to be nominated for the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Image credit: David Connelly Living Image Photography

25 July

Liane Moriarty ‘In Conversation’
with Kristin Williamson

Literary Event

Big Little Lies The no.1 New York Times bestselling author of ‘The Husband’s Secret’

Date Time Price Venue
Sat 25 July 2.00pm $27.50 Adult
$22.50 Concession (on presentation of Concession Card)
The J Theatre, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
Duration 60 minutes no intermission
Book for the event Big little lies liane moriarty

Liane Moriarty is the author of five adult novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story and The Husband’s Secret reached no.1 on The New York Times bestseller list, was a UK no.1 bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of 2013, sold well over one million copies worldwide, been optioned for a film, a television series and will be translated into over 35 languages.

Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter.