CBR GLAMR events, from 20 to 31 July

Your one-stop shop for Canberra GLAMR events!

Wednesday 20 July

Crochet Moore Together

12-1pm, Smith’s Alternative

Learn how to crochet, or use your existing skillz to make useful items for St Vinnies Winter appeal.

(repeated on Wednesday 27 July)

Thursday 21 July

Understanding our rainforests from the seed up…

12:30pm, ANBG

Dr Cathy Offord (Principal Research Scientist at RBG Sydney) assesses the storage potential of seeds from Australian rainforest species.

Friday 22 July

Preparing for your data future: Canberra Research Data Community Seminar

9:30am-12pm, Menzies Library, ANU

For ACT research data producers and consumers to learn about recent initiatives, prospects for likely developments, and future opportunities in research data.

Saturday 23 July

Inside out/Outside in: the urban and regional landscape

ACT & Regional Annual Heritage Partnership Symposium

CSO, Mount Stromlo

The symposium asks how people, practice and planning relate to place making, recognising and celebrating our spaces and shared cultural and natural heritage.
The concept of landscape has moved on from its early meaning of open areas of land and planted gardens; based on only aesthetic appeal. How can we extend our understanding of our landscape, the natural, the built and the Indigenous, into better planning of our city, our suburbs and their settings and into a city that understands and draws from its cultural and natural heritage values; from the people, communities, and the environment that inhabit it and exude it?

Let’s meetup and write

11am-12:30pm, Civic Library

(Let’s write Canberra)

Are you writing professionally or for yourself or just want a group of like-minded typists hanging out with you while you are visited by your muse?

Blundells Cottage: a home for the workers

11:30am-12:30pm, NCA

Discover the stories of the families who lived at Blundells Cottage and how the NCA grew up around this humble dwelling.

Feminartsy Workshop: Getting Published

1:30-3:30pm, YWCA House, $ variable

For budding writers looking to get their work published!

Winter gardening with Tracey Bool

2-3pm, Tuggeranong Library

Hear about Winter in Canberra gardens: protecting plants from the cold, what to plant, and getting ready for spring.

Co-existence seminar
Co-existence: recognising and respecting Indigenous rights in planning?

Monday 25 July

Co-existence: recognising and respecting Indigenous rights in planning?


Panel talk on Indigenous land title and implications for land use planning.

Tuesday 26 July

The Time Traveller’s Book Club with Dr Mike Smith – A Woman in Arabia

11am-12:30pm, NMA (possibly NMA members only?)

Join archaeologist and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Museum, Dr Mike Smith, for this history book club with a difference.

RegNet Bookclub: a culture of rights – law, literature and Canada

12:30-2pm, HC Coombs Building, ANU

In his new book, Benjamin Authers examines the unique rights landscape of Canada through the lens of law and literature, taking as his point of departure the enactment of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982.

Innovations in the Parliamentary Library

12:30-1:30pm, Ferguson room, NLA

Liz Luchetti, Assistant Secretary, Library Collections and Databases Branch and Sam Spencer, Library Innovation Manager, will talk about past, present and future Library innovation and demonstrate their favourite innovative products that enhance the delivery of library services  – the new parliamentary handbook data management system and the news services currently available via the mobile Web@Work app. In addition they will provide some tips on how to engage staff in the innovation process. 

Book launch: The Art of Time Travel by Tom Griffiths

5pm, The Drawing Room, University House

Tom Griffiths’ new book, The Art of Time Travel: Historians and their Craft will be launched by Associate Professor Frank Bongiorno.

2 hours writing

6-8pm, Tilley’s Devine

(Write Together – Canberra)

Get motivated with silent writing!

Wednesday 27 July

Newsfeed – museums, galleries and media

5:30pm, NPG (with Museums Australia)

A special panel discussion interrogating the dramatic changes in the media landscape and the implications for the museums and galleries sector.

Thursday 28 July

Trees, Woods and Man

12:30, ANBG

John Turnbull (former CSIRO scientist) will talk about the importance of trees in Australian culture and the impact of tree-planting on the livelihoods of people in developing countries.

Canberra Launch of Graeme Innes’ Book “Finding a Way”

6pm, Paperchain

Celebrate the Canberra launch of Graeme Innes’ book, sharing his perspective of being blind from birth, and overcoming discrimination.

Literary Portrait: Theft: a love story by Peter Carey

6-7:30pm, NPG

A discussion of Peter Carey’s Theft: a love story by Professor Jen Webb, Professor Desmond Manderson, and Christopher Chapman.

Read the book and join the conversation.

41 Art Journals with Bella Insch

6-8pm, BAC

Take part in the 41 Art Journals project!

Eat, Drink and Be Literary with Richard Fidler

6:15-9pm, The Hall, ANU

Richard Fidler will join Alex Sloan in conversation to discuss his new book, Ghost Empire, his popular ABC radio series, Conversations with Richard Fidler, and the Doug Anthony All Stars.

Friday 29 July

A Poets Archive: Peter Porter’s Creative Legacy

9:30am-5pm, Theatre, NLA

The National Library is proud to be the custodian of the personal archive of poet Peter Porter. From first drafts to page proofs, from notes to correspondence, the collection reveals the life of an Australian poet in London and is a treasure trove for research. 

Join Peter’s family and friends for a day celebrating his legacy in all its diversity, and for a glimpse of the richness the archive offers.

Supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust.

Object Club: New Springfield-Faithfull collection

10am-12pm, NMA

Curator Cheryl Crilly shares the stories of two Victorian era dresses, on show at the Museum fo rhte first time.

An Evening Inspired by Bean

4:30-7:30pm, UNSW at ADFA

The exhibition opening of “Charles Bean: Life and Work”, and a tribute to the legacy of Charles Bean through music, film and a panel discussion.

Saturday 30 July

Book signing, Rodney Dunn: The Truffle Cookbook

9:30am-10:30am, Muse (free book signing, but make a reservation for breakfast).

A truffle-filled winter weekend morning! Founder of Tasmania’s Agrarian Kitchen and Australia’s foremost authority on all things truffle, Rodney Dunn will be in the bookshop from 9.30am-10.30am signing copies of his latest collection of recipes and truffle lore, The Truffle Cookbook.

Meanwhile, head chef Steven Sweeney will be celebrating the occasion with a dish inspired by Rodney’s visit: Baked eggs, roast Jerusalem artichoke, smoked cow’s curd, beetroot oil, brioche crumble, mushroom dust & shaved local black truffles.

Sunday 31 July

Book launch, Ellen Van Neerven: Comfort Food

3pm-4pm, Muse

Book launch, the poetry debut of acclaimed Queensland author, Ellen van Neerven: Comfort Food.

Using food as her inspiration, van Neerven offers a cross-cultural vision of the exotic and the familiar, moving between place and culture to explore identity, sovereignty and the restless quest for love.

Friday-Sunday 29-31 July

GovHack 2016 Heritage Hack node: Competition weekend


A weekend of working with data within GovHack

Please comment with any GLAMR orgs or events we’ve missed!

…last but not least, CLT (Canberra Library Tribe, that’s us!) will plan an event for later in the year.

CBR GLAMR events, from 11 to 18 July

Your one-stop shop for Canberra GLAMR events! Stay tuned for next week!

Monday 11 July

What is a children’s classic?

2-3pm, UC

In this CCCR seminar Kenneth Kidd from the University of Florida the will discuss the question, “what is a children’s classic?”, outlining his book in progress on the children’s literary classic in American culture. He will address the ongoing broader question, “what is a classic?”, and how any answers might look with respect to children’s titles. Some of his topics include literary prizing, anticensorship work, and adaptation. He’ll give particular attention to the “self-helping” of classics, or the adult appropriation of children’s classics for self-help or pop-psychological purposes.

Tuesday 12 July

Health issues in Canberra in the 1920s and how Queanbeyan doctors handled them

(Canberra & District Historical Society) 5:30pm, Menzies Room, NAA (free)

Book Camp Book Club

6:15-8:15pm, Beyond Q

Number 1 Ladies Book Club

7-9pm, Beyond Q

Wednesday 13 July

How to write your business book so it sells

6pm-7:15pm, The Mantra on Northbourne

Thursday 14 July

Mephisto in the archives

1:25pm, AWM (free)

Join a staff member for a talk about records from the Research Centre’s collections that were used to discover the backstory to Mephisto and the German A7V.

Science fiction futures: in conversation with Cat Sparks and Chris Palmer

5:30pm, ANU

It is the year 26,000. A catfish dips into a pool of acid water, the sky is a single ashen cloud. Terry scans the landscape: a metallic junkyard, concrete, hot and bothered. What has happened?

Science Fiction Futures asks you to consider your own vision of the future. Do you see catastrophe or sustainability? Importantly, how has science fiction shaped collective understanding of the future?

Enter the playwright: pulling drama from an archive box

6pm-7pm, NLA (free)

Playwright Alana Valentine discusses the alchemy of turning letters and ledgers into the flesh and bones of drama, transporting our history into the artistry of universal emotional resonance.

Saturday 16 July

July Sewing Sesh

1pm-5pm, TBC (Canberra Sewing Crew)

William Yang: My Generation (film screening)

2pm-3pm, CMAG (free)

In the 70s and 80s, photographer William Yang captured his experience of Sydney’s emerging artistic, literary, theatrical and queer circles, as well as his friendships with artists, filmmakers, writers and fashion designers such as Brett Whiteley, Patrick White, Jim Sharman, Linda Jackson and Jenny Kee. With myriad images and his trademark candid narration, Yang leads us through this beguilingly decadent and creative era.

Sunday 17 July

Writing Science Fiction with Ian McHugh

10am-4pm, Gorman Arts Centre

This practical workshop is aimed at writers with an interest in science fiction or who are already developing their craft in the genre. Covering the key aspects of the genre it includes segments on world-building, creating alien creatures and characters, future and alternate technology, turning science into stories.

Monday 18 July

A phoenix from the ashes: English Silver in the 20th and 21st Centuries

The Shine Dome (for ADFAS members)

Martin Ellis is a curator, lecturer and broadcaster with a wide-ranging expertise in art and design. This lecture is an introduction to the complexity of modern design history through the development of a single art form. We follow the changes of fortune in English silversmithing since 1900. At the turn of the century the English Arts and Crafts metalworking was the most influential force in European avant-garde design. It went through crises of confidence, ravages of war, austerity and industrial decline to the recent re-emergence of silversmithing as one of the most exciting and dynamic forms of contemporary British design.

…last but not least, CLT (Canberra Library Tribe, that’s us!) will plan an event for later in the year. See you for next week’s update!

CBR GLAMR events, from 5 to 10 July 2016

Your one-stop shop for Canberra GLAMR events! Stay tuned for next week!

Tuesday 5 July

NAIDOC week Collection talk

12:30pm-1:30pm, NLA Conference Room, Level 4 (free)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members Shannon Sutton, John Morseu and Nicolette Suttor share collection items that have special meaning for them.

Wednesday 6 July

Behind the scenes in the Research Centre: Boxer Uprising

1:15pm, AWM, Research Centre Reading Room (free)

Come behind the scenes at the Memorial’s archives to discover the stories hidden in some of the Research Centre’s treasures.

July Story-share, advice to my teenage self

7pm-9pm, Smith’s Alternative

When we’re older, we’re wiser, right? What would you say to your teenage-self if you could go back in time?


Cover of Ngunnawal Plant Use Guide
Ngunnawal Plant Use Guide

Thursday 7 July

Today’s Aboriginal culture: a Ngunnawal Perspective

12:30pm, ANBG

Wally Bell, Director, Buru Ngunnawal Aboriginal Corporation, will describe the development and content of the ‘Ngunnawal Plant Use Guide’ in recognition of NAIDOC Week.

The Guide is available for purchase from various bookshops and online.

Fantasy knits from Harry Potter

1pm-3pm, Libraries ACT (Erindale)

Create fantasy knits from ‘Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter’. Share what you like about Harry Potter books.

UC Heritage Hack Connections

6pm-9:30pm, UC (free)

A whirlwind introduction to cultural heritage data, digital tools, and online possibilities. Warm up for the GovHack 2016 weekend (29-31 July).

Saturday 9 July

Constitution Day Celebrations

11am-4pm, NAA

Join in family fun Constitution-style – try the discovery trail and collect your cupcake, try your hand at calligraphy, or Indigenous face-painting and storytelling, and make your own Constitution Day badge. Learn about the story behind the Larakia petition. Enjoy Indigenous performances and join Queen Victoria with her lady-in-waiting to view the Federation documents including the Constitution and Royal Commission of Assent. A must see!

Cooking demonstration: scones on a wood fired stove

1pm-4pm, Calthorpes’ House (tours at 1pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm)

Visit Calthorpes’ House and experience the warmth and smell of baking in the wood fired stove.
Share recipes and cooking tips in the kitchen then sample a scone after your tour.

Constitution Day Speakers forum

2pm, NAA (also streamed online) (free)

Join Mr Stan Grant, Journalist, Host of The Point and Member of the Referendum Council and Ms Shireen Morris, Policy adviser and constitutional reform research fellow at Cape York Institute, as they discuss ‘Indigenous recognition and Australia’s identity – Why is it important?’

Sunday 10 July

Book Discussion: Elephant Moon by John Sweeney

3pm-5pm, Tilley’s (The Readers, Canberra)


…last but not least, CLT (Canberra Library Tribe, that’s us!) will plan an event for later in the year. See you for next week’s update!