Your one-stop shop for Canberra GLAMR events!
There are lots of great free tours at the National Gallery to celebrate National Science Week! We were excited about their book club but the upcoming one is booked out 😦
WWI musical instruments, digital transformation, conference tips, Japanese gardens, reading, 3D chocolates, migration book, victory in war, writing, foreign correspondent book, Indigenous policy in media, law resources, war and family history, Googong archaeology, John Gould/Gilbert, reading group, Les Murray’s portrait, celluloid film, Hamilton Hume, historian talk, sports panel, CBCA awards, rabbits, stargazing, instagram, sea poetry, sewing, book activities, grammar workshop, zines & badges, knitting, talk on gardens/Australia’s oldest camellia, kickboxing talk, and two authors discuss writing crime fiction.
Monday 15 August
Join a Memorial curator to learn about the strange violin of Private Max Nicholls that was made from scraps off the battlefield in 1918. Other relics in this musical talk include Lieutenant “Dad” Jarvis and his tin whistle, played in the thick of a German attack, and Bandmaster Sapper Bill Headen’s cornet, which sounded as a crowded transport sank on Anzac Day, 1918.
DTO, 4pm, 50MC Theatre
The Digital Transformation Programme has so far delivered five digital exemplar services released in Beta. In this session, DTO Head of Delivery Dan Pulham will showcase two of these exemplar products.
ALIA (ACT Students and New Graduates Group, and NLS8), NLA, 5:30-7pm
Are you thinking about preparing something to present at a conference but not quite sure how to do it? Have you presented before but need to brush up your skills? This event is for you. Hear from the NLS8 Team and ALIA about how to submit a proposal for NLS8 in Canberra next year, and join us for a panel discussion with local information professionals who have taken the plunge and presented at conferences in the past. This is your opportunity to ask questions, pick up some tips, and gather your courage! This event will be particularly useful for anyone who wants to start speaking at conferences and other professional events, or anyone who would like to brush up on their presentation skills.
Horticultural Society of Canberra, Wesley Hall, 7:30pm
Chris Braddick, Convenor of the Friends of the Nara Peace Park, will speak on the development of Japanese garden design
Tuesday 16 August
Sharing a book with your child for 10 minutes a day, an hour a week is our aim for The Reading Hour. We know it’s not always possible for parents to share a book at bedtime with their children, but if you can manage 10 minutes most nights, your child will have the best chance of becoming a good reader, with all the social and educational benefits that brings. The Reading Hour is for everyone and there will be events and activities for all age groups. The Reading Hour is nominally 6pm to 7pm on 16 August, but events will be happening all day, to avoid or coincide with important sporting fixtures and venue opening hours, and to accommodate the different time zones.
CBR Innovation Network, 6-8pm
What is better than chocolate? Chocolate that’s been cast in the shape of your favourite character or design! Learn to 3D print your own food-safe chocolate mould, and take plenty of chocolate home.
This workshop takes you through the basics of Computer Aided Design (CAD). Using CAD software, you will use a 3D printer to create a mould that you can use to cast chocolates. This is a great intro to 3D design and printing, and the molded chocolates are a great gift idea.
Permanent migration has long been vital to the story of Australia and today, there are more than one million temporary migrants living in Australia. They work, pay tax and abide by our laws, yet they remain unrecognised as citizens. All the while, this rise in temporary migration is redefining Australian society, from wage wars and healthcare benefits, to broader ideas of national identity and cultural diversity.
In Not Quite Australian, award-winning journalist Peter Mares draws on case studies, interviews and personal stories to investigate the complex realities of this new era of temporary migration.
War Studies Seminar Series: Special Event: Defining Victory
Defining victory in most wars is inherently difficult because most wars are fought for limited objectives and because most war aims can be unstable, multiple, intangible, undeclared, and even negative (e.g. not losing or seen to be losing). Defining victory in modern wars is even more difficult because today’s wars are often vague in purpose and lack clear measures of success. This session will examine the problems and pitfalls of the problem of bringing a war to an end.
Write Together, Tilleys, 6-8pm
Get motivated with silent writing for 2 hours at Tilley’s Café. You’re also welcome to stay on and socialise after the end of the writing session.
ANU/The Canberra Times meet the author event:
Hack in a Flak Jacket is a startlingly honest account of experiencing war and terrorism from the frontline by Peter Stefanovic, one of Australia’s leading journalists and foreign correspondents. For almost ten years Peter Stefanovic was Channel 9’s foreign correspondent in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. During that time he witnessed more than his fair share of death and destruction – all while putting his own personal safety very much in the firing line.
Wednesday 17 August
This seminar explores how transformations in Australia’s media landscape are impacting on public discussion of Indigenous policy issues.
Collaborate and Learn
ALLA, Online, 1-2pm
The seminar, through recounting the story of the development of Kidd’s Law Publications will seek to inform, equip and motivate librarians to seize opportunities to create their own client facing information value added resources and products. #kiddlaw
Dusted Off is the story of youth seeking adventure and of the traumatic reality of war, for those who fight and for those who support them. Accomplished actor and guitarist Brett Hunt shares his family’s story.
CAS/CAR Lecture: Googong Project
Dr Rebecca Parkes presents a talk with the Canberra Archaeological Society/Centre for Archaeological Research.
Thursday 18 August
Thursday Talks at the Botanic Gardens Series:
Dr Susan Serjeantson will celebrate the contribution of John Gould’s collector in Australia, John Gilbert.
Erindale Library, 1-2pm
Come along and share your thoughts on the chosen books, whether or not you would recommend them, and the thoughts they provoked.
Portrait Encounter: Les Murray by David Naseby
Meet for conversation and sharing of ideas around selected portraits, facilitated by members of the National Portrait Gallery Access and Learning team.
National Science Week: Celluloid’s secrets revealed
Just like everything else in this universe, film is governed by science. Our preservation and restoration experts will reveal how physics and chemistry shape the ‘life’ of film.
Talk by Robert Macklin on his new book.
Dipesh Chakrabarty in conversation with Meera Ashar and Frank Bongiorno, reflecting on the public life of history in Asia and Australia and how historians participate in debates about the past.
Australians love sport – it is woven into our folklore, social fabric and weekend routines. But what does this obsession say about us as a nation? Has sport really been a vehicle for social change? Why do we idolise sporting stars?
ABC RN Big Ideas presenter Paul Barclay hosts a discussion about sport and how it has shaped Australian culture and identity with guests.
Friday 19 August
The Children’s Book Council of Australia and the Library invite you to the presentation of the Book of the Year awards and the launch of Book Week 2016, followed by book signings.
Rabbits are widely thought to have been domesticated by monks in southern France in the 4th Century AD and subsequently spread from monastery to monastery into northern Europe. As such, some believe rabbits are essentially ‘feral’ or domestic rabbits returned to the wild. However, other lines of evidence suggest that wild rabbits were also introduced. Research into mediaeval literature and archaeological investigation into rabbit warrens on the island of Guernsey offer detailed insights into the roles the clergy, kings and knights in the rabbits spread in northern Europe.
Mount Stromlo Observatory in conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society invite the Canberra community to attend public observing nights. Come and see the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon as well as beautiful star clusters and nebulae. On the night attendees will be taken on a ‘tour of the universe’ with talks by astronomers from Mt. Stromlo Observatory and observations on several telescopes
Saturday 20 August
Instagrammers Canberra, TAC, 10am-3pm
Find out everything you need to know about the wonderful world of Instagram in this one day workshop with Instagrammers Canberra. Throughout the day you can learn all the basic elements and principles of iPhonography.
ACT Writers Centre, 10:30am
For aspiring, new and developing poets and anyone else with an interest in a stimulating writing space and finding the next poem.
CBR Sewing Crew, 1-5pm
Do you love sewing? Are you keeping it real in the Canberra district? Care to hang out with other rad peeps stitching up a storm? If so, you may be interested in the CBR Sewing Crew! We’re a sassy group who love to catch up for an informal stitch and bitch session roughly once a month. The CBR Sewing Crew is open to all skill levels – just bring whatever project you are working on along. We’re also looking forward to additional catch ups throughout the year for movies/fabric shopping expeditions/cake for those interested.
Sunday 21 August
CMAG on Sunday, Book Week Special
CMAG, various times
An afternoon of activities based on books shortlisted for the Picture Book and Early Childhood Book of the Year by the Children’s Book Council of the Australia. There will also be creative activities inspired by exhibitions such as, May Gibbs by gum! The studio based activity for 4-12 year olds inspired by Ronojoy Ghosh’s book, Ollie and the wind,will include three sessions…
ACT Writers Centre, 10am
This workshop will cover the foundation rules of the English language (the parts of speech, the power of verbs, the rules of sentence construction, and punctuation rules), plus reveal the secret conventions used by skilled writers to break these rules in order to produce a more compelling narrative.
Anvil Design Studio, 1pm
This workshop will introduce participants to the process of making zines and badges. The workshop will be taught by veteran street artist Christopher Tamm, coinciding with his new exhibition at Anvil Studio & Gallery.
Canberra knitters, Dickson Tradies, 2-4pm
If you love knitting and being social this is the group for you!
Fireside Chat and High Tea: Talk on Camden Park House & Garden
Friends of Old Parliament House Rose Gardens
Camden Park was built for the Macarthur family in 1831. The convict built Palladian house was designed by John Verge and is surrounded by the largest intact 19th century garden in NSW. Rare plantings include the oldest surviving camellia in Australia, c. japonica anemoniflora. John and Edwina and their family maintain the garden with the help of a group of dedicated
Out of left field: Tara James – kickboxing
Discover something different in this series of talks exploring culture and identity through the lens of sportspeople who engage in unconventional sports.
Tara James is an Art Handler (aka full-time multi-tasking ninja) at the National Portrait Gallery but all her spare time is spent at Phoenix Gym training under Anthony Manning.
Award-winning crime writer Candice Fox has teamed up James Patterson,one of the world’s bestselling authors, to co-write a thriller set in the Australian outback.
Candice is joined by L.J.M. Owen, author of Canberra’s own crime fiction series Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth, to talk about this stunning new book, the challenges of writing crime fiction, and just how one goes about co-writing with an über-famous colleague!
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. See you for next week’s update!