Canberra GLAMR events, December 2016

Your one-stop shop for Canberra GLAMR events!

Monday 5 December

Haunting history: past possibles and possible pasts

4:15pm, HRC Conference Room, A.D. Hope Building #14, ANU (free)

Professor Ethan Kleinberg’s  paper uses works of fiction and of history to argue for a deconstructive approach to the past. If the past has an ontology, it is a latent ontology that is activated when one does history.

Book launch – River’s Edge by Owen Bullock

5:30pm, Smith’s Alternative, Civic (free)

Book launch of Owen Bullock’s latest haiku sequence, River’s Edge.

In Owen Bullock’s second haiku sequence with Recent Work Press, he explores the wisdom garnered from his period as a care worker for the elderly in New Zealand. These haiku display the riches of Bullock’s keen sense of observation married with his ability to get to the essence of any subject with his deft use of this most precise of Japanese forms.

ADFAS Canberra AGM and Christmas party

5:45pm, Commonwealth Club, Yarralumla (own cost)

Book discussion: Darren Lehmann’s Coach

6pm, Woden Library (free)

Meet Darren Lehmann, coach of the Australian cricket team, and hear about his book Coach, a candid and intimate look behind the change room doors. Coach traces Darren’s path to the top coaching job in Australian cricket and the highs and lows of the role, as well as addressing the issues of pressure, maintaining a team’s hunger and the part luck plays in success or failure.

Darren will be signing copies of his book which will be available for purchase at the event.

Meet the author: Paul Livingstone aka Flacco

6pm, Theatre 2, Manning Clark Centre 26A, ANU (free)

Hear the inside story of The Doug Anthony All Stars then and now from Paul Livingston. In D.A.A.S.: Their Part in My Downfall, Livingston reveals all – their rise, disappearance and rebirth – and interviews their fans, colleagues and famous peers and admirers.


Tuesday 6 December

Inversion: on some poetics and politics in the discourse of the sublime

4:15pm, HRC Conference Room, A.D. Hope Building #14, ANU (free)

Professor Ian Balfour’s talk looks into how language works in the discourse of the sublime, zeroing on the figure of inversion from Longinus to Milton’s Paradise Lost (read through Edmund Burke) to Friedrich Hölderlin and beyond.


Wednesday 7 December

Seen but unseen: missing visible Indigenous women in the media and what it means for leadership in Indigenous Australia

12pm, University of Canberra (free)

Tess Ryan’s presentation reports on an investigation of media representation of Indigenous women’s leadership in Australia.

Behind the scenes in the Research Centre: Boxer uprising

1:15pm, Australian War Memorial (free but RSVP)

Come behind the scenes in the Memorial’s archives to discover the stories hidden in some of the Research Centre’s treasures. Please note these tours have access limitations. For more information, please contact Public Programs.

Canberra-wide GLAMR sector end of year function

5:30pm, ALIA House, Deakin (free)

Six Canberra professional groups, including Canberra Library Tribe, have come together to host an end-of-year function for people working in the GLAMR sector. Drinks, nibbles and a collegial, convivial atmosphere.


Thursday 8 December

Book launch: No body’s perfect

12pm, University of Canberra (free)

Book launch of No Body’s Perfect: A helper’s guide to promoting body image in children and young people by Dr Vivienne Lewis. To be launched by Professor Deep Saini, Vice Chancellor and President, University of Canberra with guest speaker, Tim Gavel, ABC Canberra, Sports Broadcaster. The author, Dr Vivienne Lewis, will be signing purchased copies of her book following the launch.

Australian Aboriginal basket exhibition talk

12:30, National Museum of Australia (free but may require exhibition entry)

Join Andy Greenslade from the National Museum of Australia for a pop-up talk on the Australian Aboriginal basket, her favourite object from the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.

Book launch: The West Verandah: The life and work of Les Murray

5pm, Common Room, University House, ANU (free)

The book launch will feature a poetry reading by Les Murray.

Meet the author: Paul Keating: the big picture leader

6pm, Theatre 1, Manning Clark Centre, ANU (free)

Troy Bramston will be in conversation with The Australian’s Editor-At-Large, Paul Kelly, on Bramston’s new biography of Paul Keating. The first biography that Keating has cooperated with in more than two decades.


Friday 9 December

Books that changed humanity no. 5: A Christmas Carol

5:30pm, HRC Conference Room, A.D. Hope Building #14, ANU (free)

Associate Professor Jenny Gribble will introduce and discuss A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens in 1843.


Saturday 10 December

Canberra Region Indexers Christmas Brunch

11am, The Oaks Brasserie, Yarralumla (own cost)

Christmas brunch for Canberra Region ANZSI (Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers).

Beneath the surface: classical painting demonstration

11:30am, National Gallery of Australia (free)

Discover what lies beneath the surface of an 18th century oil painting in a demonstration by Michelle Hiscock. Watch the painstaking process unfold as Michelle recreates a fragment of Carl Van Loo’s Madame de Pompadour as the ‘beautiful gardener’ 1754-55.

Canberra Book Club Costume Christmas Party

12:30pm, Tilley’s, Lyneham (own cost)

A 2016 Christmas Party to celebrate another year of reading.

Read like a feminist book club

2pm, Smith’s Alternative, Civic (gold coin)

Featuring Fight like a girl by Clementine Ford.


Sunday 11 December

Eucalypt Dye Workshop

9am, Australian National Botanic Gardens ($49)

Local textile artist Sally Blake will demonstrate techniques for extracting plant dye from eucalypt leaf and bark. Choose to dye a personalised scarf or fabric section for a cushion cover, either for yourself or a unique Christmas gift.

Plotting for success with Scott Baker

10am, AWC, CCAS ($110+)

Full of great ideas but having trouble pulling them into a coherent and compelling form? Learn to plot your story and maintain a compelling pace in this practical full day workshop with Scott Baker – author of the bestselling action-thriller, The Rule of Knowledge, and Writer/Director of the soon to be released Blue World Order feature film.


Tuesday 13 December

Woden Reading Group: Christmas get-together and planning for 2017

10am, Woden Library (free)

Come along and share what you have been reading, whether or not you would recommend it, and the thoughts it provoked.

For country, for nation: exploring our archives

12:30pm, Australian War Memorial (free)

Written records from the Memorial’s archives enabled crucial background research for the exhibition For Country, for Nation. Join a Research Centre curator to learn about the records we hold and how they can be accessed. View some of the original documents that contribute to our knowledge of Indigenous Australian experiences of wartime.

Book Camp Book Club

6:15pm, Beyond Q, Curtin (free)


Wednesday 14 December

APSIG Christmas Lunch

12pm, Lemon Grass, Woden (own cost)

Lunch with ALIA APSIG and the Asian Library Resources of Australia.


Thursday 15 December

ACT Writers Centre Christmas party

6pm, AWC, CCAS ($10.50+)

Celebrate the ACT Book of the Year announcement, our 2016 ACT Writing & Publishing award winners, and the end of a wonderful year.

There will be a table of local author’s books for sale, as well as music, wine and a silent auction.


Shakespeare Trivia Night VI

7:30pm, Queanbeyan (free)

It’s back for its 6th edition, Shakespeare Trivia Night! Every year for our final event, Laura writes up a bunch of questions on each of the plays we’ve read throughout the year and we compete to see who retained the most information on them (or just makes the most lucky guesses).


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


…of course the most important event is the GLAMR eoy event including Canberra Library Tribe (that’s us!) on Wednesday 7 December!


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