Litbits January 23 2016

Poet Les Murray. Photo: Pat ScalaTHE 2016 JOLLEY PRIZE

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Poetry at the Gods has a new name and home in 2016. Poetry in the House is in University House, 1 Balmain Crescent, Acton, in the Australian National University. The first reading will be held in the Common Room on February 9 at 8pm and the first reader will be renowned Australian poet Les Murray. Bookings advisable. Admission (collected on the night just before the reading): $10 waged, $5 unwaged. Meals are available in the Fellows Bar and Cafe in University House from 6.30pm. Bookings for meals can be made directly on 6125 5289 or indirectly by joining Geoff Pryor’s table/s ([email protected]备案老域名). “Reading-only” seats can also be booked (via the same email).

What’s on

January 23: Brother and sister Benjamin and Michelle Law, both writers, will talk about the experience of growing up Chinese in Australia; at 2pm in the National Library of Australia Theatre. Tickets $15, include refreshments and book signing. Bookings: nla.gov备案老域名.

January 24: From the gold rush decades of the 1860s and 1870s, small numbers of Chinese women started arriving in Australia. Kate Bagnall shares the stories of some of those who left China for Australia in the late Qing dynasty, as well as the families and communities they formed here, at 2pm in the National Library of Australia Conference Room. Tickets $15, include refreshments. Bookings: nla.gov备案老域名.

January 30: Author Diana  Thompson will be in store signing copies of her breakthrough novel Winterflood’s Passion at Harry Hartog, Westfield Woden at 11am. See: harryhartog老域名出售备案老域名.

February 2: In the National Gallery of Australia shop at 10.30am, Claudia Hyles will discuss TheMerchants of Light by Marta Maretich. Cost $15 members, $18 guests. Bookings: nga.gov备案老域名.

February 7: Mark Dapin​ will talk about his Vietnam War novel R&R with Paul Daley at Muse Canberra, East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston, at 3.30pm. Admission $10 includes a drink. Bookings: musecanberra老域名出售备案老域名.

February 14: Writers Lenore Taylor and Paul Daley will talk about staying creative and working well to kick off Bipartisan, a new series of talks at Muse Canberra, East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston. Admission $10 includes a drink. Bookings: musecanberra老域名出售备案老域名.

February 18: Eat, drink and be literary with award-winning Australian author Anna Funder at The Hall, University House, ANU. Anna will be signing copies of All That I Am, Stasiland and The Girl with the Dogs from 6.15pm. Tickets are $70 and include a main course, dessert, a glass of wine and tea or coffee. Bookings: 6125 4144.

February 21: At 2pm in the Conference Room, Level 4, National Library of Australia, join anthropologist Jinghong Zhang as she talks about Pu-erh tea’s transformation from a cottage handicraft into a major industry. Cost $15, includes Chinese tea. Bookings: nga.gov备案老域名.

February 25: Hear poet, author, translator, academic and critic Ouyang Yu discuss the challenges of operating in two languages. Yu, who was brought up in China, is a prolific writer in both English and Chinese, publishing 77 books and founding Australia’s only Chinese literary journal, Otherland. National Library of Australia Theatre, Lower Ground 1, 6pm. Tickets $15, includes refreshments and book signing. Bookings: nga.gov备案老域名.

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