South Australia’s Extreme Weather

Bureau of Meteorology historian Tony Rogers will be giving a talk at the library on the extreme weather that South Australia has faced since colonisation and its impact on people. This is an evening event on November 3rd and should prove to be a fascinating account of the catastrophes and necessity for human adaptation to cope with the variances in SA’s weather.  Cheese and wine will be served at this event. Further info from our website.

Michele Hill, maker of beautiful quilts

Michele Hill will be visiting the Library on Wednesday 27 October at 11am, to give a talk about William Morris, textile and pattern designer, and the quilts she has made inspired by William Morris and the Arts and Craft era. Her book, William Morris in applique is available for loan from the Library – reserve it now to have a look at Michele’s gorgeous handiwork! Or to read more about the man himself, we also have his autobiography.

Michele is currently travelling overseas, and you can get to know her via her website, or follow her travels via her blog. She is in Lithuania at the moment!

Bookings are now open to meet Michele in person, just call 8397 7333. Places are limited, and there’s been a number of people really looking forward to this event, so book now!

Are you brave enough to be a poet?

Local publisher Ginninderra Press are hosting a free public forum at the Library on Sunday September 12th. As described by Stephen Matthews from Ginninderra it’s “a discussion chaired by Sharon Kernot with guest speakers Brenda Eldridge, Jill Gower and Gary MacRae followed by readings by local poets including Graham Catt, Max and Jaqui Merckenschlager, John Sabine and Ros Schultz.” More info on our website. Cheese and wine will be supplied!

Making it happen in SA… and in China

SA author and rural pioneer Hugh Robinson will talk about his teaching experiences in China and the current situation there as well as his involvement with opening up rural SA with his family in the 1960s. Hugh’s family were pivotal in opening up the Southeast of South Australia in the area around Keith for pastoral land during the 1950’s. Hugh went to China with his wife in 2005 to teach general and business English to Chinese students and was encouraged to write a book about his families’ exploits and his experiences in China upon his return which became the book ‘Making it happen in South Australia.’ Hugh will talk mainly about his experiences in China and also a little about his family’s role in the south east. More info about this event is available on our website.

Jill Wherry launches her CD

Local humorous bush poet Jill Wherry returns to the library to launch a CD recording of some of the poems from her recently published collection Definitely not Shakespeare. Featuring trademark poems like ‘Shopping for a bra is hell’, Jill will delight with her wit and humour at this special event. Next Wednesday September 1st from 6.30pm. Check out the website for more info.

Romancing the Chinese Characters

Local resident and Tea Tree Gully councillor Joy Ricci, is launching her second non-fiction work, Romancing the Chinese Characters in Classical Chinese Poetry at a special event on Saturday June 26th. Joy’s work is a result of her PhD study, which focusses on translation and historical mis-translation of Chinese poetry. Lieutenant Governor Mr Hieu Van Le is set to officially launch the book! Come along for a taste of Eastern culture. More details are on the website.

Alway in Denial – Ray Clift’s second novel

Local author Ray Clift is launching his second novel, Always in Denial, at a special launch on May 19. Always in Denial draws on Ray’s experiences as an SA Police Officer and a Court Sheriff Officer to create a story based on those people he has met on both sides of the law. Ray describes it as a story that is as topical yet as old as mankind, featuring denial, justification and revenge. More info is on the website.