Litbits: Matthew Condon to hold non-fiction workshop in Canberra

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Senator Lisa Singh Photo: Andrew MearesNON-FICTION WORKSHOP 

Bringing Real Life to the Page with Matthew Condon on November 7 from 10am to 4pm will examine ways to turn real-life stories – crime, memoir, biography, social or environmental issues, travel – into creative nonfiction. Cost: $125 members, $90 concessional members, $190 non-members (includes 12 months’ membership), $140 concessional non-members (includes 12 months’ membership). Venue: E Block seminar room, Gorman Arts Centre. See: actwriters.org备案老域名/events/upcoming-workshops-events.shtml#matthewcondon.


Australian Book Review seeks entries in the 10th Calibre Prize for an outstanding non-fiction essay. All essayists writing in English are eligible, regardless of where they live. Essays must be between 3000 and 7000 words and must be written in English. Deadline: January 18, 2016. First prize: $5000 and publication in ABR. See: australianbookreview老域名备案老域名/prizes/calibre-prize/calibre-online-entry. What’s on

November 2: British author John Man, who has written about the Mongol Empire and Genghis Khan and was an adviser on the film Mongol, will be speaking at Asia Bookroom,  Unit 2, 1-3 Lawry Place, Macquarie, at 6pm, on What The Mongols Did For Us. RSVP: November 1 to 62515191. Admission by gold coin donation to Classrooms in the Clouds. See: AsiaBookroom老域名.

November 3: Benjamin Law, author of Gaysia, will speak at Muse, East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue, at 8pm. Admission $10, includes a drink. Bookings: musecanberra老域名备案老域名.

November 4: Midnight Oil singer and former politician Peter Garrett will be in conversation with Alex Sloan on Garrett’s autobiography Big Blue Sky in a free Canberra Times/ANU Meet the Author talk at 6pm in Manning Clark lecture theatre 1 at ANU. Bookings: 6125 8415.

November 8: Author and editor Ramesh Thakur and Tasmanian senator Lisa Singh will discuss their thoughts on the constitutional arrangements of the world’s largest republic, India, as well as reflect on the Australian experience from noon to 2pm at Taj Agra restaurant,  6/8 Luxton Street, Belconnen. Tickets $55 ($45 concession and students). Bookings: ourrepublic.org备案老域名/events.

November 8: At 4 for 4.30pm at Paperchain Bookstore Manuka,  Prayers of a Secular World, edited by Jordie Albiston and Kevin Brophy, will be launched by Geoff Page with readings from Jen Webb, Monica Donoso Markovina and John Foulcher. RSVP: 6295 6723.

November 9: Matthew Evans will speak about his new book Summer on Fat Pig Farm in the Meet the Chef series at 6.30 for 7pm at University House, ANU. $70 for three-course dinner. Bookings: 6125 5269.

November 10: The next Poetry at the Gods will feature readings from Canberra poet Jen Webb, Yass poet K.A. Nelson and Canberra-Braidwood poet Luke Whitington. The Gods Cafe is at ANU Arts Centre, readings at 7.30pm, meals available from 6pm. Admission $10 waged, $5 unwaged. Bookings: 62485538.

November 11: Paul Kelly and Troy Bramston will talk about their new book, The Dismissal, in the Canberra Times/ANU Meet the Author series at 6pm in the Copland Lecture Theatre, ANU. Free. Bookings 6125 8415.

November 12: At 6pm at the National Portrait Gallery join Professor Jen Webb, Dr Russell Smith and Christine Clark in a discussion of Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser. Read the book and join the conversation. Bookings essential on 02 6102 7070.

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