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Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival 2018

 

Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival 2018

Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival
Thursday 8 November - Saturday 17 November 2018
The Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival is an annual event that encourages a love of reading and literature, celebrates creativity and diversity, and promotes lifelong learning. 
Brimbank City Council, with support from its sponsors, has partnered with a range of internal and external stakeholders to plan and deliver a diverse and exciting festival.We are delighted to present the 2018 program, which sees partnered events with Victoria University Polytechnic, the Wurundjeri Land Council, VICSEG, cohealth,Outer Urban Projects, 100 Story Building, local writers and community groups.We hope you enjoy the program!There is no charge to attend festival events.

The Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival is proudly presented by Brimbank City Council with support from the following sponsors:

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Celebrating Migrant Voices - Panel event
$1000 Bolinda Audio prizepack will be won on the night!

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Light refreshments from 6pm.
Join us for a panel discussion on diverse migrant stories. Facilitated by Melanie Cheng, author of ‘Australia Day’, who has written short stories about multiculturalism, identity and belonging. Panel members for this event are:
Para Paheer, who fled the Sri Lankan war, and undertook the dangerous journey to Australia in a fishing boat that sank in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Para eventually reached Australia but was incarcerated on Christmas Island, where he became penfriends with Alison Corke. Together with Alison he wrote ‘The Power of Good People’ to thank everyone who helped him survive.
Enza Gandolfo’s second novel, ‘The Bridge’ opens with the collapse of the West Gate Bridge in 1970, a story of the Western suburbs and its workers, many of them migrants. Enza is the daughter of Sicilian migrants who came to Australia in the 1950s. She writes about women, migrants and the working class.
Abdi Aden has written a memoir about his experience as a refugee from Mogadishu called ‘Shining - The Story Of A Lucky Man’. Abdi also featured in the award winning documentaries ‘Go Back To Where You Came From’ and ‘Insight’ on SBS.
Thursday 8 November, 6.15-7.30pm
Sunshine Library: Level 1, 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
Phone: 9249 4181
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Insta size images5.jpgSahitik Shaam - A Poetic Evening
Sahitik Shaam is a showcase of poets and writers from the Indian subcontinent.This event is predominantly delivered in Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu languages and presented in association with the Oorja Foundation.
Friday 9 November, 7.30-9.30pm
St Albans Community Centre: Princess Street, St Albans
Phone: 9249 4600
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True Crime - The deaths are in the details

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Why do so many people love to write and read true crime stories? This discussion will explore the popularity of true crime books, research issues and how to engage readers. With authors:
Vikki Petraitis - Vikki’s writing includes the story of Frankston serial killer Paul Denyer.
Liz Porter - author of ‘Written on the Skin’ which is about forensic science in solving crimes.
Facilitated by Sherryl Clark of Rotunda in the West. Sherryl writes crime fiction for adults. Her novel ‘Trust Me, I’m Dead’ was shortlisted this year for The Crime Writers’ Association award.
Saturday 10 November, 2-3pm
Keilor Library: 704B Old Calder Highway, Keilor
Phone: 9249 4181
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Children’s workshop
with author Matt Shanks

Join us in a reading of ‘Eric the Postie’ by author Matt Shanks, followed by a guided session on the lost art of letter writing.
Post your letter to Eric the Echidna and receive a personalised reply.
Saturday 10 November, 2-3pm
Deer Park Library: 4 Neale Road, Deer Park
Phone: 9249 4181
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Storytelling, our voice,our words on writing disability - Panel event

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Liz Wright, from 3CR’s radio program, ‘Are you looking at me? - All things inclusion and access’ will speak with:
Carly Findlay, writer, speaker and appearance activist.
Jax Jacki Brown,writer and disability and LGBTIQ rights activist.
Chris Varney, founder and Chief Enabling Officer of the ‘I CAN Network’ driving a rethink of Autism so that young Australian son the Spectrum think ‘I CAN’.
Hear how the speakers’ work brings awareness and empowers the lives of people Hear how the speakers’ work brings awareness and empowers the lives of people with disability.
Sunday 11 November, 2-3.15pm
Sunshine Library: 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
Phone: 9249 4181
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In Conversation with Jacqui Watkins hosted by Lisa Maza

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Join Jacqui, a Jingili/Mudburra woman and Lisa, a Meriam/Yidindji/Dutch woman for a conversation about Jacqui’s mum Imelda Walker, who was part of the Stolen Generation. Jacqui will be reading her mother’s poetry and sharing her stories and emotions about meeting her family for the first time.
Sunday 11 November, 3.30-4.30pm
St Albans Community Centre: Princess Street, St Albans
Phone: 9249 4650
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Shared Reading Circle
Reading circles involve reading aloud from fiction, short stories, novels or poems, in a small, nurturing group to promote wellbeing. This is a shared type of reading where you are encouraged to participate or can listen and enjoy the experience. Guided by Sonya Tsakalakis, an experienced bibliotherapist of the Literary Hand. She is inspired by ‘The Reading Cure’, a concept that dates back from ancient Greece, literally  meaning book therapy.
Monday 12 November, 10.30am-12pm
Westvale Community Centre: 45 Kings Road, Kings Park
Phone: 9249 4665
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Insta size images13.jpgCelebrate the moon in different cultures
Share stories and make Vietnamese paper lanterns. Learn about Vietnamese culture and the importance of playing with lanterns in the presence of a full moon.Prepare simple and delicious Burmese sweet dumplings, which are traditionally enjoyed at full moon festivals. Hear Burmese stories and music, and see traditional costumes. Presented by VICSEG. Suitable for children under 5 and families.
Monday 12 November, 10am-12pm
Visy Cares Hub: 80B Harvester Road, Sunshine
Phone: 9249 4181
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Wurundjeri Story Walk 
Aboriginal people have been sharing their stories for tens of thousands of years. Walk with Uncle Dave Wandin and learn about the sites of cultural significance for Wurundjeri People at the beautiful Brimbank Park. Enjoy a morning tea before the walk.
Please come prepared
 for weather conditions on the day.
Tuesday 13 November, 10.15am-12pm
Brimbank Park: meet at Brownstone Café Keilor Park Drive, Keilor East
Phone: 9249 4181
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LInsta size images15.jpgiterary Trivia
Do you know your Paula Hawkins from your James Patterson?
Have fun and test your knowledge, with lots of prizes to be won! Join a group on the day or form a team with your friends. Morning tea provided.
  
Wednesday 14 November 10.30am-12.30pm

Sydenham Neighbourhood House: Station Street, Taylors Lakes
Phone: 9249 4181
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From Sunshine with Love
From Sunshine with Love is a participatory public art project of letters written by the community about Sunshine. Participants are invited to workshops to develop their individual stories, tales or memories of Sunshine to add to the collective artwork. The final installation will include empty envelopes for the community to add over the life of the exhibition.  
Thursday 15 November, 11am-1.30pm
Sunshine Art Spaces 2: City Place, Sunshine
Phone: 9249 4600
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Did you know that 100 Story Building hosts its very own galaxy? As Space Cadets, you will plan a journey to your planet and report on all the terrible things that could happen there! Return to Planet Earth with your plans, drawings and tales of amazing rescues.
This story writing workshop is suitable for children aged 8-14 years.  
Thursday 15 November, 3.45-5.15pm

St Albans Library: 71A Alfrieda Street, St Albans
Phone: 9249 4181  
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Note: attendance at both workshops is required, please book in to both days. Want to write or record your own stories? For aspiring writers and people who might not normally write or record stories. All welcome.These workshops will guide you with an introduction to stories,character, developing a scene, hero’s journey, narrator, subject and much more. Malcolm Hill is the author of ‘Plinth’, a collection of short stories and facilitator of ‘Stories 1001’, a community storytelling project. The finished stories will be displayed at Sunshine Library following the festival.
Thursday 15 November, 6-7.30pm 
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Thursday 22 November, 6-7.30pm
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Sunshine Library: Level 1, 301 Hampshire Rd, Sunshine
Phone: 9249 4181


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Drop the Mic
Learn how to write and perform your own stories in spoken word and rap and enjoy a live set from African artists such as Tenda McFly & P-unique in a chilled local setting.
African collective, Colour between the Lines presents, ‘Drop the Mic’.
A creative writing session led by young African writers, poets and musicians exploring the elements of contemporary storytelling. For 12-25 year olds.
Thursday 15 November, 6-8.30pm
Sydenham Neighbourhood House: Station Street, Taylors Lakes
Phone: 9249 4224
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More Languages, More Benefits
Raising Children in More than One Language

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What are the benefits and challenges? Get some ideas and tools on raising children in multilingual homes from Professor John Hajek, University of Melbourne. Child care provided; language interpreters available on request.
Friday 16 November, 1-2pm

Deer Park Library: 4 Neale Road, Deer Park
Book at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 9249 4104

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Poetic License Residency 

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Poetic License Residency is a performance that explores the power and limitations of words through spoken word, poetry, rap, freestyle and song.
This performance is the outcome of a two week workshop series where young local writers collaborated with Rod Quantock (Australian comedian and Social activist) and Kevin Nugara (Speed Rapper and Beat box champion) together with Outer Urban Projects Artistic Director Irine Vela (Director and Performer).
If you’re interested in being involved, and are aged between 16 and 27, please register by 2 November at: bit.ly/PoeticLicenseBrimbank Presented by Outer Urban Projects.
Friday 16 November, 7.30-8.30pm
Bowery Theatre: St Albans Community Centre Princess Street, St Albans
Phone: 9249 4600
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Writers of the West - Panel event
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Join local authors Lisha Murphy and Shimaa Halima as they talk about how their personal experiences have shaped their writing and poetry to promote a world without violence. 
In conversation with short story writer and member of the State Library of Victoria’s Public Libraries Division, Jacqui Horwood.

Saturday 17 November, 2-3pm
Sydenham Library: 1 Station Street, Taylors Lakes
Phone: 9249 4181
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Our place, community and future living
A discussion about sustainable community living with David Holmgren and Mariam Issa
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Come along as we talk about household food growing, recycling and composting in a sustainable way.
Join permaculture co-originator and author of ‘Retrosuburbia’, David Holmgren, for a lively conversation with inspiring storyteller Mariam Issa, author of ‘A Resilient Life: One Woman’s Refugee Journey’.
Saturday 17 November, 1-2.30pm
Westvale Community Centre: 45 Kings Road, Kings Park
Phone: 9249 4665
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Insta size images25.jpgShimaa Halima’s Exhibition - The beauty of nature
Showcasing the artist’s love for nature, and reflecting her interest in space, clouds and waves; this exhibition reveals the way Shimaa processes visual information in large swathes. On show at St Albans Community Centre for the duration of the Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival.
Thursday 1-30 November
St Albans Community Centre: Princess Street, St Albans
Phone: 9249 4600

 

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