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What’s inside LOOK WHO’S TALKING Gareth Evans – Reflections of an Incorrigible Optimist 3 Barry Maitland – The Promised Land 4 All About Women – Satellite Sessions 6 Jane Caro – Accidental Feminists 8 How About Some Word Play? 9 Tony Wheeler – On Travel 10 Michael Mohammed Ahmad – Challenging Stereotypes 11 Sydney Writers’ Festival – Live and Local 12 Morris Gleitzman – An Evening for Families 14 Fiona Horne – The Art of Magic 16 Heather Rose – In Conversation 17 Michael Sala – Family Tensions 18 Meg Keneally – Fled: A Story of Mary Bryant 19 Emma Viskic – The Scene of Her Crime 20 Heather Morris – The Tattooist’s Tale 21 Philosophy for Maitland 22 LOCAL HISTORY Building Bridges Steam Visions Hunter Wine: A History Exploring Aboriginal Astronomy Memory and Landscapes Historic Photograph Exhibition

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WELLBEING Discover Ayurveda – The Science of Life 29 Breathwork – Activating the Body’s Natural Healing Processes 30 Planetary Healing 30


LOCAL STORIES Young Creatives A Year in My Life - Amorelle Dempster For Art’s Sake

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LOCAL AUTHORS Local Authors Showcase




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INCORRIGIBLE OPTIMIST: A POLITICAL CAREER GARETH EVANS Gareth Evans was a Cabinet Minister in the Hawke-Keating governments for 13 years, including as Foreign Minister from 1988-96. He led the Brussels-based International Crisis Group from 2000-09, and is now Chancellor and Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Australian National University. He co-chaired major international commissions on mass atrocity crimes and nuclear weapons, has won many national and international awards, and has written or edited 13 books, most recently Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir. Gareth Evans will give a compelling insight into the highs and lows of his public life as a student activist, civil libertarian, law reformer, industry minister, international policymaker, educator and politician.

Thursday 21 February 6.00pm – 8.00pm Cameron Centre, Hunter Valley Grammar School $25.00

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THE PROMISED LAND BARRY MAITLAND Bestselling crime novelist, Barry Maitland brings back Brock and Kolla in an enthralling new mystery. In The Promised Land, newly promoted Detective Chief Inspector Kathy Kolla investigates a series of brutal murders on Hampstead Heath, at the heart of which lies a manuscript of an unknown novel by one of the greatest literary figures of the 20th century. Brock believes that its story will unlock the puzzle, but how? With over 16 best-selling novels and numerous literary awards, Barry Maitland is considered a master of the mystery genre. Don’t miss the chance to connect with one of Australia’s foremost crime fiction writers!

Friday 1 March 6.00pm – 8.00pm Maitland Regional Art Gallery Free


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ALL ABOUT WOMEN SATELLITE SESSIONS LIVE FROM SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE Headline sessions from the All About Women festival will be streamed to Maitland Town Hall direct from Sydney Opera House in celebration of International Women’s Day. Covering topics such as gender, justice and equality, this vibrant event is essential for anyone who wants to take a look at the past, present and future of feminism. Presented by Maitland City Library in partnership with Sydney Opera House’s satellite program, All About Women will provoke thought and push boundaries.

Sunday 10 March 1.00pm – 5.15pm Maitland Town Hall Free


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1.00PM – 2.15PM #METOO, YEAR TWO PANEL - EMILY STEEL, SOHAILA ADULALI AND OTHERS A decade since the Me Too campaign began, and a year since #metoo rocked the entertainment industry, there has been a clear cultural shift. Has this impacted on the way power functions, or is it temporary and superficial? A panel headed by Emily Steel will explore how the movement must evolve to represent women worldwide and create long lasting cultural and political change.

2.45PM – 4.00PM FEMINISM IN THE ARAB WORLD PANEL LED BY SARA SALAH In a global feminist movement, our understanding of women’s rights needs to extend beyond the English speaking world. Going far beyond stereotypes, this is an invaluable insight into the underground of feminist activism across the Arab world.

4.00PM – 5.15PM LEADING WHILE FEMALE PANEL TO BE ADVISED Women have a huge amount to contribute to public life and our society would benefit from greater female representation in parliament. Join this frank discussion between some of the most senior female politicians in the country about the pitfalls and rewards of their jobs, and how we can shift the culture so girls who want to grow up to be PM are inspired, not discouraged.

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ACCIDENTAL FEMINISTS JANE CARO Jane Caro grew up in Australia in the 1960s and 1970s – the heyday of second wave feminism. In her book, Accidental Feminists, she tells the story of the everyday women of her era, a generation of women who revolutionised the world. Jane says that although they rarely identified as feminists and didn’t intend to change to world, they were the first in history to be in paid work for most of their lives and have financial independence. Jane Caro is an author, novelist, broadcaster, columnist, advertising writer and social commentator. She appears regularly in the media commentating on feminism and education and was the recipient of the Walkley Award for Women’s Leadership in 2018.

THuRsday 14 March 6.00pm – 8.00pm Studio Amsterdam $25.00 8

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HOW ABOUT SOME WORD PLAY? VERSES POETS IN RESIDENCE Let’s celebrate and pay tribute to poetry so that it may continue to enrich our lives. Join with the Maitland Verses Poets on World Poetry Day to experience the transformational power of poetry.

Thursday 21 March 6.00pm – 8.00pm Seraphine Cafe Free

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ON TRAVEL TONY WHEELER Founder of Lonely Planet publications, Tony Wheeler, is described as the trailblazing patron saint of the world’s backpackers and adventure travellers. Wheeler provides an expert view on the joys of escaping home, satiating wanderlust and why the more you travel, the more extraordinary the world becomes. Tony Wheeler is patron of Melbourne’s inspiring Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas and founder of the Planet Wheeler Foundation, which operates in child and maternal welfare, education and health care in developing countries.

FRIday 5 APRIL 6.00pm – 8.00pm BROUGH HOUSE $25.00


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CHALLENGING STEREOTYPES MICHAEL MOHAMMED AHMAD Powerful, passionate and provocative, Michael Mohammed Ahmad challenges Australia’s perception of multicultural identities. His writing explores tribalism, underpinned by the potential for understanding and change. His first novel, The Tribe, introduced readers to the complex family life of protagonist Bani Adam, a young boy from a religious Lebanese Muslim family in western Sydney. His new book The Lebs is a resonant novel that also tackles the issue of what it is like to be a Lebanese –Australian. Michael Mohammed Ahmad is an Arab-Australian Writer, editor, teacher and community arts worker. He is the founder and director of Sweatshop, a literacy movement in Western Sydney devoted to empowering culturally and linguistically diverse artists through creative writing.

TuEsday 16 APRIL 6.00pm – 8.00pm THE BIKESMITH $25.00 Look Who’s Talking


SYDNEY WRITERS’ FESTIVAL LIVE AND LOCAL IN MAITLAND We’re excited to announce the return of Sydney Writers’ Festival’s Live and Local to Maitland in 2019. One of Australia’s best-loved forums for literature, ideas and storytelling, Sydney Writers’ Festival will stream its headline events from Carriageworks in Sydney direct to Maitland over 3 days. Be part of the action as the world’s finest authors are live-streamed to Maitland in real time. As well as hearing new ideas from great thinkers, audiences have the opportunity to participate in Q&A sessions at each event, sending questions direct to the Sydney stage.

Friday 3 May – Sunday 5 May Maitland Town Hall Free Speakers announced in March


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FOR FAMILIES AN EVENING WITH MORRIS GLEITZMAN Meet one of Australia’s favourite writers Morris Gleitzman in a special event for the whole family. His books explore serious and sometimes confronting subjects in funny and unexpected ways. His moving and humorous style has endeared him to children and adults alike, and he is one of Australia’s most successful authors, both internationally and at home. He has written over 40 books, including Two Weeks With The Queen, Grace, Doubting Thomas, Bumface, Give Peas A Chance, Extra Time, Loyal Creatures and Snot Chocolate. As 2018-19 Australian Children’s Laureate, Morris is celebrating the transformational power of reading and creativity in the lives of young Australians, sharing his own passion for reading and literacy and encouraging adults to share books with their children.

WedNESDAY 8 May 6.00pm – 7.30pm Maitland Town Hall $10.00 14

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THE ART OF MAGIC FIONA HORNE Rockstar, media personality, commercial pilot and modern witch, Fiona Horne reveals her manifesto for living a deeply fulfilled life. Sharing aspirational and motivational stories from her rags to inner riches journey, Fiona will talk about her extraordinary life lessons, including her mantra, don’t get older – get better at living! Fiona Horne was the lead singer of 90’s electro-rock band, Def FX, before authoring several best-selling books on modern witchcraft. Her new book, The Art of Witch, shows new ways to embed magic into everyday life.

Thursday 13 June 6.00pm – 8.00pm Monte Pio Hotel and Conference Centre $25.00


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IN CONVERSATION HEATHER ROSE The Museum of Modern Love is a mesmerising literary novel about a lost man in search of connection, a meditation on love, art and commitment that is set against the backdrop of what is considered to be one of the greatest performance art events in modern history - Marina Abramovic’s The Artist is Present. The Museum of Modern Love was awarded the Stella Prize, the Christina Stead Prize and the Margaret Scott Prize in 2017. Heather Rose has published seven novels for both adults and children including crime, science fiction and fantasy. Her new novel is due in October 2019. Join Heather Rose in a fascinating discussion on the genesis of her award winning novel The Museum of Modern Love and on her life as a writer.

Thursday 11 July 6.00pm – 8.00pm Maddies of Bolwarra $25.00 Maitland City Library


FAMILY TENSIONS MICHAEL SALA Set in Newcastle with vivid descriptions, Michael Sala’s books, The Last Thread and The Restorer, tackle family tensions and the psychological and physical damage that can result. Based on his own life, Sala’s moving first novel The Last Thread won the NSW Premier’s Award for New Writing in 2013 and was the regional winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize in the same year. The Restorer, described as powerful, poetic and extraordinary, was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2017. Michael Sala currently teaches creative writing at the University of Newcastle.

Thursday 15 August 6.00pm – 8.00pm Maddies of Bolwarra $25.00 18

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FLED: A STORY OF MARY BRYANT MEG KENEALLY After publishing four books with her famous father, Meg Keneally debuts her first solo novel in 2019. Fled is based on the extraordinary life of convict Mary Bryant and her harrowing journey in search of love, justice and freedom. Meg is also the co-author of the Montsarrat colonial crime series along with father Tom Keneally, author of the Booker Prize winning Schindler’s Ark and The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith.

Thursday 26 September 6.00pm – 8.00pm Blackbird Artisan Bakery $25.00

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THE SCENE OF HER CRIME EMMA VISKIC Emma Viskic is a strong voice on the Australian crime writing scene. Author of the critically acclaimed Caleb Zelic series, Emma’s debut novel Resurrection Creek swept up the awards in 2016 winning a Ned Kelly and three Davitt Awards as well as being shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger and New Blood Awards. Emma followed this success with her second novel And Fire Came Down, which also won the 2018 Davitt Award for Best Novel. Join us as Emma discusses the inspiration behind her novels and introduces you to her third book Darkness for Light being published in September 2019.

Tuesday 29 October 6.00pm – 8.00pm Lavenders Cafe $25.00 20

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THE TATTOOIST’S TALE HEATHER MORRIS Based on an incredible true story, Heather Morris’ The Tattooist of Auschwitz tells the amazing tale of Lale Sokolo, the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist and the woman he loved. An extraordinary tale of survival, love and the extremes of human behaviour set in the horrific world of the Holocaust, the story arose from three years of conversations between Morris and Sokolov. Originally written as a screen play The Tattooist of Auschwitz is Heather Morris debut novel. Heather’s second novel based on one of the characters from The Tattooist of Auschwitz, is due to be published in November 2019.

Tuesday 19 November 6.00pm – 8.00pm Monte Pio Hotel and Conference Centre $25.00 Maitland City Library


PHILOSOPHY FOR MAITLAND HUNTER VALLEY SOCRATIC SOCIETY When French philosopher Alex de Tocqueville said the strength of free peoples resides in the local community, what did he mean? Hunter Valley Socratic Society turn the philosophic lens on Maitland, traversing the expanse of our cultural heritage to examine community attitudes and expectations and how these may have changed over time. Celebrating World Philosophy Day and the enduring value of philosophy in our lives, both as an inspiring discipline but also as an everyday practice.

Thursday 21 November 6.00pm – 7.30pm Maitland Gaol Auditorium Free 22

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10% discount on ticketed Library events including Look Who’s Talking

Special coffee and cake deal at Readers Café

Free family history consultation

Presentations by Library staff on new initiatives, collections and services

Invitations to Library special events, such as exhibitions and book launches

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Local History

BUILDING BRIDGES More than practical structures of concrete and steel, bridges can be inspiring and beautiful emblems of our cultural heritage. When the first Belmore Bridge was opened more than 150 years ago, it was an important development in Maitland’s history. Bridges also are a symbol of connection linking communities and overcoming boundaries. With a river running through the centre of Maitland, bridges are a feature of local life. This event will explore how bridges have been an integral part of Maitland’s social and commercial history.

Thursday 28 February 6.00pm – 7.30pm Maitland Gaol Auditorium Free

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STEAM VISIONS This event will explore the significance of the South Maitland Railway, one of Australia’s great pioneering enterprises and its role in the nation’s industrial and social development. First-hand accounts of the logistics, challenges and celebrations associated with the ongoing restoration of two of the last 10 class steam engines remaining in the world will be presented, along with a tour of the Maitland Rail Museum. Presented by Maitland City Library with Maitland Rail Museum incorporated in celebration of Hunter Valley Steamfest.


HUNTER WINE: A HISTORY The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine region, so its history and heritage are integral to understanding not only how wine has developed but how the local region has evolved. Australian leading wine historian and co-author of Hunter Wine: A History, Dr Julie McIntyre traces the Hunter wine industry from 1828, uncovering the historical and technological developments that have culminated in today’s thriving local community. Presented in conjunction with Maitland Gaol Seasonal Harvest Dinner with the option to book for the talk, dinner, or both events.


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EXPLORING ABORIGINAL ASTRONOMY Aboriginal people have been described as ‘the world’s first astronomers’. Long before the Greeks and Romans, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people developed a number of practical ways to observe the sun, moon and stars to inform navigation, calendars and predict weather. The unique skills and perspectives of Aboriginal people are explored, particularly with regard to traditional knowledge of astronomy and the part it plays in Aboriginal narratives.

THURSDAY 20 JUNE 6.00pm – 7.30pm BROUGH HOUSE Free Look Who’s Talking


MEMORY AND LANDSCAPES HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPH EXHIBITION Personal memories can be unexpectedly awakened by a place, a landscape or an object. All cultures know that places have stories that can be either personal or communal, which together create a sense of personal belonging and a shared identity. Featuring historical photographs from the Maitland City Library collection, this landscape themed exhibition will unlock stories from our past. The exhibition is presented in celebration of NSW History Week.

EXHibition: Saturday 31 August – Sunday 8 September East Maitland Library LAUNCH : Thursday 29 August Free 28 28


DISCOVER AYURVEDA THE SCIENCE OF LIFE Ayurveda is the world’s oldest continually practiced health care system. The profound promise of Ayurveda is that through an integrated approach not only can we prevent disease, but live a long, healthy, vibrant life in harmony with our environment. Get an insight into this beautiful tradition of ancient wisdom with the inspirational Amy Landry, who will take you through the fundamental principles of Ayurveda in a way that is easy to understand and practically useful. You will learn about daily routine, the Ayurvedic approach to food and its connection to the seasons and your personal constitution.

Thursday 28 March 6.00pm – 7.30pm Maitland Library Free Maitland City Library



ACTIVATING THE BODY’S NATURAL HEALING PROCESSES Breathwork is becoming the new frontier on wellness as we look for ways to improve our relationship between mind and body. Breathwork can be used any time to buffer stress, raise energy levels and influence clarity of thought and decision-making. Through conscious manipulation of the breath, we can adjust personal chemistry and personal wellbeing, activating the body’s natural healing processes. Breathwork master and conscious living coach, Jennylee Taylor, reveals how this powerful and self-responsible way to create wellbeing in our lives can improve the relationship between our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual states.


PLANETARY HEALING Could the world become uninhabitable – a dystopia of insufferable heat, resilient diseases and major climate catastrophes – or can we clean up our act for the future of the planet? Planetary healing is an integrated approach to re-establishing a harmonious relationship to the Earth. We all have the potential to become active participants in determining the future of our planet. When we gain control of our health, mental wholeness and wellbeing, we recover our inner balance and can reconnect with the Earth and with others to live a more harmonious and sustainable life.



In a community vibrant with ideas, we celebrate the young creatives making their mark. Liz O’Brien is a photographer whose surrealist action works are creating quite a stir. Gifted musician Dave Wells has quickly gained a reputation as one of the Hunter’s finest songwriters and performers.

Thursday 11 April The Bikesmith 6.00pm – 7.30pm Free

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A AMORELLE YEAR INDEMPSTER MY LIFE Maitland’s Citizen of the Year, Amorelle Dempster, is a woman of many passions - slow food, cooking, the environment and serving the local community to name a few. We reminisce over the past year and find out about this remarkable and energetic woman. Amorelle is Leader of Slow Food Hunter Valley and the Australian Councillor for Slow Food International. She is the champion of local farmers, being instrumental in starting the Slow Food Earth Markets at The Levee and provides a kitchen and food rescue passion for a community food program, which provides over 150 meals for the disadvantaged each week.



FOR ART’S SAKE Maitland is home to an exciting art scene and an eclectic mix of galleries and studios. Get an insight into the stories behind this cultural movement as we talk to those who have a passion for promoting art and culture in Maitland.






A dangerous expedition to Douglas Mawson’s Hut in Antarctica is the subject of Graham Murphy’s memoir Safe Return Doubtful.

A gripping saga set in the post war era, By Violence Unavenged, by Annette Young is both suspenseful and humorous.

A rural romance, Waiting for You by Jasmine Stevens, is a captivating story of two friends torn apart by tragedy set in a small country town.

Tuesday 30 April 6.00pm – 7.30pm East Maitland Library Free

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Local Authors

Maitland has a vibrant, active and diverse writing and publishing scene. Get an insight into our local writers at this special showcase event.

Calendar of events FEBRUARY

Thursday 21 February

Gareth Evans

Thursday 28 February

Building Bridges

Friday 1 March

Barry Maitland

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Sunday 10 March

All About Women

Page 6

Thursday 14 March

Jane Caro

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Thursday 21 March

How About Some Word Play?

Page 9

Thursday 28 March

Discover Ayurveda

Page 29

Friday 5 April

Tony Wheeler

Page 10

Thursday 11 April

Young Creatives

Page 31

Tuesday 16 April

Michael Mohammed Ahmad

Page 11

Sunday 28 April

Steam Visions

Page 26

Tuesday 30 April

Local Author Showcase

Page 33


Friday 3 - Sunday 5 May

Sydney Writers’ Festival

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Wednesday 8 May

Morris Gleitzman

Page 14

Thursday 16 May


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Thursday 13 June

Fiona Horne

Page 16

Wednesday 19 June

Hunter Wine: A History

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Thursday 20 June

Exploring Aboriginal Astronomy

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Thursday 11 July

Heather Rose

Page 17

Tuesday 23 July

Amorelle Dempster

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Thursday 15 August

Michael Sala

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Thursday 29 August

Memory and Landscapes Launch

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Saturday 31 August Sunday 8 September

Memory and Landscapes Exhibition

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Thursday 26 September

Meg Keneally

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Thursday 17 October

Planetary Healing

Page 30

Thursday 24 October

For Art's Sake

Page 32

Tuesday 29 October

Emma Viskic

Page 20

Tuesday 19 November

Heather Morris

Page 21

Thursday 21 November

Philosophy for Maitland

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Look Who's Talking 2019  

Complete 2019 event listing for Maitland City Library's Look Who's Talking program.

Look Who's Talking 2019  

Complete 2019 event listing for Maitland City Library's Look Who's Talking program.