Litbits October 30, 2017

Peter Porter Poetry Prize

Australian Book Review seeks entries in the 14th Peter Porter Poetry Prize, open until December 3 and worth a total of $8500. Poems must be written in English and not exceed 75 lines. See: australianbookreview.com.au/prizes-programs/peter-porter-poetry-prize/current-prize.

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October 3: Eco-farmer Charles Massy, author of Call of the Reed Warbler, will talk about industrial agriculture and the corporations driving it at the National Library of Australia Theatre, Lower Ground 1, at 6pm. $20 includes refreshments. nla.gov.au.

October 4: The next Canberra meeting of the free Tough Guy Book Club is at 7pm at the Old Canberra Inn, 195 Mouat Street, Lyneham. For more information visit facebook.com/ToughGuyBookClub.

October 5: Maria Augustus-Dunn will speak about her book Married Quarter: Boots, Berets, and Bloody Uniforms, about the world of the service family, at Paperchain Manuka at 5.45 for 6pm. RSVP 6295 6723.

October 6:The 2017 BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! Canberra National Poetry Slam is on at 7pm in the Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre. Tickets $5 concession | $10 full: eventbrite.com.au/e/australian-national-poetry-slam-act-finals-tickets-37294688417.

October 10: Noeline Brown will talk about Living in the 1960s in the National Library of Australia Theatre, Lower Ground 1 at 6pm. $20. nla.gov.au.

October 11: Michelle Kretser will talk about her new novel The Life to Come in the National Library of Australia Theatre, Lower Ground 1 at 6pm. $20 includes refreshments. nla.gov.au.

October 11: The next Poetry at the House reading features Peter Goldsworthy (Adelaide), Lesley Lebkowicz (Canberra) and Carmel Summers (Canberra) at 7.30pm in the Fellows Bar at University House. Admission: $10 waged, $5 unwaged. Bookings: gpage40@bigpond.net.au

October 13: At a dinner at Muse, East Hotel, Kingston at 6.30pm, Professor Frank Bongiorno will talk about meritocracy and opportunity and how birth and luck play an outsized role in our lives. Dinner $90 a head or Festival of Ideas Ticket: October 13-14 Dinner and Day of Ideas $110 (members) $120 (non-members). Booking: trybooking.com/RPOU.

October 16: Miles Franklin Award winner Michelle De Kretser will talk about her novel The Life To Come at the National Library of Australia Theatre at 6pm. $20 includes refreshments and book signing. Bookings: nla.gov.au.

October 22: At Muse Canberra at 3pm, the Feminist Writers Festival is holding Giving Up The Good Girl, a discussion about how expectations for women are changing, challenging and rejecting gender roles, and learning to give up being so damn nice, featuring Shu-Ling Chua and Rosanna Stevens, and chaired by FWF's own Louise Taylor. Tickets: $10. musecanberra.com.au.

October 27, At 6pm in Llewellyn Hall, School of Music ANU. Kevin Rudd will be in conversation with Stan Grant on the former prime minister's new book, Not for the Faint Hearted: A Personal Reflection on Life, Politics and Purpose 1957 - 2007. Event chaired by ANU's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian Schmidt. anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144. Book signings at 7pm. Free event.

November 3: At 6.15pm pre-drinks and canapes, followed by dinner at 7pm at The Hall, University House is a Meet the Chef dinner with Australian celebrity chef and restaurateur Matt Moran in conversation with Alex Sloan about Moran's new book Australian Food: Coast + Country. $95 a person. Bookings at University House, 6125 5211 or unihouse.anu.edu.au. Book signings before and after the dinner.

This story Litbits October 30, 2017 first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.