Litbits October 28 2017

Pens Against Poverty winners

The theme of the third Anglicare-organised Pens Against Poverty school writing competition was The Other Side. Two hundred students from 28 ACT schools entered and 14 students from nine schools won prizes. Leo Barnard (Year 10, Canberra Grammar School) was the senior school winner ($200) and Ella Stone (Year 5, Canberra Girls Grammar School) was the junior school winner ($100). Callum Weller (Year 5, Holy Spirit Primary School) received the Jackie French Young Writers Development Award. Merici College Year 10 received most outstanding class and Canberra Girls Grammar received most outstanding school. For the full list of winners visit

Voyages launched

Aspiring writers at the University of Canberra became published authors for the first time when an annual collection of creative works they contributed to hit the shelves on Thursday. FIRST is an anthology of creative writing produced each year by students studying at the University. This year's edition, Voyages, is the 24th and includes 27 original stories, poems and screenplays by 19 authors. It is available for purchase from the Co-op Bookshop for $15.

Tough Guy Book Club

The Tough Guy Book Club holds Canberra meetings at the Old Canberra Inn, 195 Mouat Street, Lyneham. The book to read for the month is announced at each meeting.It's a modern meeting place for men to discuss not just the works of literary greats, but issues that men tackle on a daily basis. It's free. The next meeting is on November 1 at 7pm. See:

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October 28: Join a special event at the National Library of Australia at 1.30pm to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Joan Lindsay's novel Picnic at Hanging Rock with dramatised readings from the novel by Australian actors and discussions hosted by Genevieve Jacobs as well as afternoon tea. $20. Bookings: or 6262 1111.

October 29: Remembering Belgium 1917 is an afternoon of readings and music reflecting on the experience of Australians serving in Belgium in 1917. Tuggeranong Homestead, 2pm. Entry fee of $15 includes Devonshire tea. Bookings essential, RSVP by October 27. Phone Jan on 0429 802 339 or email

October 29: Veteran journalist Hugh Riminton will launch his memoir Minefields: A life in the news game at Muse at 3pm. Tickets: $12 (includes a glass of house wine or soft drink).

October 31: Canberra author Anna Snoekstra, author of the new small-town thriller, Little Secrets will be appearing at Muse at 5.30pm. The book will be launched by Kaaron Warren. Free. RSVP email

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 Book signings before and after the dinner.

November 5: At Muse at 3pm, Mandy Sayer, author of Australian Gypsies, will be in discussion with Ann McGrath. $12 (includes a drink).

November 7: At 6.30 pm in the China in the World auditorium, ANU in a free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event, Terri Butler and Andrew Leigh will discuss the political process based on Butler's new book Labour of Love. Bookings at or 6125 4144.

November 11: At 3.30pm at Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest. Chaconne, a novel by Canberra writer Diana Blackwood, will be launched by Subhash Jaireth, with performances by soprano Emma Griffiths and harpsichordist Peter Young. Free event. Rsvp at

November 11: At Muse a at 4pm, Scott Bevan will discuss his book The Harbour, about Sydney Harbour. $12 includes a drink.

.November 14: At 6pm in the. Copland Lecture Theatre, ANU in a free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event, Walkley award winner Chris Masters will be in conversation with former Chief of Army Peter Leahy on Masters' new book, No Front Line. Australian Special Forces at War in Afghanistan. Bookings at or 6125 4144.

November 15: At Muse at noon The Long Table features Benjamin Law in a discussion of his Quarterly Essay: Moral Panic 101.$65 (includes two course lunch, wine + copy of QE67).

November 19: At Muse at 3pm, Krissy Kneen, author of the novel An Uncertain Grace, will be in conversation with Gemma Killeen. $12 includes a drink.

November 26: At Muse Canberra at 3pm, the Canberra launch of Griffith Review 58: Storied Lives with Frank Moorhouse and others in conversation with editor Julianne Schultz. $12 includes a drink.

November 29: Zoffany's Daughter: Love and Treachery on a Small Island by Stephen Foster, a story about a custody dispute taking place on the island of Guernsey in 1825, will be launched by Professor Kim Rubenstein at the National Library of Australia bookshop at 5.30pm. Free admission.

November 30: Meet Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, authors of the science fiction novel Unearthed at Harry Hartog Bookseller, Westfield Woden, at 6pm. Free. RSVP: 6232 5832 or

This story Litbits October 28 2017 first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.