Hi, my name is Katie and I am always asking questions and learning new things. Mummy says that I have a cheeky smile, and everyone likes my pigtails. I have all sorts of adventures that create different emotions, and I hope to share many stories with you all.
THE BALFOUR CORRESPONDANT
Friday 13 October 6:00PM
“A fourteen-year old girl writes to her local newspaper from Tasmania’s wilds. Her letters from what we now think of as the Tarkine have gone ignored and been forgotten for a century. James Dryburgh recognizes that these letters are not just worth reading; they require answering, creating a strangely powerful dialogue across time and space.” – Tim Bonyhady, author of The Colonial Earth and Good Living Street.
ON THE OSSIE
Thursday 19 October 6:00PM
On the Ossie: Tasmanian osmiridium and the fountain pen industry.
Millions of words flowed from the serpentine hills of western Tasmania. The Waratah and Adamsfield districts produced ‘point metal’ osmiridium, used to tip the gold nibs of fountain pens. For a time in the early 1900s Tasmania had a world monopoly on point metal ‘ossie’—an alloy much more valuable than gold. Sent to New York and London to drive Waterman, Swan, Sheaffer, Parker, Onoto and Conway Stewart pens, Tasmanian osmiridium became a signatory to startling world events. It also bolstered family budgets at home. To be ‘on the ossie’ was to have the chance to escape poverty and drudgery. Like gold strikes across the globe, Tasmania’s rare earth quickened diggers’ pulses—and, astonishingly, inspired a challenge to Hollywood dominance of Australian cinemas.
THE AMAZING MONSTER DETECTOSCOPE
Friday 20 October 4:00PM
A visually gorgeous, funny adventure from the acclaimed creator of Animalia.
When our hero uses his Amazing Monster DetectoScope he finds that the house is infested with monsters! Can he find the courage to face his fears? This whimsical take on facing childhood fears features intricate paper engineering and a whole host of hilariously hideous beasties lying in wait beyond the DetectoScope viewfinder.
THE O’CONNORS FROM O’CONNORVILLE
Hosted by CLIFFORD CRAIG FOUNDATION
Book Launch & Open Garden
Sunday 22 October 2:00 - 4:00pm
Join the Launceston Friends of Clifford Craig to celebrate the story of Roderic O’Connor’s steely determination an positive influence in early Tasmanian history.
Where:“Connorville” Cressy, Tasmania
When:Sunday 22nd October
Price:$20.00 (only 1000 tickets available)
Devonshire Tea will be available for $5
Tickets available from Petrarch’s Bookshop – 6331 8088
THE THINGS THAT MAKE US
Thursday 2 November 3:30PM
The revealing and insightful autobiography of an AFL superstar
From number one pick in the 2000 AFL draft, to six-time winner of St Kilda's best and fairest award, to five-time All Australian, to captaining his club for a record 220 games, to more than 330 games as a star of the AFL, Nick Riewoldt is an out-and-out champion.
He's also a man whose intelligence and insight allow him a deeply fascinating perspective on his life and career. The Things that Make Us is Nick's autobiography, and it's as powerful, interesting and compelling as the author himself. As Nick describes it:
'I never wanted to write a 'cookie-cutter' footballer's book.' I hope it honours my family-the German and Tasmanian sides with their stories of struggle and endurance who somehow came together, who are the essence of the book's title. I hope it gives thanks for the love I found on the other side of the world, and the beautiful next generation Cath and I are building together.
I hope above all that it honours my sister Maddie.
These are the things that made me.'
BANISHED BEYOND THE SEAS
Wednesday 8 November 6:00PM
"Jeannie, a doughty Scots lass, is convicted of crimes she did not commit and transported from her beloved lowland Scottish countryside. She endures four gruelling months sailing to 'demon's land' and has to deal with the heartbreak of leaving all she knew and loved for a fearful, far-away unknown. Her new life of servitude is filled with long hours of physical toil and emotional suffering. But Jeannie has an inner resilience and a strength born"
AN ACTIVISTS LIFE
Friday 10 November 6:00PM
Former Greens leader Christine Milne tells her story through 18 objects, interweaving the personal and political to recount a truly inspirational life.
An Activist Life is the story of an apparently ordinary woman – a high-school English teacher from northwest Tasmania – who became a fiery environmental warrior, pitted against some of the most powerful business and political forces in the country.
In it, Christine Milne tells her story through the objects that have symbolic meaning in both her personal and political life, from the butter pats in her kitchen that represent her journey from farm girl at Wesley Vale to environmental and human rights activist at the national and global level, to the Pride t-shirt she wore walking in Mardi Gras next to her son, after years of fighting for the legal reform of gay rights in Tasmania. She describes how politics actually works: the deals, the promises kept and broken, the horse-trading and treachery involved in some of the most controversial and difficult issues of our time, including the attempts to forge a workable and effective climate change policy for Australia, and our treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.
This is a fascinating insider’s account of what it means to be a woman in politics: the sacrifices of family life and relationships, the relentless misogyny and sexism that must be endured, the gritty conviction that you must never, ever give up the pursuit of the greater good. It is the story of Australian politics and the fight to save the world, and essential reading for anyone who cares about either.
JOURNEYS INTO THE WILD
Peter Dombrovskis (commentary by Bob Brown)
Thursday 16 November 6:00PM
Journeys into the Wild is a poetic escape to a fragile and breathtaking wilderness, with celebrated photographer Peter Dombrovskis as our guide.
A silhouette of a damaged twisted Pencil Pine, wearing a fine dusting of fresh snow and precariously positioned above the Pool of Siloam in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, is like a portrait of a lively old friend. A fresh ice sheet, uniquely patterned, is coloured by the alpenglow, as the day's first sunlight reflects on a Cradle Mountain tarn. A flowering white Olearia pinifolia at the base of a massive boulder on Mount Wellington is a study in permanency and transience. Here, too, are photographs of the Snowy Mountains and the tropical rainforests of Queensland's Daintree and Hinchinbrook Island, Fiji and Borneo.
Bob Brown and Peter Dombrovskis forged their friendship in the battle to save the Gordon and Franklin rivers. As a founder of the Wilderness Society, Bob organised the blockade of dam works on the Franklin, recruiting Peter and his iconic photography to make the case for conservation over profit. During the campaign, Bob accompanied Peter on one of his kayak trips down the Franklin and observed his process as a photographer. Peter would go on to take one of the most famous photographs in Australian history, Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend, Franklin River, an image that featured in calendars and diaries across Australia and that was integral to the success of the campaign. The two remained friends until Peter's death in 1996.
I'M THE BEST
Saturday 18 November 11:00AM
Together, brothers, Billy and James do everything. Game time is the best; unfortunately, as the boys find out, it doesn’t always go to plan. Billy and his younger brother battle it out in the backyard, driveway and even inside the family home on a quest to become the champion of everything.
I’m The Best is the second in the series of Billy’s amazing adventures, this time encouraging readers to reflect upon the treasures of having a loving family. There’s nothing quite like sibling rivalry; triumph, torment and the unconditional love for one another are captured in this all-conquering picture book.
Written in ‘OpenDyslexic’ font, this tale inspires even the most challenged readers to embrace the reading experience.
TWO STEPS FORWARD
Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist
Tuesday 21 November 6:00PM
Zoe, a sometime artist, is from California. Martin, an engineer, is from Yorkshire. Both have ended up in picturesque Cluny, in central France. Both are struggling to come to terms with their recent past—for Zoe, the death of her husband; for Martin, a messy divorce.
Looking to make a new start, each sets out alone to walk two thousand kilometres from Cluny to Santiago, in northwestern Spain, in the footsteps of pilgrims who have walked the Camino—the Way—for centuries. The Camino changes you, it’s said. It’s a chance to find a new version of yourself.
But can these two very different people find each other?
In this smart, funny and romantic journey, Martin’s and Zoe’s stories are told in alternating chapters by husband-and-wife team Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist.
Two Steps Forward is a novel about renewal—physical, psychological and spiritual. It’s about the challenge of walking a long distance and of working out where you are going. And it’s about what you decide to keep, what you choose to leave behind and what you rediscover.
EAT DRINK LOVE TASMANIA
Saturday 2 December 11:00AM
Tasmania is a wonderful place with an amazing array of different micro climates and environments. It has ancient forests, mighty sea cliffs, dark brooding rivers and incredibly fertile farming areas that produce some of the worlds best produce. Tasmania has modern cities ( the second and third oldest in the country ), quaint towns and villages that have held onto their original charm over the last 150 years, but most of all, it has a people who are friendly, innovative, artistic and fiercely proud of their Tasmanian heritage, regardless of whether they arrived in the last few years the last couple of hundred years or if they have been walking this land for tens of thousands of years.
This book brings together just some of the amazing array of factors that make Tasmania such a unique place. It mixes adventure tourism and stunning scenery with fine dining and great wines and offers a glimpse into a world where there is still time to savour the really good things in life
An evening with Fiona McIntosh
One of Australia most beloved story tellers.
Petrarch's Bookshop in association with the Tamar Valley Writers Festival invites you to join Fiona McIntosh, at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on Monday, December 4 at 5.45pm.
Fiona McIntosh will discuss her latest book The Tea Gardens.
Fiona McIntosh is an internationally bestselling author of novels for adults and children. She co-founded an award-winning travel magazine with her husband, which they ran for fifteen years while raising their twin sons before she became a full-time author. Fiona roams the world researching and drawing inspiration for her novels, and runs a series of highly respected fiction masterclasses. She calls South Australia home.
A lovely treat for a pre-Christmas gathering, bring a group of friends or have an evening out with Mum ... don’t miss this rare opportunity to talk history, romance and fantasy with one of Australia's foremost storytellers and authors
Get in quick, seats are limited.
Ticket Prices include canapes and drink on arrival
$35 Ticket Only
($30 for Tamar Valley Festival Members)
$55 Ticket and a copy of Fiona’s new book, The Tea Gardens
$50 for Tamar Valley Festival Members)
Tickets available for purchase from Petrarch's Bookshop, 89 Brisbane Street, Launceston.