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August 2016

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Paul Barclay
Paul Barclay

Sporting moments: panel discussion

Thursday 18 August 2016, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

ABC RN’s Big Ideas presenter Paul Barclay hosts a discussion about sport and how it has shaped Australian culture and identity with guests:

  • Olympic swimmer Christian Sprenger
  • Matildas soccer player Sally Shipard
  • author John Harms
  • Australian Rugby League Commission member Dr Chris Sarra
  • Wallaroo rugby player Louise Burrows

Tickets: $15 general entry, $10 concession, free for Friends, includes light refreshments.
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website  (booking fees apply)
Visions Theatre

This panel is part of Defining Moments in Australian History, which aims to stimulate discussion about events that have profound significance to Australian people.

This program has been developed in collaboration with ABC Radio National, the Australian Sports Commission and the Griffith Review's 'Our Sporting Life'.

More on the panel members

Object Club – Ntaria (Hermannsburg) collection

Friday 26 August 2016, 10:00am to 12:30pm

Take a special look at the new Ntaria (Hermannsburg) collection in our Landmarks gallery with National Museum curator Jennifer Wilson.

The Ntaria exhibit covers the history of the Finke River Mission, Hermannsburg settlement and the community of Ntaria today. It includes a watercolour painting by Western Arrarnta artist Albert Namatjira, rarely seen wooden artefacts and a kangaroo pelt mat purchased as a souvenir during a Central Australian holiday in 1962.

Object Club explores different facets of objects and their place in history.  

Exclusive to Museum Friends. Join Friends
Free for Friends full memers
Friends Lounge 

Nick Earls
Nick Earls

Canberra Writers Festival: My Life In An Object

Saturday 27 August 2016, 11:45am to 12:45pm

Nick Earls, George Megalogenis and Karen Middleton

Our objects tell our stories, from the everyday to the epiphany.

Ahead of the National Museum’s A History of the World in 100 Objects exhibition, we invite author Nick Earls and journalist and authors George Megalogenis and Karen Middleton to share the intimate story of how an object changed their lives.

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Visions Theatre (food and drink, except water, not allowed)

See the full program and more on the Canberra Writers Festival website

Richard Glover
Richard Glover

Canberra Writers Festival: The Mud House

Saturday 27 August 2016, 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Richard Glover with Philip Clark

Four friends, one block of land no power tools. The Mud House is a funny and thought-provoking memoir describing how Richard Glover and his friend Philip Clark built a mud brick house in the bush on weekends.

Richard Glover has written a number of bestselling books, including Flesh Wounds and George Clooney’s Haircut and Other Cries for Help.

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Visions Theatre (food and drink, except water, are not allowed)

See the full program and more on the Canberra Writers Festival website

Rosalie Ham
Rosalie Ham

Canberra Writers Festival: The Dressmaker

Saturday 27 August 2016, 2:30pm to 6:00pm

Rosalie Ham with Sue Maslin

From book to screen: Hear from author Rosalie Ham and film producer Sue Maslin as they share how The Dressmaker story came to life from book to screen.

Rosalie Ham is a Melbourne writer and teacher and is the author of The Dressmaker, Summer at Mount Hope and There Should be More Dancing.

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Includes film screening
Visions Theatre (food and drink, except water, not allowed)

See the full program and more on the Canberra Writers Festival website

Stan Grant
Stan Grant

CANCELLED: Canberra Writers Festival: Keynote by Stan Grant

Saturday 27 August 2016, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Stan Grant event at the Canberra Writers Festival on Saturday 27 August has been cancelled.  A new event, titled ‘Brexit, Trump and the Populist Present’ featuring the Canberra Writers Festival Author All Stars will be held in its place. All other details remain the same.

Please retain your Stan Grant ticket for entry into the new event. Alternatively see the refund information on the Ticketek website.

For any further queries please contact Canberra Writers Festival:
Phone: +61 2 6270 8160

See the full program and more on the Canberra Writers Festival website

Time Traveller’s Book Club – Guide to Medieval England

Tuesday 30 August 2016, 11:00am to 12:30pm

Museum Friends only

The Time Traveller’s Book Club takes a romp through history and is led by Dr Mike Smith, archaeologist and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the National Museum.

This month’s book is:

The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century
by Ian Mortimer, Isis Publishing, 2008

The club meets on the last Tuesday of each month. Featured books are historical non-fiction and members are encouraged to come along, even if they haven’t always read the book. Mike has compiled an eclectic reading list for the first 12 months and members are also encouraged to make suggestions.

Cost: Friends full membership free. Join Friends

Bookings essential: email or phone (02) 6208 5021

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