Literary Events

About Dymocks Literary Events

2012 celebrates 24 years of the Dymocks Events Programme. Nowhere else in the world is there anything quite on the scale of the Events Programme where club members and other dedicated book lovers plan their year around a program of events that combine good food, wine and company with the best local and international writers talking in the most intimate and entertaining ways about their books and their lives. Our choice of speakers is eclectic. Over the years we have had novelists and politicians, actors and adventurers, artists and prize-winners, celebrities and ordinary people with extraordinary stories to tell.

Monday 19 November, 2012

Kate Morton

With just three novels published, Kate Morton has sold over 7 million copies in 26 languages, across 38 countries.

The Shifting Fog, published internationally as The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden and The Distant Hours have all been number one bestsellers around the world. Each novel won the Australian Book Industry award for General Fiction Book of the Year.

Kate Morton grew up in the mountains of south-east Queensland and has degrees in dramatic art and English literature, specializing in nineteenth-century tragedy and contemporary gothic novels. Kate Morton's new novel The Secret Keeper is a spellbinding story of mysteries and secrets, theatre and thievery, murder and enduring love.

Tuesday 13 November 2012

Michael Palin

English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter best known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for his travel documentaries will be in Australia to talk about Brazil, his latest book

Up until recently Brazil has been one of the few countries Palin has never fully travelled.

From the Venezuelan border and the forests of the Lost World where he encounters the Yanomami tribe, Michael Palin explores this vast and disparate nation in his inimitable way. He journeys into the heart of the Amazon rainforest. He visits the shanty towns of Rio and the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. He travels South to meet German and Japanese communities and meets supermodels in the making before ending his journey at the spectacular Iguau Falls.

Wednesday 7 November 2012

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

Though she began life with severe learning disabilities, Barbara Arrowsmith-Young built herself a better brain and a brain training program that has helped thousands of others do the same.

Arrowsmith-Young's learning disabilities caused teachers to label her slow, stubborn - or worse. As a child, she read and wrote everything backwards, struggled to process concepts in language, and was physically uncoordinated. But by relying on her formidable memory and iron will, she made her way to graduate school, where she chanced upon research that inspired her to invent cognitive exercises to 'fix' her own brain. In the past five years, the idea that self-improvement can happen in the brain has caught hold and inspired new hope.

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain interweaves Arrowsmith-Young's personal story with fascinating accounts of the clinical mysteries and triumphant stories that she has encountered during her more than thirty years of working with both children and adults.

Thursday 1 November 2012

Ross Coulthart

During the First World War, thousands of Aussie diggers and other Allied troops passed through the town of Vignacourt. Many had their photographs taken by Louis and Antoinette Thuillier while they enjoyed a brief respite from the Western Front before being sent to their deaths at Pozieres, Bullecourt and the Somme. The horror of battle is reflected in their eyes, but the photos also capture a sense of camaraderie, high spirits and even a soupon of romance.

The Lost Diggers is the riveting detective story of the hunt across France that led investigative journalist Ross Coulthart and his team from Channel 7's Sunday Night to an ancient metal chest in a French farmhouse containing early 4000 glass photographic plates - and one of the most important First World War discoveries ever made. Part thriller, part family history and part priceless national archive, The Lost Diggers brings together these wonderful images and the amazing stories behind them.

Thursday 18 October, 2012

Pamela Stephenson

Along with my own personal story, I am going to write down a few things that may amuse you (or even take you down some other emotional path) and I'll let you in on a few so-far-unrevealed aspects of my life. I'll try to leave out the boring bits. Don't be thinking this is easy for me. I'm darn good at getting under other people's skin, but opening up about my own life is quite a different matter. So how shall I portray myself? There are choices, you know: Wife, mother, psychologist, writer, comedian, actor, dancer, diver, gypsy, dreamer, rich girl, poor girl, beggar girl, thief. I am all of those and more. Tell you what, you decide. You decide exactly what I am?

A complicated childhood in Australia, a bold move to London, being a woman in a man's world on Not the 9 o'clock News, becoming Mrs Billy Connolly, motherhood, career changes and then Strictly Come Dancing - The Varnished Untruth is Pamela Stephenson's own story.

Tuesday 28 August 2012

Stella Rimington

Stella Rimington joined the Security Service (MI5) in 1968 and was appointed Director General in 1992. She was the first woman to hold the post and the first Director General whose name was publicly announced on appointment. During her career she worked in all the main fields of the Service: counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism. She has written an autobiography, Open Secret and five Liz Carlyle novels. The Geneva Trap is her latest novel.

Geneva, 2012. When a Russian spy approaches MI6 with vital information about an imminent cyber attack, he refuses to talk to anyone but Liz Carlyle of MI5. But who is he, and what is his connection to Liz? As Liz and her team hunt for a mole inside the MOD, the trail leads them from Geneva to Marseilles and into a labyrinth of international intrigue, in a race against time to stop the Cold War heating up once again...

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