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Twilight Talks: Series Three

August 21st    

“The History of Terror in New York City”, a talk by Mary Ross-Volk

The September 11 attacks presented a challenge to writers of fiction across the world. Many American writers particularly, found themselves bereft of language in the face of the cataclysmic social and political changes that the terrorist attacks of 2001 initiated. Mary Ross-Volk has been undertaking research that examines novels and short stories that make up the body of writing termed 9/11 fiction. She will share her experiences of interviewing American authors who have been influenced by the events of 9/11.

August 28th                    

    ******* no talk as Slow Musical Festival is hiring all our spaces ******

September 4th 

“From Palace to Desert”, a talk by Lyn Heppner  

It’s very unlikely you will ever have the opportunity to have job interview with a Prince of Jordan. But that’s exactly what happened to Colac resident, Lynn Heppner in 1995. Lynn was approached by the Office of His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to travel to Jordan for the opportunity of a lifetime. And the rest, as they say, is history. Lynn was the Prince’s Personal Assistant for International Affairs until she retired and returned home to Colac in 2012. This is one Twilight Talk not to be missed!

September 11th

“The Batavia Story”, a talk by Helen Pickers Gill

Library Officer/City of Ballarat will speak of her three visits to the Abrolhos Islands. These islands are 100km due west from Geraldton and are under the jurisdiction of Geraldton. Helen will discuss the “Batavia” story, the story of a shipwreck from 1629, a wreck that divers can still explore.

September 18th 

“Town Crying in Australia”, a talk by Anne Doggett

Anne will talk about the history of town crying in Australia, with colourful participation by some of Australia’s leading contemporary town criers. During the talk Anne’s book A Far Cry: Town Crying in the Antipodes, will be launched by Brian Whykes, Town Crier of Ballarat. Look forward to an animated Twilight Talk!

September 25th 

“Fifty Golden Years”, a talk by Sonja A. Kinnersly

Sonia is a historian and the author of “Ballarat National Theatre Fifty Golden Years”. Covering the period of 1938-1988, this Twilight Talk will provide insight into the history of theatre in Ballarat.