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Eclectic: an exhibit of rare books

Coming soon.

An exhibition of rare or significant books and manuscripts selected from the City of Melbourne heritage collection.

Be prepared for some surprises.

Curated by the Melbourne Library Service.

Where: Library at the Dock
107 Victoria Harbour Promenade

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Snapped walks and talks

Are you thinking of entering our Snapped: Melbourne by the water photography competition but not sure where to start creating your image? Sign up for a walking photography class around Melbourne or a hands-on photographic workshop.

Snapped: photography walks with
Carla Gottgens

There are four walks on offer, guided by professional photographer and Snapped judge, Carla Gottgens. Each walk will focus on a different area within the City of Melbourne. You can gather inspiration and ideas, meet fellow budding photographers and glean some tips on taking a prizewinning picture!

Bookings are essential as places are strictly limited to 20 places per walk.

BYO camera, comfy walking shoes, warm clothes, water and umbrella.

North and surrounds
 Saturday 26 July, 2pm to 3.30pm
Meet at: PLEASE NOTE CHANGE TO MEETING PLACE: This walk will now meet at Flemington Bridge Railway Station (Upfield Line), Boundary Road entrance, 211 Boundary Road, North Melbourne
Cost: Free
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Docklands and surrounds
When: Sunday 27 July, 2pm to 3.30pm
Meet at: Library at The Dock
Cost: Free
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Snapped: photographic workshops

Library at The Dock will host two photographic workshops to help improve and refine your photographic skills. Bring along your camera and learn essential photography skills including exposure, composition, depth of field, lighting, subject matter and much more. This is the perfect workshop to learn how to take the perfect photo for the Snapped and properly submit your entry.

Bookings are essential as spaces are limited.
You must bring your own camera!

Library at The Dock
When: Saturday 26 July, 10am to 12pm
Cost: free
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When: Saturday 2 August, 10am to 12pm
Cost: free
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'Telling ya story', with Barry Dickins

Like to try some writing? Join us for some fun with well-known playwright, author and artist, Barry Dickins.

This is a writing group for those who are interested in words, but also find them kind of scary.

When: starts Thursday 24 July, 1pm to 3.15pm, and then every week.
Book your place

Free, with a cuppa and snacks are provided.

About Barry Dickins
Once many years ago Barry Dickins lived in Errol Street at the Commune Coffee shop. This is where Barry’s writing life began. Barry is keen to help you have some fun with words. This is a writing group for those who are interested in words, but also find them kind of scary.

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Words on the Wind


Words on the Wind is a series of free storytelling shows coming to the Library at The Dock.

Nine storytellers from Storytelling Australia Victoria have crafted six compelling tales to reflect their relationship to this part of Melbourne’s Docklands.


Where: The Library at the Dock

Coming up

August 21: Niki na Meadhra

September 18: Jackie Kerin and Teena Hartnett 

October 16: Anne E Stewart

November 20: Andrew McKenna and Peter Fernon

December 18: Simon Oats and Roslyn Quin

Full details about Words on the Wind  

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Local Women Writers Talk:

Suzanne McCourt talking about her debut novel The Lost Child

Suzanne McCourt has variously spent her life teaching, being a mother, running a marathon, reading and becoming a writer. Her first novel, The Lost Child, is set in a fishing village on the South Australian coast like the one she grew up in. She now lives in bayside Melbourne.

Her novel is set in a town inspired by her own upbringing and has been influenced greatly by her own experiences, including that of living in Glenelg, Adelaide at the time when the Beaumont children disappeared.

When: Tuesday 5 August, 6pm for 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Where: Hotham Room, North Melbourne Library
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The Rosie effect, evening with Graeme Simsion, author of the Rosie Project.

Hosted by Jess McGuire this August we meet and talk to Rosie Project’s Graeme Simsion at City Library.

Graeme Simsion was born in Auckland and is a Melbourne-based writer of short stories, plays, screenplays and two non-fiction books.The Rosie Project began life as a screenplay, winning the Australian Writers Guild/Inscription Award for Best Romantic Comedy before being adapted into a novel. It went on to win the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript and has since been sold around the world to over forty countries.

Sony Pictures have optioned the film rights with Graeme contracted to write the script. It won the 2014 ABIA for Best General Fiction Book and overall Book of the Year.

When: Thursday, 7 August 6pm to 7.30pm
Where: Majorca Room, City Library
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If you had the chance, what question would you ask Rosie Project’s Graeme Simsion?
Write, type or tell us your question



In Bob We Trust. An evening with Father Bob Maguire.

Hosted by Jess McGuire this August we meet and talk to the infamous Father Bob Maguire at City Library.

Father Bob Maguire is a man of passion, creativity and humour; he is part Billy Connolly, part angry Old Testament prophet and part compassionate Mother Theresa. He would hate this categorisation. But he has a unique combination of traits. In each of these he is a risk taker. He is an elusive chameleon, a man of brilliant riddles.

When: Thursday 14 August, 6pm to 7.30pm
Where: Majorca Room, City Library
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If you had the chance, what question would you ask Father Bob Maguire?
Write, type or tell us your question Write, type or tell us your question

Jess McGuire is a writer and broadcaster. A former co-host on Triple R’s Breakfasters, she can be found regularly on 774 ABC Melbourne and weekly on 720 ABC Perth’s Drive show. She was the editor of pop culture website Defamer Australia and has written for assorted publications including the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Meanjin, the Daily Life, and the Sunday Age. She also featured in the ‘Women of Letters’ anthology, a collection published by Penguin Australia.

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Alex Miller ‘The Story’s Not Over Yet’, a talk and conversation

The 2nd Australian Literature ASAL Patrons Lecture 2014

Award winning Australian novelist Alex Miller speaks on place, story and Australian writing in this special session at the Library at The Dock.
Miller traces the trajectory of his own writing career. His lecture looks at the nature of literature, history, and the state of contemporary Australian literature, particularly the exciting developments in Indigenous writing in Australia.
The talk is followed by a brief conversation and question and answer session with Alex Miller conducted by Sydney University Professor of Australian Literature, Robert Dixon.

When: Saturday 23 August, 2.30pm to 4pm
Where: Performance Space, Library at The Dock
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Docklands History Group

Travel back in time with local historians, collectors, guest speakers and meet other like-minded people at our monthly Docklands History Group. Share a cuppa and stories with other local history enthusiasts and learn about the people, places and industries from times gone by.  Everyone welcome.

August Special Guests: Jenny Bygrave, Kate O’Neill and John Riley

Join Jenny Bygrave, Kate O’Neill and John Riley from Port of Melbourne Corporation and learn about the presence of the port in the Docklands area and the history of Melbourne’s port development over time.

When: Thursday 28 August, 6pm to 7pm
Where: Meeting Room, Library at the Dock
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The Docklands History Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from, 6pm to 7pm.

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Let there be Uke: Ukulele evenings for beginners

Ever wanted to play a ukulele? Here is your chance!
We are offering four beginner sessions on Tuesday evenings in July and August with Lily Jephson, a member of Melbourne Ukulele Kollective.
Lily Jephson is a self professed people person, full of ‘joie de vivre’ and has been a performer and musician from a young age. Lily has been playing the Ukulele for 4 years, is a drama teacher, and a current and active member with the Melbourne Ukulele Kollective.

When: Tuesday 15, 22, 29 July and 5 August,
7pm to 8pm
Where: East Melbourne Library
Suitable for 12+ years.
Places limited and you must be available for all four sessions.
Book your place

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Story Lounge

Do you like to listen to a good story?  We’re introducing a storytime for adults!
Bring your lunch, relax, knit, dream or enjoy the view, as we read you a hand-picked story or two.
Story Lounge happens at noon, on the fourth Wednesday of the month, in our beautiful new Library at the Dock.
No bookings required.

Where: Library at The Dock
When: Wednesdays, 12pm to 1pm
25 June, 23 July, 27 August,
24 September, 29 October,
26 November

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Real lives, real stories: a boot camp for writing life stories

Have you ever wanted to share your personal story, but didn’t know how?
If you have, then this course is for you.

Over four, linked, two-and-a-half-hour sessions, you will be guided through a process that will help you to understand the life writing form, what your style is and who might read your work.
You will also make connections with other local writers and discover some of the really useful resources all writers need.

Themes include: Exploring fiction and non-fiction; Reading as a writer; Identifying your audience; Getting your head around research; Defining and managing your project; Style and structure; Finding support networks and resources.

What to expect:  There will be opportunities to share your work, listen to presentations and work in small groups.
You may be asked to finish some tasks at home.
To get the best out of the course, you will need to be able to attend all four sessions.

What to bring:
• pen and paper (or electronic versions) to take notes.
• a solid idea for your project.
• some of your writing (optional).
• examples of personal stories that you love (optional).
• your enthusiasm.

Please note, this is not a class for those who wish to learn English as an additional language.

About the presenter:
Marie Alafaci is published across adult fiction and non-fiction, in long and short forms and also writes for children. Her 1999 title, Savage Cows & Cabbage Leaves – an Italian Life, received an honourable mention in the Royal Historical Society Community History Awards, and was a finalist in the Italy in the World awards. It was also on The Age bestsellers list in its first month of publication.
Marie has taught non-fiction for the Professional Writing & Editing Diploma course at Holmesglen TAFE and co-runs a manuscript assessment business, Bedlam Books. She is also the Victorian Development officer for the Australian Society of Authors.

Where: Meeting Room, North Melbourne Library.

26 July, 23 August, 20 September, 18 October from 1pm to 3.30pm

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Events calendar

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