What's on in the Canberra literary scene

Tough Guy Book Club

The Tough Guy Book Club holds Canberra meetings at the Old Canberra Inn, 195 Mouat Street, Lyneham. The book to read for the month is announced at each meeting. It's a modern meeting place for men to discuss not just the works of literary greats, but issues that men tackle on a daily basis. It's free. Upcoming meetings are on December 6, 2017 and February 7, 2018, all at 7pm. For more information visit facebook.com/ToughGuyBookClub.

Essay Prize

Entries are open for the 2018 ABR Calibre Essay Prize: original, unpublished non-fiction essays of any subject between 3000 and 6000 words, written in English. The judges are Andrea Goldsmith, Phillipa McGuinness, and Peter Rose. Entry fees are $15 for ABR subscribers or $25 for non-subscribers (the latter includes a free four-month subscription to ABR Online). Entries close January 15, 2018. First prize $5000, second prize $2500. See: australianbookreview.com.au

What's on

December 2: At Paperchain Manuka at 11am, "Meet the Pawthor" and "Book Pawing" of Pikelet, author of The Extraordinary Life of Pikelet: Memoirs of a Rescue Pup Called Pikelet Butterwiggle Stoll. Typed by Calley Gibson (Pikelet's Ma).

December 3: In the foyer of the National Library of Australia, join author and illustrator Rhonda Garward for a reading of Tilly's Reed Adventure followed by craft activities, where children can create their own underwater world. Suitable for ages four to seven. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 11am, free.

December 4: At Smith's Alternative at 7pm, performances by poets Miranda Lello and Sarah Rice. $5 on the door - includes open mic

December 7: Have you heard about the sunken continent of Zealandia? Learn what Australian scientists have discovered about Earth's history and dynamics through the International Ocean Discovery Program, a marine research collaboration involving 23 countries. Professor Neville Exon explores how, through drilling and coring technology, scientists have been able to investigate cores of sediment and rock up to 3km under the seabed, revealing secrets hidden in the earth going back 200 million years. In association with ANU Press. National Library of Australia, 6-8pm.

December 11: At Smith's Alternative at 7pm, a double book launch of Owen Bullock's poetry collection Work and Play and the international poetry anthology Metamorphic edited by Nessa O'Mahony and Paul Munden. Free entry, no open mic.

December 13: The next Poetry at the House reading at University House at 7.30pm features Bronwyn Lea (Brisbane), Paul Magee and Geoff Page (both from Canberra). $10 waged, $5 unwaged. Bookings: gpage40@bigpond.net.au

December 18: At Smith's Alternative from 7pm to 9pm - special farewell and thank you to Josh Inman event.

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