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Culture Roundup: Wednesday 31 August, 2016

Latest News

NSW Gov’t promises to fast-track super battery storage

State government investment in major battery projects across NSW is to be increased and fast-tracked, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Penny Sharpe said on Wednesday.

Other News

Local Labor MP supports Future Gas Strategy

Climate research scientist, Joelle Gergis, has joined other scientists, academics, think tanks and economists in condemning federal Labor’s Future Gas Strategy, which was released last week.

Wombat burrows provide critical shelter for other species

A new study, published in the Journal of Mammalogy, found wombat burrows help other animals by providing critical shelter for numerous species following severe wildfire, and may even be an important source of water.

National Service

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Embarking on adventure

The 2024 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to Brunswick Heads and the Picture House is calling all adventurers, thrill-seekers, and lovers of the great outdoors. With only two screenings scheduled for 23 and 24 May, tickets are selling fast.

He’s off, has been for years! And what’s a conspiracy amongst friends?

After ten years in Mullum I’ve relocated to the middle of an extinct volcano in Murwillumbah.

Contraband, Chile’s 9/11 and black ops 

Putting the life of local adventurer Chris Dewhirst into print would be no easy task. But he’s managed to do it, in part, with Everest Guns & Money.

Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi in conversation with Matthew Condon at Byron Theatre on Thursday
Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi in conversation with Matthew Condon at Byron Theatre on Thursday

Bestselling authors in Byron and Lismore

Byron Writers Festival presents two bestselling authors – Yann Martel and Lionel Shriver.

Yann Martel will appear in conversation with Matthew Condon.

Yann Martel is the author of  Life of Pi, the number one international bestseller and he is also the award-winning author of  The Facts Behind the Helsinki, Roccamatios,  Self,  Beatrice and Virgil, and a book of recommended reading:  101 Letters to a Prime Minister

Born in Spain in 1963, Yann Martel studied philosophy at Trent University, worked at odd jobs – tree planter, dishwasher, security guard – and travelled widely before turning to writing. He lives in Saskatoon with the writer Alice Kuipers and their four children. 

See Yann on Thursday 1 September, 6pm at Byron Theatre. Tickets $30/$35 www.byronwritersfestival.com or 6685 5115. 

Lionel Shriver, author of We need to talk about Kevin at Lismore City Hall on Tuesday
Lionel Shriver, author of We need to talk about Kevin at Lismore City Hall on Tuesday

Author Lionel Shriver in conversation with David Leser

Arguably the most perceptive and topical author of our times, Lionel Shriver is the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk About Kevin. She will discuss her new novel The Mandibles, about the decline that might await the United States all too soon.

Tuesday 6 September, 6.30pm, presented in partnership with NORPA at Lismore City Hall.

Tickets $30/$35 www.norpa.org.au or 1300 066 772.

The Ballina Players present The Patrick Pearse Motel, September 9 till 18 at the players Theatre
The Ballina Players present The Patrick Pearse Motel, September 9 till 18 at the players Theatre

The Patrick Pearse Motel

The Ballina Players have a treat for you…

There’s money in Irish history realise Fintan Kinnore (Mike Sheehan) and Dermod Gibbon (Daniel Richards). They named The Patrick Pearse Motel after one of the greatest heroes and martyrs in the 1916 Rising against English rule. He was executed for his leadership role.

Each of the motel’s rooms is named after another national hero, and Fintan and Dermod plan to open a chain of motels, cashing in on pride in Irish heritage.

The ancient, comical and slightly senile caretaker Houlihan (Mike Harris) is proud that he too was out in 1916 and loves to show off the rooms at the motel.

Written by Hugh Leonard and directed by Sue Belsham, The Patrick Pearse Motel will be staged at the Players Theatre from September 9 till 18, Thursdays to Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2pm.

Book online at www.ballinaplayers.com.au or at Just Funkin Music, 6686 2440 (a booking fee applies).


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