Everyday Ancestors – A Singing Memoir

fleur_milla8x8-1Hi Music Lovers,

 Please find attached information about  the entertaining and unique show – Everyday Ancestors – at the wonderful Manning Clark House, on the last Sunday in November written and performed by Canberra artist Fleur Millar and directed by the  iconic Canberra director Domenic Mico.

 Enjoy a Summers afternoon of singing – you’ll laugh, cry and maybe ‘contact’ some ancestors of your own!

 We hope to see you there, after the show please stay around for coffee, cake and chats! 

 Ciao,

 

 Fleur

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Manning Clark House October Poetry Event

It’s the last Thursday of the month next week, 27th October.  This means of course that another poetry event will be in full-swing at 7.30pm that night at Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forest , ACT.  The poets reading are three well-known Canberra poets, Adrian Caesar, Paul Hetherington and Harry Laing.  Please join us over a glass of wine and light refreshments, $10 at the door.    Contact Kathy Kituai (0478640169) for further information.

 

Harry Laing is a poet, comic performer and children’s author. His most recent collection of poetry Backbone (Bunda Press) came out in 2010. Harry co-runs Poetry Alive which organises residential poetry weekends and also poetry readings at the Stanley Street Gallery in Sydney. He has given many public readings and appeared at festivals. Harry’s first collection of poems for children, Shoctopus poems to grip you! (Bunda Press) came out in 2015 and he presented at Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival in July 2016. Harry lives beside Monga National Park near Braidwood, NSW.

Adrian Caesar is a Canberra writer.  He is the author of several works of non-fiction including The White (Picador, 1999) which won the Victoria Premier’s Award for non-fiction in 2000 and the ACT Book of the Year, 2000.  He has also published a novel, The Blessing (Arcadia, 2015) which has been long-listed for this year’s Voss Award, and five books of poetry, the latest of which is, Dark Cupboards New Rooms (Shoestring Press 2014). His poems have also recently featured in The Best Australian Poems 2014 and ABR’s States of Poetry project.

Paul Hetherington is the author of eight volumes of poetry, the most recent is Burnt Amber, 2016. Blood and Old Belief was shortlisted for the Colin Roderick Award and the West Australian Premier’s award. He won the 1996 ACT Book of the Year Award for Shadow Swimmer and a 2002 Chief Minister ACT Creative Arts Fellowship. He is a founding editor of the National Library quarterly humanities and literary journal, Voices (1991-97), and is a member of the Board  of Australian Book Review and was a former poetry editor of The Canberra times. He has been director of publishing at the National Library of Australia since 1994 and edited and introduced the final three volumes of the Library’s authoritative four-volume edition of diaries of the artist Donald Friend.

Manning Clark House AGM

Dear member/former member,

I am writing to let you know that the Manning Clark House AGM will be held at 5:30 pm on 10 November 2016 at Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest ACT.  The Agenda is attached – if you have any difficulty reading it, let Ron Fraser know (ron.fraser@effect.net.au) and he will send it to you in the body of an email.

We will be reporting to you on the work we have done so far this year to bring Manning Clark House alive again.  There are many things still to be done, and we will need your help with them in 2017, so it would be great if you could come along on 10 November and give us your ideas and hopefully sign up for volunteering next year if you haven’t already done so.

We are also very much in need of some new active committee members based in Canberra to help us in our transition to an all-volunteer organisation without paid staff, so please be prepared to nominate as an office bearer and/or committee member if you would like to help in this way (see attached form).

I attach the following documents: Agenda for AGM 2016, Nomination for Office-Bearer/Committee Member, and the MCH Membership Form if you need to rejoin.

We very much look forward to seeing and talking to you at Manning Clark House at the AGM – it would help in catering for light refreshments if you could RSVP to me at the email or postal addresses shown at the foot of the Agenda.  But if you’ve forgotten to do that, come anyway!

Alana Mahon, Manning Clark House Secretary

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“3 Minutes to Midnight” and exploration of the state of play on Earth now

It has become clear that, rather than focus attention on the existential issues which Homo sapiens is facing, human institutions remain preoccupied with parochial power games and money matters, regardless of the proliferation of  hair-trigger nuclear missile fleets around the world and the rapid change in the terrestrial climate. When the world’s leading scientists warn of a dangerous shift  in state of the terrestrial climate and the proximity of tipping points, what difference would the election make if both parties support coal mining and export, rendering the country the world’s leading per-capita carbon emitter? When opposed military forces are confronted and dangerous people aim to reach control of red nuclear buttons, with time a confrontation by accident or design becomes inevitable, yet little of this appears to be an issue in the media, rendering the elections in the US and Australia meaningless. Nowadays governments are presiding over an increasingly likely demise of the terrestrial atmosphere and the marine environment. Which planet do these people think they are living on?

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The discussion will be led by Andrew Glikson and Hugh Saddler

Date: 4th October 2016

Time: 6pm

Entry: $10 members $15 non members

Out of the Refugee Impasse

The refugee crisis arising out of the interlocking Syrian conflicts has refocused world leaders’ attention on refugee and asylum policy and practices.

At the September global migration and refugee summit in New York, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull claimed that Australia’s border protection policies and humanitarian program were the ideal other countries should emulate.

Not everyone agreed, including the UN Human Rights Commission when it said Australia should show political courage and end indefinite detention of asylum seekers.

In Australia, concern about the human cost of refugee and asylum policies of both the Coalition and the Labor Party has recently been fanned by the publication in the Guardian of some 2000 incident reports concerning the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru.

Manning Clark House has therefore brought together a small panel of speakers who will give their personal views on the questions whether Australia should move beyond the present highly contested policies and practices, and, if so, how this should be done.  The details are:

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Chair:  To be confirmed

Panel: Major General AJ ‘Jim’ Molan, AO DSC (retired), former Coalition advisor and Government envoy

Dr John Minns, Associate Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations, ANU and a member of the Canberra Refugee Action Committee

Ms Marianne Dickie, convenor of the LLM stream in the Migration Law Program, ANU School of Law

Venue and time: Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest, on Tuesday 11 October 2016 at 5:30 for 6 pm, drinks and nibbles before and after discussion

 All welcome: $15 for non-members and $10 for members, membership available at the door

Seats are limited to 50, so to avoid disappointment please RSVP to: info@manningclark.org.au or Alana Mahon on 02 6162 0908 at Marisa Gonzalez & Co, Monday – Friday 9 am – 6 pm

Speakers:

Jim Molan had a long and distinguished military career as an infantry, aviation and combat unit commander, military attache in Jakarta, and in staff and training postings.  This included service in Solomon Islands, East Timor and Iraq. He retired in July 2008.  Since then, Jim has been an author, speaker and commentator on military and strategic affairs. He was the co-author of the Coalition’s refugee and asylum policy leading up to the 2013 election and launched the policy with Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison.  After the election, he was appointed the PM’s Special Envoy for Operation Sovereign Borders.  Jim was a NSW Liberal candidate for the Senate in July 2016.

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John Minns is Associate Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations with a strong interest in the politics of migration, and in Latin American politics; he was formerly Director of the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies at ANU.  He is a member of the steering committee of the Canberra Refugee Action Committee, and has spoken on Australian refugee policy to many community groups.

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Marianne Dickie,  has been with the ANU Migration Law Program since 2006, and has taught in courses for the Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and the LLM in Migration Law, serving as both Sub-Dean and Director of the Migration Law Program, and currently as convenor of the LLM stream in Migration Law.  She has received a number of ANU awards for her teaching and student guidance roles.  She is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a registered migration agent.  She was formerly a staffer to then Australian Democrats Senator Andrew Bartlett, and accompanied him in visiting the detention centre on Nauru during the Howard Government.

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MCH Poetry reading program from August to November 2016

Co-ordinators: Paul Hetherington, Kathy Kituai, Kerrie Nelson

The full program for the rest of 2016 is being finalised, but the following events are confirmed:

Held at at 7:30 pm

 

29th September 

Entry fee $10 or $5 concession

Refreshments provided

The intimate space at MCH is perfect for poetry and features Owen Bullock and Carmel Summers, who are both wonderful readers.

Carmel Summers is a Canberra author and poet.  Her poems and short stories have been published in Australian and international journals and she has been short listed for the Blake Poetry Prize and the Glen Phillips Poetry Prize.  She has a MA in Creative Writing, is a member of Limestone Poets, Bowerbird and the Tanka Huddles. Carmel facilitates creative writing workshops in Sydney and regional NSW.

Owen Bullock’s publications include poetry and fiction, including three books of haiku.  He edited Poetry NZ #45 and anthologies for the New Zealand Poetry Society.  Currently Owen is a PhD Candidate in Writing at the University of Canberra and is on the International Editorial Board for Axon: Creative Explorations (University of Canberra).  He won the Canberra Critics’ Circle Award for Poetry 2015.

 

14th October               The launch of Australia/Japan anthology Poems to Wear (editor Amelia Fielden) by Dr. Carol Hayes, Senior Lecturer. Book  & launch by P.S.Cottier of Colouring In : the Four Seasons of Four Poets responsive tanka (Genie Nakano & Neal Whitman, USA, and Gerry Jacobson & Amelia Fielden, Australia; musical accompaniment by Rupert Summerson).

 

27th October               Adrian Caesar, Paul Hetherington & another TBA

 

Of Foxes & Hen Houses

Of Foxes and Hen Houses: The Story of Why Battery Cages are Still Legal in Australia

 

With all the publicity about how cruel it is to keep hens in battery cages, you may wonder why these cages are still legal? Come to this session and hear the current science on the welfare impacts of battery cages. Learn about Australia’s national standards for poultry and how these are developed. Become informed about the deficiencies in how Australia sets animal welfare standards, with a graphic poultry case study. Find out, too, about RSPCA Australia’s campaign to end battery cages and options to get involved.

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The highly expert speakers will be Dr Jed Goodfellow: a Senior Policy Officer at RSPCA Australia and a Lecturer in Animal Law at Macquarie University. Prior to undertaking his postgraduate research, Jed practised as a prosecutor for RSPCA South Australia, a solicitor for commercial law firm Clayton Utz, and worked as an inspector for RSPCA Queensland; and Dr Kate Hartcher:

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Scientific Officer for poultry at RSPCA Australia, involved in providing science-based information, advice and comment on welfare issues. Kate has an honours degree in Animal Science, and subsequently completed a PhD on the behaviour and welfare of free-range layer hens at the University of Sydney.

There will also be an opportunity for questions.

Wednesday 21 September at Manning Clark House.

The speakers will begin at 6pm. There will be light refreshments from 5.30pm and afterwards.

The session is free but bookings are essential on-line at http://of-foxes-and-hen-houses.eventbrite.com.au or by phone at 0427975500