SMSA https://smsa.org.au Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts Tue, 19 Jun 2018 06:21:57 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 SCIENCE WEEK: Prof. Simeon Simoff — Ethics, Emotions and Elegance in Artificial Intelligence https://smsa.org.au/events/event/science-week-simeon-simoff/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 04:23:37 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=16451 SCIENCE WEEK: Prof. Simeon Simoff — Ethics, Emotions and Elegance in Artificial IntelligenceProfessor Simeon Simoff dissects this influence and impact AI technology has on our daily life in the digital age.

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SCIENCE WEEK: Prof. Simeon Simoff — Ethics, Emotions and Elegance in Artificial Intelligence

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In the digital age, Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms are having an increasingly prominent influence on our day to day life and experiences.

Professor Simeon Simoff dissects this influence, looking at how the data we create informs AI behaviour, our capability to direct technology, as opposed to letting technology direct our decision making and questioning the impact AI technology has on our emotional intelligence.

 

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6.00pm refreshments, for 6.30-7.30pm

Cost

$15 – SMSA Members and Royal Society Members/Fellows
$20 – Non-Members and Guests

Tickets available at the door (cash only)

Light refreshments will be served before each lecture.

This Science Week event is held in collaboration between the Sydney Mechanic’s School of Arts and the Royal Society of NSW.

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SCIENCE WEEK: Wine as Medicine — An Australian Perspective https://smsa.org.au/events/event/science-week-wine-as-medicine-an-australian-perspective/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 03:13:43 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=16443 SCIENCE WEEK: Wine as Medicine — An Australian PerspectiveJoin Dr Philip Norrie as he traces the medical history of wine and its unique history in Australia, including why we planted vineyards in our lunatic asylums!

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SCIENCE WEEK: Wine as Medicine — An Australian Perspective

Wine was first developed 9,500 years ago in China and has been used as a medicine for the past 5,000 years.

Join Dr Philip Norrie as he traces the medical history of wine and its unique history in Australia, including where and when the first vineyard was planted in Australia.

Dr Norrie will investigate the reason Australia had so many ‘Wine Doctors’ – such as Dr. Lindeman and Dr. Penfold – who have become household names. How wine was used to help transport convicts to Australia and why vineyards where planted in our lunatic asylums – something that did not happen anywhere else, except in Australia!

 

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Time

6.00pm refreshments, for 6.30-7.30pm

Cost

$15 – SMSA Members and Royal Society Members/Fellows
$20 – Non-Members and Guests

Tickets available at the door (cash only)

Light refreshments will be served before each lecture.

This Science Week event is held in collaboration between the Sydney Mechanic’s School of Arts and the Royal Society of NSW.

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SCIENCE WEEK: Nanotech — What’s the Big Deal about Small Stuff? https://smsa.org.au/events/event/science-week-nanotech-whats-the-big-deal-about-small-stuff/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 01:14:01 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=16425 SCIENCE WEEK: Nanotech — What’s the Big Deal about Small Stuff?Rosie Hicks, CEO of the Australian National Fabrication Facility, for a fascinating talk on nanotechnology and it's applications in Australian health, communications and energy.

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SCIENCE WEEK: Nanotech — What’s the Big Deal about Small Stuff?

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From self-cleaning windows to personalised medicine, the promise of nanotechnology spans from the mundane to the lifesaving. But is it really new? Should we be worried about it? And where to from here?

A nanometre, from the Greek ‘nanos’ meaning dwarf, is one billionth of a meter or 80,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. Nanotechnology is the manipulation or manufacture of materials or devices at the scale of atoms or small groups of atoms. At this scale the material properties differ from the bulk, and we can control properties such as the conductivity or transparency by controlling the structure.

Join Rosie Hicks, CEO of the Australian National Fabrication Facility, for a fascinating talk on nanotechnology and it’s applications in Australian health, communications and energy.

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Everyone Welcome

This Science Week event is held in collaboration between the Sydney Mechanic’s School of Arts and the Royal Society of NSW.

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SCIENCE WEEK: Autonomous Vehicles — Will In-Vehicle Technology Make Us Safer? https://smsa.org.au/events/event/science-week-autonomous-vehicles-will-in-vehicle-technology-make-us-safer/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:57:41 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=16427 SCIENCE WEEK: Autonomous Vehicles — Will In-Vehicle Technology Make Us Safer?Prof. Ann Williamson joins us for Science Weeks, for an discussion on Autonomous Vehicles, and how the introduction of that technology may, or may not, effect road safety,

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SCIENCE WEEK: Autonomous Vehicles — Will In-Vehicle Technology Make Us Safer?

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The introduction of driver assist technology is often promoted by manufacturers as an infallible cure-all to our road safety issues. However, with increased reports of accidents and fatalities involving autonomous vehicles, early indications are that this will not actually be the case.

Join safety expert Professor Ann Williamson for a serious look at this technology, and how the move towards Autonomous Vehicles may, or may not, contribute to increased road safety.

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Everyone Welcome

This Science Week event is held in collaboration between the Sydney Mechanic’s School of Arts and the Royal Society of NSW.

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Angela Merkel – Europe’s Most Influential Leader by Matthew Qvortrup https://smsa.org.au/limelight/angela-merkel-europes-most-influential-leader-by-matthew-qvortrup/ Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:57:18 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=limelight&p=16364 Angela Merkel – Europe’s Most Influential Leader by Matthew QvortrupAngela Merkel - Europe's Most Influential Leader, by Matthew Qvortrup, charts the rise of one of the most powerful women in European politics.

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Angela Merkel – Europe’s Most Influential Leader by Matthew Qvortrup

In 2014, confronting protestors at a refugee asylum, Angela Merkel stands beside a mother holding her baby. Merkel too had grown up behind a fence.  Her mother, Herlinde, carried her in a basket into East Germany to join Horst Kasner, her Lutheran pastor husband.

Fast forward to November 2005 when Merkel became the youngest ever Chancellor of Germany, and the first woman to hold that position.

Angela Merkel – Europe’s Most Influential Leader, by professor and author Matthew Qvortrup, charts the rise of this woman, fluent in German, Russian and English (Herlinde was an English teacher); scientist with a doctorate in quantum chemistry; almost failing the Marxism/Leninism subject; economically illiterate; and who had only committed to a political career in the wake of the fall of the Berlin wall.

Finding her political niche through the complexities of established and emerging political parties was Merkel’s first task. She rejected the idealism of grass roots organisations, saying that politics was about getting things done.

Merkel was renowned as a ‘Virtuoso of procrastination,’ analysing and calculating interminably the long game and the consequences, but when she finally acted she wrong-footed opponents and colleagues. She headed off the euro-crisis, held firm with Putin over the Ukraine war and showed compassion to the Syrian refugees.

A conservative politician, she held Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan in high esteem, and admired America for its support for reunification when London and Paris opposed it. However, rather than congratulate President Trump, she invited him to work with her on the basis of respect for democratic values and for all peoples regardless of origin, skin colour, religion and sexual orientation.

But politics is a game with brutal rules. How did Angela Merkel play this game? Was she, Professor Qvortrup asks, Mother Courage or Merkiavelli?

Read the book to decide.

Find Angela Merkel: Europe’s Most Influential Leader by Matthew Qvortrup in the SMSA Library Catalogue

 

Review by Cleo Lynch
SMSA Member

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Special Assignments by Boris Akunin https://smsa.org.au/limelight/special-assignments-by-boris-akunin/ Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:41:08 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=limelight&p=16362 Special Assignments by Boris AkuninSpecial Assignments by Boris Akunin, is a charming story is set in Moscow in the late 19th century, when class structure was entrenched and influenced by various power structures of political bureaucracy.

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Special Assignments, The Further Adventures of Erast Fandorin, by Boris Akunin, is a charming story is set in Moscow in the late 19th century, when class structure was entrenched and influenced by various power structures of political bureaucracy.

This novel is an antidote to modern life – a fairy tale for the withering imagination of those of us who cling to the remembrance of a gentle existence. However, some of Akunin’s writing has darker overtones of the brothers Grimm. Much written by this Russian author resonates with mystery, intrigue, magic, and quite possibly you may find a recalcitrant dancing bear lurking within the pages.

Reach into your seafarer’s trunk, withdraw this book, find a quiet corner and enjoy!

Special Assignments was originally written in Russian in 1999, and translated into English in 2006.

Find Special Assignments – The Further Adventures of Erast Fandorin by Boris Akunin in the SMSA Library Catalogue

 

Review by Sunny Seagull
Member of the SMSA Mystery & Crime Reading Group

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Darwin’s Ghosts by Rebecca Stott https://smsa.org.au/limelight/darwins-ghosts-by-rebecca-stott/ Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:29:37 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=limelight&p=16360 Darwin’s Ghosts by Rebecca StottRebecca Stott’s engaging book, Darwin's Ghosts, features 1 great thinker or researcher each chapter, turning what might have been a dry overview of the life of a scientist into a story of their, often lonely, travails on the search for knowledge.

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Author Rebecca Stott wrote Darwin’s Ghost in 2012, and it was acquired by the Library in May 2013. This genuinely interesting and highly readable non-fiction book caught my eye whilst perusing the Library’s stacks near the kitchen.

Darwin’s Ghosts: In Search of the First Evolutionists sheds light on the thinkers who first turned an inquiring mind on the question “How did Life commence?”.  Whilst Charles Darwin is lauded as the author of On the Origin of Species, he did admit that he was not by any means the first person to study the evolutionary path of many living species.  2,000 years before, Aristotle and his students studied the fishes and insects in Greece, writing down their findings for other students to read, discuss and spark more original thought.

The chapters of Ms Stott’s engaging book each deal with one great thinker and researcher, turning what might have been a dry overview of the life of a scientist into a story of their, often lonely, travails as they searched for knowledge.

Chapter 1 commences with Darwin’s self-guilt as he receives early reviews of Origin, many critics pointing out previous scientific papers which first discussed evolution of plants, rocks, animals.  Chapter 2 speaks of Aristotle and his life as a young man right through to his final days.  Each chapter sensibly steps forward in time, which helps the reader follow the logical progression of new ideas and discoveries.  Chapter 3 is particularly illuminating, describing Leonardo da Vinci’s research into ancient rock strata near his home and studio, his keen interest in everything around him a hallmark of later recognised genius.

Immensely readable and recommended.

Find Darwin’s Ghosts by Rebecca Stott in the SMSA Library Catalogue

 

Belinda Coombs
Member of the SMSA Mystery & Crime Reading Group

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Queen’s Birthday Holiday Opening Hours 2018 https://smsa.org.au/2018/06/07/queens-birthday-holiday-opening-hours-2/ Thu, 07 Jun 2018 05:33:11 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?p=16356 Queen’s Birthday Holiday Opening Hours 2018The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts will be CLOSED on Monday, 11 June 2018 for the Queen's Birthday Public Holiday.

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Queen’s Birthday Holiday Opening Hours 2018

The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts will be CLOSED on Monday, 11 June 2018 for the Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday.

However, we will be OPEN business as usual on other days.

We wish all our members and clients a safe and relaxing break!
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Dominion – Films for Change https://smsa.org.au/events/event/dominion-films-for-change/ Wed, 06 Jun 2018 05:08:28 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=16351 Dominion – Films for ChangeJoin Films for Change for a free screening of documentary Dominion

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Event Organiser: Films for Change

 

Date: Saturday, 23 June 2018

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts
Mitchell Theatre, Level 1
280 Pitt Street, Sydney

Cost: FREE – Bookings Required.

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Dr Matthew Glozier – The Long Siege of Candia (1648-69) (SAHC) https://smsa.org.au/events/event/dr-matthew-glozier-the-long-siege-of-candia-1648-69-sahc/ Wed, 06 Jun 2018 02:59:56 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=16349 Dr Matthew Glozier – The Long Siege of Candia (1648-69) (SAHC)Join the SAHC for a lecture on the "Long Siege" of Candia, presented by Dr Matthew Glozier for Scottish Heritage Week.

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Dr Matthew Glozier – The Long Siege of Candia (1648-69) (SAHC)

Event Organiser: Scottish Australian Heritage Council (SAHC)

 

Join the SAHC for a lecture on the “Long Siege” of Candia, presented by Dr Matthew Glozier for Scottish Heritage Week.

Time: 6:00pm for 6:30pm

Cost: $25.00
Includes light refreshments

Contact the SAHC directly for more information.

Everyone is welcome, but bookings are essential.

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Paul Brunton – The Enlightenment: The Library (SAHC) https://smsa.org.au/events/event/paul-brunton-the-enlightenment-the-library-sahc/ Wed, 06 Jun 2018 02:34:01 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=16310 Paul Brunton – The Enlightenment: The Library (SAHC)Emeritus Curator of the State Library of NSW, Paul Brunton, explores the key role libraries played in the moral and intellectual improvement of the individual, as part of Scottish History Week,

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Paul Brunton – The Enlightenment: The Library (SAHC)

Event Organiser: Scottish Australian Heritage Council (SAHC)

 

In collaboration with the SAHC, Emeritus Curator of the State Library of NSW, Paul Brunton, explores the key role libraries played in the moral and intellectual improvement of the individual, as part of Scottish History Week.

Cost: $25.00
Includes light refreshments.

Time: 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start

Contact the SAHC directly for more information.

Everyone is welcome, but bookings are essential.

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Meet Tom Keneally in June https://smsa.org.au/events/event/tom-keneally-centre-2018/ Tue, 29 May 2018 00:07:23 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?p=16295 Meet Tom Keneally in JuneTom Keneally will be spending a few different days in June writing from his office in the TKC, working on a book about Charles Dickens sons in Australia, and finishing Volume IV of the history of Australians.

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Tom Keneally will be spending a few different days in June writing from his office in the TKC, working on a book about Charles Dickens sons in Australia, and finishing Volume IV of the history of Australians.

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George Cukor’s Adam’s Rib (1949) https://smsa.org.au/events/event/classic-film-screening-adams-rib-1949/ Fri, 25 May 2018 06:31:39 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=16272 George Cukor’s <i>Adam’s Rib</i> (1949)Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn battle it out as married lawyers on opposing sides of a controversial court case.

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Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn battle it out in Adam’s Rib as married lawyers who find themselves representing opposite sides of a controversial court case.

At first it seems that they’ll be able to keep their home and work lives separate, but in the face of continued media frenzy and daily courtroom confrontation, Adam finds his wife’s non-traditional role threatening. Can their marriage survive?

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Thrilling Me Softly – Mystery & Crime Trivia https://smsa.org.au/events/event/thrilling-me-softly-mystery-crime-trivia/ Fri, 25 May 2018 03:03:20 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=16263 Thrilling Me Softly – Mystery & Crime TriviaCome along, test your Mystery & Crime knowledge and play for your chance to win a High Tea for Two at the QVB tearooms.

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Thrilling Me Softly – Mystery & Crime Trivia

Part of SMSA’s Airtight Alibi Mystery & Crime Festival 2018.     Find out more

 

Test your Mystery & Crime knowledge and play for your chance to win a luxurious High Tea for Two at the QVB ‘s Tea Room.

Which author wrote 6 novels under the name Mary Westmacott?

In what Dickens novel does the character Inspector Bucket appear?

What 1941 movie stars Humphrey Bogart as hard-boiled P. I. Sam Spade?

Come along and play as either an individual or as a team (Hint: you can team up with other players on the day, if you don’t have a partner in mind now).

 

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Taronga — An Evolution https://smsa.org.au/events/event/taronga-an-evolution/ Fri, 25 May 2018 02:00:50 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=16233 Taronga — An EvolutionDiscover Taronga's journey from a place of entertainment and wonder to a conservation hub investigating and implementing strategies to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat.

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Taronga — An Evolution

Discover Taronga’s journey from a place of entertainment and wonder to a conservation hub investigating and implementing strategies to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat.

The Taronga you see when you visit the zoo is just the tip of the iceberg — it is a global centre of conservation excellence and a unique place where people and wildlife come together.

With over a centenary of history, Taronga has evolved, growing from its original charter to protect, preserve and share the wonder of the wildlife in its care, not just to helping wildlife survive, but to ensure it thrives.

The Taronga Institute of Science and Learning is due to open later this year. The Institute will function as a progressive hub and living laboratory for conservation, education and science — empowering new generations to solve wildlife problems together.

Join representatives from the Taronga Conservation Society to reflect on Taronga’s history and learn what the organisation has planned for their next 100 years and beyond.

 

FREE — Everyone Welcome

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Great Australians You’ve Never Heard Of https://smsa.org.au/2018/05/03/great-australians-lecture-series/ Thu, 24 May 2018 07:30:21 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=16256 Great Australians You’ve Never Heard OfThe Royal Society of NSW and the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts (SMSA) are proud to present a new collaborative lecture series, Great Australians You’ve Never Heard Of.

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Tom Keneally — ‘Great Australians You’ve Never Heard Of’ Lecture #1: https://smsa.org.au/events/event/great-australians-lecture-series-1/ Thu, 24 May 2018 07:30:21 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/events/event/great-australians-youve-never-heard-of-2/ Tom Keneally — ‘Great Australians You’ve Never Heard Of’ Lecture #1:Join Tom Keneally to learn the identity of our first Great Australian You've Never Heard Of, a Tasmanian convict who started as an Irish rebel and ended up with a Governorship. Co-hosted by the SMSA and the Royal Society of NSW.

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Tom Keneally — ‘Great Australians You’ve Never Heard Of’ Lecture #1:

The Royal Society of NSW and the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts (SMSA) are proud to present a new collaborative lecture series, Great Australians You’ve Never Heard Of that will look at the lives of Australians who have not received the recognition they deserve.

Our first Great Australian is a Tasmanian convict who started off as an Irish rebel and ended up with a Governorship. Join author Tom Keneally to learn this Great Australian’s identity and to hear about his remarkable life and death.

 

Venue

Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts

Date

Friday, 22 June 2018

Time

6.00pm for 6:30-7:30pm
Light refreshments will be served before each lecture

Cost

$15 – SMSA & Royal Society Members & Fellows
$20 – Non-members & Guests

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL —
EVERYONE IS WELCOME
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Haroon Moghul — How to be a Muslim: An American Story https://smsa.org.au/events/event/haroon-moghul-how-to-be-a-muslim-an-american-story/ Wed, 23 May 2018 06:59:25 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=16229 Haroon Moghul — How to be a Muslim: An American StoryAuthor Haroon Moghul joins us to share what it feels like to be a Muslim in modern western society, and what we should do about it.

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Haroon Moghul — How to be a Muslim: An American Story

Growing up in the US as a Pakistani-American, Haroon Moghul was taught that practicing his Islamic faith would make life his better. What he didn’t anticipate was how challenging it could be to be Muslim in America.

Thrust into the spotlight in the wake of 9/11, Haroon became an undergraduate leader at New York University’s Islamic Center and represented the young Muslim community with appearances  on TV, before interfaith audiences and in print.

Privately, though, Haroon’s own relationship to Islam was complicated.To be true to himself, he needed to forge a unique American Muslim identity that reflected his own beliefs and personality.

In How to Be a Muslim: An American Story, Haroon shares his experiences as a Muslim in modern western society, what it’s like to lose yourself between cultures and how to pick up the pieces.

 

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Deadly Words: Crime Writing Essentials Panel https://smsa.org.au/events/event/deadly-words-crime-writing-essentials-panel/ Fri, 18 May 2018 09:09:52 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=16154 Deadly Words: Crime Writing Essentials PanelJoin Meg Keneally, Dr Rachel Franks and Dave Warner as they discuss the craft of thrilling your readers in Deadly Words: Crime Writing Essentials. (This event is part of SMSA's 'Airtight Alibi Mystery & Crime Festival'.

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Deadly Words: Crime Writing Essentials Panel

Part of SMSA’s ‘Airtight Alibi’ Mystery & Crime Festival 2018.      Find out more

 

Join author Meg Keneally, editor of the Australian Journal of Crime Fiction, Dr Rachel Franks and Ned Kelly Award winner Dave Warner as they share insights on the craft of thrilling your readers with deadly words — including why crime fiction lends itself to series involving recurring characters, how to keep readers engaged, approaches to seeding clues, the importance of landscape in crime fiction and more.

The panel will also discuss crime writing’s evolution from its ‘penny dreadful’ past and where it is headed in the future. Have its sub-genres started to merge? And what about the phenomenon of crime fiction crossing over with other genres like sci-fi and historical fiction?

A light lunch will be provided after the session.

Cost

$10 SMSA Members
$15 Non-Members

Bookings Essential
Everyone Welcome!

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 NB: Online bookings must be paid by credit card. If you wish to pay by cash, please book in the SMSA Library.

 

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The Continuing Influence of Sherlock Holmes https://smsa.org.au/events/event/sherlock-holmes-a-cultural-sensation/ Fri, 18 May 2018 09:07:58 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=16176 The Continuing Influence of Sherlock HolmesJoin David Lewis from The Sydney Passengers for a compelling examination of Sherlock Holmes' far-reaching influence on Crime Fiction and popular culture.

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The Continuing Influence of Sherlock Holmes

Part of SMSA’s ‘Airtight Alibi’ Mystery & Crime Festival 2018.     Find out more

 

Sherlock Holmes has been a perennial fixture in crime fiction for 130 years.

Join David Lewis from The Sydney Passengers for a compelling examination of Holmes’ far-reaching influence on Crime Fiction and popular culture.

David will also discuss Holmes’ creator, Arthur Conan Doyle and look at Homes in other media — radio, film, television.

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REGISTRATION Airtight Alibi Mystery & Crime Festival https://smsa.org.au/events/registration-airtight-alibi-mystery-crime-festival/ Fri, 18 May 2018 07:21:52 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?page_id=16162 REGISTRATION Airtight Alibi Mystery & Crime FestivalBook for SMSA's Airtight Alibi Mystery & Crime Festival on Monday, 4 June 2018.

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REGISTRATION Airtight Alibi Mystery & Crime Festival

SMSA’s ‘Airtight Alibi’ Mystery & Crime Festival 2018.      Find out more

 

Get an Airtight Alibi when you attend SMSA’s first ever Mystery & Crime Festival on Monday, 4 June.

Whether you love a hardboiled detective mystery or true crime, you’ll find plenty of murder and duplicity on offer.

Here’s the line up:

  • Deadly Words: Crime Writing Essentials panel disscussion
  • Screening – The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Cultural Phenomenon talk
  • Thrilling You Softly Trivia Competition
  • Cover Up! Mystery & Crime Novel Display in the Library

Bookings Essential — Everyone Welcome

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John Huston’s The Maltese Falcon (1941) https://smsa.org.au/events/event/screening-the-maltese-falcon-1941/ Fri, 18 May 2018 05:42:12 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=16182 John Huston’s <i>The Maltese Falcon (1941)</i>Join us for a special screening of John Huston's 1941 film-noir classic, The Maltese Falcon, starring Humphrey Bogart. Part of SMSA's ‘Airtight Alibi’ Mystery & Crime Festival 2018.

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The Maltese Falcon (1941)">John Huston’s <i>The Maltese Falcon (1941)</i>

Part of SMSA’s Airtight Alibi Mystery & Crime Festival 2018.     Find out more

 

Join us for a special screening of John Huston’s 1941 film-noir classic, The Maltese Falcon, as part of our first ever Mystery & Crime Festival.

Humprey Bogart is as hard-boiled as they get as the dashing private investigator Sam Spade who is approached by Miss Wonderly, who hires him to follow her ex-lover. Spade is suspicious, but accepts because the money is so good.

What follows is a series of murders, corruption and uncertainty all tied up in a classic web of mystery and deceit, leading to a particularly coveted prize: a golden, jewelled Maltese Falcon statue.

 

FREE – Bookings Essential

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Special Event: ‘Airtight Alibi’ Mystery & Crime Festival 2018 https://smsa.org.au/events/event/special-event-airtight-alibi-mystery-crime-festival-2018/ Fri, 18 May 2018 04:51:42 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?p=16160 Special Event: ‘Airtight Alibi’ Mystery & Crime Festival 2018Get an Airtight Alibi when you attend SMSA's first ever Mystery & Crime Festival on Monday, 4 June 2018. Whether you love a hardboiled detective mystery or true crime, you'll find plenty of murder and duplicity on offer.

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Special Event: ‘Airtight Alibi’ Mystery & Crime Festival 2018

Get an Airtight Alibi when you attend SMSA’s first ever Mystery & Crime Festival on Monday, 4 June.

Whether you love a hardboiled detective mystery or true crime, you’ll find plenty of murder and duplicity on offer.

Here’s the line up:

  • Deadly Words: Crime Writing Essentials panel discussion
  • Screening – The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Cultural Phenomenon talk
  • Thrilling You Softly Trivia Competition
  • Cover Up! Mystery & Crime Novel Display in the Library

Bookings Essential
Everyone Welcome

 

click here to book or call 02 9262 7300

 NB: Online bookings must be paid by credit card. If you wish to pay by cash, please book in the SMSA Library.

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Special Event: ‘Airtight Alibi’ Mystery & Crime Festival 2018 https://smsa.org.au/events/event/special-event-airtight-alibi-mystery-crime-festival-2018/ Thu, 17 May 2018 22:26:01 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=16204 Special Event: ‘Airtight Alibi’ Mystery & Crime Festival 2018Get an Airtight Alibi when you attend SMSA's first ever Mystery & Crime Festival on Monday, 4 June 2018. Whether you love a hardboiled detective mystery or true crime, you'll find plenty of murder and duplicity on offer.

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Special Event: ‘Airtight Alibi’ Mystery & Crime Festival 2018

Get an Airtight Alibi when you attend SMSA’s first ever Mystery & Crime Festival on Monday, 4 June.

Whether you love a hard-boiled detective mystery or true crime, you’ll find plenty of murder and duplicity on offer.

Here’s the line up:

  • Deadly Words: Crime Writing Essentials panel discussion
  • Screening – The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Cultural Phenomenon talk
  • Thrilling You Softly Trivia Competition
  • Cover Up! Mystery & Crime Novel Display in the Library

 

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Claire Keegan — Author Reading https://smsa.org.au/events/event/claire-keegan-author-reading/ Wed, 16 May 2018 06:45:15 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=16146 Claire Keegan — Author ReadingInternationally renowned Irish author Claire Keegan joins us to read and discuss selections from her award-winning short story collections, Antarctica, Walk the Blue Fields and Foster.

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Claire Keegan — Author Reading

Internationally renowned Irish author Claire Keegan joins us to read and discuss selections from her award-winning short story collections, Antarctica, Walk the Blue Fields and Foster.

“Keegan is a rarity, someone I will always want to read.”
– Richard Ford

PLEASE NOTE: All profits will be donated to the Moorambilla Voices and Goulburn Strings programs supporting regional and disadvantaged children.

Claire Keegan Author Reading

1:00-2:00pm
Wednesday, 30 May 2018
Tom Keneally Centre

Cost (Reading):

SMSA Members – $10
Non Members – $20

Bookings Essential — Everyone Welcome
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‘How Fiction Works’ —
Masterclass with Claire Keegan

10:00-12:00pm, Wednesday, 30 May 2018
Tom Keneally Centre
2 hour workshop, plus lunch (included)
SMSA Members – $40 / Non Members – $50
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Special Offer: Entire Program
(i.e. Masterclass, Lunch & Reading)

SMSA Members – $45 / Non Members – $65
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Walter Mason — Glamorous Paris: Gertrude Stein https://smsa.org.au/events/event/walter-mason-glamorous-paris-gertrude-stein/ Wed, 16 May 2018 02:53:26 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=16131 Walter Mason — Glamorous Paris: Gertrude SteinJoin Walter Mason to learn about author Gertrude Stein, one of the most fascinating women to ever make Paris her home.

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Walter Mason — Glamorous Paris: Gertrude Stein

The wonderfully eccentric American Gertrude Stein kept one of the most famous Parisian salons of the 20th century. She accumulated one of the best collections of modern art, mentored dozens of writers and artists, and all the while kept at her own deeply personal, and frequently impenetrable, writing.

Gertrude Stein wanted to change the way that English was written, but she wanted to do it from the comfort of Paris, a city she adored.

Join Walter Mason to learn about one of the most fascinating women to ever make Paris her home.

FREE — EVERYONE WELCOME

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Walter Mason — Wind in the Willows, 110th Anniversary https://smsa.org.au/events/event/walter-mason-wind-in-the-willows-110th-anniversary/ Tue, 15 May 2018 06:30:34 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=event&p=16129 Walter Mason — Wind in the Willows, 110th AnniversarySMSA celebrate the 110th Anniversary of Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, with a special talk by Walter Mason.

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Walter Mason — Wind in the Willows, 110th Anniversary

The 15th of June 2018 marks the 110th anniversary of The Wind in the Willows – one of the world’s most beloved children’s books.

The SMSA marks this special occasion with a fascinating talk from Walter Mason, which looks at the book’s author, Kenneth Grahame, how the book came to be, and some of its more intriguing elements.

From Oscar Wilde and British politics to assassins and the great god Pan, this talk examines just what makes The Wind in the Willows such a classic, and why it is just as fascinating for adults as well as children.

 

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FREE – Everyone Welcome

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New Books — May 2018 https://smsa.org.au/new-library-books/new-books-may-2018/ Fri, 11 May 2018 05:52:21 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?page_id=15848 New Books — May 2018The new books for May 2018 are now available to borrow, with new ebooks and audiobooks. We hope you enjoy them! New books may be borrowed for a period of two weeks only and may not be renewed. Books remain … Continued

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New Books — May 2018

The new books for May 2018 are now available to borrow, with new ebooks and audiobooks.

We hope you enjoy them!

  • New books may be borrowed for a period of two weeks only and may not be renewed.
  • Books remain listed as “New Books” for two months.
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Biography
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Travel

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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones https://smsa.org.au/limelight/an-american-marriage-by-tayari-jones/ Fri, 11 May 2018 04:52:47 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=limelight&p=16100 An American Marriage by Tayari JonesAn American Marriage by Tayari Jones is story about what is means to be African American, the problems of incarceration in the US, and a love tested.

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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

I admit that this is the second version of this review. I wrote one, and then I went and heard the author Tayari Jones speaking at the Sydney Writers’ Festival and now I feel I have so much more to say!!  But I will try and keep it short and sweet.  If I was going to give you a very short review I would say “Go get this An American Marriage – and read it!”.  Short and sweet.

But I will give you a little more to go on than that. Roy and Celestial (I know, the name is a bit out there, but don’t let that put you off) have been married for 18 months, a young and successful African American couple. They head to Atlanta to visit Roy’s parents and stay at a small motel for the night. That night ends up changing their lives forever when a woman is raped in the motel and Roy is charged with this crime – a crime he did not commit. He is charged and incarcerated for 12 years.

What a premise for a story!  Can a new marriage sustain a 12 year separation?  Can you vow to remain faithful and honest when your hopes and dreams have been so drastically altered? Would he wait for her if she had been the one incarcerated? Does the fact that Roy and Celestial are black and come from different family backgrounds have any difference to how the story pans out?

Celestial finds herself drifting and into the arms of Andre, a childhood friend of hers. But when Roy’s sentence is overturned and he is released after 5 years, the story gets more complicated. So many more issues! What should he expect What should be expected of her? How will Andre cope? How will Roy react when he finds out?

This is a love story (love triangle more accurately).  But there is so much more to it, even though the love story angle would have been more than enough for me. The issues (still) of being an African American, the problems of incarceration in the US (highest in the world), testing the institution of marriage,  racism, moral issues – it is all there. But in a beautifully written book that I could not put down. This is a superb book – great for a book club choice (Oprah named it in her Book Club) and if anyone who has read it would like to come and discuss it with me in the library without having the need for spoilers, I am free and available.  Enjoy!

Find An American Marriage by Tayari Jones in the SMSA Library Catalogue

 

Kathy Sale
SMSA Library Coordinator

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The Wrong Side of Goodbye By Michael Connelly https://smsa.org.au/limelight/the-wrong-side-of-goodbye-by-michael-connelly/ Fri, 11 May 2018 03:17:06 +0000 https://smsa.org.au/?post_type=limelight&p=16097 The Wrong Side of Goodbye By Michael ConnellyThe Wrong Side of Goodbye By Michael Connelly

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The Wrong Side of Goodbye By Michael Connelly

The Wrong Side of Goodbye, by Micheal Connelly, is set in Los Angeles and Pasadena. Our hero Bosch is a semi retired cop who volunteers to keep active, looks into cold cases to alleviate boredom and keep his skills sharp. His reputation is still valuable and he is hired as an undercover agent in a matter of inheritance.

This novel is sensitively written about a cop with feelings. But absolutely Bosch is not a wimp. He can stare down and out bluff younger, greener tough men. Remarkably, for a detective mystery, this story has a relaxing wave like ambiance. No jolts, no thrills, just an almost predictable circular swing through the characters.

Connelly draws beautiful word pictures and sets the scenes in which his characters manoeuvre.

No special challenges, but if you are up for a predictable read, comforting in all the stereotypes of low key detective work, this book will suit your mood. No jolts or surprises- a neatly delivered tale.

Find The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly in the SMSA Library

 

Sunny Seagull
Member of the SMSA Mystery & Crime Reading Group

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