The Great Australian Bookshop Tour – Interview with Reader’s Emporium Bookshop

WHO ARE WE?

We are:

Graeme Simsion, the author of the Rosie Project series – six million copies sold in forty languages – and other international bestsellers, including Two Steps Forward, co-authored with…

Anne Buist, professor of psychiatry, Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and author of five psychological thrillers including the Natalie King series.

Our latest joint novel (to be published by Hachette, April 2024) is The Glass House, set in an acute psychiatric ward. It’s the first of a planned series, following trainee psychiatrist Hannah Wright through the sub-specialties as she learns on the job.

THE PLAN?

From March to July, 2024, we aim to visit every bookshop (excluding second-hand and specialist) in Australia to meet booksellers and customers, sign books, give talks and run writing seminars.

We want to particularly invite mental health workers along.

We’ll be working with professional filmmakers to make a documentary of the tour, focusing on the contributions and challenges of bricks-and-mortar bookshops.

WHY?

We want to:

  1. Thank booksellers for their contribution to our books’ success, particularly The Rosie Project which was driven by recommendations from traditional booksellers.
  2. Bring together mental health workers to celebrate a book that celebrates them.
  3. Promote the role of bookshops and mental health services in the community.
  4. Talk about The Glass House and the issues it raises.
  5. Raise some money for mental health – all royalties from books sales at the events will be donated.
  6. Connect with aspiring and emerging writers – and established writers.
  7. Have a lot of fun with booksellers and customers.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

Roll up to an event in your town (check the itinerary and book early – the first event we listed sold out three months in advance). 

WHERE’S ALL THAT MONEY GOING?

Royalties from books sold at the events will go to a mental-health organisation in that state or territory. If an organisation participates in a particular event, we’ll donate to them, but otherwise… (confirmed so far)
Victoria: Schizy Inc
Tasmania: Speak Up Stay ChatTY
Northern Territory: Sabrina’s Reach 4 Life

Easter in Yinnar

Market, live music, kids entertainment, food.

11am Historical Society will open as part of the larger Yinnar 150th Celebration

12pm onwards there will be Food, Market, Easter Bunny, Children’s entertainment

4.00pm YDCA Chair Address

4 10pm East Egg Hunt (sensory/sensitive/tiny people hunt in the community garden)

You know we know how to throw a town shindig

Uplift Latrobe Valley

Uplift Latrobe Valley is an event to help connect youth in Latrobe Valley, introduce amazing local services and engage in fun activities.

Join us at the Moe Skatepark for a range of youth focused activities, win prizes, pick-up some free merch and get active with free skate clinics run by GippSport.

This is a free and family-friendly event

Show Me Some Art Festival – Colour Fun Run

The Show Me Some Art Festival is back again. Even better, so is our Fun Run for Mental Health!
Get the family together and enjoy a great morning of fun!

Starting at Moe Botanical gardens and leading up past some of the areas beautiful murals along the Moe rail trail and leading back to the starting point.

The event will go for a distance of 5km. This can be run, walked or jogged. Along the way you’ll find several chalk checkpoints where our volunteers will ensure you get plenty of colour on you to ensure maximum fun!

All you need to do is get your tickets, and then come along in a white shirt on the day.

Tickets are limited, so get in fast! 

Morwell Community Day Out

GLaWAC invites you mob on Brayakaulung and Brataualung Country to join us for a Community Day Out at our new GLaWAC Office and Community Hub in Morwell.

Come find out about GLaWAC – what we do and what we’re about at 235 Princes Drive Morwell. Then join us for lunch at the town common playground in Elgin Street, Morwell.

Join the fun with:
– Smoking ceremony & Welcome to Country
– Koorie dancers
– Community feed (BBQ + food vans)
– Face painting and fun give-aways
– Be part of creating a mural for your new Community Hub.

Buses for pick up and drop off at Traralgon, Morwell, Moe, Drouin &
Warragul train stations.

Our Kinda Country presents Annual RCH Fundraiser

The Annual Royal Children’s Hospital Fundraiser is BACK for 2024!

Come one, come all to have fun but most of all raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital! We have been proud to support RCH for years! Let’s keep it up in 2024!

The event has amazing live music, live auctions, raffles and great food from Chef Jack.

Performances by:
– Margaret & Linton
– Bill Rowley
– Chris Newman
– Brian Barker
– Bryce Wright
– Evan Platschinda
– Margaret Wilson
– Helen & Wayne
– Karla Clancy

Trivia Night

Get your family and friends together to test your trivia skills in this fun quiz night.

Questions will cover:

Entertainment
History and Literature
Science and Nature
General Knowledge

There’ll be games and activities between rounds, and prizes for the winners.

We welcome teams of up to six people. You can book as a group, or individually, and we will match you with other players.

If you are an individual, please book the individual player ticket.

If you are attending as group/team, please book the team ticket and list each team member’s name when prompted.

Light refreshments will be provided but we encourage you to bring your own snacks/supper and preferred non-alcoholic drinks.

Good Friday Appeal Community Family Fun Day

The REH Cork Club Good Friday Appeal Community Family Fun will be held at the Royal Exchange Hotel car park on the corner of Princes Hwy and Church St, Traralgon.

Funds raised will go to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

The event will include live music from Leigh Thomas, displays by Traralgon West Fire Brigade and Latrobe Valley Street Machiners, REH Cork Club BBQ, Missen Link Hot Cross Buns, Big Bears Donuts, Games, Raffles, Plaster Fun, Face Painting, Airbrush Tattoos, Hot Coffee, Fairy Floss, Popcorn, Lucky dip, and more

Quirky Comedy Workshop

How would you like to learn a few secrets that only the best comics and clowns know? Let’s face it – being funny can be a serious business. It takes teamwork, listening and learning how to ‘go-with-the-flow’.

Wednesday 3 April | 1pm | GPAC Town Hall Theatre

Led by professional Clown Doctor, and funny-specialist – Kayla Hamill, this specially designed workshop is for teenagers of all abilities and social skills, the outgoing and the introverted. That’s because there’s a whole lot more to comedy than meets the eye. Comedy can be a story, a character, a situation, or a combination of all these. Everyone has something unique to offer, and through a series of carefully planned and inclusive games and activities, you’ll learn how to delight an audience, and each other, with your own brand of weirdness, generosity, adaptability, and kindness.  

The workshop concludes with a short presentation for family and friends.   

In this workshop you can expect applause, laughter, eye contact, games, character work, group, partner, and solo work. 

About Kayla Hamill:

Kayla Hamill is a performer and facilitator who runs creative workshops that help children develop confidence, social and performance skills. Recently, Kayla oversaw community outreach for the Fairfax Youth Festival, a creative arts program aimed to teach and inspire young people from rural Victoria. 

“I just love making a fool out of myself. I made my living as a clown at kids’ parties for about three years.” – Hugh Jackman. 

WEDNESDAY 3 APRIL

1pm
GPAC Town Hall Theatre

Full Price$5
Access Price*$4.50
Group of 10+$4.50

Additional Information

*Please note that this performance has limited capacity.*

*Access Price: Limited allocation. 

Age Restriction: No participants younger than 13 or older than 17. Adults do not accompany children unless by prior arrangement.

Duration: 120 minutes, includes 10 minute break.

Glee Club Beatles Singalong

The Mother of all Singalongs is coming to the Gippsland Performing Arts Centre – on Mother’s Day!

Sunday 12 May | 5:30pm | GPAC Foyer

An early evening of revelry and fun hosted by the brilliant and awesomely talented Vicky Jacobs (Associate Musical Director of Come From Away, Moulin Rouge and Hairspray). 

Bring your mum, bring a friend, bring the whole family. Glee Club is the singalong that everyone can join in with. Our host Vicky Jacobs makes it easy and fun for everyone to belt out their favourite Beatles songs. All music and backing tracks are provided. The foyer bar will be open and the good vibes, flowing. It does not matter if your voice is fit, rusty, high, low, or never-brought-out-in-public-before. There are no solos at Glee Club – just a sing along of the songs we know and love!

Vicky Jacobs has an ability to get anyone singing at their best. As well as being the founding director of Glee Club, Melbourne’s original singalong choir, she has been Associate Musical Director on some of this country’s biggest musicals including ‘Hairspray’, ‘Moulin Rouge’, ‘Come From Away’, ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’, ‘Jersey Boys’, ‘Xanadu’ and ‘Singin’ in the Rain‘. She is currently Associate Musical Director on ‘Grease’ for Xroads Live. 

SUNDAY 12 MAY

5:30pm
Gippsland Performing Arts Centre Foyer

Full Price$8
Access Price*$4.50
Child$6
Concession$6
Group of 10+$6