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message 1: by Dhitri (new)

Dhitri I just thought I'd start a thread on the ACT. I am actually new, just moved to Dickson a few months ago. I have ransacked the local library, LOL, and now that I've converted into digital, I will spend hours and hours on the net browsing for ebook bargains :)

What I have NOT done so far is join a local book club. To be honest, don't like the idea of paying for one and the only free membership so far is the Jane Austen book club (love to join, but somehow am over Jane Austen), so I hope there are fellow AR members here from the area who are willing to get together for a casual book discussion over tea and biscuits.


message 2: by John (new)

John (onemack) | 3 comments Adhityani wrote: "I just thought I'd start a thread on the ACT. I am actually new, just moved to Dickson a few months ago. I have ransacked the local library, LOL, and now that I've converted into digital, I will sp..."

Hi Adhityani, As far as I know there don't seem to be any book clubs around the ACT that are taking members. I have tried a number of times. There is however a bookclub run by the ACT library and I think the Dickson branch is a part of this.The only problem is that the books are all selected in advance without any member input or discussion (I think) They mostly seem pretentious to me.
I live in the same area and would be happy to partake in the formation of a local club/reading group if there were enough interested, minimum five, I would think.
My interests are crime fiction and autbiography, currently reading Stephen Fry and MR Hall as well as finished PM Newton crime, and Jacqui Weaver autob.
I have also converted to digital and have Sony ereader as well as Kindle, both excellent.

John


message 3: by Dhitri (new)

Dhitri Hi John, thanks for the information.

I know the club you mentioned, the one that's run by the library but you're absolutely right: the book selection is made without member input and on top of that you have to pay an annual membership fee :(

I share your interest in autobiography, and just this morning I've put Fry's memoir on my to-read list, too. If there are enough people I'm happy to help form a book club, too, where members can take turns to pick the book and host the discussion. It'll be great to start doing that online and then gradually move to offline meetings.


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

Great work Dhitri, thanks for setting up the ACT thread. :)


message 5: by Mandapanda (new)

Mandapanda I really want to visit the ACT. I'm thinking of taking 3 months off from my job in Brisbane next year and getting an agency midwifery job in Canberra. I'd love to go to Floriade which is still on till the 10th October I believe. Did any of you Canberra-ites go this year?


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

2nd Last time I was in Canberra it was minus 4 deg. I was unloading my truck, dressed like the 'Michelin man', & still didn't work up a sweat, last time the area had record heat & the air con in the car decided to 'pull the pin' & I think the bulk of the hot air was around that huge white place there. LOL!


message 7: by 'Aussie Rick' (new)

'Aussie Rick' (aussierick) Hi folks, another Canberra member of Goodreads here just saying hi.


message 8: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 71666 comments Mod
Hi Canberrans...I lived in Canberra for approx 6 years, between SA and NSW! Love Canberra, but my husband hated the cold...


message 9: by Dhitri (new)

Dhitri Hang on, does this mean the only Canberrans here are me and Rick? There's gotta be more...


message 10: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 71666 comments Mod
I'll let you count me if you like Adhityani! It's only 18 years since we left!!! Oh my! Didn't realize it was that long ago till I counted.....


message 11: by Dhitri (new)

Dhitri Brenda wrote: "I'll let you count me if you like Adhityani! It's only 18 years since we left!!! Oh my! Didn't realize it was that long ago till I counted....."

lol. time does fly, doesn't it!


message 12: by Mandapanda (new)

Mandapanda Live in the ACT?

The Canberra Festival presents... ACT: BLAST

An explosion of words, sound and energy, BLAST will be a night of big voices and big ideas. Think poetry is boring? BLAST will change this.

At times a mixture of hip-hop, acting, poetry and stand up comedy - slam and spoken word poetry is taking Australia and the world by storm. With a group comprising internationally recognised slam poets, comedians, a DJ and a beatboxer, words will jump off the page and straight onto the stage in BLAST.

As part of the Canberra Festival, stories both personal and political, funny and profound, will be told with gusto on a night of beats and flows in the chilled out surroundings of The Link Bar. Read more.


message 13: by Dhitri (new)

Dhitri James Gleick is coming to ANU!!!

http://billboard.anu.edu.au/event_vie...

He wrote the highly acclaimed Chaos: Making a New Science a biography of a scientist (and science in general) and recently came out with this fantastic book which tells the history of Information The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood.

He will be speaking at the ANU:

Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Manning Clark Centre, ANU
Date: Monday, 23 May 2011
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Let me know if any of you are keen on going, because I will be there!


message 14: by 'Aussie Rick' (new)

'Aussie Rick' (aussierick) Hi Adhityani, very quiet in the Canberra section eh! How have you been?


message 15: by Jeanette (new)

Jeanette Hornby (goodreadscomuser_jeanettehornby) | 107 comments I'm trespassing. I'm from WA. Enter my giveaway:
http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/sho...


message 16: by Daniella (new)

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message 17: by 'Aussie Rick' (new)

'Aussie Rick' (aussierick) Hi David, it should be an excellent exhibition, I hope you enjoy it. I am going to try and get in to see it as well :)


message 18: by Lynxie (new)

Lynxie | 699 comments I'm also from Canberra... haven't looked into a book club tho, I don't like the idea of sticking to stuff other people want to read... I'm happy picking my own books and going from there.


message 19: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 71666 comments Mod
Lynxie wrote: "I'm also from Canberra... haven't looked into a book club tho, I don't like the idea of sticking to stuff other people want to read... I'm happy picking my own books and going from there."

Welcome Lynxie, lovely to have you with us:) If you'd like, perhaps you could introduce yourself here http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/3... so all the members can welcome you:)


message 20: by Lynxie (new)

Lynxie | 699 comments Thanks Brenda, I popped in and said hello!


message 21: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 71666 comments Mod
Lynxie wrote: "Thanks Brenda, I popped in and said hello!"

Good on you Lynxie:)


message 22: by Lynxie (new)

Lynxie | 699 comments Gee us Canberrans are just such a talkative bunch!!


message 23: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 71666 comments Mod
Lynxie wrote: "Gee us Canberrans are just such a talkative bunch!!"

Hahaha!!! Get 'em all going Lynxie!!!


message 24: by Lynxie (new)

Lynxie | 699 comments Maybe some of you would like to have a read of my work... it's mostly still being worked on (Ahem... mostly not even close to finished!) but I'd appreciate some feedback if you'd like to take a peek :D

http://www.goodreads.com/story/list/6...


message 25: by Lynxie (new)

Lynxie | 699 comments haha ok so that certainly killed the convo!!


message 26: by Dhitri (new)

Dhitri Look interesting! Will get back to you with my thoughts.... *reading now*


message 27: by Lynxie (new)

Lynxie | 699 comments Thanks Dhitri... there's a bit of mix of things up there now.


message 28: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 71666 comments Mod
I read some of the first couple Lynxie, but didn't get to them all...I will do asap:)


message 29: by Lynxie (new)

Lynxie | 699 comments Aww thanks Brenda. :D Any feedback is very much appreciated! :D


message 30: by Dhitri (new)

Dhitri You have a talent for, ehem, adult writing :D looking forward to reading more!


message 31: by Lynxie (new)

Lynxie | 699 comments Thanks for the lovely feedback Dhitri. I'll hopefully get some more of that one up on GR soon... it's been a while since I sat down and worked on it in ernest.


message 32: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 71666 comments Mod
I love the last one you're doing...paranormal romance...I'm not normally that sort of a reader Lynxie, but you have a great talent! I hope you will keep going:) I don't read/like the adult writing, so didn't read much of that, sorry!


message 33: by Lynxie (new)

Lynxie | 699 comments Thanks for the feedback Brenda. I know it's not for everyone so that's ok :)


message 34: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 71666 comments Mod
Lynxie wrote: "Thanks for the feedback Brenda. I know it's not for everyone so that's ok :)"

:)


message 35: by Michaela (new)

Michaela | 1 comments So does Yass qualify for the Canberra group? If you are out and about on a sat morning come and visit the Murrumbateman library, we are a lively little place open Sat morns 10 to 1. All welcome


message 36: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 71666 comments Mod
Yes why not Michaela!!! It's a lovely little place, and not that far from Canberra:) I'd love to visit, but for now I'm a little far away;D


message 37: by Sammy (new)

Sammy (booksandtoebeans) This page hasn't been active for a while, but I figured I'd jump in and say hi anyway! I'm currently a temporary Canberran (for the next 3 years), originally from the good old bogan-town, Young :) surprised that there doesn't seem to be too many of us ACT people on here..


message 38: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 71666 comments Mod
There doesn't seem to be Sammy...I am ex-Canberra..lived there about 6 years until 1992. Have family there still, so visit occasionally:)


message 39: by Sonya (new)

Sonya Heaney | 6 comments *Waves* I'm from Canberra too!


message 40: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 71666 comments Mod
Hi Sonya, welcome!! Maybe you could pop over to the introduction thread, http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/3... and introduce yourself there so the rest of the members can say HI!!


message 41: by [deleted user] (new)

Ex here. Also lived in Gunning and Braidwood (ten years? Can't remember.) Worked at the A.N.U as Technical Officer in the Photomedia workshop (Canberra school of Art). So the ANU and the NGA are the two places/things I miss most about the ACT. Oh, and the Fyshwick Markets and Woodstock pizzas (still make them well?). And my friends who live there of course.

Often miss the gorgeous town of Braidwood, and my little house in Elrington Street, next to the church with the gargoyles on the tower (they were my personal gargoyles for many years), swimming in the Molongolo, and hanging out, drinking coffee, and doing crosswords, on the balcony of the Albion, on a saturday morning, as the Canberrans drove past on their way to the coast. (Little mind-trip down memory lane).


message 42: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 71666 comments Mod
Know all those areas Gina:) Great place!


message 43: by [deleted user] (new)

It is. :) (Hmm, must keep checking posts as GR isn't sending me notifications at the moment).


message 44: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 71666 comments Mod
No they are fairly random ATM I'm afraid:(


message 45: by [deleted user] (new)

I worry that I'm not replying, and people will think I'm purposely ignoring them (I'm good at worrying :)).


message 46: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 71666 comments Mod
Yes, I'm forever checking the threads for the same reason!


message 47: by Sonya (new)

Sonya Heaney | 6 comments Brenda wrote: "Hi Sonya, welcome!! Maybe you could pop over to the introduction thread, http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/3... and introduce yourself ther..."

Hmm, those introduction boards terrify me (I tend to “forget” they exist if I can…)

I've been around for a while, but haven't participated in many groups yet.


message 48: by Sonya (new)

Sonya Heaney | 6 comments Georgina wrote: "Ex here. Also lived in Gunning and Braidwood (ten years? Can't remember.) Worked at the A.N.U as Technical Officer in the Photomedia workshop (Canberra school of Art). So the ANU and the NGA are th..."

The first time I moved away from Australia – and Canberra – my friend and I made this long list of things we missed about home. We must have been pretty homesick, because the list included things like ACTION Buses!


message 49: by [deleted user] (new)

Action buses, a big part of my teenage years in Canberra. I lived in Farrer, and went to Melrose High School (no, not particularly fond memories, but I had great art and history teachers), then Stirling College. I caught buses everywhere! Got kicked off them occasionally, ran after them, missed them, and once had my dog follow me onto one, then because no one else would let me on a bus with a dog, was stranded at the Wooden Plaza. A lovely stranger gave me money for a taxi back home again!

One of the other places I miss is Cornucopia, their pastries were so yummy! The Silo was good too, but way too busy to bother waiting in line. Are they both still there?

Oh and Electric Shadows, they had the BEST movies.


message 50: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 71666 comments Mod
Wooden Plaza That would be Woden Plaza Gina;P


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