8 – A Tear in the Glass Mary Ryllis Clark – 1 session from 10.00 to 12.00 on Monday 4 March
Mary Ryllis Clark is a freelance writer. Her writing ranges from journalism to travel and profiles on exhibitions and museums. A Tear in the Glass began with a gift to Mary of a box of files from her late friend Nina Stanton, one of the foremost director/curators in Australia. Nina’s papers contained a raw depiction of a painful childhood, and her entry into a world in which she found a passion for beautiful and historic objects and a capacity to educate others. Mary will discuss Nina’s final work and how the care and interpretation of objects and the power they hold can transform people’s lives and how objects in Nina’s life related to her psychological state.
44 – Gardens around the Italian lakes Suzanne Collings – 2 weekly sessions from 12.00 to 2.00 on Wednesdays 13 and 20 March
Lake Como and Lake Maggiore: the Italian Lakes are one of Italy’s most beautiful regions. There are some stunning gardens surrounding the beautiful lakes Como and Maggiore, including the island of Isola Bella, Villa Balbionello, Villa Canlotta and Villa Taranto amongst others.
61 - Cities of the Silk Road- From Esfahan in Iran to Turpan in China Frank Devlin – 2 sessions from 10.00 to 12.00 on Fridays 8 and 15 March
The people, arts and architecture of Iran, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and the land of the Uighurs in China. The first talk will explore the beauty of Persian culture in Yazd, Kerman, Shiraz, Persepolis and Esfahan in Iran and Bukhara in Uzbekistan. The second will focus on the wonders of Timur the Great’s (Tamerlane) capital city of Samarkand followed by snapshots of the Silk Road through the mountain stans to the great mud brick cities in the currently contentious Xinjiang province of China.
63 – Tales of Cycling around Australia at age 65 Colin Abbott – 1 session from 10.00 to 12.00 on Friday 29 March
A Cycling Adventure - some seven years ago, Colin Abbott, a keen bushwalker and climber, set off to pedal around Australia. After 15 months on the road covering over 17,000 km he arrived back in Melbourne having celebrated his 65th birthday on the way. In this presentation Colin will share some of the stories of the interesting characters that enriched his journey, the challenge of the distance and the heat, the gear that worked and didn't work, what he learnt along the way and the fun of the journey.
70 – Interesting People Harry Williams - 4 sessions from 2.00 to 3.30 on Mondays 8 February, 4 and 18 March and 3 June
How do you describe Al Baghdadi, Kathy Jackson, Eddie Obeid, Tony Abbot, Donald Trump, Oscar Pistorius, Roger Rogerson and many others thrust into the media? Here we discuss their upbringing, motivation, and how they rose to prominence, using video, sound and images.