Strange Editions
Jun
26
6:00 PM18:00

Strange Editions

A winter book club at Strange Company.

I’m looking forward to a book discussion over vino. Nora loved sherry and single malt whiskey, I think she’d approve of this plan. Come and join me at this treasure of a bar in Fremantle for a chat and Q&A about writing Nora’s life.

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Treasures Talk: In Conversation with Nat Williams
Jul
9
6:00 PM18:00

Treasures Talk: In Conversation with Nat Williams

Nat Williams, The James and Bettison Treasures Curator at the National Library of Australia, came to know Nora as he prepared a major retrospective exhibition of her works in 2000. Nat has invited me to read from my book and engage in conversation about his friend, Nora.

Book tickets here: https://www.nla.gov.au/event/nora-heysen-a-portrait-by-anne-louise-willoughby

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Australian War Memorial – Free Public Talk
Jul
10
12:30 PM12:30

Australian War Memorial – Free Public Talk

Join me in Canberra for “War & Love – Nora Heysen”, a talk and reading focusing on Heysen’s experiences as Australia’s first female official war artist.

Love became a complicated matter in war time for Nora Heysen. But falling for a married man in the jungles of Papua New Guinea did not distract her from her important role as Australia’s first female official war artist. She recorded the hardships facing troops and medical personnel in the Pacific in over 250 works held by the AWM, including the groundbreaking malaria research of the man she loved, Captain Robert Black, a tropical medical specialist.

It was a tumultuous time on all fronts and I will be discussing her time in the armed forces, something her father was not in favour of, saying she would see things she would never forget. This was true of the challenging conditions she worked in, but she was proud of her contribution.  

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Eaton Library Conversation
Jun
19
6:00 PM18:00

Eaton Library Conversation

I’m looking forward to visiting Eaton Library with fellow author Amanda Curtin to talk about two great Australian women artists.

Nora Heysen followed in Kathleen O’Connor’s footsteps when she boarded a ship for London. To study abroad was every young artist's dream, but for a woman artist it was quite a different challenge when not many years before it would have been unthinkable for one to attend art school unchaperoned. Join us in conversation about my book and Amanda’s Kathleen O’Connor of Paris.

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Book Launch
May
5
2:30 PM14:30

Book Launch

While copies are already on booksellers’ shelves around the country, Anne-Louise’s book will be officially launched at The Cedars, the Heysen family’s original residence. Allan Campbell, Chairman of The Nora Heysen Foundation and curator of The Cedars, will join Anne-Louise in conversation after a reading from the book.

Incidentally, on the same day, Open Gardens South Australia will be conducting a History Festival Tour of The Cedars. Allan will take attendees through the Heysens’ splendid house and garden, as well as the artists’ (Nora and her father, Hans) studios.

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In Conversation at Melville Library
Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

In Conversation at Melville Library

Anne-Louise in conversation with Amanda Curtin, author of Kathleen O’Connor of Paris.

Nora Heysen followed in Kathleen O’Connor’s footsteps as a young artist in Europe, attempting to make a life as a career artist. Anne-Louise and Amanda will discuss the trials and triumphs of the two women, and share how the artists navigated a male-dominated world that did not exactly welcome them with open arms.

Read more and book tickets here: https://www.melvillecity.com.au/things-to-do/events/whats-on/nora-heysen-a-portrait.

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Reading: In the Gallery at NGV Australia
Mar
10
12:00 PM12:00

Reading: In the Gallery at NGV Australia

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Surrounded by Nora Heysen’s paintings as part of the National Gallery of Victoria retrospective, Hans and Nora Heysen – Two Generations of Australian Art, Anne-Louise will read from her biography, Nora Heysen: A Portrait, and take questions from the floor.

More information about attendance and ticketing here.

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