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EventCentennial Supper Club with Peter Fitzsimons 
Date & Time      Tuesday 19th November 2019 @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$60 (includes one course + glass of wine)
Bookings       In-store or please phone 02 4862 1634


Who was the real Captain James Cook?

Masterful storyteller Peter Fitzsimons is well placed to set the record straight in his new book, James Cook: The Story Behind the Man Who Mapped the World.

With his passion for telling Australian stories ? of great men and women, of stirring events in our history ? Fitzsimons details how a farm boy from Yorkshire accomplished great feats of navigation and exploration.

Peter Fitzsimons is Australia?s bestselling non-fiction writer, author of the wildly popular Kokoda, Gallipoli, Burke and Wills and Monash?s Masterpiece, as well as biographies of Sir Douglas Mawson, Nancy Wake and Nick Farr-Jones. For 30 years he has written for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Sun-Herald.

Tickets: $60 per person and includes one course and a glass of wine.

Tickets available in-store or phone (02) 4862 1634. Bookings essential.



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EventLiterary Event with Fiona McIntosh
Date & Time      Tuesday 12th November 2019 @ 10:30am
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
TicketsTickets: $55. Bookings are essential
Bookings       In-store or please phone 02 4862 1634


We're thrilled that Fiona McIntosh is returning to Bowral!

AND we're even more excited that five lucky readers will have the chance to win a lunch date with her!

Fiona will join us for Morning Tea at Centennial Vineyards Restaurant - and she'll stay on for an exclusive, intimate lunch with just five customers of The Bookshop Bowral.

Our special event celebrates the release of Fiona's new novel, The Diamond Hunter. Set in the harsh desert of Africa and the misty, green plains of England's north, it's a heart-stopping adventure story.

Fiona's bestselling novels include The Pearl Thief and The Chocolate Tin, and crime fiction Bye Bye Baby and Beautiful Death. She runs respected writing workshops with her book How to Write Your Blockbuster.

Join us to hear Fiona talk about her new novel The Diamond Hunter on Tuesday 12th November - 10:30am at Centennial Vineyards Restaurant

Tickets $55. Includes morning tea, talk, a copy of The Diamond Hunter 

PLUS go into the draw to have lunch with Fiona McIntosh on the same day.*

Tickets available in-store or phone (02) 4862 1634. Bookings essential.

* Five spots available for lunch with Fiona. Winners announced Monday, 11 November.



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EventLiterary Event with Jenny Rose-Innes
Date & Time      Wednesday 6th November 2019 @ 6pm-7:30pm
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
TicketsTickets: $35. Bookings are essential
Bookings       In-store or please phone 02 4862 1634


Join us for a champagne launch of Australian Designers At Home by Jenny Rose-Innes.

In her beautiful new book, Jenny celebrates the designers who inspire her.

Australian Designers At Home invites readers into the homes of 20 leaders of interior design. With unfettered access to their most private retreats, we see how the best of the industry express their true selves.

Jenny shares their histories and their houses, as well as her own insights and tips.

Richly illustrated with stunning photography by Simon Griffiths, the book explores what ?home? means to the people who create them for a living.

About the author: Jenny calls Bowral home, and has created gardens in South Africa, Australia and France.

Tickets $35  includes Champagne and canapés.

Tickets available in-store or phone  (02) 4862 1634. Bookings essential.



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EventLiterary Event with Mary Moody
Date & Time      Wednesday 30th October 2019 @ 10:30am
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
TicketsTickets: $35. Bookings are essential
Bookings       In-store or please phone 02 4862 1634


Mary Moody intends to grow old outrageously!

Her honesty has endeared her to readers everywhere. In her previous books, she wrote frankly about her marriage, affair and subsequent reconciliation with her beloved husband.

Now, with The Accidental Tour Guide, Mary delivers a warm, moving and entertaining story about rebuilding her life after heart-breaking loss. After her husband of 42 years died, Mary began to carve out a new life as a single older woman who inspires others to follow their dreams.

Mary continues to combine her passions for writing, travel and gardening ? leading walking tours in Europe and spending time at her home in France and her farm in Bathurst.

Tickets $35. Bookings essential.

Phone (02) 4862 1634 The Bookshop Bowral. 309 Bong Bong Road, Bowral.



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EventCentennial Supper Club with Thomas Mayor 
Date & Time      Thursday 10th October 2019 @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$60 (includes one course + glass of wine)
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634

In the centre of Australia, the Uluru Statement From the Heart was formed to represent our Indigenous people's hopes for the future. At its centre was Thomas Mayor, a Torres Strait Islander man born on Larrakia country.

Since then, Thomas has travelled to share the message held in the Uluru Statement - how it came to be, and what it means for all Australians.

From that journey, he wrote Finding the Heart of the Nation. As well as stunning photos of the land, the book holds interviews with key people, Indigenous yarns, and Thomas?s personal story. It also tells the story of an important moment in Australia?s history.

If you've wondered what the Uluru Statement means, if you'd like a deeper understanding of 'First Nations voice' and 'Makarrata Commission', join us at this special event.

Thomas will be in-conversation with Suzannah Cowley, a Highlands-based journalist and film-maker.

Tickets: $60 per person and includes one course and a glass of wine.

Tickets available from The Bookshop Bowral. Ph (02) 4862 1634



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EventLiterary Event with Mem Fox
Date & Time      Thursday 3rd October 2019 @ 10:30am
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
TicketsTickets: $30. Bookings are essential
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634

Much-loved children's author Mem Fox will launch her new book The Tiny Star in Bowral.

In an event for parents, grandparents, educators and anyone inspired by children's books, Mem will discuss fostering a love of reading, reading aloud and sharing stories across generations. She'll share her inspirations and why she feels writers must write.

The Tiny Star was inspired by Mem's strong connection with her grandson. It is an uplifting celebration of love, family, community and hope. It embodies the significance of stories, and its readers will find it a comforting reassurance in the loss of a loved one.

Mem Fox AM has written more than 40 books for adults and children, including Possum Magic, Australia?s bestselling picture book. Her other books include Where is the Green Sheep?, Time for Bed, I'm Australian Too and Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes.

Join us for morning tea to hear Mem talk about her new book The Tiny Star on Thursday 3rd October at 10:30am at Centennial Vineyards 

Tickets $30. Bookings essential.

Phone (02) 4862 1634 The Bookshop Bowral. 309 Bong Bong Road, Bowral.

***** Pre-purchase The Tiny Star before the event to receive a gift bag including a limited run art print from the book. Call The Bookshop Bowral. *****



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EventLiterary Event with Petronella McGovern
Date & Time      Thursday 19th September 2019 @ 6:00pm
VenueThe Bookshop Bowral  
309 Bong Bong Street Bowral NSW 2576
TicketsTickets: $15. (Refreshments provided) Bookings are essential
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634

How did little Bella disappear in just six minutes? And where is she?

Six Minutes is a gripping psychological thriller - Liane Moriarty said it was impossible to put down.

Debut novelist Petronella McGovern was inspired by those early months of motherhood - often fraught with anxiety - and the comfort and support that come from other mums. Set in a village on the outskirts of Canberra, Six Minutes evokes a sense of place and community that plays into the mystery of Bella?s disappearance.

A community in crisis. A marriage under strain. Trial by social media. A test of the bonds of friendship. And the clock 
is ticking?

Petronella works in communications and has written two non-fiction books. She grew up on a farm near Bathurst and later lived on the edge of Canberra, where playgroup was a source of friendship.

Join us in-store to hear Petronella talk about her thrilling debut novel Six Minutes on Thursday 19th September at 6:00pm at The Bookshop Bowral

Tickets $15 (Refreshments provided) Bookings essential.

Phone (02) 4862 1634 The Bookshop Bowral. 309 Bong Bong Road, Bowral.



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EventCentennial Supper Club with Rob McLean AM 
Date & Time      Thursday 26th September 2019 @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$60 (includes one course + glass of wine)
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634


In conversation with Angus Taylor MP, member for Hume and Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction

Moderated by Tom Switzer, ABC journalist and Executive Director for the Centre of Independent Studies

Join Rob McLean AM to celebrate the publication of Bulletproof Problem Solving: The One Skill That Changes Everything and reflect on his professional, personal and philanthropic career.

Rob is a Director Emeritus of global consulting firm McKinsey and Company. He led the Australian and New Zealand practice for 8 years and served on the firm?s global Directors Committee. He also helped bring global conservation organisation The Nature Conservancy to Australia, and continues his problem solving environmental work today.

Bulletproof Problem Solving was co-authored with former McKinsey colleague Charles Conn. Rob and his wife, Paula, live part-time on the Wingecarribee River near Berrima.

Tickets: $60 per person and includes one course and a glass of wine.

Tickets available from The Bookshop Bowral. Ph (02) 4862 1634



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EventLiterary Event: Stories of Gardens and Glamour 
Date & Time      Thursday 17th October 2019 @ 10:00am
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$35 Bookings Essential
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634


Please join The Bookshop Bowral and Linda Jane Holden, author of THE GARDENS OF BUNNY MELLON (Vendome Press) for a morning tea, talk, and book signing at Centennial Vineyard, Bowral, on Thursday, October 17, 2019.

Linda will be speaking about Bunny Mellon?s legacy and life, along with her own stories of writing this remarkable biography. Rachel 'Bunny' Mellon was born to great wealth but created an extraordinary career as a garden designer, designing gardens for the White House, the Kennedys, the couturier Hubert de Givenchy, and her own legendary estate 'Oak Spring' in Virginia.

As well, Australian author Janelle McCulloch will talk about the gardens she was privileged to shoot for her bestselling book GARDENS OF STYLE: PRIVATE HIDEAWAYS OF THE DESIGN WORLD (Rizzoli New York), including the gardens of Christian Dior, Estée Lauder, Carolyne Roehm, Bunny Williams, Hermès former creative director Nicole de Vesian, and more.

Linda's and Janelle's books will be available to sign, courtesy of The Bookshop Bowral.

Bookings Essential: books@thebookshopbowral.com.au

Phone (02) 4862 1634 Tickets $35. The Bookshop Bowral. 309 Bong Bong Road, Bowral.



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EventCentennial Supper Club with Kate McClymont 
Date & Time      Tuesday 24th September 2019 @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$60 (includes one course + glass of wine)
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634

Crime. Corruption. Cronyism. Nepotism. These are Kate McClymont's areas of expertise.

As Australia's best-known investigative journalist, Kate writes about some of our shadiest characters - particularly those in her home town of Sydney. As crime reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald, she mixes with names that have become infamous.

Her latest book is Dead Man Walking, in which she turns her attention to the shoddy business deals of Michael McGurk and Ron Medich.

Kate is the winner of seven Walkley Awards, including the Gold Walkley for her expose of the NRL salary cap scandal. Her previous book was He Who Must Be Obeid, on corrupt politician Eddie Obeid.

Tickets: $60 per person and includes one course and a glass of wine.

Tickets available from The Bookshop Bowral. Ph (02) 4862 1634



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EventCentennial Supper Club with Niki Savva 
Date & Time      Thursday 5th September 2019 @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$60 (includes one course + glass of wine)
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634


Investigative journalist Niki Savva is one of the most accomplished writers in the Canberra Press Gallery.

In Plots and Prayers, Niki tells the inside story of the bungled coup that led to Malcolm Turnbull's demise and Scott Morrison's ascension. 

She examines the major players and the games they played - Tony Abbott's campaign of destabilisation, Peter Dutton's failed challenge, Barnaby Joyce's indiscretion and Turnbull's defiance. All were factors in Morrison's miraculous victory in the federal election.

This is the inside story of what happened - and what happened next.

Niki is a regular columnist for The Australian, and regularly appears on the ABC's Insiders. In her distinguished career she has led political bureaus, worked as Peter Costello's press secretary and written the bestseller The Road to Ruin.

Tickets: $60 per person and includes one course and a glass of wine.

Tickets available from The Bookshop Bowral. Ph (02) 4862 1634



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EventBirthday Party for R.A. Spratt
Date & Time      Saturday 24th August 2019 @ 3:00pm
VenueThe Bookshop Bowral  
309 Bong Bong Street Bowral NSW 2576
TicketsThis is a Free Event. Bookings are essential
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634

It?s been 10 years since Nanny Piggins first trotted into our lives - and we think that's something to celebrate!

In the last decade, we've been treated to eight hilarious books about the world's most glamorous flying pig. So we're throwing a party for R.A. Spratt and the characters we love - and not just Nanny Piggins and the Green kids.

Let's also celebrate Friday Barnes and her clever friends, and those trouble-finding Peski Kids.

We'll have party food for kids and grownups, and book signing and entertainment by our brilliant friend R.A. Spratt.

Perhaps you're an old friend of Nanny Piggins, Friday Barnes and the Peski Kids. Or maybe you're yet to be introduced. Either way, we'd love to see you!

Saturday 24th August - 3:00pm 

In-Store at The Bookshop Bowral

This is a free event, but please RSVP in person or to 4862 1634.




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EventLiterary Event with Tim Costello 
Date & Time      Friday 9th August 2019 @ 12:00pm
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$70. (incl. one course + glass of wine + coffee & cake)
Bookings Essential
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634

Take time out of your busy Friday to join us for lunch with Tim Costello AO.

A leading voice on social justice issues, Tim is also a Baptist minister and author.

As head of World Vision Australia he ensured global poverty stayed on the national agenda and changed the lives of the world's most vulnerable and disempowered. He continues to work on issues around gambling, urban poverty, homelessness, reconciliation and substance abuse.

Tim has written a number of books, including bestsellers Faith and Hope.

In his new memoir, A Lot With a Little, he explores the people and experiences that shaped him. With stark insight and honesty, Tim tells more than a simple life story. It's a book about individual and community, public and private, spiritual and material, equality and liberty. Most of all, it's about faith and its power to sustain - thought-provoking no matter what your beliefs.

Join us for lunch to hear Tim talk about his new book A Lot With a Little.

Friday 9th August 12:00pm at Centennial Vineyards Restaurant
Tickets $70 (incl. one course + glass of wine + coffee & cake
Bookings Essential




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EventCentennial Supper Club with Adele Ferguson 
Date & Time      Thursday 8th August 2019 @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$60 (includes one course + glass of wine)
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634


The work of leading Australian journalist Adele Ferguson was a major factor in instigating the recently concluded Hayne royal commission into banking.

In Banking Bad, Adele reveals the shocking truth about Australia's financial institutions. She traces the origins of the banking scandal ? a real-life story of greed and malpractice, of captains of industry who fell publicly from grace, and of compromised regulators who worked with the organisations they policed.

What will the government do with the recommendations from an investigation it never wanted? And where to from here?

Adele Ferguson is an award-winning business writer and columnist for leading newspapers. She is a reporter on ABC's Four Corners and author of the best-selling unauthorised biography of Gina Rinehart, Australia?s richest woman.

Tickets: $60 per person and includes one course and a glass of wine.

Tickets available from The Bookshop Bowral. Ph (02) 4862 1634



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EventLiterary Event with Dominic Smith 
Date & Time      Monday 5th August 2019 @ 10:30am
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$30. Bookings Essential
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634


What if there's a masterpiece we've never seen?

The question haunts Dominic Smith, author of the much-loved international bestseller The Last Painting of Sara de Vos.

Dominic's new novel, The Electric Hotel, explores the origins of the silent film industry. Set in Paris, Manhattan, LA and our own Tamarama, the story spans almost a century. From real-life tales of the Lumière brothers and Thomas Edison to the almost mythical heroine Sabine Montrose, readers can smell the vinegar of the film reels and feel the dust in the air of the cinema. It?s an intoxicating read.

Join us to hear Dominic discuss his new book and the inspiration behind it - including the research that took him from a former nuclear bunker to the world's largest silent film festival, and his love of the art form that led to
our modern movie industry.

Monday 5th August 10:30am at Centennial Vineyards Restaurant

Tickets: $30 | Bookings Essential


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EventCentennial Supper Club with Pippa Hallas 
Date & Time      Thursday 4th July 2019 @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$50 (includes one course + glass of wine)
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634


Pippa Hallas knows what it is to stand up and be bold - in career, business, relationships and life.

In Bold Moves, the CEO of Ella Baché shares the story of the company's founder, Pippa's great aunt, who fled war-torn Europe to start the much-loved beauty company. And Pippa recounts moments when other remarkable Australian women stood up, spoke out and fearlessly redefined their futures.

In her book, Pippa opens up about the story behind Ella Baché and its changes over the decades, including the disruptions and innovations that made it the success it is today. She also shares personal advice gleaned from her own journey as CEO and mother of two. 

Join us to hear Pippa share her insights on business, beauty and living a life of passion.

Profits from Bold Moves go to Cherish Cancer Foundation, in honour of Pippa's mother.

Tickets: $50 per person and includes one course and a glass of wine.
Tickets available from The Bookshop Bowral. Ph (02) 4862 1634


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EventLiterary Event: Angela Wales
Date & Time      Thursday 13th June 2019 @ 10:30am
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$30. Bookings Essential
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634

Angela Wales grew up in the bush at a time when it was perfectly acceptable for children to stay out all day - as long as they were home for tea. Handmade clothes, sputtering electricity generators, early cars, and a life tied to the land.

Barefoot in the Bindis is Angela's vivid and evocative memoir of a country childhood in the 1950s, after her Scottish father sought a life of fresh air in the outback of NSW. The family of seven had no electricity, no running water, no telephone and no choice but to make it their home. Without an ounce of experience, they tamed six thousand acres of bush and established a sheep farm.

Filled with drama and hilarity, joy and back-breaking toil, Barefoot in the Bindis portrays a childhood spent in the bush - it is a nostalgic picture of Australia?s past.

Join us for Morning Tea to hear Angela talk about her new book Barefoot in the Bindis

Thursday 13th June 10:30am at Centennial Vineyards Restaurant

Tickets: $30 | Bookings Essential




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EventLiterary Event: Victoria Purman
Date & Time      Tuesday 4th June 2019 @ 6:00pm
VenueThe Bookshop Bowral  
309 Bong Bong Street Bowral NSW 2576
TicketsThis is a Free Event. Bookings are essential
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634


It was never just a man's war...

In the 1940s, thousands of women set off for rural Australia to keep the country running while the men were at war. They worked as farm labourers, doing backbreaking work and winning respect in their new communities.

The Land Girls is the story of three women in the Australian Women's Land Army, as they embrace their new lives, find pride in their roles and enjoy a kind of liberation. For Flora, new friendships and the singular joy derived from working the land offer new meaning to her life - and even the possibility of love.

A moving historical novel, The Land Girls is a story of love, loss and survival against the odds.

Victoria's previous bestseller, The Last of the Bonegilla Girls, was about strong female ties and family, secrets and lies, set in multicultural Australia of the 1950s.

Tuesday 4th June 6:00pm at The Bookshop Bowral
This is a Free Event. Bookings Essential



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EventCentennial Supper Club with Ralph & Kathy Kelly 
Date & Time      Thursday 23rd May 2019 @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$50 (includes one course + glass of wine)
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634


Ralph and Kathy Kelly's work to protect young people from violence, bullying and alcohol harm led to staggering changes in Australian laws and culture - lock-out laws, tougher sentencing for one-punch assaults, and changes in how we talk about alcohol-fuelled violence.

They played an instrumental role in the movement to lessen violence, create safe spaces in cities, and divert young people from harm. 

The Kellys' campaign follows the death of their son, Thomas, from a coward-punch, and the bullying and suicide of their second son, Stuart. Their book Too Soon, Too Late is about their fight for change in the face of tragedy.

Ralph and Kathy will be in conversation with writer and director Ailsa Piper, author of Sinning Across Spain: Walking the Camino and, with Tony Doherty, The Attachment: Letters from a Most Unlikely Friendship.

Tickets: $50 per person and includes one course and a glass of wine.
Tickets available from The Bookshop Bowral. Ph (02) 4862 1634


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EventCentennial Supper Club with Ben Quilty
Date & Time      Wednesday 10th April 2019 @ 6:30pm
VenueCentennial Vineyards Restaurant  
252 Centennial Road Bowral NSW 2576
Tickets$50 (includes one course + glass of wine)
Bookings       Please phone 02 4862 1634


Join acclaimed artist Ben Quilty to celebrate two decades of his work.

The publication of Ben Quilty coincides with two major exhibitions of Ben's work at the art galleries of South Australia and NSW. With a foreword by Richard Flanagan, and detailing Ben's work across a range of media, the book itself is something to be treasured.

Ben's body of work reflects his experiences as a humanitarian and social commentator. He travelled to Afghanistan on behalf of the Australian War Memorial. He worked with World Vision to create Home, a collection of drawings by child refugees from Syria. And he mentored Myuran Sukumaran in Indonesia's Kerobokan Prison.

'My work is about working out how to live in this world. It's about compassion and empathy but also anger and resistance.'

Ben will be in conversation with Jennifer Bott AO, of NIDA, Bundanon Trust and the Australian Museum. Jenny and Ben have been instrumental in establishing a regional gallery in the Southern Highlands.

Tickets: $50 per person and includes one course and a glass of wine.
Tickets available from The Bookshop Bowral. Ph (02) 4862 1634