Pageturners Read Eleanor Oliphant
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman gave everyone so much to talk about at Pageturners – even those who didn’t warm to the story of a lonely eccentric woman whose life changes when she helps a stranger.
Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.
Here are the scores from Pageturners with a score of five for loving it (note a 6) and 0 for disliking it (note a 0.5): 4, 4, 4, 4, 6, 4, 0.5, 4, 5, 5.
And here is more on Eleanor from the author Gail Honeyman:
The next book for Pageturners discussion on Wednesday 11th April at 5.30pm is The Cage by Lloyd Jones.
Free Public Talk: A Town Named War Boy WWI Diaries
Based on the State Library’s jaw-dropping collection of First World War diaries, photographs and letters, A Town Named War Boy brings to life the personal accounts of the young men who set sail for the far side of the world. Following a sell-out Sydney season, this funny and moving production brings the words of Australia’s young soldiers to life and provides “the most moving Anzac experience of all.” – The Australian
A Town Named War Boy has been commissioned and developed by Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) in partnership with the State Library of NSW, and is toured by Performing Lines. This tour has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; and the NSW Government through CreateNSW.
On Monday 19th March at 5.30pm, Orange City Library will host a free public talk with the State Library’s Curator Elise Edmonds, who will talk about the material and share the fascinating story of how the Library acquired its first collection of soldiers’ diaries – this collection was recently inscribed in the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.
Author of The Unknown Anzacs, Michael Caulfield, will also talk about how he used the World War I diaries as research for his book. Mr Caulfield has been a composer, musician and TV and film producer and director, both in Australia and overseas, and he was the executive producer of the ABC TV series Australians at War. Bookings via Eventbrite
CWA Annual Handicraft Show
The Central West Group of the Country Women’s Association is hosting an important event at Orange City Library from 12th – 16th March – it’s annual Handicraft Show. See knitted garments, crochet, quilting, tapestry and fine needlework on display. Many members from branches in the area including Millthorpe, Manildra, Borenore, Nashdale and Molong have many years experience entering handiwork. Not to be missed.
Pageturners March Read
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. All this means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is the story of a quirky yet lonely woman whose social misunderstandings and deeply ingrained routines could be changed forever—if she can bear to confront the secrets she has avoided all her life. But if she does, she’ll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all.
This is the book for discussion for the March Pageturners meeting to be held on 14 March from 5.30pm. Please RSVP on Eventbrite.com.au
Waste 2 Art Competition and Exhibition
This exhibition and competition gives aspiring and professional artists the chance to explore and share their waste reduction messages while showcasing their artistic ability. This year is the Year of Polystyrene.
The Waste to Art Community Art Competition and Exhibition is open to all community members, artists and schools who currently reside in the Orange City Council area. For further information please contact your local coordinator Tavia Lyons on 0477 134 615.
Please register your entry by Wednesday 2nd May. The local exhibition will be held at Orange City Library from Friday 16th May to Saturday 2nd June 2018.