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Talk with Clem Bastow who authored Late Bloomer on 27 April via Zoom

A warm, witty memoir about receiving a late diagnosis of autism and the fascinating journey of a Boolarra South ceramics artist will be explored in upcoming Latrobe City Libraries author talks.

By news@gippsland - 27th April 2022 - Back to News

Ms Clem Bastow reflects as an autistic adult on her formative experiences as an undiagnosed young person, from the primary school playground to working as an entertainment journalist in Hollywood. Along the way, she challenges the broader cultural implications and ideas around autism, particularly for women and gender-diverse people.

Clem Bastow is a writer and researcher based in Melbourne, Australia. Her debut book, Late Bloomer, is out July 7 2021 through Hardie Grant Books

Clem Bastow is a writer and researcher based in Melbourne, Australia. Her debut book, Late Bloomer, is out July 7 2021 through Hardie Grant Books

Scheduled events

Clem Bastow will discuss her book 'Late Bloomer' - a heartbreaking yet hilarious story about life before and after her autism diagnosis - at an 'In conversation' event with Claire Halliday on:

  • Wednesday 27 April
  • 6.30pm via Zoom

Find out more about the extraordinary life of one of Australia's finest ceramics artists Owen Rye, when he discusses his memoir 'Beyond Short Street' at a special author talk at:

  • Saturday 7 May
  • Morwell Latrobe Regional Gallery (LRG)
  • 2pm

Currently living in Boolarra South, Mr Rye was a lecturer at the Gippsland Institute's art school, and later Monash University campus at Churchill, for 20 years. He is internationally renowned for his ceramic art and his writing about woodfired ceramics. An unexpected inspiration led to a PhD, followed by travel and adventure; from driving trucks and flying gliders to gracing the Smithsonian in Washington, exploring the deserts and high mountains of Pakistan, immersion in politics, archaeology and assassination in Israel, Mr Rye's journey an eclectic epic.

Listening and learning

The emotional ups and downs of teaching art in schools, insights into the practice creating ceramics and the subtleties of isolated rural living feature throughout the story. Former Latrobe City Mayor and globally recognised glass artist, Tony Hanning, will introduce the event.

Latrobe City Mayor Kellie O'Callaghan said the talks are a chance to see the world through others' eyes. "As well as hearing about books themselves, the audience has a chance to think about different perspectives, cultures and lifestyles. An author's talk is about listening and learning, and these both promise to be insightful and emotional." Cr O'Callaghan said.

Both events are free but bookings are essential. Book at Eventbrite or your local library. Find out more at the Latrobe Regional Library (LRG) website.

Pictures from Latrobe City website.


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