Personal Development

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This course is for people who want to build their CV from scratch or give their existing CV a quick refresh.

Hosted by Gillian O'Shaughnessy

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Boffins Books and the State Library of Western Australia are delighted to host Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks for an in-conversation event on her latest book, Horse, hosted by acclaimed radio presenter Gillian O'Shaughnessy.
In conversation with Elders from Boorloo (Perth)

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Meet the Burdyia (bosses) leading the way for respect, recognition and reconciliation in Boorloo/Perth. Join Noongar presenter Phil Walleystack as he sits down for a yarn with the Elders and discovers the stories and experiences that have inspired their fight for change.

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We know the world needs to change – but what do we do about it, and how can young people make their voice heard? Whether it’s climate action, mental health or trans rights – whatever your passion, this session offers a crash course in advocacy, activism and how to bring about the change you want to see in the world.
(the language of the Nyungar)

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Engage in a critical conversation, thinking about how the language of the Nyungar has sustained in its own right. Examining how Nyungar has influenced English. Participants will be encouraged to listen and experiment within the conversation.

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Elders Len Collard, a world leader in traditional placenaming, and Geri Hayden, lead facilitator of Community Arts Network’s (CAN) Noongar Place Names program, will host a unique workshop which takes participants on a deeper dive into Noongar language and culture.

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Unfortunately, this session is cancelled. As an alternative, you can join the Disrupted panel discussion Talking About Death Won’t Kill You.
In Conversation with Dr Yumiko Kadota and Dr Jenny Brockis

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'Burnout' we know the affliction has long existed in society, but why is it getting worse? Dr Yumiko Kadota and Dr Jenny Brockis provided lived experiences and detailed research in their writings into the condition. They join together for an honest and open in conversation.

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Join us for a frank and honest discussion about aging in today’s world, staying visible and being heard. We all get older (or at least we aim to), but what does that mean in terms of working, living, environment, artists and societal expectations?

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What does a good death look like? Should we plan our own deaths? And how do current issues like the global pandemic, loneliness, and inequality influence the ways we die and cope with loss? Hear from a panel of ‘death experts’, facilitated by palliative care advocate Rita Alfred-Saggar.

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Join poet, educator, and community organiser, Anisa Nandaula for this online workshop on personal storytelling through spoken word, poetry and story.

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Come and immerse yourself in the world of VR at the State Library. Try a range of VR experiences that will impart knowledge, shift perceptions and entertain.