Inner West Council

Authors at Ashfield since 2002 Author signing autography : photo by Monde Photography

Authors at Ashfield is a popular series of free literary events presented by Ashfield Library since 2002.  Come along to hear bestselling Australian and international authors and professional lecturers talk about their latest books or literary topics. These topics are: art, literature, religion, politics.  The series has featured authors including Richard Glover, Tim Flannery, Caroline Jones, Susannah Fullerton, Maeve O'Meara, Bob Carr and Geraldine Brooks. All events are free.  Books are available for sale and signing (except lectures). We present a mix of lunchtime and evening events. Better Read Than Dead, Newtown are our booksellers. Venue is 260 Liverpool Road, Level 6 Civic Centre, Ashfield.

Enquiries Therese Scott 9716 1821.

2016 Program

August

As of August 2016 daytime talks will start at 11am-12pm, morning tea will be served 10.30am-11.00am

September 

Saturday September 3 11am Local Studies Room Level 2 Civic Centre

Walter Mason illustrated lecture on Cecil Beaton, beauty and My Fair lady - a look at the life of the world's most glamorous photographer

Monday September 5 11am Level 6 Council Chambers

Susannah Fullerton illustrated lecture on Robert Louis Stevenson

Thursday September 8 6pm for 6.30pm Local Studies Room 


Patti Miller with talk about and sign copies of her book Ransacking Paris.


What does it mean to fulfil a dream long after it seems possible? When Patti Miller arrives to write in Paris for a year, the world glows 'as if the light that comes after the sun has set hadspilled gold on everything'. Exploring truth and illusion, self-knowledge and identity, and family and cultures, Miller evokes the beauty, the contradictions and the daily life of contemporary Paris.

Bookings essential

Eventbrite - Patti Miller with talk about and sign copies of her book Ransacking Paris.

Book available for sale and signing Better Read Than Dead Newtown.

Monday September 19 11am Level 6 Council Chambers

Tony Hill : Voices from the air : the ABC war correspondents who told the stories of Australians in the Second World War

Tony Hill is an editor on ABC News 24 and a journalist.

Book for sale and signing Better Read Than Dead Newtown

October

Wednesday October 5 2016 6pm for 6.30pm start Council Chambers Level 6 
Tom Switzer lecture on the American Presidential Election November 8 2016 : the background, his prediction and more

Tom Switzer is a senior fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney where he teaches undergraduate courses in US politics, US foreign policy, US-Australia relations and Australian diplomatic history. He is also host of Between the Lines on the ABC’s Radio National.

Eventbrite - Tom Switzer lecture on the American Presidential Election

Friday October 14 11am Level 6 Council Chambers

Greg de Moore (written with Ann Westmore) Finding Sanity : John Cade, lithium and the taming of bipolar disorder. A Mental Health Week event. 

Saturday October 15 11am Local Studies Room Level 2

Walter Mason illustrated lecture on Arthur Conan Doyle, Spiritualist - Fairies, ectoplasm and voices from beyond the grave in Conan Doyle's final years

Monday October 17 11am-12pm Level 6 Council Chambers

Joanna Penglase illustrated lecture : Shock! Horror! Scandal! : what the Victorians really liked to read

Tuesday October 18 11am Level 6 Council Chambers

Natalie Seiz, Curator at the Art Gallery of NSW will give an illustrated lecture on the Gallery’s current exhibition from its own collection of the full series of One Hundred by the famous Japanese artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892).

November

Monday November 7 11am Level 6 Council Chambers

Susannah Fullerton illustrated lecture on Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit

Thursday November 17 11am 2016 Level 6 Council Chambers

James Knight : Henry and Banjo

The fascinating lives and turbulent times of Henry Lawson and Andrew 'Banjo' Paterson - the two men who wrote Australia's story.

Book for sale and signing Better Read Than Dead Newtown

Wednesday November 23 2016 11am Council Chambers Level 6 

Local author and historian Chris Pratten will give an illustrated lecture on his latest book Herbert Edward Pratten, 1865 - 1928 : manufacturer, miner,   minister.

Pratten made his fortune as a jam manufacturer in Western Sydney. He first became politically active as an alderman and later mayor of the Municipality of Ashfield and later was elected to the Australian Senate in 1917 

Thursday November 24 6:30pm for 7:00pm start Ashfield Town Hall 

Richard Glover in conversation with Anne Summers about her landmark newly revised book Damned Whores and God's Police 

Bookings essential:

Eventbrite - Richard Glover in conversation with Anne Summers about her landmark newly revised book Damned Whores and God's Police

Books for sale and signing Better Read Than Dead Newtown 

Wednesday November 30 11am Level 6 Council Chambers 

Susannah Fullerton illustrated lecture on Artistic Authors or Literary Artists?

Thanks to our Authors at Ashfield Bookseller