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.

2017 Program


July 2017

Wednesday July 19  2017  6pm for 6.30pm start Ashfield Civic Centre

Dr Nicola Gates A Brain for Life: How to Optimise Your Brain Health by Making Simple Lifestyle Changes Now

Bookings Essential:

Thursday July 20 11am Level 6 Council Chambers 

Jo Henwood illustrated lecture on Epics: The Iliad and the Shahnameh 

The Iliad by Homer - or was it? - is so rich with characters and dramatic events that it has inspired much art and archaeology over the centuries, but the Persian epic of the Shahnameh is much less well known. Yet within it we can also find the origins of many of our best loved stories. 

Wednesday July 26 6pm for 6.30pm Level 6 Council Chambers/Local Studies Room Level 2 (venue to be confirmed)

Craig Collie and his new book Codebreakers: Inside the shadow world of signals intelligence in Australia's two Bletchley Parks

The extraordinary untold true story of the brilliant men who cracked the Japanese codes from Australia during World War II.

Book for purchase on the night Better Read Than Dead Newtown


Bookings essential

August 2017

Wednesday August 2 11 am Level 6 Council Chambers

Ian Burnet and his book East Indies 

This book follow the trade winds, the trade routes and the port cities across the East Indies and the Orient. 

Books available for sale and signing from the author. 

Thursday August 14 11am Level 6 Council Chambers

Anne Harbers  illustrated lecture :The Golden Age of Dutch Art – a Window to the 17th Century 

Monday August 24  6pm for 6.30pm Level 6 Council Chambers/Local Studies Room Level 2 (venue to be confirmed)

Paul Irish and his new book Hidden in Plain View: the Aboriginal people of coastal Sydney

Contrary to what you may think, local Aboriginal people did not lose their culture and die out within decades of Governor Phillip’s arrival in Sydney in 1788. Aboriginal people are prominent in accounts of early colonial Sydney, yet we seem to skip a century as they disappear from the historical record, re-emerging early in the twentieth century. What happened to Sydney’s indigenous people between the devastating impact of white settlement and increased government intervention a century later?

 Book for purchase on the night from the author

 Bookings essential

September 2017

History Week 2017:

Monday September 4 11am Level 6 Council Chambers

James Findlay illustrated lecture. Sydney on Screen: how the moving image shaped a city

From silent films to the revival of the 1970's, Sydney has defined Australian cinema and been shaped by it. Thanks to the History Council of NSW Speaker Connect Programme for this talk. 

Thursday September 7  6pm for 6.30pm  Local Studies Room Level 2

Jill Brown,  The University of Sydney : Postcards 1899-1955 and Photographs

Jill Brown has produced a beautiful and nostalgia-filled book and anyone interested in the university’s history will find this a fascinating journey through its buildings and the people responsible for them.

Book for purchase from the author on the night.

Bookings essential

Monday September 11  6pm for 6.30pm  Local Studies Room Level 2 (venue to be confirmed)

Hilda and Laurie Inglese   Wow! It’s Italian Gourmet Cook Book

Learn how to make pasta from scratch!  Demonstration on the night.

Books for purchase and signing by the authors. 

Bookings essential:

Thursday September 14  11am Level 6 Council Chambers

Michelle Cavanagh illustrated lecture on Dickens and Punch & Judy 

With Punch and Judy shows being performed in Britain from the 17th century it's no suprise to learn that Dickens was a fan of this form  of entertainment which he frequently cited in various novels. Michelle will cover this history of this form of entertainment; details from early Punch and Judy scripts; Dickens' thoughts on such shows and the various references to the art form in his novels. 


Thursday October 19 11am Level 6 Council Chambers

Tim Bullamore illustrated lecture: Obituaries in the time of Jane Austen 

Tim Bullamore is the editor of Jane Austen's Regency World and is visiting Australia from the UK to speak at Jane Austen societies. 

Monday October 23   11am Level 6 Council Chambers

Joanna Penglase illustrated lecture : Agatha Raisin meets Hamish Macbeth: The Amazing M. C. Beaton

Wednesday October 25   6pm for 6.30pm Level 6 Council Chambers

Ross McMullin and his new book : Pompey Elliott at war : in his own words

The wartime letters and diaries of Pompey Elliott, Australia’s most famous fighting general, are exceptionally forthright. They are also remarkably illuminating about his volatile emotions. This book, by the author of the award-winning and best-selling biography Pompey Elliott, will lead to a new appreciation of Pompey’s character and his importance in the dramatic final year of World War I.

Book for sale and signing from the author

Bookings essential


Wednesday November 1  11am Level 6 Council Chambers

Walter Mason illustrated lecture :  H.V. Morton

Henry Canova Vollam Morton  (known as H. V. Morton was a journalist and pioneering travel writer from LancashireEngland. He was best known for his prolific and popular books on LondonGreat Britain and the Holy Land

Thursday November 9 6pm for 6.30pm Level 6 Council Chambers

Ian Burnet and his new book Where Australia collides with Asia :The Epic Voyages of Joseph Banks, Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace and the Origin of ‘On the Origin of Species'

Book for sale and signing by the author

Bookings essential

Monday November 27 11am Level 6 Council Chambers

Jo Henwood illustrated lecture : 1001 Arabian Nights


Monday December 4  11am Level 6 Council Chambers

Walter Mason illustrated lecture :  Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Thursday December 7 6pm for 6.30pm  Level 6 Council Chambers

Walter Mason in conversation with Debbie Malone, author of : Clues from Beyond 

Clues From Beyond explores the truth about some intense real-life Australian crimes, through the eyes of a psychic medium as she investigates criminal cases and unsolved murders. 

Bookings essential

Book for sale and signing

Thanks to our Authors at Ashfield Bookseller