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.
As of August 2016 daytime talks will start at 11am-12pm, morning tea will be served 10.30am-11.00am
Thursday August 4 11am Level 6 Council Chambers
Walter Mason illustrated lecture on The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Charles Dickens and his final, unfinished novel
Tuesday August 9 6:00pm for 6:30pm start Local Studies Room Level 2 Ashfield Civic Centre
John Blay with his new book On Track: Searching out the Bundian Way
The story of John Blay's long-distance search for the Bundian Way, an important Aboriginal pathway between Mt Kozciuszko and Twofold Bay near Eden on the New South Wales far south coast. The 360-kilometre route traverses some of the nation's most remarkable landscapes, from the highest place on the continent to the ocean. This epic bushwalking story uncovers history, country and rediscovery of this significant track. Now heritage-listed, and thanks to the work of Blay and local Indigenous communities, the Bundian Way is set to be one of the great Australian Walks.
Books for sale and signing from Better Read Than Dead Newtown.
Monday August 15 11am Level 6 Council Chambers
David Lewis illustrated lecture on Oscar Wilde
Thursday August 18 11am Level 6 Council Chambers
Vasudha Chandra illustrated lecture on Medical mishaps and maladies in the Brontes' lives and novels
Vasudha Chandra is a doctor working in Palliative Care and is also a writer who has published articles, short stories and poetry. Vasudha is a member of, and has been a presenter for the Australian Bronte Association and the Jane Austen Society of Australia.
Wednesday August 24 11am Level 6 Council Chambers
Jane Eales with her new memoir Secrets, spies and spotted dogs: unraveling mysterious family connections behind a secret adoption
A simple need for her birth certificate leads Jane, aged 19, to a devastating secret: she is adopted. This award-winning memoir is about the author's secret adoption in London 1947, and her search for her birth mother - a spy in World War Two. Jane was 19 when she was told she was adopted and sworn to secrecy, forbidden to find her biological family. Decades later, in response to tragic family circumstances, she begins a poignant search for truth and identity that would take her to Africa, Europe and Australia...
Books for sale and signing on the day from the author.
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.
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
Wednesday October 5 2016 6pm for 6.30pm start
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.
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
Joanne Penglase illustrated lecture : Shock! Horror! Scandal! : what the Victorians really liked to read
Monday November 7 11am Level 6 Council Chambers
Susannah Fullerton illustrated lecture on Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit
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
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?