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

 

 

September 2017

 

Thursday September 21 2017   6pm for 6.30pm start Ashfield Civic Centre

 Dr Rachel Franks illustrated lecture : Crime Fiction, Colonial Ambition and Amazons

Fergus Hume’s Madame Midas (1888) is a crime novel featuring a fascinating – but often forgotten – heroine. The companion piece to Hume’s very successful The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1886), this work features memorable characters, murder and scandal but did not achieve “blockbuster” sales. This talk explores some of the many challenges of storytelling, and of publishing, in colonial Australia.

 Dr Rachel Franks is the Coordinator, Education & Scholarship at the State Library of NSW, a Conjoint Fellow at the University of Newcastle and is at The University of Sydney researching true crime. An award-winning writer, her work can be found in a wide variety of books, journals and magazines.

Bookings: www.ashfieldlibrary.eventbrite.com.au 

October 

Wednesday October 4   6pm for 6.30pm Level 6 Council Chambers

Emily Maguire will be in conversation with Sulari Gentill about her new novel Crossing the Lines , as well as her most recent releases, including the newly rebranded Rowland Sinclair series and the release of Rowly Book 8: A Dangerous Language.

Eventbrite - Sulari Gentill  : Crossing the lines

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

Thursday October 5  11am Level 6 Council Chambers

Brooke McAlary : Slow

In Slow Brooke McAlary gently encourages you to find pleasure and value in a simpler life, sharing the practical tips and rituals that have helped her on her own journey, from decluttering to de-owning, messiness to mindfulness, from asking why to asking where to now? Part memoir, part practical companion, Slow provides a fascinating insight into the benefits of slowing down. It will inspire you to forget about the Joneses and create a life filled with the things that really matter to you . . . slowly, of course.

Book for sale and signing Better Read Than Dead Newtown.

Thursday October 12 2017 6pm for 6.30pm start Ashfield Civic Centre

Mandy Sayer : Australian Gypsie

Today, roughly 100,000 Gypsies call Australia home, yet until now their experiences have been hidden from our history, and from our present. Mandy Sayer weaves together a wide-ranging and exuberant history of Gypsies in Australia, right back to convict times.

Book for purchase and signing on the night from Better Read Than Dead, Newtown

Eventbrite - Mandy Sayer: Australian Gypsies

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.

Eventbrite - Ross McMullin : Pompey Elliott at war: in his own words

Book for sale and signing from the author


Monday October 30   11am Level 6 Council Chambers

Local historian Chris Pratten with his new local history book : Milleewa and the Milleewa Boys’ Home, published by Ashfield & District Historical Society

November

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 2   6pm for 6.30pm Level 6 Council Chambers

Dr Alecia Simmonds illustrated lecture: Courting: a history of love and law in Australia

Eventbrite - Dr Alecia Simmonds illustrated lecture: Courting: a history of love and law in Australia

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'

Eventbrite - Ian Burnet: Where Australia collides with Asia

Book for sale and signing by the author

Monday November 13  11am Level 6 Council Chambers

Gabrielle Carey illustrated lecture :  The Ivan Southall phenomenon

Ivan Southall has been described as the ‘literary breakthrough artist of a generation’. A dominant figure on school syllabuses in the 1960s and 70s, he remains significant in the imaginations of countless Australians today. Author of over fifty books, Southall wrote edgy stories for children and young people long before the Young Adult category was invented. Local author Gabrielle Carey is currently writing a biography of Southall and considers his legacy. 

Monday November 27 11am Level 6 Council Chambers

Jo Henwood illustrated lecture : 1001 Arabian Nights

December

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. 

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

Book for sale and signing

FEBRUARY 2018

Wednesday February 14  11am Level 6 Council Chambers

Susannah Fullerton illustrated lecture :  Persuasion by Jane Austen

Thanks to our Authors at Ashfield Bookseller