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

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. 

Bookings essential: 

Eventbrite - John Blay with his new book On Track: Searching out the Bundian Way

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. 

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
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

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

November

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 

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?

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