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


MARCH 2017



Thursday March 23 6pm for 6.30pm Level 6 Council Chambers/Local Studies Room Level 2 (venue to be confirmed)

Dr Lisa Murray with her new book Sydney Cemeteries: a field guide

This book encapsulates the history and heritage of Sydney’s public cemeteries, pointing out what’s unique or different about each one and listing notable and notorious burials. Cemeteries are not simply places for the dead - they are designed for the living.

Bookings essential

Book for sale and signing Better Read Than Dead Newtown.           

Friday March 31 11am Level 6 Council Chambers 

David Lewis illustrated lecture : Modernism in art and music

The lecture will look at the rise of modern art and the changes in music, including classical music and jazz music. Manet will be introduced, and modernist composers and performers will be Richard Strauss, Richard Wagner and Louis Armstrong. 

 April 2017

Wednesday April 5  11am Level 6 Council Chambers

Susannah Fullerton illustrated lecture on J.M. Barrie and Peter Pan

Thursday April 6   6pm for 6.30pm   Local Studies Room Level 2 Ashfield Civic Centre

Deborah Wall Ruiz talks about and signs copies of her new book :

Re-imagining Australia:  voices of Indigenous Australians of Filipino descent : by Deborah Wall Ruiz and Christine Choo


Friday April 7 11am Level 6 Council Chambers

David Lewis illustrated lecture : Modernism in literature

Lecture will look at modernisms effect on literature. Authors such as D H Lawrence, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Raymond Chandler will be introduced.

Wednesday  April 19 6pm for 6.30pm Local Studies Room Level 2 Ashfield Civic Centre

Susi Prescott talks about and signs copies of her new memoir  Where Hummingbirds Dance

Bookings essential: 

Friday April 21 11am Level 6 Council Chambers

Heritage Festival 2017 Jo Henwood illustrated lecture : Places of Incarceration

The Australian colonies were largely established to deal with the social problems of over population, under employment and resultant crime in the way the British ruling classes found most efficient: institutionalisation.   We can see the results to this day in the (mostly sandstone) edifices of prison, barracks, hospitals, orphanages, quarantine stations and asylums, all designed to deal with individuals en masse, to transform them from inconveniences to economic benefits, but their success is open to debate.

May 2017


Thursday May 4  11am Level 6 Council Chambers

Suzi Samuel with her new book The Unintentional Medium

What do you do when you suddenly realise that there is a whole other world out there which is opening up to you?

You ride the whirlwind, hang on tight and enjoy this whole new adventure of being an Unintentional Medium.

This is the true  story of an adventure, a step into the unknown, a collision of worlds and what happens to an unsuspecting young woman who happens to have been chosen by the spirit world to act as their messenger.

Monday May 8 11am Level 6 Council Chambers

Jo Henwood illustrated lecture: Fears and powers in disguise: the history of the Fairy Tale

Friday May 19 6pm for 6.30pm Local Studies Room Level 2 Ashfield Civic Centre

Michael Duffy and Nick Hordern talk about and sign copies of their new book: Sydney Noir: the golden years

Bookings essential:

June 2017

Thursday June 1 11am Level 6 Council Chambers

Vasudha Chandra illustrated lecture : Sickness and sea-bathing in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, Persuasion and Sanditon.

This talk explores the subject of health in three of Austen’s novels, speculating on the illnesses of some of the characters and discussing treatments used in those times.

Thursday June 8  11am Level 6 Council Chambers

Babette Smith illustrated lecture: The Making of the Australian working class

Thanks to the History Council of NSW for this event.

Monday June 19  11am-12pm Susannah Fullerton illustrated lecture Level 6 Council Chambers 

Frances Hodgson Burnett and her children’s books, The Secret Garden; The Little Princess.

July 2017

Friday July 14 11am Level 6 Council Chambers 

Susannah Fullerton illustrated lecture : Jane Austen 200 years on

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:

Thanks to our Authors at Ashfield Bookseller