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Walkley Media Talk: Killer Stories - True Crime & Podcasts

Thursday 26 July 2018 - 6pm to 7pm

As journalists experiment with new storytelling formats, podcast series have emerged as a uniquely engrossing platform for true crime stories. This session delves into what it is about true crime stories that is so compelling.

Fergus Hume Lecture: From Page to Screen - Thinking Through The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

Friday 27 July 2018 - 11am to 12pm

This presentation will explore how the ABC production of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab rethought Hume’s most celebrated work, through images and performance, and considers what is lost and gained through such an adaptation.

Author Talk: Peter Cotton & Richard Anderson

Saturday 28 July 2018 - 2pm to 3pm

Australian readers never tire of new crime fiction and this talk brings together two authors from the genre, Peter Cotton and Richard Anderson who will be in conversation with crime writing specialist and academic Rachel Franks.


Family Fun - Celebrate NAIDOC Week

Sunday 29 July 2018 - 11am to 2pm

Come and celebrate NAIDOC week with us.

Walkley Media Talk: The Art of the Interview

Monday 30 July 2018 - 7:30am to 9am

Join Mark Schoofs, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigations & projects editor for BuzzFeed News in New York and Alice Workman, BuzzFeed Australia's political editor to discuss the art of the interview. 

2018 National Biography Award Winner Announcement

Monday 6 August 2018 - 11am to 12:30pm

Join us for the announcement of this year's winner of the prestigious $25 000 prize.


Scholar Talk: Researching Market Researchers

Tuesday 7 August 2018 - 11am to 12pm

In this talk, Professor Robert Crawford will go behind the scenes of the Ashby Research Service, established in 1936 by Sylvia Ashby, to reveal its inner machinations during the 1950s and 1960s.

Curator Talk: The French

Thursday 9 August 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

The late-eighteenth to early-nineteenth centuries were peak periods for French voyages of discovery and exploration throughout the Pacific. Join curator Sarah Morley to hear about several recently acquired journals from these voyages.


Past All previous events

May Gibbs: Celebrating 100 Years

Saturday 3 December 2016 to Sunday 26 February 2017

Step into the enchanted world of May Gibbs’ and her gentle but mischievous bush babies. 

Silents in the Library: The General

Sunday 27 November 2016 - 2pm to 3:15pm

As part of the Silent Film Festival watch the 1920s classic The General. With live music.

Sydney Maps Group

Thursday 24 November 2016 - 6pm to 7pm

Join Dr Martin Woods, curator of Maps at the National Library of Australia, as he discusses his latest publication, Where are our boys? How news maps won the Great War.  

Silent Film Festival, Silents in the Library: Timothy’s Quest

Sunday 20 November 2016 - 2pm to 3:30pm

A charming pastoral about two unwanted children finding acceptance and love, Timothy’s Quest is a rare, cinematic gem based on a novel by Kate Douglas Wiggin.


Saturday 19 November 2016 - 3pm to 4:45pm

Free film screening.

Minecraft Fun on International Games Day: Session 2

Saturday 19 November 2016 - 2pm to 4:30pm

Make some new friends who share your interest and pick up new tips and tricks.


Saturday 19 November 2016 - 11am to 12:45pm

Free film screening. 

Table top role playing for International Games Day at your library

Saturday 19 November 2016 - 10:30am to 4:30pm

Collaborative storytelling and a turn of the dice makes each game unique.

Search on Thursday 6th July, 2017

Thrillers in the library: The Fallen Idol

Sunday 21 May 2017 - 2pm to 3:45pm

The young son of a diplomat idolises his father's butler, Baines. When Baines' wife is found murdered and Baines is implicated, the young boy tries everything to point the investigation away from the butler. 

NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Presentation and Cocktail Reception

Monday 22 May 2017 - 6pm to 9:30pm

This glittering celebration of excellence in Australian writing is held on the first night of the Sydney Writers’ Festival. With prizes totalling $305,000, the awards are among the nation’s richest and most prestigious.

Lucy Clark: Beautiful Failures

Tuesday 23 May 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Lucy Clark's book Beautiful Failures explores the pressure that is placed on kids today: where it comes from, what we can do to reduce it, and how to fix a broken education system that fails too many kids.

Women in the Spotlight: Still Looking for a Room of One's Own

Tuesday 23 May 2017 - 6pm to 7pm

Join Tracey Spicer and a panel of female stage and screen writers including Joanna Murray-Smith, Rachael Coopes and Jada Alberts as they discuss their experiences, inspirations and the reality of being a writer today.

Michael Sala: The Restorer

Wednesday 24 May 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Join Michael Sala as he discusses his latest novel The Restorer with the literary editor of The Australian, Stephen Romei.

A Significant Date: 1967 Referendum – 50 Years On

Thursday 25 May 2017 - 6pm to 7pm

The 1967 federal referendum was a significant moment in Australia’s political history.  Join ABC RN’s Daniel Browning as he leads a panel discussion on the impact of the referendum and whether changes to the Australian Constitution reduced discrimination against Indigenous people in Australia.

Thrillers in the library: Dead of Night

Sunday 28 May 2017 - 2pm to 3:45pm

An architect senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality.

The Creative Power of Copying

Wednesday 31 May 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Featuring legal experts, platform representatives, and creators who navigate these issues themselves, this panel is for anyone who copies for art, or wants to. It aims to look at the realities of copying as part of creation in Australia.