A volunteer prepares for a luncheon talk

Madeleine Newington, Volunteer

A program of Lunch Hour Talks was instituted by the Library in 1995. The talks provide valuable publicity for the Library and a means of building on and connecting with its base of supporters. The talks are held at the City of Sydney Library, Customs House, Circular Quay, Sydney.

The talk itself usually runs from 12.15 until 1.00 with a short time for questions afterwards, but our audience usually arrives from 11.30 on to enjoy a chat, a sandwich and a tea or coffee. Everyone is welcome.

Michele Ginswick, vice-chair, holding a purple wrapped gift at the lunch hour talk

Michele Ginswick, Lunch Hour Talks  Convenor

The cost is $16 for Library members and $22 for non-members. The cost includes a sandwich lunch. Payment can be made at the door. Please book by noon of the Monday before the talk by phoning the Library on (02) 9571 5359 or by email to *protected email*. A report on what lunch hour speakers had to say is published in the relevant Library newsletter.  All newsletters from 2002 are on the website.






Topic: Mick: A Life of Randolph Stow

Speaker: Suzanne Falkiner

Date: Thursday 21 June




In writing Mick: A Life of Randolph Stow, Suzanne Falkiner found out some surprising things about the supposedly reclusive Australian author of The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea. Young ‘Mick’ Stow was something of a vagabond. In 1959 he left the Kimberley for Papua and New Guinea, then lived in a multitude of places in Europe and travelled in a giant loop around 46 American states. Getting to know Mick involved so much adventure and pure, unadulterated fun, Suzanne  wouldn’t have missed it for anything.

Suzanne has a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Philosophy from the University of New South Wales. She spent several years travelling in Asia, Europe and South America, and has lived in Paris, Umbria, and New York where she completed postgraduate courses in Fiction, Non Fiction and Editing at Columbia University.

After working in various book and magazine publishing jobs in Sydney, Suzanne started her own imprint, Valadon Publishing. From the mid 1980s she has combined being a full time writer with book reviewing, travel and other journalism, and freelance editing. In 2005 Suzanne was awarded a Doctorate of Creative Arts at the University of Technology, Sydney.