Lunch Hour Talks

About Lunch Hour Talks

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.

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 fill in the form on this page. 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.

Upcoming talks

26 March Lunch Hour Talk

26 March Lunch Hour Talk

Speaker: Natalie Conyer

Topic: Present Tense

When South Africa moved from apartheid to majority rule, locally produced crime fiction became extremely popular. Why was this? What does crime fiction have to say about the new South Africa, and how does it deal with real-life crime there? Natalie Conyer will talk about why she chose to write about South Africa and the challenges she faced in doing so. 

Natalie was born and grew up in Cape Town, South Africa but now lives in Sydney. Her debut crime novel, ‘Present Tense’, is set in Cape Town. Her short stories have won several awards in the Scarlet Stiletto competition run by Sisters in Crime Australia.

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Lunch Hour Talks

27 February lunch hour talk

27 February lunch hour talk

Dr Tjanara Goreng Goreng

A Long Way from No Go

Indigenous writer Dr Tjanara Goreng Goreng has written a moving and disturbing book about how she was dismissed from her role as a senior public servant during the Howard Government. She had blown the whistle on a false claim which had led to the Government’s controversial policy, The Intervention, which sent the army into Aboriginal communities.