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



Topic: Saffron and Silk –  An Australian in India

Date: Thursday 21 March 2019

Anne Benjamin’s book opens with a wedding between unlikely lovers: an Indian-born development worker and a Catholic academic from Sydney who left the predictability of life in Australia to live in the South Indian city of Chennai.

Anne Benjamin is a Sydney-based writer, poet and educator. Her work in India included programs focused on women and their development. Anne will share some of her experiences living and working in India during a tumultuous period in its history.

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Nadia Wheatley

Nadia Wheatley

Topic: Her Mother’s Daughter

Date: Thursday 21 February 2019

Growing up in 1950s Australia, Nadia Wheatley had a sense of the great divide between her parents. She was to become a player in a deadly contest, dating back to their lives in Germany on the frontline of the Cold War. Her Mother’s Daughter is a social history, told through the lives of a mother and her daughter.

Nadia has been a full-time writer for more than 40 years and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in 2014 in recognition of ‘her exceptional creative achievements’.

“To keep women’s words, women’s works alive and powerful”

— Ursula K Le Guin