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. In 2017, there are five Lunch Hour Talks which will be held on Thursday 16 March, Thursday 22 June, Thursday 17 August, Thursday 12 October, Thursday 23 November 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 info@nationalwomenslibrary.org.au. 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: Maggie’s Kitchen:finding courage and comfort in food

Speaker: Caroline Beecham

Date: Thursday 12 October

Caroline BeechamInspired by real events during World War II, when British restaurants worked with the Ministry of Food to help solve food shortages, this novel looks at how one restaurateur nurtured the community while overcoming her own grief. Caroline will talk about her research, the restorative power of food and how these communal kitchens are springing up again to help solve current food issues.