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: The Waves Turn: a memoir

Speaker: Colleen Z Burke

Date: Thursday 17 August

Colleen Z Burke

Colleen Z Burke

Colleen’s memoir explores the early years: her working class Irish Catholic background in Bondi and her involvement in the burgeoning folk scene, where she met folksinger Declan Affley and developed her distinctive poetic voice. A selection of her poems is interwoven throughout her memoir.

Colleen has facilitated poetry and creative writing workshops and is author of 11 poetry books and a biography of Australian poet and socialist, Marie E J Pitt. Colleen is also co-editor of The Turning Wave – poems and songs of Irish Australia.