Lunch hour talk 22 April

Her Kind of Luck – Michelle Balogh

Born in China, Shan-Yi Balogh moved to America with her family aged four but ran away from home at sixteen to pursue the violin. So began her extraordinary globe-trotting twenties before she settled in Sydney with her German husband Karl at the start of World War II. The glamorous couple was immediately under suspicion from local Sydneysiders, but it wasn’t until Karl was interned that Shan-Yi found out who he really was. 

A Guinness world record holder and suspected spy, Shan-Yi’s story is a fascinating one but was little known until her great-granddaughter Michelle Balogh began the process of digging it up. 

Michelle Balogh is a freelance writer and illustrator based in Sydney. Her work has been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Aspiring Writers’ Mentorship and the Scribe Non-Fiction Prize. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Music from UNSW, and in 2014 completed a Master of Arts in Creative Writing at UTS.

We are pleased to announce that this Lunch Hour Talk will take place in the meeting room at the Customs House Library at Circular Quay. We are very much looking forward to seeing as many as possible in person! We are going to attempt to Zoom this talk as well.

However there are still restrictions:

  • You must register your details for contact tracing on entry.
  • Please do not come if you are unwell.
  • A total of only 30 people will be allowed in the room. Chairs will be spaced apart.
  • There  will be no tea/coffee or sandwiches served. You are most welcome to bring your own to the venue.
  • Due to recent changes in Venue hire conditions and the current limitations on attendance numbers, there will be no charge for this talk. Donations are always welcome though!

The talk will be from 12.15 to 1.30 pm. Please book by noon Monday 19 April on ph 02 95715359 or info@nationalwomens

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Dial 8015 6011

Meeting ID: 949 4037 9829