Lunch Hour Talks

Lunch Hour Talk 20 June 2024

20 June Lunch Hour Talk

Speaker: Nadia Wheatley

Topic: Charmian Clift’s The End of the Morning


The End of the Morning, Charmian Clift’s previously unpublished novella, is OUT! Let the celebrations begin…Following her most successful celebration of Charmian Clift’s life and works through 2023, Nadia is now very pleased to see Clift’s novella, together with a selection of Clift’s essays, finally published.

Clift began working on The End of the Morning in 1962. ‘Written from the perspective of an adolescent girl named Cressida Morley, Clift reached back into her own childhood in Kiama, New South Wales, swapping the whitewashed walls and Aegean seascapes of her adopted home for memories of hot tar, sand dunes, basalt columns and sibling rivalry.’(Walter Marsh. 2024). But, fearing that her husband was dying, Clift put her own work aside to help him to write the significant work he craved, which became My Brother Jack. Clift’s novel was never finished.


Where –  The meeting room at the Customs House Library, at Circular Quay.
When –  The talk will begin at 12.15, The room is open from 11.30 for tea/coffee/sandwiches.
Entry – $20 JSNWL members $25 non-members
PLEASE BOOK BY NOON Monday 17 June 2024
Phone the library on (02) 9571 5359 or email .au

Lunch Hour Talk 22 February 2024

22 February Lunch Hour Talk

Speaker: Melinda Ham

Topic: The Lucky Ones: Stories of Australian Refugee Journeys

Award-winning journalist and former foreign correspondent Melinda Ham brings to light stories of Australian refugee journeys in her moving and meticulously researched new book, The Lucky Ones. Though they are from different generations, countries and cultures, the families in this book all share one thing in common: they have escaped persecution in their homelands to find safety in Australia. Spanning 70 years, and tracking journeys from Iraq, Afghanistan, Poland, Tibet, Vietnam and Zaire, The Lucky Ones offers a window into the complex history of Australian refugee experiences.

Melinda Ham has been a journalist for more than twenty-five years. She started her career in southern Africa as a correspondent for the Associated Press and for London’s Daily Telegraph, The Economist, and other international publications. She’s also lived and worked in India and Singapore.

In Australia, she wrote for The Sydney Morning Herald and the Sun Herald for more than twelve years, including stints as a sub-editor on the foreign desk and as commissioning editor for Special Reports. She wrote on a diverse range of subjects, including education, environment, health, lifestyle, health and culture. She’s been editor of Explore, the Australian Museum’s twice-yearly magazine. She’s also produced dozens of publications through her media company, Narrate Media, for charities, universities, and companies.


Where –  The meeting room at the Customs House Library, at Circular Quay.
When –  The talk will begin at 12.15, The room is open from 11.30 for tea/coffee/sandwiches.
Entry – $20 JSNWL members $25 non-members
PLEASE BOOK BY NOON Monday 19 February 2024
Phone the library on (02) 9571 5359 or email .au