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History comes to life at Thirroul library

Susan Boyer with her book, Across Great Divides: True Life Stories at Sydney Cove.

Susan Boyer with her book, Across Great Divides: True Life Stories at Sydney Cove.

THIRROUL District Library will host a series of weekly talks through October and November, each presented by an author or guest speaker.

The free, one hour talks at 5pm on Wednesdays are an opportunity for the community to hear some compelling true life stories, and to look into a local fictional work inspired by true life, from the five writers and guest speaker live.

On October 15, Susan Boyer will discuss Across Great Divides: True Life Stories at Sydney Cove. This book journeys into the experience of life in Australia’s first colony, with vivid accounts of the struggle of the early years, the excitement of discovery, fear of the unknown and elation of hard-won success.

On October 22, John Montagner will share anecdotes and photographs of his experiences of the people and places he encountered on the ancient pilgrim walk, the Camino, which ends in northern Spain and has become very popular in the last 10 years.

On October 29, Judith Carrick will discuss The History of the Royal National Park 1879-2013. Containing over 90 photographs and using research from contemporary documents, Carrick’s book covers the formation and diverse history of Australia’s first national park – established in 1879 and one of the oldest in the world – to the present day.

On November 5, Noel Beddoe will talk about On Cringila Hill, a gripping story about a teenage boy who was killed in a shooting, and the impact that the events that followed had on the migrant families in the once-vibrant industrial community of Cringila. The talk will also include “Where do books come from and where do writers come from?”

Finally on November 12, Walter Mason will speak about Destination Cambodia. Two-and-a-half years in the making, this work is an affectionate, whimsical and deeply personal account of Mason’s journeys through Cambodia, a country that has enchanted him for seventeen years.

As well as this Wednesday talk series, Helen Brown, columnist, TV presenter and author of popular books like Cleo, After Cleo came Jonah and Tumbledown Manor is scheduled to speak on Thursday November 6 at 2pm. Cleo has sold half a million copies and been translated into 16 languages.

Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the speakers in this line-up all have fascinating tales to share about their travels, books and the work that goes into them.

“The great news is, even if you can’t be there in person to hear them talk, you’ll be able to watch it all online as it’s happening,” he said.

Council is now utilising exciting new webcasting technology that enables people to watch some Council events live online. Those unable to attend these talks at the library will have the option to watch them live online. Click here to view the link to view Council events being webcast.

There is also new video conferencing technology that allows a live video link to be broadcast from the library where the event takes place to another library. The two-way technology enables attendees at the other library to be able to participate and interact in the broadcast event. They will be able to see and talk to the speaker and other attendees, as well as communicate both verbally and visually, creating a face-to-face experience.

Bookings are advisable online.  For more information or to book, phone Thirroul District Library on 4227 8191.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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