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 *protected email*. 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: Come in Dymphna

Speaker: Marilla North

Date: Thursday 23 November


Marilla North introduces the first three texts in her hybrid, multi-text, Dymphna Cusack biographical project : Yarn Spinners (2016); The Love Poems of Dymphna Cusack, a Chapbook plus a one-acter;  We’ve Been So Lucky, Fella! …an imagined memoir (2017) and War’s Tragic Waste – A Quartet in Four Genres by Dymphna Cusack (2017) edited and narrated by Marilla.

Yarn Spinners

Three of Australia’s most prominent women authors of the mid-20th century come alive in, Yarn Spinners. The friendship between Dymphna Cusack, Miles Franklin and Florence James is chronicled by weaving together their correspondence with press excerpts and other sources from the literary world. Yarn Spinners sets out their struggles with the publishing industry and their activism in social justice movements and for free speech in the era of anti-communism.