Leichhardt Library Launches Inspirational Traveller’s Tales

Monday, 30 May, 2016

 The lure of journeys into the unknown will be the drawcard of a new series of author talks known as ‘Traveller’s Tales’ to be launched at Leichhardt Library in June.

 With travel books proving popular amongst Leichhardt Library readers, this series of talks has been organised to appeal to those readers interested in hearing more of the literary background to these works directly from these authors who have immersed themselves in other cultures and places.

First up on Thursday 2 June at 6:30pm, Annandale resident and author Sue Liu will take people back to the tragedy of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.

Her author talk focuses on her recently launched book ‘Accidental Aid Worker’, a travel tale that traces her 12 year journey through the highs and lows of voluntary aid and community work.

The book tells how Ms Liu stumbled into voluntary aid work in the wake of the 2004 tsunami, teaming up with a tour guide and a Catholic priest to deliver aid collection to tsunami refugees who were also still suffering amid the conflict of the civil war in the north eastern Sri Lankan town of Trincomalee.

Ahead of her talk, Ms Liu said these experiences were the beginning of her 12 year obsession of helping people in need, including nine years supporting children in Cambodia, refugees and now homeless communities in Sydney.

“I’m honoured to have been chosen to have my travels, adventures and experiences launch this series in the inner west,” Liu said.

“Back in 2005, where I was living and working in Rozelle became the collection point for goods, aid and money for my ‘Sri Lanka Appeal for Bruno’.

“I am delighted to tell these stories and share the impact of years of giving, for better or worse.”

Next up in in the ‘Traveller’s Tales’ series at Leichhardt Library will be Ian Burnet’s book ‘Archipelago – A Journey Across Indonesia’ on Wednesday 29 June at 6.30pm.

Published late last year, Mr Burnet’s personal story combines his love of adventure and travel with his knowledge of history to take readers on a journey across the Indonesian archipelago.

A geology and geophysics graduate from the University Of Melbourne, Me Burnet has spent more than thirty years, living, working and travelling in Indonesia and is fascinated by the rich history and diverse cultures of the archipelago.

More ‘Traveller’s Talks’ are also scheduled at Leichhardt Library for later this year including:

  • 27 July - Claire Scobie with ‘The Pagoda Tree’.
  • 15 September John Blay with ‘On Track – Searching Out the Bundian Way’.

All talks in the series are free events.

Bookings can be made by calling Leichhardt Library on 9367 9266.

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