Library and History events this June

A line up of events not to be missed this June, from Jamelle Wells’ jaw-dropping insights as a court reporter, to Hugh MacKay with his new book, Australia Reimagined, and a useful workshop on LinkedIn for business.

All events listed are free unless otherwise stated.

Speaker series

The Court Reporter by Jamelle Wells
As a seasoned court reporter, the ABC’s Jamelle Wells has filed thousands of stories on murderers, sex offenders, thieves, bad drivers, family feuds and business deals gone wrong. Jamelle has witnessed many of Australia’s most notorious and high-profile court cases. The Court Reporter is a tough and fearless journalist’s memoir that looks at the cases that have shocked, moved and never left us.

Leichhardt Library
Tuesday, 5 June, 6:30-7:30pm
Bookings: or call 9392 5966

Sherlock Holmes: a cultural sensation with David Lewis
Sherlock Holmes is perhaps the most famous fictional character of all time. From the modest beginnings of his creator Arthur Conan Doyle, to major movies, television shows, and video games, Holmes is ubiquitous. David Lewis examines the phenomenon of Holmes, whose popularity and influence has remained unparalleled for nearly a century and a half.

Ashfield Library
Thursday 7 June, 6:30-7:30pm
Bookings: or call 9392 5810

Do Oysters Get Bored? by Rozanna Lilley
As Rozanna Lilley and her husband Neil navigate life with a child with autism, she reflects upon her own childhood and adolescence, spent in a libertarian, self-consciously bohemian household. Her memoir is an examination of an eccentric family, the complexities of care, and the toll of grief in middle-age.

Emanuel Tsardoulias Community Library, Dulwich Hill
Wednesday, 13 June, 6:30-7:30pm
Bookings: or call 9335 2182

Australia Reimagined by Hugh Mackay
Hugh Mackay is a social researcher, bestselling author of 19 books, and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2015. His new book is Australia Reimagined. Australia’s unprecedented run of economic growth has failed to deliver a more stable or harmonious society. Individualism is rampant. Income inequality is growing. Public education is under-resourced. The gender revolution is stalling. We no longer trust our major institutions or our political leaders. We are more socially fragmented, more anxious, more depressed, more overweight, more medicated, deeper in debt and increasingly addicted — whether to our digital devices, drugs, pornography or ‘stuff’. Hugh Mackay takes an unflinching look at us and offers some compelling proposals for a more compassionate and socially cohesive Australia.

Balmain Library
Tuesday, 26 June, 6:30-8pm
This talk will be AUSLAN interpreted.
Bookings: or call 9392 5938

The Catch: The Story of Fishing in Australia by Anna Clark
Bringing her personal passion for throwing in a line, author Anna Clark celebrates the enduring pleasure of fishing. Her book charts the history of fishing, from the first known accounts of Indigenous fishing and early European encounters with Australia’s waters to the latest fishing fads; from the introduction of trout and fly fishing to the challenges of balancing needs of commercial and recreational fishers.

Marrickville Library
Thursday, 28 June, 6:30-7:30pm
Bookings: or call 9335 2173


Modern cloth nappies workshop
Alice Henchion of Nappy Lane will give a short presentation detailing the different styles of cloth nappies, what you need to get started, how to care for and fit your nappies, and how cloth nappies benefit you and your baby.

Marrickville Library
Saturday, 9 June, 10-11am
Bookings: or call 9335 2173

Writing workshops with Geoff Bartlett
Introduction to travel writing
Learn how to turn your ideas for travel stories into articles for magazines or websites. Spot publishing opportunities, generate ideas, and master the basics of writing and pitching an article.

Ashfield Library
Thursday, 21 June, 10am-12 noon

Introduction to creative writing
If you have an idea for a book, you’ll benefit from learning the basics of creative writing. Acquire the techniques involved in bringing your ideas to life. Pick up tips on how to maintain your focus and motivation.

Ashfield Library
Thursday, 21 June, 1-3pm
Bookings: or call 9392 5810

LinkedIn for business
LinkedIn is a professional social media network with over 400 million members globally. Learn tips and best practice for a professional profile on LinkedIn and how to make the most of this network for your business or career goals. You must have an active LinkedIn account to attend this session.

Balmain Library, Saturday, 23 June, 10am-12 noon
Cost: $15

Intensive IELTS workshop
This International English Language Testing System (IELTS) course will focus on the technical strategies of both the General and Academic IELTS modules especially for reading, writing and speaking skills. The course will be presented by IELTS professional experts. Book in for each session separately.

Marrickville Library, 10am-12 noon
Cost: $20 per session
Speaking – Saturday, 23 June
Writing Task 2 (I) – Saturday, 30 June
Writing Task 2 (II) – Saturday, 7 July
Writing Task 1 – Saturday, 14 July
Reading – Saturday, 21 July

Little Library Lovers

Bookworm kids club
Bookworm is a place for kids aged eight-12 years to explore their love of reading and develop their creativity. Challenge your friends in our Scrabble tournament, try your hand at acting and charades, write and perform poetry, share a chapter of a book you are reading, paint a watercolour, illustrate and send postcards, or create something awesome with LEGO.

Marrickville Library
Every Wednesday during school term, 3:45-4:45pm
Wednesday 6, 13, 20, 27 June
Bookings: or call 9335 2173

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