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Download or stream these recordings of author talks and discussions hosted by the Library. For information about upcoming talks visit the What's On calendar.

Beth Yahp

Beth Yahp (May 2016)

Beth Yahp award-winning author of Eat First, Talk Later, talks about family and belonging, both on an international scale and at the dinner table, in this Sydney Writers' Festival talk hosted by Blacktown City Libraries and supported by Western Sydney University.


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David Hunt (November 2015)

In the hilarious history, Girt, David Hunt reveals the truth of Australia's past, from megafauna to Macquarie - the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and Eureka moments that have made us who we are.


Julian Leatherdale (July, 2015)

Mix an exclusive hotel with decades of history, a family wartime mystery and a contemporary granddaughter wanting to discover her family’s past. The result is Palace of Tears and a rare opportunity to hear author Julian Leatherdale speak about his captivating debut novel.


Abdi Aden (May, 2015)

Abdi Aden was 13 years old when civil war struck Somalia and his world fell apart. Listen to Abdi discuss his amazing journey to Australia and his new book Shining: the story of a lucky man. Special thanks to Sydney Writers' Festival.

Diane Bestwick  Dianne Bestwick (March, 2015)

Diane Bestwick spent almost a decade in China researching her novel. She traveled extensively throughout China, living for short periods with many of her English student’s families as well as her teaching colleagues’ homes. She continues to play a supportive role to several foster homes in China.

Jean Lopez

Jean Lopez (February, 2015)

Jean Lopez grew up in the Australian bush, which inspired a lifelong passion for writing. She has written numerous short stories and articles for aeronautical and history publications. Since retiring from teaching she has devoted her time to writing and assisting with bush regeneration in her community.

Michael Robotham

Michael Robotham (July, 2014)

Michael Robotham is a two-time winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Book of the Year and has been translated into twenty-two languages. Listen to the renowned thriller writer discuss his passion for writing, his writing process, and hear all about his latest book 'Life or Death'.

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Kylie Fornasier (June, 2014)

Kylie is an author and primary school teacher who grew up and still lives in Western Sydney. Here she talks about her short chapter book for younger readers, The Ugg Boot War. A hilarious 'true blue Aussie yarn' about embarrassing parents.


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Emmanuel I. Derecho (May, 2014)

Emmanuel has been writing and publishing his works since 1991, when he settled in Blacktown from the Phillipines. He has published three books of poems in Tagalog with English translation. He writes about his childhood, Filipino culture, spiritual beliefs, socio-economic and political events, and his personal aspirations.



Raechel Bull: Ready or Not... Out I Come! (December 11, 2013)

After having a miscarriage and a premature baby, Raechel decided to write her story to help other women through their difficult situations. Raechel is now a volunteer parents in hospitals with premature babies and wants to breakdown the walls around miscarriage and help make it a less taboo topic.


Suzanne Carroll: Over the Edge (October 2, 2013)

In six weeks Zoe Harper will marry Dan Costi in an over-the-top Sydney society wedding, complete with fire-eaters and belly dancers. But when she receives an unexpected gift from her future mother-in-law, Zoe realises she’s making a huge mistake. Suzanne discusses the novel, the creative process and getting published.


Peter Seymour with Jason K Foster: Deadly Paths (September 24, 2013)

Peter Seymour and Jason K Foster, along with guests, discuss their true crime thriller. Deadly Paths is a true story of two men embarking on dangerous paths. One man finds himself the victim of a violent crime, the other searching for justice as he struggles with his own Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


Greceila Jota: The Deliverer (August 21, 2013)

Greceila Jota discusses her first novel, The Deliverer, about a love triangle between Dun Rosenberg, a prominent Jew turned atheist, and his son. Both fell in love with Phyllis, who was engaged to a church minister. Tragedy came, but once we allow deliverance to begin, we never know where it will end.


Shamala Ratnesar: The Total Life Diet (June 19, 2013)

Shamala Ratnesar, an award-winning dietician, states “you can still eat black forest cake and eggs benedict if you want to lose weight”. Find out more about losing weight without feeling hungry or depriving yourself of all the good things in life through a talk on her book, The Total LIFE Diet.


Dawn Barker: Fractured (May 22, 2013)

Child psychiatrist Dawn Barker has written a raw, compelling and fascinating novel, Fractured, about the aftermath of a tragedy within a family that is truly inexplicable. Listen to Dawn discuss the process of writing her first novel, whilst raising a family of her own.