What's On @ FOBL

FOBL hosts regular speaker events with a wide range of renowned authors, journalists, actors, academics and local identities. The funds raised are utilised both to enhance the library’s services and to enrich its book collection.

We gather in the Balmain Town Hall Small Meeting room. A light supper is served after each event and audience questions. FOBL greatly appreciates the time generously given by our speakers to entertain and enlighten us as well as supporting our fund raising efforts.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday 30th August 2018 - Professor Steve Rayner, James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization Oxford University

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Friends of Balmain Library are delighted to host Professor Steve Rayner talking on the vexed subject of climate change from the perspective of the social sciences as he addresses the question "Climate Change: Armageddon or damp squib?"

Steve Rayner is James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization at Oxford University’s School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography and Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, where he also co-directs the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities and the Oxford Geoengineering Programme, both supported by the Oxford Martin School. He is also a Senior Fellow at The Breakthrough Institute, a non-partisan environmental NGO based in California’s Bay Area. He previously held senior research positions in two US National Laboratories and has taught at leading US universities, including Cornell, Virginia Tech, and Columbia.

Trained as a political anthropologist (PhD University College London 1980), he describes himself as an 'undisciplined' scholar, committed to changing the world through social science.

He has served on various US, UK, and international bodies addressing science, technology and the environment, including Britain’s Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Royal Society’s Working Group on Climate Geoengineering. Until 2008, he also directed the national Science in Society Research Programme of the UK Economic and Social Research Council. He is the Founding and General Editor of the Science in Society book series published by Earthscan.

He has received numerous awards, including the 25th Homer N. Calver Award from the Environment Section of the American Public Health Association, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Director’s Award for R&D Excellence and two Martin Marietta Energy Systems Awards for groundbreaking work in risk analysis and global climate change policy analysis respectively. From 2009 to 2014 he was Honorary Professor of Climate Change and Society at the University of Copenhagen. He was also included in the 2008 Smart List by Wired Magazine as 'one of the 15 people the next US President should listen to'.

Date: Thursday 30th August 2018
Location: Balmain Town Hall Small Meeting Room
Time: 7pm for 7.30pm
Cost (incl. light supper):
Non-members: $20.00
Members: $15.00

Date: August 30, 2018

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PAST EVENTS:

Friday 11th May 2018: AGM

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On Friday May 11 the Friends of Balmain Library will hold their Annual General Meeting at 7.00 pm in the Small Meeting Room of Balmain Town Hall.

When the formal proceedings will be over, in keeping with an increasingly popular tradition FOBL has invited a speaker renowned for community activism and political involvement, as it was the case in 2008 with Jane Ward, in 2010 with Jack Munday, and Hall Greenland in 2012.

This year John Stamolis is going to be our guest-speaker. A qualified statistician and currently Councillor in the recently formed Inner West Council to which Balmain belongs, Stamolis' extraordinary commitment to our community is on record.

John’s talk has the straightforward but intriguing title Inner West Balmain by numbers: present, past, future.

Date: Friday 11th May 2018
Location: Balmain Town Hall Meeting Room
Time: 7pm for 7.30pm
Cost: FREE

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Friday 27th April 2018 - Andrew Andersons, Architect

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FOBL is delighted to announce that on 27th April Andrew Andersons AO, the renowned architect who designed and led both the 1972 and 1988 extensions to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, will come to talk to us about the Sydney Modern.

This is a huge project involving the expansion of the New South Wales Art Gallery to be completed in 2021. It is a project that has attracted national attention, and no doubt FOBL members will be keen to hear more about it from such an authoritative source

 

 

 

Date: Friday 27th April 2018
Location: Balmain Town Hall Small Meeting Room
Time: 7pm for 7.30pm
Cost (incl. light supper):
Non-members: $20.00
Members: $15.00

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Friday 24th November 2017 - Susan Wyndham, Former Literary Editor, Sydney Morning Herald

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We are delighted to present The Last Literary Editor, a talk by Susan Wyndham.

Susan Wyndham was literary editor of the Sydney Morning Herald in 1996 - 1999 and 2008 - 2017.

In her career as a journalist she has also been a news reporter, feature writer, editor of Good Weekend magazine, New York correspondent for The Australian, and deputy editor of the Sydney Morning Herald. She is the author of Life in His Hands: the true story of a neurosurgeon and a pianist (Picador, 2009) editor of My Mother, My Father: on losing a parent (Allen & Unwin, 2013) and contributor to several other books.

Susan has also contributed essays to two more recent books Rebellious Daughters edited by Maria Katsonis and Lee Kofman (Ventura, 2016) and Unbreakable, edited by Jan Caro (UQ, 2017).

She is now a freelance journalist, book reviewer, moderator at literary events, and working at another book.

Susan Wyndham’s essay titled The Last Editor will appear on the December 2017 issue of Meanjin.

We are thrilled and excited to have the chance to hear Susan talk about her experience and share her thoughts with us all.

Date: Friday 24th November 2017
Location: Balmain Town Hall Small Meeting Room
Time: 7pm for 7.30pm
Cost (incl. light supper):
Non-members: $20.00
Members: $15.00

Tickets are not available for purchase on-line.

 

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Friday 6th October 2017 - Kate McClymont, Investigative Journalist, Sydney Morning Herald

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Kate McClymont is an investigative journalist currently reporting for the Sydney Morning Herald. In the late 1980s, McClymont worked for two years as a junior reporter on Four Corners. In 2002, she won a Gold Walkley, an investigative journalism award, with Anne Davies for coverage of a rugby league salary cap scandal associated with the Canterbury Bulldogs. She presented the 2014 Andrew Olle Media Lecture. She is the co-author, with Linton Besser, of He who must be Obeid, an unauthorised biography of former NSW Minister Eddie Obeid.

Kate's talk to FOBL tonight is entitled The Bold, The Belligerent and the Bagmen.

Intrigued? Come and do some investigating yourself and join us for a fascinating evening.

Date: Friday 6th October 2017
Location: Balmain Town Hall Small Meeting Room
Time: 7pm for 7.30pm
Cost (incl. light supper):
Non-members: $20.00
Members: $15.00

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Friday 15th September 2017 - Primary Schools Awards Night

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Tonight we will announce the finalists and winners of the FOBL Writing Competition for year 5 and 6 students in the Balmain area. Viv Nicoll-Hatton who was awarded the 2013 Lady Cutler Award, an award presented annually for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature in New South Wales will be discussing the young writers' entries.

Come along and join in the buzz in the room as the Awards are announced!

 

Date: Friday 15th September 2017
Location: Balmain Town Hall Small Meeting Room
Time: 7pm for 7.30pm
Cost: FREE

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Wednesday 23rd August 2017: Balmain Secondary College Awards Night

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Tonight we will announce the winners of the FOBL Writing Competition for Balmain Secondary College. Winners and Highly commended entries will be selected from two separate groups. The first group consist of years 7 and 8 students and the second group years 9 and 10 students.

The task for the students was to write on the theme of Justice.

Come along and join in the excitement of the Awards Ceremony!

Date: Wednesday 23rd August 2017
Location: Balmain Town Hall Small Meeting Room
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm
Cost: FREE

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