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.


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Recent Events

Friday 5th July 2024 - A Literary Quiz for Book Lovers

You don’t have to be a genius.

All types of literary questions about Books, Authors & Quotes.

Join a table or make your own - Prizes to be Won!

Enjoy a literary quiz with afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream.

Friends of Balmain Library AGM

Followed by Louise Kopecny from Balmain Libary
who will update us on

“The Refurbishment of Balmain Library”

Book Groups!

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Book Groups

But Never Dared To Ask

Come and find out from different book groups how they organise themselves

How they make their book choices and

Do they drink wine?

Corsets and Coaches: Getting the Historical Details Right

Pamela Freeman is a multi-award winning author of more than 40 books. As Pamela Hart, she writes the Poppy McGowan mystery series and historical novels, including Regency romances, Roaring Twenties’ dramas and WWI epics. As Pamela Freeman, she writes children’s books and epic fantasy. Her most recent children’s book, Dry to Dry: The Seasons of Kakadu, won the Book Week Eve Pownall Award. Her newest mystery is An A-List for Death, the second in the Poppy McGowan series. Her latest historical story is Lost and Found, a Regency novella.

Pamela is also director of creative writing at the Australian Writers’ Centre.