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.


The Covid 19 pandemic restrictions have forced the FOBL committee to postpone planned program of events for 2020. It is hoped that events will return in the Town Hall Small Meeting Room with reduced numbers for social distancing, and with all health measures required or advised by the NSW Government in 2021.

 Michelle Balogh - Her Kind of Luck

Michelle’s book, Her Kind of Luck, a work of imaginative biography and memoir, is subtitled A violin prodigy. A Guinness-World-Record Holder. A suspected spy. A grandmother ... so you can see that Michelle had an intriguing subject to write about. Meticulously researched and told with great heart, this is the story of Shan-Yi’s unparalleled life and the inspiration it afforded Michelle – exactly when she needed it the most.

Michelle Balogh is a freelance writer, illustrator and author. Her work has been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Aspiring Writers’ Mentorship and the Scribe Non-Fiction Prize. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Music from UNSW, and in 2014 completed a Master of Arts in Creative Writing at UTS. Following graduation, she pursued a brief career in beauty and lifestyle writing before discovering that the stories she wanted to tell were closer to home.

Date: Friday 12th March 2021
Time: 7pm for 7.30pm
Location: Small Meeting Room Balmain Town Hall
Cost (incl. a light supper)
Members: $15.00   Buy Tickets
Non-Members: $20.00   Buy Tickets

FOBL  AGM - Friday 7th May 2021

Our AGM for 2019 (which couldn’t be held in 2020) and for 2020 is planned for Friday May 7th,. We are very pleased that Beverley Malone, the archivist at the Balmain Rowing Club has agreed to be our speaker. She will give us a fascinating insight into this Balmain institution. We look forward to you joining us. We will confirm details nearer to the time. In the meantime, please save the date.

Date: Friday 7th May 2021
Time: 7pm for 7.30pm
Location: Small Meeting Room Balmain Town Hall

LA Larkin - Local Crime Writer

L A Larkin, a local Balmain author whose fast-moving psychological thrillers, with plenty of action and adventure, mysteries and plot twists have been both popularly and critically acclaimed. She has written Prey, Deep Water, Devour, Thirst and The Genesis Flaw.

Date: Friday 18th June 2021
Time: 7pm for 7.30pm
Location: Small Meeting Room Balmain Town Hall
Cost (incl. a light supper)
Members: $15.00
Non-Members: $20.00