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.


Friday 18th June 2021: LA Larkin - Local Crime Writer

Cyber trolls, serial killers and the FBI – how does local author, L.A. Larkin, create such terrifying stories?

How does a crime-thriller author get inside the head of a serial killer? How do they create story locations that feel so real? Do fiction authors get the law enforcement procedures right? And does the FBI ever talk to authors?

To celebrate the launch of her new book, Widow’s Island, set in the USA, local author L.A. Larkin will share the secrets of writing a nail-biting thriller and the fascinating people she interviewed to inform her latest novel.

L.A. Larkin’s crime-thrillers have won her fans all over the world. Described as a superb ‘chiller thriller’ writer by Marie Claire magazine, and praised by the king of crime, Lee Child, Louisa likes to write stories with lots of plot twists and characters that surprise. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and teaches creative writing with the Australian Writers’ Centre. She has been on the organizing committees of the prestigious Ned Kelly Awards and Sisters In Crime NSW.

Louisa also writes dog detective mysteries under the pseudonym of Louisa Bennet.

Visit L.A. Larkin’s website: https://lalarkin.com/

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