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.


Event Cancelled

Friday March 20th 2020 - Michelle Balogh

In view of the current Corona virus situation the FOBL committee has decided to postpone this event. We appreciate this is disappointing and it has been a matter of some discussion, but we feel the most responsible action is to err on the side of caution in order to minimise the risk of contagion. We will contact those of you who have bought tickets to organise a refund.

Michelle Balogh has kindly agreed to talk at a FOBL function later this year. As soon as things settle down we will advise a new date.

There are some copies of Michelle’s book available at Hill of Content if you’d like to read it in the meantime! We are planning to hold the FOBL AGM on May 8th at this stage and hope to see many of you there. In the meantime, we wish you well. Keep safe and keep reading!

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.

Hill of Content will be selling signed copies of Her Kind of Luck at member’s discount price at the event.

Date: Cancelled - Friday 20th March 2020
Cost (incl. a light supper)
Members: $15.00                                   
Non-Members: $20.00