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.

FOBL  Annual General Meeting

Our AGM for 2019 (which couldn’t be held in 2020) and for 2021 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
Cost: Free.  A light supper will be provided
Members and Non-Members invited: (Bookings preferred for catering purposes)

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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: Small Meeting Room Balmain Town Hall
Cost (incl. a light supper)
Members: $15.00                  Buy Tickets
Non-Members: $20.00       Buy Tickets