Tuesday 3 September

East Lake Macquarie History Tour with Ed Tonks

Take in the historic sites, historic remains and examine interpretive signage of Eastern Lake Macquarie on this guided tour with historian Ed Tonks.If you are a visitor, or new to the area, what a great way to discover aspects of its rich history! Board your bus at Speers Point Park carpark off Park Street (near the Swim Centre)
Bookings Essentail
Tour 1: 9am-12pm: https://eastlakemacquariehistorytour.eventbrite.com.au
Tour 2: 1pm - 4pm: https://historytour1pm.eventbrite.com.au
Off Park Street, Speers Point, NSW 2284


Habiburaham in conversation
First they erased our name: a Rohingya speaks up (New book - on book tour)
Scribe In his extraordinary memoir, Habiburahman describes the violence he endured since childhood - the insults, the ghettoization, the arrests and the summary executions. But his determination never wavered. Encouraged by his father, he continued his studies, the only way to escape the inhumanity that stems from ignorance. In 2001, Habiburahman managed to leave Burma. Some of his family are still there. Now, granted political asylum in Australia, he is fighting to speak out against the ethnic cleansing the Rohingya people have endured for decades.
Bookings Essential: https://firsttheyerasedourname.eventbrite.com.au

11am - 12 noon
Meg Keneally in conversation with Jaye Ford
Fled - Echo Publishing
Meg Keneally discusses her research epic historical adventure novel, Fled, based on her research into the extraordinary life of convict Mary Bryant, the only female convict to escape the colony.
Bookings Essential: https://fledkeneally.eventbrite.com.au

Julie Keating
Throsby Creek: from pristine waterway to industrial dump
Hear how the demand for preserved meat for sailors influenced the early development of inner Newcastle suburbs, Wickham, Islington and Tighes Hill and the industries’ impact on the local waterway - Throsby Creek. Presented by researcher, Julie Keating, compiler of Wickham, Islington and Tighes Hill: the early days near Throsby Creek.
Bookings Essential: https://throsbycreek.eventbrite.com.au

Greg and Sylvia Ray
Exploring the past through photographs
Greg and Sylvia Ray share a slideshow of their favourite historical photographs of Newcastle and the Hunter Region selected from their recent publications. They have published 10 books, with more planned.
Bookings Essential: https://gregandsylviapast.eventbrite.com.au

Jean Kent
Homelands of the Heart Enjoy
Readings by Jean Kent of poems that celebrate personal connections to places, from Lake Macquarie to Queensland and Paris, and join a brief discussion on the connections of landscape to life. Award- winning poet, Jean Kent has eight books of her poetry published including The Hour of the Silvered Mullet (2015) and Paris in my Pocket (2016)
Bookings Essential: https://homelandsoftheheart.eventbrite.com.au