A volunteer prepares for a luncheon talk

Madeleine Newington, Volunteer

A program of Lunch Hour Talks was instituted by the Library in 1995. The talks provide valuable publicity for the Library and a means of building on and connecting with its base of supporters. The talks are held at the City of Sydney Library, Customs House, Circular Quay, Sydney.

The talk itself usually runs from 12.15 until 1.00 with a short time for questions afterwards, but our audience usually arrives from 11.30 on to enjoy a chat, a sandwich and a tea or coffee. Everyone is welcome.

Michele Ginswick, vice-chair, holding a purple wrapped gift at the lunch hour talk

Michele Ginswick, Lunch Hour Talks  Convenor

The cost is $16 for Library members and $22 for non-members. The cost includes a sandwich lunch. Payment can be made at the door. Please book by noon of the Monday before the talk by phoning the Library on (02) 9571 5359 or by emailing the Library. A report on what lunch hour speakers had to say is published in the relevant Library newsletter.  All newsletters from 2002 are on the website.






Topic:  Daring to Drive

Speaker: Manal al-Sharif

Date: Thursday 15 November



Manal’s memoir offers a rare glimpse into the lives of women in Saudi Arabia today and tells the story of a young Muslim activist who stood up to a kingdom of men and won. It is a remarkable celebration of resilience in the face of tyranny, the power of education and female solidarity.

Manal became the leader of a courageous movement to support women’s right to drive. She is a computer engineer by education, information security specialist by profession and activist by accident. Manal now lives in Sydney.