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. In 2017, there are five Lunch Hour Talks which will be held on Thursday 16 March, Thursday 22 June, Thursday 17 August, Thursday 12 October, Thursday 23 November 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.
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 email to email@example.com. 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.
Dear Lindy: letters from the public to a grieving mother
Speaker: Alana Valentine
Date: Thursday 22 June
The public have written more than 20,000 letters to Mrs Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton since 1980, when nine-week old Azaria Chamberlain was taken from the family tent by a dingo. Since 1992 Lindy has been depositing these letters in the National Library of Australia (NLA). In this talk, playwright Alana Valentine will discuss accessing the letters and interviewing Lindy to write both the stage play Letters to Lindy and the book of published letters, Dear Lindy.
Alana Valentine is an Australian playwright with a growing international reputation, having won the BBC Radio Writing Award and the STAGE International Award. In 2016 she had productions in Maryland USA, Hobart, Wollongong, Canberra and Sydney. In March Cold Light, adapted from Frank Moorhouse’s novel, was performed in Canberra; Barbara And The Camp Dogs, co-written with and starring Ursula Yovich, will be performed at Belvoir Theatre later this year; the NLA will publish Dear Lindy and Currency Press will publish a writing memoir called Bowerbird and the stage play Letters To Lindy.