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jacqueline kentJoin high profile author, journalist, broadcaster, and editor Jacqueline Kent as she talks about her book "The Making of Julia Gillard".

Described as ‘an insightful and immensely readable account of this remarkable woman and her leadership – and its abrupt ending' (Sydney Morning Herald)

Jacqueline Kent was born in Sydney and grew up there and in Adelaide. Originally trained as a radio journalist and broadcaster, she has been a book editor and occasional reviewer. Among many other editorial jobs over about fifteen years, she has edited the memoirs of Susan Ryan and Tom Uren, worked with Lindy Chamberlain in preparing her book, and imposed order, form and structure on the prose of Graham Richardson. She holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney.

When: Saturday 3 March at 2.30pm

Where: Kiama Library Auditorium, Railway Parade

Cost: $8 visitors and $5 members. Afternoon Tea included.

This event is brought to you by the Friends of Kiama Library.


kiama readers festivalJoin us for our biennial celebration of reading at Kiama Readers Festival!

The Festival will involve a launch in the Library on Friday 11 May, with a full day of events at Kiama Pavilion on Saturday 12 May. A gala dinner at the Kiama Pavilion will follow in the evening.

We are excited to be able to welcome such speakers as Nikki Gemmell, Wendy Harmer, Barry Maitland, Jim Haynes, Julia Baird and others, for what promises to be a very entertaining weekend.

More details to follow so please keep these dates free!


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Baird, Julia

Julia Baird is a journalist, broadcaster and author based in Sydney, Australia. She hosts The Drum on ABCTV and writes columns for the Sydney Morning Herald and the International New York Times. Her writing has appeared in a range of publications including Newsweek, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Guardian, the Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald, the Sun-Herald, The Monthly and Harper’s Bazaar. Her biography of Queen Victoria will be published in the US this fall by Random House, New York, in Australia by Harper Collins and in the UK by Little Brown.

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Jim Eames has been involved in aviation since he began work as an aviation writer in the 1960s. He has been a ministerial press secretary and aviation adviser to governments and a senior executive with Qantas. He is the author of eight books including 'Taking to the Skies: Daredevils, heroes and hijackers', 'Australian flying stories from the Catalina to the Jumbo' and 'The Flying Kangaroo: Great untold stories of Qantas...the heroic, the hilarious and the sometimes plain strange'. 


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Gemmell, Nikki

Nikki Gemmell is the best-selling author of thirteen novels and four works of non-fiction. Her books have been translated into 22 languages. She was born in Wollongong, New South Wales and lived in London for many years, but has now returned to Australia. Four books by Gemmell, 'Shiver', 'Cleave', 'The Bride Stripped Bare' and 'The Book of Rapture', made the 2009 longlist of “Favourite Australian Novels” as chosen by readers of the Australian Book Review.


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Sulari Gentill went to university to study astrophysics, and came out a lawyer. She spent the next several years as corporate counsel for large government-owned water and energy utilities and served on a number of environmental and agricultural boards. Sulari’s debut novel, 'A Few Right Thinking Men' was released by Pantera Press in June 2010, and shortlisted for the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in the Best First Book category for the Pacific and South East Asian Region. Since then Sulari has released a further 11 novels, seven in the award-winning 'Rowland Sinclair Mysteries', the 'Hero Trilogy' based on the myths and legends of the ancient world and a standalone literary meta-fiction called 'Crossing the Lines'. She lives with her husband, Michael, and their boys, Edmund and Atticus, on a small farm in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, where she grows French Black Truffles and works in her pyjamas. She remains in love with the art of writing.


 wendy croppedwendy bookHarmer, Wendy

Wendy Harmer is one of Australia's best-known comediennes. Wendy is also the author of a number of books for adults, including the best-selling Farewell My Ovaries (Allen & Unwin 2005) as well as two plays, a series of children's book about Pearlie, an urban park fairy, and the libretto for Lake Lost, a production by Baz Luhrmann for Opera Australia. Wendy has hosted, written and appeared in a wide variety of TV shows including ABC's Big Gig and In Harmer's Way. She has also hosted the Nine Network television Logies and has been a regular newspaper and magazine contributor, writing columns for Australian Women's Weekly and the Sydney Morning Herald's Good Weekend magazine.


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Jim Haynes has travelled far and wide to meet and interview the people whose stories make up his books. Before becoming a professional entertainer, song writer and verse writer in 1988, Jim taught writing, literature, history and drama in schools and universities from outback NSW to Britain and back again. He is the author of many Great Australian titles, including books on railways, aviation and horse racing. His is one of the country's most prolific and successful Australian authors. Jim Eames has been involved in aviation since he began work as an aviation writer in the 1960s. He has been a ministerial press secretary and aviation adviser to governments and a senior executive with Qantas. He is the author of eight books including Taking to the Skies: Daredevils, heroes and hijackers, Australian flying stories from the Catalina to the Jumbo and The Flying Kangaroo: Great untold stories of Qantas...the heroic, the hilarious and the sometimes plain strange.


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Hunt, David

David Hunt is a writer, historian and children’s book author. He is the best-selling author of 'Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia', which won the 2014 Indie Award for Best Non-Fiction Book. The sequel, 'True Girt', was shortlisted for the 2017 Russell Prize for Humour Writing and David’s narration was shortlisted for Audiobook of the Year at the 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards.




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Leal, Suzanne

Suzanne Leal is a lawyer experienced in child protection, criminal law and refugee law. A former legal commentator on ABC Radio, Suzanne is a regular interviewer at Sydney Writers’ Festival and other literary functions. She has been a judge for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and for 'The Nib' Waverley Library Award for Literature. 'The Teacher’s Secret' is her second novel.



Catherine McKinnon

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Catherine McKinnon has a background in film and theatre, and has written, directed and helped develop many new Australian plays. Originally from Adelaide, where she worked for the Red Shed Theatre Company and the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Cath moved to Sydney to complete a Masters in Creative Writing at UTS. While completing her first novel, she worked as a director and tutor at the University of Wollongong and at Flinders University, South Australia. In 2006 she won the Penguin/Australian Women's Weekly prize for short-story writing for 'Haley and the Sea'. She is currently working on her second novel and is completing a PhD at Flinders University.


barry maitland

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Barry Maitland was born in Scotland and brought up in London. After studying architecture at Cambridge, he practised and taught in the UK before moving to Australia where he was Professor of Architecture at the University of Newcastle. He has since retired from the university to pursue his writing. Barry is the author of the acclaimed 'Brock and Kolla' series of crime mystery novels. Maitland's first mystery 'The Marx Sisters' was a nominee for the John Creasey award for Best First Novel and 'The Malcontenta' won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction.

More to come!

This event is proudly sponsored by The Friends of Kiama Library and Kiama Municipal Council. 

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Dept Fair Trading talk

We all love shopping, impulse buying, bargains, discounts and end-of-year sales.

But do you know your rights as a shopper?

Do you know when you have a legal right to a refund, and when the shop is breaking the rules?

Do you know the difference between a consumer guarantee and a warranty?

Join us for an information session and free morning tea at Kiama Library to learn all the ‘tricks of the retail trade’.

Residents of all ages are welcome, so call the library on (02) 4233 1133 to reserve your seat.

memorial archKiama Library and Kiama Municipal Council are pleased to announce that we will be running an annual Local History Competition in memory of Ken Donnellan, a former Information Services Librarian and local resident, who passed away suddenly in 2016.

Each year the competition will alternate between a writing and a photographic competition, and will be aimed at broadening and promoting our Local History Collection.

This year we will be running a writing competition in Term 1 directed towards Stage 3 (years 5 & 6) students It is designed to tie in with Ken’s book “The Names on the Wall”, which was launched by Kiama Library on Remembrance Day 2017. It is suggested that the students may be able to humanise their stories by using the book.

The theme this year is:
"WWI Diary Entry: Imagine you are a World War I soldier in the trenches in a war zone. You are keeping a diary of your daily activities so you can show your family when you return home to Australia. Write a 500-word diary entry detailing a day in your life."

Kiama Council will be donating a $100 individual prize for a winner from each local primary school (Stage 3) and also a $200 gift to each participating school’s library fund.
All Stage 3 children that either live in the Kiama municipality or attend one our local primary schools are eligible to enter the competition. Children who attend school outside of the municipality are eligible too, if they reside within the local area.

Entries close at 4pm on Friday 6 April 2018, and must be emailed or delivered to Kiama Library.

Read the full competition details in the Entry Form which you can download here, or pick up a paper copy at Kiama Library.


Ever wanted to join a book club, start your own club, or give your existing club a revamp?

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Book clubs come in all shapes and sizes. There are virtual clubs, mystery clubs, breakfast clubs, reading-between-the-wines clubs, choose-your-own-novel clubs, we-only-read-Jane-Austen clubs. Some clubs discuss the big issues of love, art and life, while others skip straight to the wine and cheese. In the end, though, book clubs are all about community. It’s about people getting together to agree, disagree, laugh, exchange ideas, escape the everyday and share a love of reading. And every book club needs books…

Kiama Library is pleased to announce that in 2018, we are launching a brand new book club membership service to support the many book clubs in our area. Local book clubs can apply for a book club membership card and use this to borrow a set of books for the club for six weeks at a time. Each kit has 9–10 copies of a particular book, a large print edition where available, and a set of discussion questions. There are more than 35 different book kits in the collection to choose from — by both popular and prize-winning authors including, Jane Harper, Liane Moriarty, George Saunders, Kate Atkinson and Anthony Doerr — and more will be added in the future.

Membership is great value and can be arranged in one of two ways:

  • Casual membership is a fantastic option for those wanting to trial a full book club membership, or if your book club likes more flexibility with their choice of books, and allows your book club to borrow up to three kits per year for a cost of $60 (just $6 per member, based on ten members).
  • A full annual membership allows your club to borrow up to 12 kits per year, for a cost of $200 (around $20 per member).

So there has never been a better time to start a book club or give your old club some new life!

Click here for more information, have a look at our FAQs, contact the library, or download a Membership Form here.