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Discover our exciting Author Talk Program with visiting authors inspiring your reading and writing:

Seniors Week Tour – Author Anne Ring on Engaging With Ageing: What Matters as We Grow Older

We all get older, and yet ageing is a topic that is often ignored altogether or treated as something wholly negative. We are bombarded with products and lifestyle hacks to wind back the clock, perpetuating the stigma of old age. In Engaging with Ageing Anne Ring challenges this with a fresh, new and wholistic perspective on growing older. The book acts as a personal ‘travel guide’, helping readers to navigate the way they individually choose to age. Anne Ring’s research empowers people to actively engage with how they will be old, rather than how old they are.

Meet author Anne Ring at Molong Library, located at 98 Bank Street, on Monday 11 March at 2pm – 3pm. Please book your place online or call Molong Library on 6366 8404.

Or Tuesday 12 March at Canowindra Library at 2pm – 3pm Please book your place online or call Canowindra Library on 6344 1796. (Please note Canowindra Library is located in the Masonic Lodge/Freemasons Hall at 39 Blatchford St, Canowindra). 

Catch Anne Ring at the AMUSU Theatre, 15 Derowie Street, Manildra at 10.30am on Wednesday 13 March. Please book your place online or call Manildra Library on 6364 5166.

Meet author Anne Ring at Cowra Library on Wednesday 13 March at 2.30pm. Please book online or call Cowra Library on 6340 2180.

Anne Ring will also be speaking at Orange City Library on Thursday 14 March at 2pm. Please book online or call Orange City Library on 6393 8132. 

Meet author Anne Ring at Blayney Library on Friday 15 March at 11am. Please call Blayney Library on 6368 2581 book your spot or book online here.

A Step Towards Freedom Book Launch at Orange City Library Tuesday 26 March 5.30pm

After working in the community for several decades with clients of various ages, author Ms West had heard many dark secrets her clients have never told another soul. By researching and delving into a “forbidden” subject, Ms West produced this story including many aspects of how child sexual abuse and trauma can affect an entire lifetime, in hopes to help at least one more person to survive.

 Book Launch: A Step Towards Freedom by DT West

Guest speaker Giuliana Ryan

Tuesday 26 March

5.30pm – 7.30pm

Orange City Library

Please book your place online, or call Orange City Library on 6393 8132, or just come along. All welcome. 

***Trigger warning: please note the author and guest speaker will be talking about themes of abuse, child sexual abuse and trauma.

If you require assistance please call Lifeline 13 11 14

Bravehearts 1800 272 831

National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence

1800 737 732

 Scott Honeysett launches Shattered Branches at Orange City Library Saturday 20 April 2pm

The Honeysett families of the Central West NSW and beyond became part of Australian history when twelve of their sons volunteered for service with the Australian Imperial Force.

From the original Gallipoli landing, to the deserts of Palestine and the Western Front their stories span the duration of Australia’s War. Those who returned to the trials of civilian life carried the silent burden of what they had seen and done.

Shattered Branches by Scott Honeysett offers a frank account of their time away, and for those who returned, their lives back home in twentieth century Australia. Discover 12 lives in war and peace of the Honeysett family including Clarence Mayford Honeysett who rests in Orange Cemetery.

Books will be available for sale ($30 cash only) and signing at the book launch.

Meet author Scott Honeysett author of Shattered Branches: 12 Stories from a family in war and peace

Orange City Library

Saturday 20 April


Please book online or call Orange City Library on 6393 8132

All interested people welcome.

Mothering Heights Book Launch with Rachael Mogan McIntosh Friday 26 April 5.30pm

 A year of joy and survival in the trenches of early parenthood.

Following the year Rachael Mogan McIntosh gave birth to her third child and shapeshifted from wild to mild, Mothering Heights is an hilarious, moving celebration of early parenthood – written by a survivor.

As Rachael navigates her way through the confusing rules of modern-day motherhood and grapples with the crazy-making Sisyphean beast that is housework, her three children under five grow like weeds, eat like footballers and deliver non-stop comedic shenanigans.

Rachael adapts to the realisation that her old identity no longer quite fits, and neither do her trousers. The year is beyond tough but the hard-won wisdom of motherhood cracks her heart wide open. A comedy, tragedy and farcical romp all rolled into one, Mothering Heights is a love story about becoming a mother.

Orange City Library

Friday 26 April

5.30pm – 7pm

Call 6393 8132 or book your seat online. See you there!

Save the Date: Orange Readers and Writers Festival 2024


 Join in the 8th Annual Orange Readers and Writers Festival on Saturday 3rd August 2024 – a day-long event including morning tea and lunch – held at the Hotel Canobolas, 248 Summer Street, Orange with a line-up of incredible authors including author, radio host and broadcaster Indira Naidoo author of The Space Between the Stars: On Love, Loss and the Magical Power of Nature to Heal. 

A deeply moving and uplifting exploration of the power of nature – to heal the deepest hurts.

Meet Central West crime writer Rhys Gard, author of the successful Four Dogs Missing

Art theft, revenge and murder play out against the Mudgee wine region vineyards in this ‘edge of your seat’ thriller.

Tickets will be available for sale online via in June 2024.


Thank you to all our wonderful authors who visited during the 2023:

Nat AmooreThe Right Way to Rock

Lisa IrelandThe One and Only Dolly Jamieson

Christine StewartCollits’ Inn: Uncovering the Past

Seana SmithThe Australian Autism Handbook

Inga SimpsonWillowman

Racheal Mogan McIntoshPardon My French – Library UpLate event

Maggie Mackellargraft

Dianne YarwoodThe Wakes

Harold Treasure King’s Spur – “in conversation” with Reading and Writing Coordinator Jasmine Vidler

Claudia HarrisonDinner First

Kate Gadsby Convicts, Capitalists and Corruption – Research and Maps Talk to celebrate Orange Family History Group’s 40th anniversary

Colin Bower and Richard MeddOrchids of Central Western NSW

Beckie Plant – children’s art book Amazing Like You

Sallyanne PiskEating For You

Greg Mutton 12th Realm – Sci-Fi series

Kamille Roach – former Banjo Paterson Writing Awards winner launched crime novel Pine Creek set in the Central West

Dirty Janes duo Athol Salter and Jane Crowley – launched Beeswax and Tall Tales

Judy NunnBlack Sheep

Penelope Janu and Pamela CookA Country Vet Christmas

Amanda HampsonThe Tea Ladies and The Cryptic Clue

Dr Gregory SmithBetter Than Happiness: The True Antidote to Discontent 

Hannah DivineyI’ll Let Myself In

Hayley Rawsthorne shared her debut children’s book – These Little Feet – at Storytime

Stuart LloydStarted Out Drinking Beer – The Mental As Anything Story – “in conversation” with drummer David ‘Bird’ Twohill

David MarrKilling For Country: A Family Story – “in conversation” with Orange City Librarian Sean Brady

Kim KellyLadies Rest and Writing Room co-winner of the Finlay Lloyd 20/40 Novella Publishing Prize 

Special 2023 Author Events:

Touring Kids One Library One Book author Nat Amoore with The Right Way to Rock

Touring Adults One Library One Book community read – Dianne Yarwood with The Wakes

Live-streaming annual Sydney Writers Festival in May (2nd Year)

Orange Readers and Writers Festival on the first weekend in August with guest authors – Grantlee Kieza – The Remarkable Mrs Reiby, and Knockout, Yvonne Weldon- Sixty-Seven Days, Adam Courtenay – Mr Todd’s Marvel, Michael Thompson – How to be Remembered and Kim Kelly – The Rat Catcher