Poetry Under the Stars


Join us at Katoomba Library, in the Courtyard of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, for the third annual

Poetry Under the Stars.


* Sandy Holmes (MC)

* Milton Taylor

* Elouisa West

* Simon Lenthen

* Kate Fagan

* Peter Kuypers

Plus loads more Guest Poets!

Bring your own picnic (no alcohol), and cushions or chairs, and settle in for an evening of entertainment. As well as performances by some of the best Blue Mountains poets, there will also be live music during intermission, plus the opportunity to purchase works by your favourite poets. Bring the kids for the special Kids Poetry bracket early in the evening. And, back by popular demand, we will once again be holding an Open Mike session – giving you the opportunity to perform one of your own poems! Registrations open on the night.

We hope you can join us for this free, multi-age event.

See poetry in a new light.

Library Book Sale!

lawson book sale 2014

Blue Mountains City Library is holding a Book Sale at the Mid Mountains Festival!

Saturday 15 November, 2014


New Street, Lawson

Come along to grab a bargain – we’ll have books for adults and kids, comics and DVDs.

lawson book sale 2014 poster (2)

Expressions of Interest – Creative Writing Instructors

Blue Mountains City Library is looking for Creative Writing Instructors to conduct workshops at various Library branches throughout 2015.

Submit your Expression of Interest to bmlibrary@bmcc.nsw.gov.au by October 31 for consideration.

Please include your background and experience in conducting workshops, any formal qualifications, areas of interest in terms of writing, and any publications you have achieved.

Musée des arts et métiers, Paris. Machine à écrire portable Corona, 1920.

Tales of a clearance diver turned mercenary

Undaunted cover

Hear author Hugh “Obi” O’Brien at Katoomba Library on Saturday 8th November, 2014 at 2pm.

Undaunted, by Hugh ‘Obi’ O’Brien, is an explosive autobiography chronicling Obi’s years spent in the Navy as a Clearance Diver, and then in the elite Tactical Assault Group, the Army’s counterterrorism unit. A highly elite group – failure is in the 80th percentile – TAG (East) is a secretive team of divers and commandos tasked with defending the domestic population from harm post 9-11.

Undaunted is a no holds barred, brutally honest autobiography full of strain and the pushing of mental and physical ability to the absolute limits. Obi opens up about numerous things throughout his time as a diver, and in the TAG (East), including:

  • The physical and mental impact the training and qualifications have on them
  • The tight bonds of brotherhood formed between those training together
  • The tests and tasks set upon them, involving bullets, real mines and explosives
  • His work in private security in the Middle East – he is currently working on his very last private security job in Baghdad, as part of the team tasked with protecting Australian Ambassador Lyndall Sachs.
  • Standout missions, including clearing Lake Burley Griffith ahead of a visit by the President of the United States, flying through Sydney in a Black Hawk Helicopter, and counterterrorism exercises prior to the Commonwealth Games
  • His lifelong battle with those predators of the sea… jellyfish

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be in the most elite of our Armed Forces; the pushing of physical ability to its absolute limits; to cut a hole in a piece of steel underwater; to have your life literally rest in the hands of your colleagues; to have a boat cut out just 100 metres from where over 400 kilograms of explosives are about to detonate or to go face to face with a huge octopus, then Hugh is the man for you. Undaunted is also a reflection on how the demands of such a job affects relationships with the people around you.

Copies of Hugh’s book will be available to purchase on the day courtesy of Megalong Books. It might just be the perfect gift for the difficult-to-buy-for man in your life!

Bookings appreciated | 4780 5750

Fear Nothing by Lisa Gardner

Fear Nothing by Lisa Gardner

Found on the Adult Fiction shelves at GARDNER

Lisa Gardner’s latest pulse-pounding thriller, Detective D. D. Warren must face a new fear as a serial killer terrorizes Boston.

My name is Dr. Adeline Glen. Due to a genetic condition, I can’t feel pain. I never have. I never will.

The last thing Boston Detective D. D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear. . . . She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work.

My sister is Shana Day, a notorious murderer who first killed at fourteen. Incarcerated for thirty years, she has now murdered more people while in prison than she did as a free woman. Six weeks later, a second woman is discovered murdered in her own bed, her room containing the same calling cards from the first: a bottle of champagne and a single red rose. The only person who may have seen the killer: Detective D. D. Warren, who still can’t lift her child, load her gun, or recall a single detail from the night that may have cost her everything.

Our father was Harry Day, an infamous serial killer who buried young women beneath the floor of our home. He has been dead for forty years. Except the Rose Killer knows things about my father he shouldn’t. My sister claims she can help catch him. I think just because I can’t feel pain doesn’t mean my family can’t hurt me. D.D. may not be back on the job, but she is back on the hunt. Because the Rose Killer isn’t just targeting lone women, he is targeting D.D. And D.D. knows there is only one way to take him down: Fear nothing. (Source Fantastic Fiction)

Review : Lisa Gardner is a master of the thriller genre. Her books are fast paced, well-written stories filled with twists and turns and lots of unexpected surprises. This is an excellent read and hard to put down.

Reviewed by : Carolyn


Readers and Writers Forum Podcast Interviews

The Readers and Writers Forum at Katoomba is fast approaching – have you got your ticket yet? We had the opportunity to speak to some of the forum speakers, you can check out the podcasts below:

Jenny Mosher – Editor, Author and Proofreader

Margaret Rose Stringer – Author

Gabriella Kovac – Author

Keith Whelan – Creative Writing Instructor



Blue Mountains City Library and Varuna the National Writers House are partnering to bring you the Readers & Writers Forum.

Aimed at aspiring authors and readers who love to support local talent, this event will showcase the work of upcoming and established local authors, and provide insight and useful techniques for developing a book from start to finish.

In addition to panel sessions on a wide range of genres, and workshops on writing and editing, there will be a marketplace in the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre foyer where authors will be selling and signing copies of their work, giving readers an opportunity to meet with them and ask questions.

Sessions will run from 10am until 3.30pm, with a break for lunch from 12.30pm until 1.30pm.

LUNCH at the CULTURAL CENTRE CAFÉ is available by pre-booking.
[Must be ordered and paid for by 13th October at any Library branch | $20 per person]


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