FitzSimons headlines historical showpiece


Acclaimed Australian author Peter FitzSimons will reveal the secrets behind his bestselling works to launch a packed program of events for this year’s Lake Mac Libraries History Illuminated.

FitzSimons, whose books have covered some of Australia’s most fascinating historical tales, will launch History Illuminated with a talk covering why he writes about history, his approach to selecting subjects, and how he researches his work.

The Friday 30 August evening at Lake Mac Centre For Performing Arts kicks off a week of more than 30 separate events and activities across the City.

“What’s wonderful this year is not just the number of events but their diversity,” Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Arts, Culture and Events, Jacqui Hemsley, said.

“They reflect the rich history of our City, the region and all of Australia.”

Local historian Ed Tonks will explore the history of the Fernleigh Track at a presentation on Saturday 31 August before leading a bus tour of historical sites across eastern Lake Macquarie on Tuesday 3 September.

His talk at Belmont Library on Thursday 5 September will cover the vital role of horses in the Hunter’s coal mines through the 19th and 20th centuries.

Author and comedian Ben Pobjie turns his satirical writing to Australia’s bushrangers at a talk at Lake Mac Centre For Performing Arts on Saturday 31 August, while, Greg and Sylvia Ray will present a slideshow of some of their favourite historical photos depicting life in the Hunter Region on Tuesday 3 September at Toronto Library.

Entry to most History Illuminated events is by gold coin donation.

Tickets for the opening night with Peter FitzSimons are $40 and include canapes and wine, with the evening running 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

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