Australian Poetry Slam

Jesse Oliver

Australian Poetry Slam (APS) heats up across the nation, inviting Kempsey writers to take the stage at Kempsey on the Thursday 9 August and share their stories. Registration is 4:30pm and the poetry slam starts at 5pm. Only 20 poets can perform on the night.

Free APS workshop

Australian Poetry Slam will be presenting a free two hour workshop at Kempsey Library for upcoming poets. The workshop will be run by 2017 Australian Poetry Slam Adult Champion, Jesse Oliver. Come along to the workshop from 1pm to 3pm and hone your skills before competing in the main event that night at Kempsey Library.

The workshop is strictly limited to twenty people. To register call 02 6566 3210 or send an email to

Christmas in July Authors

Christmas in July - Feast of Authors

Join us at Kempsey Shire Library for a Christmas in July event, Feast of Authors from 10:30am – 12:30 on Wednesday 25 July. Come and listen to a panel of authors as they discuss their careers and the inspirations behind their books.

Guest authors include Fiona McArthur, Annie Seaton, Jenn J McLeod, Bronwyn Parry, Tamara McWilliam, and Shannon Garner. Engage in Question & Answer with the authors and enjoy a delicious morning tea.

Bookings are required. To RSVP your attendance or find out more, contact Kempsey Shire Library on 02 6566 3210 or email

Annie Seaton author talk - Whitesunday Dawn

Cover of Whitesunday Dawn

Best Selling author Annie Seaton will be at Kempsey Library to discuss her latest novel, Whitsunday Dawn. Annie will be talking about her book at Kempsey Library on Monday 6 August 2018 at 10:30am.

Each winter, Annie and her husband leave the beach to roam the remote areas of Australia for story ideas and research. One of her favourite destinations is the Whitsunday region where emerald green islands sparkle in a sapphire ocean. Secluded beaches, coral reefs and towering hoop pines are all part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. It is a stunning and pristine landscape threatened by human activity.

Copies of the books will be available to buy on the day. Light refreshments will be provided. For enquiries and to book for this free event, please contact Kempsey Library on 02 6566 3210 or email

Bruce Cain

National Family History Month

Have you ever wanted to explore your family tree but did not know where to start? As part of National Family History Month, Bruce Cain, President of the Kempsey Family History Group will be presenting an Introduction to Family History at Kempsey Library.

This presentation will be from 10:30am to 12 midday on Monday 13th August 2018. The presentation will give participants a brief introduction to family history research. Bruce will detail what resources are available at the library as well as the resources from the Kempsey Family History Group.

Light refreshments will be provided. For enquiries and to book for this free event please call 02 6566 3210 or email

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