Arts & Culture

What does climate change and Gough Whitlam have in common? Find the answer at your local library.

Two exciting Australian writers are visiting Clarence Valley libraries in June for free author events – Dr Jonica Newby and Christine Sykes.

Remember Dr. Jonica Newby from ABC TV’s Catalyst? 

On 10 June you can meet her in person at Grafton Library from 6pm – 7pm to discuss her latest book Beyond climate grief: a journey of love, snow, fire, and an enchanted beer can.

Beyond climate, grief stemmed partly from Jonica’s visit to Nymboida during the 2019 fires and presents a story of rare honesty and intimacy. The book charts her struggles navigating the emotional turmoil of climate change and provides guidance and emotional sustenance to help us all face the uncertainties ahead.  Guaranteed laughs, tears surprising stories, and food for the soul as Jonica talks about what propelled her to write the book, and her quest for answers during the apocalyptic summer of 2019 / 2020. 

Also visiting in June is Christine Sykes who delivered a sold-out author talk at Grafton Library last year to promote her book The Changing Room.

Christine Sykes is back, this time at Yamba Library on June 18 from 2pm – 3pm, with her recently published memoir, Gough and Me: My journey from Cabramatta to China and beyond.

When Gough Whitlam moves into her street in Cabramatta in 1957, eight-year-old Christine has little idea how her new neighbor, one of the most visionary and polarising political leaders of Australia, would shape the direction of her life.

Listed in the Sydney Morning Herald as one of the most ‘anticipated books for 2021’, Gough and Me is a nostalgic and deeply personal memoir of social mobility, cultural diversity, and the unprecedented opportunities that the Whitlam era gave one Australian working-class woman.

You can book a seat at one or both of these FREE events by visiting or give your local library a call. You can also reserve tickets on the Clarence Regional Library app.