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Tim Ross

We are blooming with events for you to attend this October. Highlights include an author talk with Michael Winkler, Tim Ross’ latest live show and a special viewing of some of the Library’s food and drink related collection items. And rejoice as our Grit & Gold: Tales from a Sporting Nation exhibition has been extended until Sunday 28 January 2024 – it truly will be a summer of sport!


  • Grit & Gold: Tales from a Sporting Nation
    Extended until Sunday 28 January 2024 | 9am to 5pm | free entry
    Salt and pepper, bacon and eggs, reading and tea (except in the reading rooms), and Australian summer and sport are just a few of our favourite pairings – which is why we're excited to announce that our current exhibition, Grit & Gold: Tales from a Sporting Nation, will be extended until Sunday 28 January 2024!

    Grab your family, friends and team mates and head to our exhibition gallery to relive the moments that have brought joy, sorrow and everything in between to every Australian household (and sports club) on game day and beyond.

  • Author talk: Grimmish with Michael Winkler and Beejay Silcox
    Tuesday 3 October | 6pm to 7pm | Free
    Join Michael Winkler as he discusses his 2022 Miles Franklin shortlisted novel, Grimmish, which tells the story of Italian-American boxer Joe Grim’s tour of Australia in 1908-09. Michael will be in conversation with local Canberra author Beejay Silcox.
  • Designing a Legacy Live 2023 with Tim Ross
    Friday 13 October | 7pm to 8.30pm | General admission $66.50; Concession $57.50
    ​​​​​​Part slideshow, part stand-up comedy and part architecture talk, this show sees Tim doing what he loves best – telling stories anchored by his passion for Australian architecture and design.

    This show is proudly presented in partnership with ABC Events.

  • What Wendy Found: The story of the 1969 outback 'Australian Folklore Expedition' with Martie Lowenstein
    Thursday 19 October | 5.30pm to 6.30pm | Free
    Join Martie Lowenstein as she presents a lecture on her 2023 National Folk Fellowship research about Wendy Lowenstein's significant contribution to the development of the folk movement in Australia and her year-long oral history collecting trip in 1969.
  • White Gloves: Food and drinks with Friends
    Thursday 26 October | 5.30pm to 8pm | Members $45; Non-members $55
    Join the Friends of the National Library and enjoy a specially curated display of food and drink related items from the Library’s collections. Canberra food legend Janet Jeffs will deliver a short talk, and drinks and canapes will be served after the collection viewing.

See the full list of what’s currently on at the Library:

For more information about each event and to book, please visit the relevant event webpages.

To arrange an interview with a spokesperson about any event, please contact 0401 226 697 or


Mirelle O’Mara, Media Liaison, National Library of Australia  

M: 0401 226 697