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Chris Allen Author

A former paratrooper, Chris Allen served in three Commonwealth armies across two decades and four continents.

He left the military due to injuries, retiring at the rank of Major.

In addition to his military career, Chris has served with three law enforcement agencies in Australia, led security operations for an international aid agency in East Timor during the emergency in 1999, and was headhunted to take over the protection of Sydney's most iconic landmark, the Sydney Opera House.

In 2008 Chris was appointed Sheriff of New South Wales, one of Australia's most historic law enforcement appointments.

With all of this military and law enforcement insider experience, Chris decided to write his ‘Intrepid’ action-thriller series, putting the reader deep within the action with a perspective and knowledge few other authors can boast.

Come along and hear Chris talk about his series, his experiences, and his journey as an author.

This free author talk and book signing 

When :  2.30pm Saturday 24th June.

Copies of Chris’s books will be available for purchase and signing. Call Kiama Library on (02) 4233 1133 to reserve your seat.


Kiama Council has unveiled details of its celebration of the successful anti-amalgamation campaign of 2016 with a speech and photo competition.

KID logo on Vietnam photo

The Kiama Independence Day Speech Contest 2017 gives all secondary students who live or study in the Kiama Municipality an opportunity to improve their confidence and to develop their speech-writing and public speaking skills.

It commemorates the elegant and eloquent way our community presented the case to the state delegate for our local government area to stay independent of amalgamation in 2016.

The topic for the speeches is ‘What does independence mean to me?

The competition requires students in years 7 to 12 to submit a five-minute speech by Friday 14 July.

Eight finalists will be selected to speak on Saturday 5 August with the winning speaker awarded a 10-day trip for three people to Vietnam.


The Kiama Independence Day Photographic Competition 2017 is open to everyone aged 5+ and has the theme of ‘Why I love Kiama’.

We want you to show us the uniqueness of our area, community and individuals through your lens, and show us what you value most about our region.

The winner of each category will receive a $100 cash prize.

Entries close Friday 14 July.


CBCA 20172017 Children's Book Council have announced their short list of children's books.

An exciting time for the young reader or the young at heart who likes to read.

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HSC Tutorials and Mock Exam

From the 6th to 13th June, the library is hosting:

  1. Creative Writing tutorials
  2. PDHPE exam help session to support Illawarra HSC students.
  3. Mock Exam session: get valuable experience of the stress and time constraints of the exam environment.

Bookings are essential.

$5 entry fee per student.

Pay for your ticket in advance to reserve your spot.

You can pre-purchase your ticket at the front desk of Kiama Library or over the phone on (02) 4233 1133.

No food will be provided on the day.

Where  : Kiama Library Auditorium

HSC Lock In

     Just a reminder the library will be holding our annual Lock In session in the final week before the HSC exams.

     Where :  Kiama Library

     When  :  4pm - 8pm Wednesday 11th October 2017 

     Free pizza and an entire library to yourselves for individual or group study!



HSC English Creative Writing with Clayton Zane

HSC English Creative Writing (2 Sessions)

14 spaces per session

Tuesday 6th June 4.30pm - 6pm

Saturday 10th June 10am - 11.30am

A Creative Writing workshop for Year 12 : students focusing on the different aspects of ‘Discovery’. The workshop will consist of working with stimulus, developing complex characters, learning dramatic structure, and plotting inciting events and turning points.

Students will gain an insight into what makes a good story and how to generate ideas to create their own.

Clayton Zane

clayton zane
  • Clayton Zane is a published author and prolific writer.
  • Bachelor Degrees in Law and Arts from University of Wollongong,
  • Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Sydney,
  • Currently completing his Masters in Creative Writing at Oxford University.      
  • Since early 2017 he has been a tutor with the Sydney Story Factory, teaching Year 12 students creative writing skills.




 This event is generously sponsored by the FOKL .


P1050092 Friday Flicks for websiteWelcome to Kiama Library's Friday Flicks, where each movie is a mystery.

Bookings for each event open the 1st of each respective month.

The title of each film will given when booking.

Due to licencing conditions, only 30 people can be in the audience for each showing.


Where : Family History Centre Auditorium

Cost  : Free

Bookings essential,  call us on (02) 4233 1133 to grab your seat.

When :

3.30pm June 16th

3pm July 14th

3.30pm August 18th

3.30pm September 15th

3.30pm October 20th

3.30pm November 17th