This July, Waverley Library is thrilled to present a special author talk by Leigh Straw at the Jam Gallery, Bondi Junction.
Delve into Sydney’s historic underworld as Leigh Straw takes us on a gritty journey back to a time of razor gangs, prohibitions and corruption via her new true-crime biography The Worst Woman in Sydney: The Life and Crimes of Kate Leigh.
Presented by Waverley Library and hosted by Jam Gallery, join us as Straw explores the scandalous crimes that made Kate Leigh a household name between 1920 to 1960, and how a famed brothel madam, sly grog seller and dubious drug dealer earnt the reputation as the ‘the matriarch of Surry Hills’. Listen to Straw as she discusses Leigh through a different lens, heralding her as a saviour of the Sydney slums and a hero who gave money to needy families and a community during a time of depression and war.
Leigh Straw is a historian and author. Her books include three historical crime novels (Limestone, Sophia Lane and Legacy), a history of criminal women in Perth and Fremantle (Drunks, Pests and Harlots, 2013) and a forthcoming book on Australian World War II soldiers. She lectures in history at Edith Cowan University.
Books will be available for signing at this event.