In the Eye of the Storm Literary Dinner - Wednesday 16 June 2021

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Literary Dinner - In the Eye of the Storm - Wednesday 16 June 2021, from 7pm

Featuring the authors of the book - Robert Reynolds, Shirleene Robinson, and Paul Sendziuk.

Soi 25 Restaurant, 296-300 Victoria St, Darlinghurst

We are pleased to return to the chic and spacious restaurant - Soi 25 - for this new literary dinner. This event has been made possible due to the support of the City of Sydney Night Time Diversification Program, ACON and NewSouth Books.

In-between enjoying a delicious Thai feast, Robert Reynolds, Shirleene Robinson, and Paul Sendziuk will be in conversation about the new book they have written, In the Eye of the Storm

Important Note: there is no physical ticket. Both the purchaser and The Bookshop retain a record of the ticket purchase. We need all names of those attending and relevant details (dietary requirements, seating preferences) for our door list. You will be ticked off the door list on the night when you arrive.

About the speakers:

Robert Reynolds is a Professor of Modern History at Macquarie University and the author and co-author of four books on post war gay and lesbian life in Australia. In 1998 he was a member of the VAC/GMHC Executive.

Shirleene Robinson is Senior Curator of Oral History at the National Library of Australia and Honorary Associate Professor of Modern History at Macquarie University. She has published extensively on LGBTIQ history and HIV/AIDS history. Recent works include the co-authored books Pride in Defence: The Australian Military and LGBTI Service Since 1945 (2020) and Serving in Silence? Australian LGBT Servicemen and Women (2018). 

Paul Sendziuk teaches Australian history at the University of Adelaide. He is an experienced oral historian, and has expertise in the histories of immigration, disease and public health. His first book about the history of HIV/AIDS in Australia, Learning to Trust, was short-listed for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s Human Rights Award for Non-fiction.

The menu for the banquet style dinner will be similar to this example below. It will be finalised closer to Wednesday 16 June:


- Betel Leaf with Prawn and Scallop (can swap with crispy chicken toppings if a guest can’t have seafood) 

-  Vegetarian spring roll


- Green papaya salad with prawn

- Crab Meat curry stir fry

- Yellow curry with chicken

- Rice

All the above can be done Gluten Free

If anyone is unable to eat one of these 3 meat or seafood options, an alternate dish is available - Crispy Chicken Cashew Nut.

 Vegetarian Option


- Betel Leaf with Tofu

- Vegetable Spring Roll

- Steamed Tofu mushroom

 Main Course

- Veg Green papaya Salad

- Stir fired Chilli jam with veg and tofu

- Yellow Curry Vegetable & Tofu

- Rice

Special dietary requirements can be catered for but we need to be informed well in advance - at the time of booking preferably. We recommend you contact The Bookshop Darlinghurst on 02 9331 1103 or by email 

The restaurant is BYO and so you may bring your own wine along. However, the restaurant is fully licensed and has an extensive wine and cocktail list, so if you prefer you can buy wine and drinks from the restaurant. This is certainly encouraged and would be a great support to the restaurant. However, please note all drinks must be paid for as they are ordered.

If you want to check the restaurant's Drinks Menu or other details about the restaurant in advance, you can find it at this link -

The seating for the event can be flexible so that everyone is seated in a safe and comfortable way. Tables can be for two or up to twelve people. Most people prefer to be at a large table and enjoy a more social evening. In terms of sharing the food, four or multiples of four (eight, twelve) is the optimum number - though dietary requirements may cause some issues there. If you are booking for two, you can be seated at a table for two if you prefer. Or if you wish to sit with others and meet new people that can also be arranged. If you are booking as a single, you will end up sitting with others - possibly some Bookshop staff members or other single diners.

If you have a group of friends who all wish to be seated together, it will be simpler if one person buys the tickets for the entire group. If tickets are purchased individually or in smaller groups, please ensure clear directions are provided re the seating preferences. 

If you are booking for several people, we need the names of all the people in your party. We will have a door list at the restaurant and will be ticking people off there. We will also need the names in case there is a special dietary requirement to be attached to anyone. It will not be necessary to bring your proof of purchase (whether online or in-store) on the night. We will have confirmed everything prior and if we have everyone's details that will be adequate

Any enquiries about the event should be directed to The Bookshop Darlinghurst (02 9331 1103) and not to the restaurant. We recommend you telephone us then everything can be discussed and arranged more simply.

Note: during Covid-19, planning anything in advance can be extremely challenging. Therefore if anyone is unable to attend on the day, we are happy to provide a full refund of the ticket cost. Or if you wish to support The Bookshop, we can provide you with a Gift Voucher instead that you can spend on books, DVDs or other items.

If you should feel at all unwell on the day with cold/flu symptoms or believe you may have come into contact with someone exposed to Covid-19, we would ask that you not attend the event. We will issue a refund and hope to see you at our next literary dinner in 2021.


- if there is a change to the capacity that the restaurant can host in their space due to Covid, and numbers need to be reduced, the people who bought their tickets last may have their booking voided and their money refunded. This would be a last resort measure and though it is unlikely to occur, it is not impossible. 

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