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7 Nov 2018

An arsonist and an admiral in conversation in State Library first

An arsonist and an admiral in conversation in State Library first

A loner. A twisted mind. A devastating firestorm.

Author Chloe Hooper joins Paul Barclay for the first in State Library’s Talking Ideas serieson 14 November.

Chloe’s latest book, The Arsonist, takes us on a compelling journey inside the mind of Brendan Sokaluk – the man who watched as two of his infernos ravaged Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.

This evening of true crime launches a year-round program of events with national and international writers and thinkers starting this month.

Talking Ideas entertains, inspires and fosters debate; addressing the issues that inform our times and shape our lives.

Australia’s master storyteller Peter FitzSimons will headline the second of the series the following week (November 22).

Peter will bring to life the dramatic story of Captain William Bligh, Fletcher Christian and history's most famous mutiny on HMS Bounty.

Set in theSouth Pacific on 28 April 1789, the mutiny on the Bounty is one of history's truly great stories - a tale of human drama, intrigue and adventure. It comes to life as never before in the hands of Peter FitzSimons.

Quotes from State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald:

"Talking Ideas is about bringing something new to Queensland audiences by giving them the chance to get inside the mind of popular authors.

“It is about stimulating people to read and write, and sparking ideas.

“Talking Ideas continues our passion for reading and writing through programs such as the Queensland Literary Awards, Young Writers Conference and black&write! Fellowships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers.”

Talking Ideas:

Chloe Hooper in conversation with Paul Barclay
14 November 2018
7 – 8.15pm | Tickets on sale now
State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, South Bank
slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on | #slqTalkingIdeas

Peter FitzSimons in conversation with Paul Barclay
22 November 2018
7 – 8.15pm | Tickets on sale now
State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, South Bank
slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on | #slqTalkingIdeas

23 Oct 2018

Winners of the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards announced

Winners of the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards announced

Real life events explored through both non-fiction and fiction have been revealed as winners at tonight’s 2018 Queensland Literary Awards ceremony at State Library of Queensland.

Jackie Ryan’s We'll Show the World: Expo 88 received the $25,000 prize for the Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance, with the judges praising the Brisbane writer’s meticulous and amusing account of the major event that forever shifted perceptions of the sunshine state.

The Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards ($12,500 packages) were presented to Brisbane-based poet Anna Jacobson and author Bri Lee. Bri’s debut work Eggshell Skull, was noted as an important book by the judges, not only for the strength of the writing, but the conversations it has since sparked about sexism within the justice system.

Taboo, by Western Australian writer and descendant of the Noongar people, Kim Scott received The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award, while Tracker by Alexis Wright from northern Australia’s Waanyi country was awarded The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award ($15,000 each). Both books keep pivotal places and people alive in the minds of contemporary Australians.

The 2018 awards ceremony acknowledged the 30th anniversary of the Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award, with The Making of Ruby Champion by Kirstie Parker announced as this year’s $15,000 winning manuscript.

Kirstie is a Yuwallarai woman from north-western NSW, with a distinguished career as a journalist, communicator and advocate. She now joins a host of exceptional writers as a recipient of this award, with alumni including Doris Pilkington Garimara AM, Ruth Hegarty and Larissa Behrendt.

The Queensland Literary Awards, managed by State Library of Queensland, honour outstanding books by Australian authors and champion new writing from young and emerging Queensland writers. Prizes are awarded across 14 categories in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and published and unpublished works.

Quotes from Minister for the Arts, Leeanne Enoch:

“The Queensland Government supports the Queensland Literary Awards to share our stories, recognise exceptional talent and nurture the next generation of writers.”

“This Government’s ongoing commitment to match sponsorship and philanthrophic support for the Queensland Literary Awards helps to ensure the program’s future growth.”

“I congratulate all of this year’s accomplished authors, and look forward to reading the winning books.”

Quotes from State Librarian and CEO, Vicki McDonald:

“Through our collections, State Library is the trusted keeper of Queensland’s memories and it is wonderful to see such a definitive account of one of this state’s most crucial contemporary events recognised as the Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance this year.”

“Inspiring possibilities through knowledge, stories and creativity is at the heart of everything we do at State Library and I congratulate all of this year’s Queensland Literary Award winners and finalists.”

“We are also grateful for the role our key partners play in these awards, including the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, The University of Queensland, Griffith University, University of Southern Queensland, QUT, Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, The Courier-Mail and Jenny Summerson.”

The full list of 2018 winners follows.  For more information: qldliteraryawards.org.au.

2018 Queensland Literary Awards winners

Queensland Premier's Award for a work of State SignificanceAwarded to an outstanding work, by an Australian writer, focused on documenting, discussing or highlighting a uniquely Queensland story.

Prize: $25,000

  • We'll Show the World: Expo 88 (UQP) by Jackie Ryan

Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers AwardsAwarded to two (2) outstanding Queensland writers up to 30 years of age.
Prize: two awards of $10,000 plus career development support to the value of $2,500 each

  • Anna Jacobson
  • Bri Lee

The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award
Awarded to an outstanding work of fiction by an Australian writer.
Prize: $15,000

  • Taboo (Pan Macmillan) by Kim Scott

The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award
Awarded to an outstanding work of non-fiction by an Australian writer.
Prize: $15,000

  • Tracker (Giramondo Publishing) by Alexis Wright

Griffith University Children’s Book Award
Awarded to a work, suitable for children up to 12 years old, by an Australian writer.
Prize: $15,000

  • The Elephant (UQP) by Peter Carnavas

Griffith University Young Adult Book Award
Awarded to a work, suitable for young adults aged 13 to 19, by an Australian writer.
Prize: $15,000

  • In the Dark Spaces (Hardie Grant Egmont) by Cally Black

University of Southern Queensland History Book Award

Awarded to an outstanding non-fiction history book by an Australian writer.

Prize: $10,000

  • We'll Show the World: Expo 88 (UQP) by Jackie Ryan

University of Southern Queensland Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award
Awarded to an outstanding collection of short stories by an Australian writer.
Prize: $10,000

  • Pulse Points (Text Publishing) by Jennifer Down

QUT Digital Literature Award

Awarded to an exceptional work of transmedia or digital literature showcasing innovation in storytelling.

Prize: $15,000

  • Little Emperor Syndrome by David Thomas Henry Wright, with Chris Arnold

State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award
Awarded to an outstanding collection of poetry by an Australian writer.
Prize: $10,000

  • I Love Poetry (Giramondo Publishing) by Michael Farrell

2018 Queensland Literary Awards winners


Queensland Premier's Award for a work of State Significance
Awarded to an outstanding work, by an Australian writer, focused on documenting, discussing or highlighting a uniquely Queensland story.
Prize: $25,000

  • We'll Show the World: Expo 88 (UQP) by Jackie Ryan

Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Awards
Awarded to two (2) outstanding Queensland writers up to 30 years of age.
Prize: two awards of $10,000 plus career development support to the value of $2,500 each

  • Anna Jacobson
  • Bri Lee

The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award
Awarded to an outstanding work of fiction by an Australian writer.
Prize: $15,000

  • Taboo (Pan Macmillan) by Kim Scott

The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award
Awarded to an outstanding work of non-fiction by an Australian writer.
Prize: $15,000

  • Tracker (Giramondo Publishing) by Alexis Wright

Griffith University Children’s Book Award
Awarded to a work, suitable for children up to 12 years old, by an Australian writer.
Prize: $15,000

  • The Elephant (UQP) by Peter Carnavas

Griffith University Young Adult Book Award
Awarded to a work, suitable for young adults aged 13 to 19, by an Australian writer.
Prize: $15,000

  • In the Dark Spaces (Hardie Grant Egmont) by Cally Black

University of Southern Queensland History Book Award
Awarded to an outstanding non-fiction history book by an Australian writer.
Prize: $10,000

  • We'll Show the World: Expo 88 (UQP) by Jackie Ryan

University of Southern Queensland Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award
Awarded to an outstanding collection of short stories by an Australian writer.
Prize: $10,000

  • Pulse Points (Text Publishing) by Jennifer Down

QUT Digital Literature AwardAwarded to an exceptional work of transmedia or digital literature showcasing innovation in storytelling.
Prize: $15,000

  • Little Emperor Syndrome by David Thomas Henry Wright, with Chris Arnold

State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award
Awarded to an outstanding collection of poetry by an Australian writer.
Prize: $10,000

  • I Love Poetry (Giramondo Publishing) by Michael Farrell

Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award
Awarded for an outstanding manuscript by an unpublished Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writer. This category is sponsored by the Copyright Agency Limited through the Cultural Fund and supported by The University of Queensland Press.
Prize: $15,000 and publication with UQP.

  • The Making of Ruby Champion by Kirstie Parker

Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer
Awarded for an outstanding manuscript by an unpublished Queensland writer. This category is sponsored by Jenny Summerson and supported by the University of Queensland Press.
Prize: $15,000 and publication with UQP

  • Garrison Town by Melanie Myers

2018 Queensland Writers Fellowships


Awarded to three (3) established Queensland authors to advance a writing project over a 12 month period. The Queensland Writers Fellowships are sponsored by Arts Queensland and State Library of Queensland and supported by Queensland Writers Centre.
Prize: three Fellowships of $15,000 each

  • Michael Gerard Bauer, Gaps and Silences      
  • Laura Elvery, Medallion
  • Jackie Ryan, Alfred Russel Wallace: Optimist and Dissenter

The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award


Awarded to an outstanding book by a Queensland author. The winner of The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award is determined by public vote.
Prize: $10,000

Winner

  • Brisbane Houses with Gardens (Beth Wilson) by Beth Wilson

22 Sep 2018

State Library commemorates 100 years of Palm Island

State Library commemorates 100 years of Palm Island

The story of a Palm Island boat builder who saved his people’s language from extinction is revealed in a new State Library of Queensland showcase opening today.

Palm Island and Our People acknowledges the centenary of the first placement of people to the island as an Aboriginal Reserve and explores the incredible history of this tropical paradise.

The late Jiinbilnggay (Alf Palmer) was the last man to speak Warrongo and was determined to  safeguard his culture despite it being forbidden at the time.

Jiinbilnggay spoke at least seven languages either fluently or in part and his knowledge was recognised by linguists who travelled to Palm Island to record Aboriginal languages.

His story and more is explored in this fascinating showcase celebrating 100 years of Palm Island featuring images, memorabilia and digital stories. The showcase provides an opportunity to commemorate the past and to celebrate a new future for the people of Palm Island.

Highlights include:

  • Rarely-seen home movies, from the 1930s and 50s, showing footage of everyday Palm Island life and the natural scenery.
  • Culturally significant objects from the Manbarra (Traditional Owners) including woven bags, baskets, throwing stick and objects connected to public performances of music and dance.
  • The story of Dr Lynore Geia, a Bwgcolman woman who works as a remote area nurse in Aboriginal community controlled health services. Dr Geia’s work is informed by western research, Indigenous research knowledge and evidence based practice for youth and family health.

Quotes from Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council Mayor Alfred Lacey:

“2018 marks the centenary of the first placement of people on Palm Island. It is a time to reflect on the past 100 years, to accept where we are today and to look to the future for our children and theirs.”

“The future is bright on Palm Island. We have come a long way over the past 100 years and there is still more to do. We welcome you to join us and share our journey.”

Quotes from Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch:

Palm Island and Our People tells an important story about the history of Palm Island, and provides an opportunity for Queenslanders to learn more through personal experiences and stories.

Palm Island and Our People is a significant addition to the State Library collection.”

Quotes from State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald:

“The exhibition is an emotive and informative experience, and highlights the incredible history of Palm Island and its people. The exhibition aims to shed light on its often tragic past and celebrate its present and hopes for the future.”

“State Library is a custodian of Queensland’s collective memory and we are uniquely positioned to share the incredible stories of our state’s past and present.”

Palm Island and Our People
22 September 2018 — 22 April 2019
Open daily | Free entry
kuril dhagun, level 1| State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, South Bank
slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on | #SLQpalmisland

State Library acknowledges the significant contribution of the Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council and the Bwgcolman Indigenous Knowledge Centre in the development of this exhibition.

31 Aug 2018

Exceptional Australian writers revealed as finalists in Queensland Literary Awards

Exceptional Australian writers revealed as finalists in Queensland Literary Awards

Stories from Queensland’s most exciting young writers and new work from Australian publishing heavyweights are finalists in the prestigious Queensland Literary Awards for 2018.

Shortlists have today been announced across 13 award categories for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and published and unpublished work.

Many prizes have increased from $10,000 to $15,000, with a total prize pool of $240,000.

The Queensland Literary Awards will this year mark 30 years of the David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer.  Past winners include Doris Pilkington Garimara AM (1990), Ruth Hegarty (1998), Larissa Behrendt (2002), Ellen van Neerven (2013) and Paul Collis (2016).

Public voting for The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year award also opens today, with literary fans invited to cast their vote online by 5pm, Monday 1 October.

The Queensland Literary Awards will be held at State Library of Queensland on Tuesday 23 October, with a livestream of the ceremony broadcast from 6.30pm.

Quotes from the Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch:

“The Queensland Government supports the Queensland Literary Awards to recognise exceptional writers and to champion new talent.”

“Past award winners Bill Wilkie, Cathy McLennan, David Malouf, Michelle Law, Shaun Tan, Libby Connors and Ellen van Nerveen are just some of the incredible home-grown writers who have helped to create a powerful literary force in Queensland.”

“I congratulate each of the 2018 finalists and encourage readers to discover and connect to their work.”

Quotes from State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald:

“State Library of Queensland is committed to inspiring possibilities through knowledge, stories and creativity.”

“The Queensland Literary Awards play a vital role in our support for writing, publishing and reading, both in print and online.”

“We are grateful for the role our key partners play in the continued growth of these awards, including the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, The University of Queensland, Griffith University, University of Southern Queensland, QUT, Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, The Courier-Mail and Jenny Summerson.”

The full list of 2018 finalists follows.

For more information: qldliteraryawards.org.au.

2018 Queensland Literary Awards shortlists

Queensland Premier's Award for a Work of State Significance ($25,000)          

  • The Saltwater Story (Cairn Tor Books) by Benjamin Allmon and David Kelly
  • Please Explain (Penguin Random House) by Anna Broinowski
  • White Woman Black Heart: Journey Home to Old Mapoon (CreateSpace) by Barbara Miller
  • We'll Show the World: Expo 88 (UQP) by Jackie Ryan
  • Brisbane Houses with Gardens (Beth Wilson) by Beth Wilson

Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award (two awards of $12,500)

  • Anna Jacobson
  • Ella Jeffery
  • Bri Lee
  • Emily O'Grady
  • Yen-Rong Wong

The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award ($15,000)

  • Flames (Text Publishing) by Robbie Arnott
  • The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree (Wild Dingo Press) by Shokoofeh Azar
  • The Fish Girl (Brio Books) by Mirandi Riwoe
  • Taboo (Pan Macmillan) by Kim Scott
  • The Shepherd's Hut (Penguin Random House) by Tim Winton

The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award ($15,000)

  • The Enigmatic Mr Deakin (Text Publishing) by Judith Brett
  • The Year Everything Changed: 2001(Penguin Random House) by Phillipa McGuinness
  • Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture - A New Earth (UQP) by Charles Massy
  • Korea: Where the American Century Began (Hardie Grant Books) by Michael Pembroke
  • Tracker (Giramondo Publishing) by Alexis Wright

Griffith University Children's Book Award ($15,000)

  • The Storm Whale (Allen & Unwin) written by Sarah Brennan, illustrated by Jane Tanner
  • The Elephant (UQP) by Peter Canarvas
  • Go Go and the Silver Shoes (Penguin Random House) written by Jane Godwin, illustrated by Anna Walker
  • The Shop at Hoopers Bend (HarperCollins) by Emily Rodda
  • Swan Lake (Allen & Unwin) by Anne Spudvilas

Griffith University Young Adult Book Award ($15,000)

  • In the Dark Spaces (Hardie Grant Egmont) by Cally Black
  • The Dream Walker (Hachette) by Victoria Carless
  • Sparrow (Allen & Unwin) by Scot Gardner
  • Amelia Westlake (Hardie Grant Egmont) by Erin Gough
  • Because of You (UQP) by Pip Harry

University of Southern Queensland History Book Award ($10,000)

  • The Enigmatic Mr Deakin (Text Publishing) by Judith Brett
  • Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia (Black Inc) by Billy Griffiths
  • Beautiful Balts: From displaced persons to new Australians (NewSouth Publishing) by Jayne Persian
  • We'll Show the World: Expo 88 (UQP) by Jackie Ryan
  • The Battle Within: POWs in postwar Australia (NewSouth Publishing) by Christina Twomey

University of Southern Queensland Short Story – Steele Rudd Award ($10,000)

  • Bird Country (Text Publishing) by Claire Aman
  • Common People (UQP) by Tony Birch
  • Habits of Silence (Finlay Lloyd Publishers) by Stephanie Buckle
  • Pulse Points (Text Publishing) by Jennifer Down
  • Trick of the Light (UQP) by Laura Elvery

QUT Digital Literature Award ($15,000)

  • Our Cupidity Coda by Mez Breeze
  • A Place Called Ormalcy by Mez Breeze
  • Core Values (Australian Poetry) by Benjamin Laird
  • Little Emperor Syndrome by David Thomas Henry Wright, with Chris Arnold

State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award ($10,000)

  • click here for what we do (Vagabond Press) by Pam Brown
  • Chatelaine (Giramondo Publishing) by Bonny Cassidy
  • I Love Poetry (Giramondo Publishing) by Michael Farrell
  • The Honeymoon Stage (Giramondo Publishing) by Oscar Schwartz
  • Lost Lake (Vagabond Press) by Bella Li

Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award ($15,000)

  • The Making of Ruby Champion by Kirstie Parker
  • Why Worry Now by Melanie Saward
  • Jilba's Song by Wendy Somerville
  • Song - the story of a girl, a bird and a teapot by Waiata Telfer
  • Destinations Past Present Future: Diving through timelines by Teila Watson

Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer ($15,000)

  • fate, revenge and chipburgers by Karen Herschell
  • On Either Side by Laura Kenny
  • Garrison Town by Melanie Myers
  • Hidebound by Christopher Przewloka

The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award ($10,000)

  • Burning Down (UQP) by Venero Armanno
  • Danger Music (Allen & Unwin) by Eddie Ayres
  • To Become a Whale (Allen & Unwin) by Ben Hobson
  • The Yellow House (Allen & Unwin) by Emily O'Grady
  • The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (HarperCollins) by Holly Ringland
  • We'll Show the World: Expo 88 (UQP) by Jackie Ryan
  • A Life Underwater (Penguin Random House) by Charlie Veron
  • Brisbane Houses with Gardens (Beth Wilson) by Beth Wilson

For more information: qldliteraryawards.org.au

22 Jul 2018

State Library of Queensland announces 2018 Young Writers Award recipients

State Library of Queensland announces 2018 Young Writers Award recipients

Two gripping stories from Brisbane writers aged under 25 have won the State Library of Queensland’s 2018 Young Writers Award.

Ellen Wengert, 24, from Petrie Terrace and Helen Yesberg, 17, of Brookfield were presented with their prizes by State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald during the 2018 Young Writers Conference.

Ellen received $2,000 and membership to the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) in the 18–25 years category for Everyone Will Be There, a work the judges praised for confident writing and characterisation, which produced a polished, tension-filled story.

Helen won $500 and a QWC membership in the category for writers aged 15–17 years. The judges said her entry These Broken Souls of Ours used exceptional prose to craft an unsettling genre story with not one word out of place.

The Young Writers Award has been run by State Library for more than 20 years and encourages, inspires and champions the writing of young Queenslanders. In 2018, the award attracted 216 entries across the two age categories.

Quotes from Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch:

“Investing in the next generation of writing talent is a priority for the Queensland Government.”

“For more than two decades the Young Writers Award has recognised and rewarded Queensland’s emerging creative talent.”

“The award has set many young writers on a path to a literary career, widening their professional networks and providing valuable access to the publishing industry.”

Quotes from State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald:

“State Library of Queensland is proud to champion young writers during such a critical stage of their professional and artistic development.”

“The Young Writers Award has recognised the literary talents of some of the country’s most exciting young writers including Benjamin Law, Shastra Deo, Rebecca Jessen and Christopher Currie.”

“The judging panel was impressed by the maturity and diversity of voices within this year’s entry pool and remarked on the sense of freedom, experimentation and exploration on display.”

2018 Young Writers Award winners and finalists:

Category: 1517 years of age

  • Winner: These Broken Souls of Ours by Helen Yesberg of Brookfield, 17
  • Runner Up: Little Firefly by Kiarni Burton of Merrimac, 16
  • Highly Commended: Hope Among the Flames by Tara Phillips of Cashmere, 16
  • Highly Commended: A Loneliness That Fancies Solitude by Kayleigh Laine of Birkdale, 15
  • Highly Commended: Loaf Thy Enemy by Samuel Bergmark of Merrimac, 17
  • Highly Commended: Where the Coconuts Grow by Christiana Palella of Keperra, 16

Category: 1825 years of age

  • Winner: Everyone Will Be There by Ellen Wengert of Petrie Terrace, 24
  • Runner Up: Red Gum by Chloe Mark of Taringa, 21
  • Highly Commended: Salt of the Earth by Ryan Delaney of Buderim, 23
  • Highly Commended: Last Hope by Gavin Yuan Gao of Sunnybank Hills, 24
  • Highly Commended: To Whom Replaces Me by Samantha Kate Zell of Yeronga, 24
  • Highly Commended: Sufia's Moon by Ramisa Raya of Coorparoo, 20

More information and the winning stories are available at slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/awards/ywa.

28 Jun 2018

State Library uncovers hidden histories of Queensland islands

State Library uncovers hidden histories of Queensland islands

A mother separated from her children and forced to live in a leper colony for over a decade is one of many compelling tales from State Library of Queensland’s newest exhibition, Islands.

The exhibition, which opens on 30 June, explores the sometimes dark underbelly of Queensland islands like Peel Island, where Phyllis Ebbage was isolated from her husband and young daughters without ever receiving a clear diagnosis of leprosy.

Islands explores the hidden histories of Queensland’s islands and aims to reshape our knowledge of these close but faraway places.

From Peel Island’s leprosarium and St Helena Island’s penal settlement to the story of Eliza Fraser and the development of tourism on Lindeman Island, Islands brings together some of the lesser known stories of the state’s island life.

A fascinating selection of curios and rare items from State Library’s collections include:

  • Handwritten notes by one of Phyllis Ebbage’s daughters
  • Peculiar posters from the early days of tourism on Lindeman Island
  • Beautifully intricate marine biology sketches (late 1800s) by biologist William Saville-Kent

Quotes from Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch:

Islands shows both the sunny and dark sides of Queensland’s diverse island landscape, evoking images of tropical beach lifestyle and desirable holiday destinations, as well as of isolated places of incarceration and for people who were thought to be afflicted with disease.”

“This exhibition is another way the State Library of Queensland connects us to its vast collection and enhances our knowledge of Queensland’s history by sharing stories, images and moments from our past.”

Quotes from State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald:

“The experience of those who forged livelihoods on Queensland’s many islands is incredibly rich and varied, and reaffirms the diversity of our state’s experience.”

“The exhibition is an emotive and informative experience, and highlights the often unknown stories of life on Queensland’s many islands. It aims to bring a different perspective to the usual surf, sand and sun stereotype.”

“State Library is a custodian of Queensland’s collective memory and we are uniquely positioned to tell the story of our state through our extraordinary collection items.”

Islands: hidden histories from Queensland islands

30 June 2018 — 27 January 2019
Open daily | Free entry
Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery, level 4
State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, South Bank
islands.slq.qld.gov.au | #SLQislands

28 Jun 2018

2018 Queensland Business History Award

Rosenlund Contractors honoured with Queensland business history award

A Brisbane deconstruction and civil engineering company won the 2018 Queensland Business History Award at tonight’s Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame induction dinner.

The award, presented annually by State Library of Queensland, recognises a Queensland company that demonstrates leadership in collecting, protecting, preserving and sharing its business history.

Rosenlund Contractors won the award for its collection of more than 100,000 digitised images, which documents Brisbane’s architectural history and changing city scape.

The original photographs, kept sealed and filed, have been made available on the Rosenlund Contractors’ website in a searchable digital gallery, ensuring this important record of Brisbane’s development is discoverable for all.

Images in the collection showcase Rosenlund Contractors’ projects over the years, from the company’s involvement in the 1981 Post Office Square redevelopment in Brisbane’s CBD, to the demolition of the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Founded in 2009 by State Library of Queensland, Queensland Library Foundation and QUT Business School, the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame recognises the significant contributions by leading businesses and individuals to Queensland’s economic and social development.

Past winners of the Queensland Business History Award include City Printing Works, the Brisbane Racing Club and the Birdsville Hotel.  For more information on the award and the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame, visit leaders.slq.qld.gov.au.

Quotes from Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch:

“Business records and photographs help us to shape a fuller story of Queensland’s history and leave a visual memory for future generations.”

“The Queensland Business History Award elevates the importance of safeguarding irreplaceable historical material.”

“I thank Rosenlund Contractors and the State Library for taking the lead to ensure these important records are shared with the community.”

Quotes from State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald

“State Library of Queensland recognises the importance of digital access to unique collections that tell the story of the state’s development.”

“As the custodian of Queensland’s stories, State Library of Queensland values the significant contribution Rosenlund Contractors has made to the preservation of more than 100,000 digitised photographs that help tell our business history.”

“This impressive collection demonstrates Rosenlund Contractors’ commitment to record keeping that helps track major civil engineering and earthworks projects in Queensland.”

“State Library is committed to preserving Queensland’s memory and ensuring it is accessible now and for generations to come, and Rosenlund Contractors have successfully added to Queensland’s collective story.”

8 Jun 2018

Forgotten lottery uncovered by State Library fellowship winner

Forgotten lottery uncovered by State Library fellowship winner

A lottery system that saw millions of hectares of prime agricultural land given away to would-be farmers will be uncovered by the winner of a prestigious State Library of Queensland fellowship announced last night.

It was one of nine fellowships and awards, collectively worth more than $100,000, announced at last night’s Queensland Memory Awards ceremony in Brisbane.

Dr Jennifer Moffatt, the winner of the $20,000 John Oxley Library Fellowship, will explore a little-known ballot that helped shape the development of Queensland for more than a century.

In the 1950s more than half the land distributed in Queensland involved this lottery-style system, and Dr Moffatt’s research will bring new understanding to the state’s early pioneers and squatters.

The Queensland Memory Awards are celebrated annually and acknowledge excellence in research and the creation of new knowledge about Queensland’s history.

A major outcome of the fellowship program is to bring State Library’s vast collections to life and make their content and stories accessible to all.

2018 AWARD WINNERS:

  • John Oxley Library Fellowship ($20,000) — Dr Jennifer Moffatt
    (The story of Queensland’s selectors: how those who won land in a ballot contributed to Queensland’s social, economic and political development)

  • John Oxley Library Award (posthumous) — Ian Poole
    The professional photographer donated, arranged and described around 100,000 negatives, colour transparencies, photographic prints and scrapbooks for State Library
  • John Oxley Library Community History Award — Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre
    Yugambeh Museum has developed its own language app to encourage young people and the wider public to engage with Aboriginal languages and heritage

  • Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship ($15,000) — Hilary Davies
    (History of the Canada Cycle and Motor Agency Ltd - one of Queensland’s major motor businesses)
  • Letty Katts Award ($5,000) — Professor Peter Roennfeldt
    (Brisbane’s Albert Hall 1901–1968: celebrating memory and heritage of a major performance venue)

  • Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation Fellowships (4 x $15,000)

  • Dr Martin Kerby (A war imagined: Queensland and the Great War)
  • Dr Anastasia Dukova (Queensland Police and the Great War Effort)
  • Deborah Lee Terranova (Queensland women and war: a multicultural perspective of the experiences of female civilians during World War II)
  • Elaine Acworth (Put out into the deep — digital fellowship)

Quotes from Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch:

“The Queensland Memory Awards go far in revealing the fascinating stories of our past.”

“I congratulate the award winners who are each presenting our state’s heritage from their own unique perspective, collectively covering a great range of subjects.”

“I know their dedication in exploring our history will give real insight to today’s Queensland identity.”

Quotes from State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald:

“The fellowship program helps to highlight and activate State Library’s rich collections, as well as contribute new knowledge about Queensland.”

“By working closely with State Library, our Fellows bring our collections to life.”

“They contribute new research about our state’s vast history across a range of mediums including blog posts, oral histories, digital stories, and more.”

26 Apr 2018

2018 black&write! Fellowship winners revealed

2018 black&write! Fellowship winners revealed

A surfer who battled serious illness and a singer from the Stiff Gins are the two winners of the 2018 black&write! Fellowships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait writers.

Lystra Bisschop from the Gold Coast and Sydney-based Nardi Simpson will be awarded the $10,000 fellowships at a special ceremony at the State Library of Queensland today.

The fellowships include manuscript development with the State Library black&write! editing team and publishing opportunities with Hachette Australia.

The Gold Coast’s Lystra Bisschop, a descendent of the Guugu Yimidhirr people (Hope Vale) and Birri Gubba (Mackay), was selected for her Young Adult fiction manuscript The Upwelling, which follows a young surfer named Kirra, who catches a wave and time slips into a land without European influence.

Sydney-based Nardi Simpson, a Yuwaalarayy/Gamilaraay woman from NSW and founding member of the Stiff Gins musical group, was recognised for her adult literary fiction manuscript Song of the Crocodile, which explores three generations of a fictional Aboriginal family in a rural township.

The judging panel has also awarded three high commended entries from the extremely strong field of applicants: Susie Anderson from New South Wales for her poetry collection Revolve, Chelinay Gates from Western Australia for the young adult fiction work Lucky Child, and Kirily Saunders from New South Wales for her poetry collection Mother Earth, Child Lover.

The black&write! Fellowship program is supported by the Australian Government, through the Australia Council for the Arts, and publishing partner, Hachette Australia.

Quotes from Minister for the Arts, Leeanne Enoch:

“I look forward to seeing Nardi and Lystra work with the team at State Library to develop their manuscripts,

“The fellowships open the door to exciting new voices in literature, sharing Indigenous stories and serving as inspiration for other aspiring writers.

“The goal of the black&write! Fellowships is to support and expand contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing in Australia and I commend the program for the important contribution it has already made.

“The fellowship program has helped launch the careers of successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices including Claire G. Coleman whose debut novel Terra Nullius was recently shortlisted for The Stella Prize and is already on its fourth reprint.”

Quotes from State Librarian and CEO, Vicki McDonald:

“State Library is proud to help foster a significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing community.

“black&write! is a national project and the first of its kind in Australia. Supporting new talent to share their stories is central to State Library’s commitment to nurturing a culture of reading, writing and ideas.”

Quotes from Publisher, Robert Watkins, Hachette Australia:

“We have been thrilled to see literary fans embrace Claire. G Coleman’s extraordinary debut novel Terra Nullius so warmly and Hachette Australia is pleased to partner with SLQ on black&write! to provide this development platform for powerful emerging writers to extend their talents.”

For more information about black&write! visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/awards.

10 Apr 2018

Prize money boost for 2018 Queensland Literary Awards

Prize money boost for 2018 Queensland Literary Awards

Entries are now open for the prestigious Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) and Queensland Writers Fellowships, with total prize money increasing from $205,000 to $240,000.

Many of the prizes have increased from $10,000 to $15,000 and writers can also apply for one of three Queensland Writers Fellowships, funded through Arts Queensland and the State Library of Queensland to support professional development.

This year the awards will celebrate 30 years of the David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer and the second year of the QUT Digital Literature Award. Both awards now offer $15,000 prize money.

Nominations close 5pm on Thursday 31 May 2018, with winners announced at an awards ceremony in October.

Award categories

Open to all Australian writers:

  • Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance ($25,000)
  • The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award ($15,000)
  • The University of Queensland Non-fiction Book Award ($15,000)
  • Griffith University Children’s Book Award ($15,000)
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award ($15,000)
  • QUT Digital Literature Award ($15,000)
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award ($10,000)
  • University of Southern Queensland Short Story Collection - Steele Rudd Award ($10,000)
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection - Judith Wright Calanthe Award ($10,000)
  • David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer ($15,000)

Open to Queensland writers only:

  • Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer ($15,000)
  • Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards (two awards of $12,500)
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Award ($10,000)
  • Queensland Writers Fellowship (three awards of $15,000)

Quotes from the Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch:

“The Queensland Government supported the QLA to celebrate top writing talent, help share our stories, and nurture the next generation of writers.

"I’m pleased to note the success of the QLAs, and the Queensland Government’s commitment to match the sponsorship funding across the Queensland Literary Awards which has helped to generate more investment from the private sector.

"The Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance to the value of $25,000 has recognised the exceptional work of Queensland writers Bill Wilkie, Lesley and Tammy Williams and Libby Connors.”

Minister Enoch encouraged young writers under 30 years of age to apply for two Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards, each to the value of $12,500.

“These two awards are for young Queensland writers in traditional or contemporary forms.”

Quotes from the State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald:

“State Library is proud to support the Queensland Literary Awards which allow authors to showcase their work and provide pathways to develop sustainable careers in the literary field.

“We are grateful to have the continued support of key QLA partners including the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, The University of Queensland, Griffith University, the University of Southern Queensland, QUT, Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, The Courier-Mail and Jenny Summerson.”

For more information:qldliteraryawards.org.au.

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