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11 Dec 2013
State Library seeking new talent for Indigenous writing competition
Entries are now open for State Library of Queensland’s black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships for 2014.
black&write! invites published or unpublished Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander authors to submit novels, short stories, poetry or children’s books to the competition for the opportunity to win an exciting prize package.
The two successful 2014 Fellows will both receive $10,000 prize money, professional manuscript development from black&write! Indigenous editors and a valuable publishing deal with respected Indigenous publishing house Magabala Books.
black&write! was developed to encourage and develop Indigenous writing talent and foster a significant Indigenous writing community. It is a national project and the first of its kind in Australia.
Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts Ian Walker said the project had already produced exciting results for both the Australian writing community and the authors themselves.
"It was my pleasure to announce comedian Tristan Savage, university lecturer Jared Thomas, and kuril dhagun award-winners deputy principal Dave Hartley and rugby league player Scott Prince as the 2013 Fellows in May this year," Mr Walker said.
"The variety and calibre of books this project has produced in just a few short years has been incredible. The Newman Government is proud to support this initiative and I look forward to seeing the talent that comes out of 2014."
Five books have already been published through the Fellowship, including Scott Prince and Dave Hartley’s Deadly D and Justice Jones: Making the team with two more due for release in April 2014.
Previous winners of the competition have already experienced literary recognition. 2011 Fellow Ali Cobby Eckermann was awarded a 2012 Deadly Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature, and took out both the Poetry award and Book of the year at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2013.
State Librarian Janette Wright urged budding and established Indigenous writers to get their entries in and seize this opportunity to see their work published.
“black&write! is a bold, inspiring project designed to nurture talent, flex the creative imagination and change the landscape of Indigenous writing in Australia. This is the chance for talented Indigenous authors to be a part of a growing and thriving writing community. We encourage those who believe they have a story to tell to take pen to paper, or fingers to keypad, and share their story with us. You never know where it may lead.”
Entries close 31 January 2014
Media enquiries: Nicole Mangelsdorf | 07 3842 9084 | Nicole.Mangelsdorf@slq.qld.gov.au
29 Nov 2013
Crack the code to make reading part of your holiday fun
State Library of Queensland is challenging children to investigate mysteries, hunt down clues and become masters of disguise as part of this year’s popular Summer Reading Club.
State Librarian Janette Wright said the Summer Reading Club offered an array of free creative activities designed to inspire and entertain over the holiday period.
“We’re taking a page out of Nancy Drew’s notebook and tapping into the allure of mystery and investigation to keep children reading all summer long,” said Ms Wright.
“Research has shown that children who read for pleasure are the best readers,” she said. “The Summer Reading Club promotes a love of books and reading over the holiday period when it can sometimes be difficult for families to maintain a reading program. To join the club, visit your local public library or go online at www.summerreadingclub.org.au for super sleuth competitions and games, to read book raves, create your own book trailer, chat with other book lovers, and follow writing and illustration blogs. Clubbers need to crack the code in order to finish stories written by Martin Chatterton, Matt Porter and Duncan Shelrich, and will go on mysterious, endless adventures as they unravel Tim Sinclair’s choose-your-own-adventure tales. Information for parents and carers is also available to help make the most of the holidays,” said Ms Wright.
The Summer Reading Club is a free national literacy program developed by State Library of Queensland and run online through 850 public libraries across Australia.
Last year, nearly 35,000 Australian children joined the Summer Reading Club, and read more than 260,000 books over the summer period.
The Summer Reading Club is delivered in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association, and public libraries across Australia.
Summer Reading Club
2 December 2013 – 31 January 2014
SummerReadingClub.org.au or at your local public library
Media Contact: Shahedah Sabdia, SLQ Communications | Shahedah.Sabdia@slq.qld.gov.au | 07 3842 9847
14 Nov 2013
Come together to celebrate International Day of People with a Disability
A free cultural celebration at State Library on December 1 will bring the community together to celebrate International Day of People with a Disability.
Hosted by State Library of Queensland (SLQ) in partnership with UnitingCare Community, ALLtogether will bring people with disability, organisations and the wider community together to promote understanding of people with a disability, and encourage respect for their dignity, rights and wellbeing.
State Librarian Janette Wright said, “State Library is a place of diversity and inclusiveness that celebrates each Queenslander’s unique story. ALLtogether celebrates the stories of people with a disability, their accomplishments, and the important contribution they make to our community.”
“This is the fourth year State Library has partnered with UnitingCare Community to celebrate International Day of People with a Disability. It’s been wonderful to see the continued growth of this event and the increased participation from the wider community. It’s also great to see the growing number of talented performers showcased at the event.”
UnitingCare Community’s Director of Disability Services Janet Millward said ALLtogether reflects the organisation’s commitment to inclusiveness for all.
“People can come together in support of a common cause and really understand the achievements and contributions to society people with a disability make,” she said.
A performance stage will showcase the talents of people with a disability from South East Queensland. There will be live performances from the UnitingCare Community Drumming and Music and Drama Groups, the Southside Singers, The Transformers Choir, DJ Jammers and The Kayzee Singers, as well as book and poetry readings.
Arts and crafts will be on display from community organisations such as UnitingCare Community and Access Arts, and information stands from Open Minds, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, Reclink Queensland, Queensland Advocacy Incorporated, Speaking Up For You Inc. (SUFY), Queensland Aged and Disability Advocacy (QADA) and Livewire (powered by Starlight Children’s Foundation).
The event will be held at The Edge at SLQ, in South Bank’s Cultural Precinct. SLQ offers disability parking, access and facilities.
A free barbeque lunch will be served at 12.30pm. All activities are free, and everyone is welcome.
When: Sunday 1st December, 10am-3pm
Where: The Edge Auditorium, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, Cultural Precinct, South Bank
See the full program at slq.qld.gov.au, or contact Lyn Thompson on 07 3842 9058 for more information.
ALLtogether is supported by UnitingCare Community and State Library of Queensland.
Media enquiries: Nicole Mangelsdorf, SLQ Communications 07 3842 9084 | Nicole.Mangelsdorf@slq.qld.gov.au
23 Oct 2013
Experience live music like never before
Music lovers are invited to a live gig at State Library of Queensland, designed especially for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.
On Friday 15 November, popular Brisbane bands The Gin Club, The Stress of Leisure and Jakarta Criers will take to the stage for 4Senses, a multi-sensory performance that uses sight and touch to make music accessible to everyone, including people with a hearing impairment.
4Senses co-creator Tony Browne, said the event will use film track projections, visual light shows, and subwoofer seats to bring the joy of live music to people who might not normally have a chance to experience it.
“I’ve always believed music is more than one dimensional,” said Mr Browne. “Great live music is about the energy in the room and the way performers and the crowd build that energy together, and our aim is to extend this experience out for everyone. We’re thrilled to have such prominent acts as The Gin Club, The Stress of Leisure and Jakarta Cries involved in the project, and can’t wait to hear, see and feel their music as it takes over the library,” said Mr Browne.
State Librarian Janette Wright said State Library was delighted to partner with 4Senses and Deaf Australia to present this inspiring event.
“Music has a magical ability to bring people together, and can be central to expressing our identity as individuals, as communities and as a culture,” said Ms Wright.
“For the past six months, State Library has been celebrating and exploring this quality, through the exhibition program Live! Queensland band culture."
“4Senses will be the last event in the Live! exhibition series of events at State Library, which closes on 17 November, and will definitely send the exhibition off with a bang!” she said.
4Senses is an 18+ only event. A cash bar available on site. Tickets are $30, with all profits donated to Deaf Australia.
When: Fri 15 Nov, 7pm
Where: SLQ Gallery, level 2, State Library of Queensland
Tickets: $30, bookings slq.eventbrite.com
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10 Oct 2013
Children have rights
In celebration of Children’s Week 2013 (19-27 Oct), State Library of Queensland presents an inspiring exhibition exploring human rights, through the eyes of children.
Children’s Voices, which is supported by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian, is a collection of drawings, painting and linocuts made by children, expressing their own understanding and views of their human rights.
From the value children place on family life and education, to their concerns about poverty, homelessness, war and abuse, the powerful artworks present an inspiring insight into how children view their rights and responsibilities as citizens.
State Librarian Janette Wright said children have a unique perspective on the world, and we often learn as much from them as they do from us.
“Projects such as these offer children the opportunity to reveal the depth of their thinking about important social issues affecting all children around the world,” said Ms Wright.
“The artworks on display were originally created in 1997 for the First Australasian Conference on the Rights of the Child, and are now held at State Library as part of the extensive Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM Children’s Art Archive,” she said.
“We’re excited to showcase these artworks, helping re-kindle these important conversations about the meaning of children’s rights, and giving children a voice in these discussions. State Library will be working in three Brisbane schools to add the contemporary voice of children to this exhibition,” she said.
Barry Salmon, State Ambassador for Queensland Children’s Week 2013 and Acting Commissioner for Children and Young People and Child Guardian, said Children’s Week represents a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness of the needs, rights and achievements of children.
“Children’s rights are about recognising the things children and young people need for their development, to stay healthy and to reach their full potential.” he said.
“The Children’s Commission is proud to support the Children’s Voices exhibition and I encourage you to visit State Library to view and reflect on the artworks."
Visitors are encouraged to leave a comment or create their own artwork, reflecting on the exhibition and what the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child means to you.
What: Children’s Voices
When: Open daily 19 Oct – 19 Dec 2013
Where: The Parlour, level 1, State Library of Queensland
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30 Sep 2013
How might we design a model of sustainable eco-tourism?
State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is using design thinking to explore new solutions for some of the 21st century’s big issues.
On Tuesday 15 October at SLQ, a panel of leading designers, including internationally acclaimed design expert John Thackara (UK), will respond the question ‘how might we design a model of sustainable eco-tourism?’
This will be the second event in SLQ’s Think Outside series, which invites local, national and international design leaders to contemplate a problem outside their area of expertise, offering new and unexpected solutions for discussion.
Design thinking refers to a creative, future-focussed problem-solving process that matches needs with opportunities.
Christian Duell, Manager of the SLQ Asia Pacific Design Library, said last month the Think Outside panel examined new possibilities for designing out homelessness, and came up with some intriguing results.
“In October we’re turning our attention to sustainable eco-tourism, with world-class speakers John Thackara from Doors of Perception, Amalie Wright from Landscapology, and Tamsin O’Neill, editor of Green Magazine,” said Mr Duell.
“The idea of sustainable eco-tourism has been gaining momentum from a new generation of tourism operators, inspired by a commitment to leave things better – both for communities, and for the living systems we visit,” he said.
“However the ideal is complicated by confusion around certification and standards, the environmental impact of visitors, and natural resource management and social responsibility. We don’t expect that we can magically fix this major challenge in a single hour-long talk. What we do hope however is that the discussion can inspire new ideas and possibilities, leading to broader conversations and action on this issue,” he said.
John Thackara, recognised for his innovative work with governments and organisations across Europe, will also be running a master class on Monday 14 October aimed at designers and creative thinkers looking to expand their skills and expertise in the areas of service design, design thinking and design integration. For details and bookings visit slq.eventbrite.com
The final Think Outside event will be held in November, looking at possibilities for a more ethical and sustainable economic system.
Visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on for more details and to book tickets.
When: Tue 15 Oct & 5 Nov, 6.30pm Where: SLQ Auditorium 1, level 2, State Library of Queensland Tickets: Free, bookings slq.eventbrite.com
Sponsored by QUT and Griffith University.
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20 Sep 2013
50,000 celebrate the music of Queensland at State Library
State Library of Queensland has extended Live! Queensland band culture until 17 November, following the huge popularity of the exhibition program.
State Librarian Janette Wright said there have been over 50,000 visits to the Live! program, and the extension will enable many more to share and remember Queensland’s musical story.
“Through live performances, exhibitions and events, Live! celebrates the way music has connected Queenslanders from the 1850s to today,” said Ms Wright.
“Music brings us together and allows us to express our identity as individuals, or as members of groups and communities. Neuroscience tells us that music is often the key to unlocking memories and invoking emotions. We’re drawing on this idea and using music to tap into memories and help create new ones, and what better way to enliven the content at State Library than through music and performance?” she said.
As part of the extended program of events, the popular Sunday session performances will continue to showcase local bands, and budding music photographers can develop their skills at a workshop with leading rock photojournalist Dane Beesley on 28 September.
A new addition to the exhibition spaces is a visual archive of the Livid Festival from October 5, Australia’s first alternative outdoor rock music festival.
Discover new talent at the Live! open mic night on 18 October, or sit down with two emerging deadly brothers, Jonathan Jeffrey and Skotti Hunter on 5 November.
Queensland greats The Gin Club and The Stress of Leisure will be performing at 4Senses on 15 November, a multi-sensory experience making live music accessible to everyone including people who are deaf and hard of hearing.
As well as offering a great insight into Queensland’s band history, Ms Wright said Live! had also inspired members of the community to donate further to the State Library collection.
“Highlights for our curators have been stories such as that of Reverend Dr Noel Wallis, now 79 years of age, who recognised himself as an 11 year old fife player in one of the featured photographs,” said Ms Wright. “Dr Wallis has also been able to identify and name a number of other children in the original photo and has offered to donate a personal collection of photos relating to music events he has attended in Brisbane,” she said.
Visit Live! Queensland band culture at State Library of Queensland, South Bank until 17 November.
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5 Sep 2013
Winner announced for the 2013 State Library Young Writers Award
Kahli Scott has been awarded the prestigious State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award and $2000 for her short story Lingerie.
Ms Scott, a 23 year old Arana Hills resident, accepted her prize at the Queensland Literary Awards ceremony, held last night at State Library.
State Librarian Janette Wright said the Young Writers Award continues to be one of Queensland’s premier initiatives supporting and showcasing talented young writers from across the state.
Ms Scott said she was thrilled by the success of her story Lingerie.
“Receiving any kind of validation as a writer is always a great feeling, but winning the Young Writers Award for this story in particular is especially meaningful for me,” said Ms Scott.
“Lingerie is one of the few stories I’ve written that I feel honestly came from the heart,” she said. “Winning has encouraged me to pursue the stories I really want to tell, as opposed to guessing at the stories I think other people might want to read.”
Young Writers Award judge Aimée Lindorff, from Queensland Writers Centre, said Lingerie was a subtly sophisticated reflection on how friendship can change and grow, told from the perspective of a teenage girl.
“The confidence of story and strength of character made Lingerie a stand-out favourite for the judging panel,” said Ms Lindorff.
The Young Writers Award Runner-Up prize of $500 was given to Nabila Ahmed, from Meadowbrook, for her story On the Mend.
Judges also recognised four highly-commended entries - Immortality by Renee Poole (Roma), Windows by Luke Rutledge (Auchenflower), The Green Dress by Greg Mackenzie (Toowoomba) and Chickenpox by Grace Kirk (Toowong).
In a first for the Young Writers Award, the judges also acknowledged an additional story. Judges felt that Gloria Ngabire’s moving account of her experience as an African refugee in Queensland, while not in the same category as the winning stories, was worthy of special mention. They encourage her to continue sharing her story.
The Young Writers Award is open to Queensland residents aged between 18 and 25 years. Read the wining stories at slq.qld.gov.au
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2 Sep 2013
State Library sets the stage for Queensland’s best slam poets
Top wordsmiths from around the state will travel to State Library of Queensland for the Australian Poetry Slam state final on Friday 20 September.
Since May, Poetry Slam heats have taken place across Queensland drawing out 18 of the state’s most captivating spoken word poets who will vie for the title of Queensland Slam Champion at the state final.
The best poets from heats in Brisbane, Cairns, Rockhampton, Mackay, Logan, Blackall, Goondiwindi and Moreton Bay will take to the stage for the event. Each poet has 2 minutes at the microphone to win over the audience with a show-stopping performance of their original poetry.
There’s plenty on the line as only two poets will continue on to the national final at the Sydney Opera House in October where they will compete for the ultimate writer's tour of Asia, worth $11,000 plus priceless professional development opportunities.
Poetry slams are energetic and interactive events where performers have free rein of the stage and the audience is the judge. Event host Candy Bowers says that the excitement of a poetry slam is that anything can happen.
“Slams are raw and unpredictable. There are no costumes or music to hide behind, just the passion and power of the spoken word. Slams are a battle with only words for weapons. But when it comes to words, there are no limits.”
There will be live performances on the night from Brisbane band Go Violets and hip-hop artist and well-known slam poet Luka Lesson.
Lesson is an experienced performer and a previous National Slam Champion. He has toured and facilitated poetry and hip hop workshops in several countries; through his craft he is committed to establishing a connection between social issues, poetry and self-empowerment.
State Librarian Janette Wright says State Library is thrilled to be facilitating the event, which is a celebration of poetry as well as the diverse voices of Queensland.
“Slam poetry is an art that truly brings words to life. It’s a wonderful event that sees these unique voices from around the state bring their diverse styles to one stage for this fun and entertaining event,” said Ms Wright.
Tickets for the Australian Poetry Slam State Final are on sale now. Visit slq.qld.gov.au for more details.
When: Friday 20 Sep, 7pm
Where: Maiwar Green, State Library of Queensland
Tickets: $17, bookings slq.eventbrite.com
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26 Aug 2013
How might we design out homelessness?
State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is challenging leading designers to step outside their comfort zone and apply their way of thinking in new contexts.
Think Outside is a new talk series at SLQ, which invites local, national and international designers and design thinkers to contemplate a problem outside their area of expertise, offering new and unexpected solutions for discussion.
The series launches on Tuesday 17 September where panellists will be asked ‘how might we design out homelessness’.
Christian Duell, Manager of the SLQ Asia Pacific Design Library, said people often talk about design in terms of end products, but sometimes it’s better to think about design as a process, as a way of thinking.
“Design thinking is becoming increasingly recognised as a powerful process for creatively exploring the challenges of the 21st century, beyond the traditional realm of designing products,” said Mr Duell.
“The Think Outside series puts this idea into practice. We’re excited to start the series with such a complex issue as homelessness, and are curious to see what ideas our design thinkers come up with” he said.
“The design thinkers making up the panel in September will be typographer and designer Catherine Griffiths, co-founder of Holloway Eyewear Raffaele Persichetti, and QUT Associate Professor Dr Barbara Adkin,” he said.
Each speaker will have 10 minutes to present their ideas, setting the platform for a considered debate and discussion to follow around the practical implications of these new ideas.
There will be three events in the Think Outside series. In October speakers will explore the challenge of creating sustainable eco-tourism, and in November they’ll take a look at possibilities for a more ethical and sustainable economic system.
Visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on for more details, and to book tickets.
When: Tue 17 Sep, 15 Oct & 5 Nov, 6.30pm
Where: SLQ Auditorium 1, level 2, State Library of Queensland
Tickets: Free, bookings slq.eventbrite.com
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