2012 media releases

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13 Dec 2012

Historic Queensland collection returns home

Historic Queensland collection returns home

Acting Arts Minister John-Paul Langbroek tonight announced the return to Queensland of an important collection of manuscripts, photographs, artworks and medals belonging to prominent colonial politician Sir Arthur Hodgson.

Until recently the Archive of Sir Arthur Hodgson had been held privately in England but it is now back in Queensland in the care of the State Library.

“Dating from the 1860s, the Archive of Sir Arthur Hodgson reveals the rich history of early European settlement on the Darling Downs, in particular Hodgson’s own station Eton Vale, said Mr Langbroek.

“I congratulate the State Library on its efforts to bring this collection home.”

Member for Logan Michael Pucci will open the Grass Dukes and Shepherd Kings exhibition this evening (13 December) at the State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, which showcases the Archive of Sir Arthur Hodgson.

The exhibition includes photos, papers, artworks, manuscripts from the John Oxley library as well as items on loan from private collections.

“These early ‘squatters’ became known in the press of the day as ‘shepherd kings’ and ‘grass dukes’ as they erected fine homesteads, grand stables and woolsheds and transformed the landscape with exotic gardens,” said Mr Pucci.

“Grass Dukes and Shepherd Kings is a fascinating opportunity for people to explore the prized possessions of pastoral life in 19th century Queensland and gain insight into the lives of these early European settlers who grew in political power.

“There were many interesting characters at the time and this exhibition tells their story.”

Other properties featured in the exhibition include Canning Downs, Glengallan, Maryvale, Westbrook, Yandilla and Talgai.

A program of events will be held in support of the exhibition. For more information visit www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on

Media contact: Alex Bernard 0417 252 563

6 Dec 2012

State Library a Hot Spot for Gamers

State Library a Hot Spot for Gamers

Calling all gamers – the State Library of Queensland at the Cultural Centre, Brisbane, needs you to play the latest Queensland-made video and mobile games at a special new exhibition.

Acting Arts Minster John-Paul Langbroek said the Library will showcase the latest from local game developers at Garage Gamer, a free exhibition from 5 January–14 April 2013.

“Queensland is home to some of Australia’s most successful game developers, as well as many independent developers making their mark internationally,” Mr Langbroek said.

“Brisbane-based Halfbrick Studios mobile game Fruit Ninja is on one-third of all US iphones.

“So it makes sense to encourage our local gamers to have fun at Garage Gamer, and play the latest video and mobile games created by Halfbrick, Defiant Development, Curious Bear, Disparity Games, Visual Outbreak and others.

“The action-packed program features more than a dozen creative workshops for all ages and abilities, special after-hours game nights, talks and conversations, a gaming trivia night, and an album launch with the world’s first videogame musician, 7Bit Hero.”

Mr Langbroek said the Australian gaming sector, valued at $2.5 billon (2011/12) by the IBISWorld Industry Report on Video Games in Australia, is a growing industry, with Queensland accounting for approximately 17 per cent of the national market.

“It’s exciting to see the creativity and diversity of these locally created games, and to be able to showcase this sector in our State Library – a place dedicated to sharing the stories and achievements of Queenslanders,” he said.

“The Newman Government is dedicated to fostering an innovative, creative environment in Queensland, where companies like our leading games developers can flourish. The gaming sector is a great example of arts, innovation and technology working in partnership to create world class product.”

For more information on Garage Gamer visit www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on for the full program of activities.

Media contact: Alex Bernard 0417 252 563

26 Nov 2012

Make books part of your holiday fun with the Summer Reading Club

Make books part of your holiday fun with the Summer Reading Club

State Library of Queensland is inviting children to get tangled up in fairytales, myths and legends as part of their popular Summer Reading Club.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the Summer Reading Club offered free creative activities designed to inspire and entertain children aged from preschool to 16 years these holidays.

“You can visit your local public library or jump online for exciting competitions and games, view recommended reading lists, chat with other book lovers, read book raves and complete stories from leading authors,” said Ms Wright.

“Wherever you are, on the beach or out bush, parents can make sure reading is part of their children’s holiday fun,” she said.

The Summer Reading Club is a free national literacy program developed by State Library and run online and through public libraries across Australia.

“Last year, nearly 20,000 Australian children registered for the Summer Reading Club, and read more than 150,000 books over the summer period, ” said Ms Wright.

“With 2012 the National Year of Reading, even more libraries are taking part and we’re hoping to see that reading list grow even longer,” she said.

Some of Australia’s favourite authors and illustrators have already joined the Summer Reading Club, which this year focuses on exploring and untangling fairytales, myths and legends from all over the world.

Participants can follow Tristan Bancks’ blog on untangling creativity, read Martin Chatterton’s fractured fairytale, finish off Kerry Brown’s What Happens Next story, and get to know Wendy Orr, Peter Carnavas and other authors and illustrators.

“With the program being run nationally, we hope to ignite a life-long passion for reading for kids from every corner of the country,” said Ms Wright.

The Summer Reading Club is delivered by State Library of Queensland with support from the Australian Library and Information Association, and their Public Libraries Advisory.

To sign up, jump online at www.summerreadingclub.org.au or visit your local public library.

Summer Reading Club
3 December 2012 – 31 January 2013
www.summerreadingclub.org.au or at your local public library

Media enquiries

Alexia Saeck, 07 3840 7784, alexia.saeck@slq.qld.gov.au

30 Nov 2012

Summer holiday fun at SLQ

Summer holiday fun at SLQ

State Library of Queensland heads to the Parklands, South Bank this summer for an extravaganza of storytelling, singing and activities.

Yuletide Story Garden, produced by South Bank Corporation in partnership with State Library of Queensland, runs from 13–24 December and is the perfect finale to the very successful National Year of Reading,” State Librarian Janette Wright said.

“This is the first time that SLQ has partnered with South Bank Corporation to deliver a Christmas program that focuses on reading and storytelling.

“South Bank Corporation has produced a large-scale, six-metre wide storybook structure – which unmistakeably heralds the 12-day, pop-up story garden – and provides a backdrop for SLQ’s performance program and the Corporation’s commissioned work of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Grin and Tonic Theatre Company.

“It is a very exciting opportunity to give local families a taste of SLQ’s program of free learning activities for children available throughout the year.

“Performers will include the internationally renowned Lissa (Melissa Western) and Nee Nee (Antony Dyer), popular children’s entertainer Tim Jackman, musician and ‘Murri Claus’ Getano Bann, comedian Sean Choolburra, Mitchy Mayhem and his Puppet Patrol, actor Paula Nazarski, director Anthea Patrick, and Indigenous performer Mark Sheppard, who is well known for his one-man show Chasing the Lollyman.”

On 13 December from 10am, Yuletide Story Garden will feature Murri Christmas, an annual event presented by SLQ that engages children and families in song, dance and learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

Murri Christmas celebrations will also be held at SLQ on 6 and 20 December at 10.30am in The Corner.

“After we count down the 12 days until Christmas at South Bank, SLQ will launch its holiday fun program on 5 January,” Ms Wright said.

“Kids can take part in the Top Secret Storytellers Clubhouse on SLQ’s open-air Queensland Terrace, they can stay and play in The Reading Garden, explore the world of fairytales in a family film festival and create their own masks and badges.

“SLQ will then return to the Parklands, South Bank to celebrate Australia Day on Saturday 26 January as dads from all over Queensland take to the stage and read from the pages of some of our favourite Australian tales.”

Visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on for more information.

Yuletide Story Garden is part of Sugarplums & Possum Chums – A South Bank Christmas. For the full program, go to www.visitsouthbank.com.au.

Yuletide Story Garden
Open daily 10am–4.30pm, 13 – 24 Dec 2012
Riverside Green, the Parklands, South Bank (next to Streets Beach)

Murri Christmas
Thu 13 Dec, 10am – 12.30pm (Murri Claus arrives at 10.30am)
Riverside Green, the Parklands, South Bank (next to Streets Beach)

Holiday fun at SLQ
5 – 25 Jan 2013
State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank

SLQ at Australia Day Festival
26 Jan 2013, 10am – 5pm
Griffith Conservatorium Green, the Parklands, South Bank

Media enquiries: 
Amanda Edwards, 3842 9803, amanda.edwards@slq.qld.gov.au

12 Nov 2012

SS Oronsay migration journeys

Do you know when your family arrived in Queensland?

State Library of Queensland is sharing records from the SS Oronsay passenger ship that helped many migrants start their new life in Queensland.

As part of The Voyage of a Million Questions, SLQ is inviting Queenslanders to explore and share a wealth of records that could relate to their own family’s history.

State Librarian Janette Wright said that the series of events was a great opportunity to discover some of Queensland’s historical resources.

“If your family migrated to Australia from the United Kingdom after World War Two, they may have been passengers on the SS Oronsay,” Ms Wright said.

“SLQ will hold a resources seminar, in partnership with Queensland State Archives and National Archives of Australia, on 23 November to show people where to begin researching this fascinating part of our history.”

In addition to this seminar, SLQ is encouraging Oronsay passengers and their descendants to come and document their story using the HistoryPin app at a ‘pin-a-thon’.

“People should bring along at least five images from an Oronsay journey and some memories and our staff can help with the rest,” Ms Wright said.

“This is a chance to share your family’s journey with the world.”

On 30 November, the heritage of the Orient Line ships, including the Oronsay, will be uncovered at a white gloves tour.

“We invite people to put on the white gloves and explore some of the original shipping guides and promotional materials to get a taste of what life was like on board these ships.”

The Voyage of a Million Questions is a celebration of the thousands of voyages that brought new settlers to Queensland and the resulting legacy of our state’s rich cultural diversity.

From 12 – 30 November, displays, workshops and activities exploring Queensland’s seaboard migration will be held at the Queensland Museum, Queensland Maritime Museum and State Library.

These events are part of the larger Queensland Migration Heritage Partnership, a collaboration of Queensland Government cultural agencies and the community.

Find out more and share stories at qldmigrationheritage.com.au.

29 Oct 2012

Calling for next wave of Indigenous literary stars

Calling for next wave of Indigenous literary stars

State Library of Queensland’s Indigenous writing competition black&write! which has already produced a Deadly Award winner, is now seeking two new literary stars.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the successes of the inaugural black&write! Writing Fellows from 2011 were a testament to its strength in developing outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and editors across Australia.

“We know the project is already making a difference to Indigenous literature in this country – with South Australia’s Ali Cobby Eckermann recently winning a 2012 Deadly Award for Outstanding Contribution to Indigenous Writing for her black&write! verse novel Ruby Moonlight,” Ms Wright said.

“We also have first time author Sue McPherson from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, who was a finalist in the same award for her young adult fiction novel Grace Beside Me.

“Sue has just returned from Ubud Writers Festival in Bali where she was a guest author, and an excerpt from her book was translated into Indonesian.”

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, which closes on 31 January 2013.

Two 2013 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.

manuscripts edited and now with Magabala Books in preparation for publication.

“Jillian Boyd and Tori-Jay Mordey have written and illustrated a children’s book entitled Bakir and Bi, and Teagan Chilcott has written a young adult fantasy novel Rise of the Fallen.

“We are looking forward to seeing their books on the shelves early next year and hope these successes will inspire others to enter.”

Ms Wright said black&write! is well on its way to achieving its bold aim of revitalising and expanding contemporary Indigenous writing in Australia.

“This is a chance for talented Indigenous authors to be a part of a growing and thriving community of talented writers, illustrators and editors.”

Application forms are available at www.slq.gov.au/whats-on
Entries close 31 January 2013

20 Sep 2012

The Legacy of Tindale Symposium

Norman Tindale and the politics of anthropology

State Library of Queensland will host a symposium set to explore the impacts of anthropological research in Aboriginal communities on 24 September.

Cultural heritage professionals will focus on the career of Norman Tindale and why his name is so prominent in Australian anthropology, linguistics, native title, and Aboriginal history.

Tindale has at times been criticised for the invasive nature of his research and treating Aboriginal people as scientific objects.

However, other people are grateful for his foresight in collecting such a vast amount of data, and his goodwill in donating his photographs, field journals, and related materials to the South Australian Museum.

State Librarian Janette Wright said that The legacy of Tindale: Photography and the politics of anthropology and Native Title is a day-long symposium that questions the responsibilities of those working with this material, and discusses the need to bring the past to life in an accurate way.

“The symposium is an important part of the Transforming Tindale exhibition program, on show at SLQ until 9 December,” Ms Wright said.

Transforming Tindale is designed to provide a thought-provoking journey into the Tindale collection, what it means to Aboriginal people, and its place in Queensland’s history.

SLQ has copies of genealogical information and photographs from the Tindale collection, held by the South Australian Museum, for the Queensland Aboriginal communities of Mona Mona, Yarrabah, Palm Island, Woorabinda, and Cherbourg as well as two northern New South Wales communities at Boggabilla and Woodenbong.”

Ms Wright said the Tindale collection had come to be valued by some as a resource for researching their own family history.

Transforming Tindale curator Michael Aird will speak at the symposium about the work he has done in curating the exhibition, understanding the historical context of the collection, and finding a way to give it back to communities.

Artist Vernon Ah Kee will talk about his personal connection to the Tindale collection and how he has used photographs of his family members in the collection to produce portraits that speak of the personalities behind the scientific images.

Speakers also include Daniel Browning (ABC Radio National), Henrietta Fourmile Marrie, Dr Marcus Waters (Griffith University), Prof Bruce Rigsby (UQ), Dr Nancy Williams (UQ), Flo Watson (Jinnadirran Training and Consulting Services), Lindy Allen (Museum Victoria), and Jeanie Bell (Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education).

Visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on for more information about The legacy of Tindale symposium and Transforming Tindale.

The legacy of Tindale: Photography and the politics of anthropology and Native Title
Mon 24 Sep, 9.30am–4pm
State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank
Bookings slq.eventbrite.com or 3840 7768

Transforming Tindale
Open daily 10am–5pm until 9 Dec
Free exhibition at State Library of Queensland

Media enquiries: Amanda Edwards, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9803 | amanda.edwards@slq.qld.gov.au

19 Sep 2012

Metal as anything

Metal As Anything: Much-loved printmaker captures the quirky side of life

State Library of Queensland (SLQ) showcases intricate and endearing etchings by leading Australian printmaker, Ron McBurnie, in a 30 year retrospective exhibition.

Misbehaving dogs, ducks in box kites and eccentric toad shooters feature amid a carnival of quirky characters and landscapes in Metal As Anything, curated by Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, and on display at SLQ from 22 September to 25 November.

State Librarian Janette Wright said Ron McBurnie’s distinctive style and seductively whimsical storytelling has earned him national recognition as a printmaker and artist.

“McBurnie is an iconic Queensland artist,” Ms Wright said. “State Library holds a number of McBurnie’s prints and artists’ books in our Australian Library of Art collection, and we’re delighted to showcase these pieces alongside the stunning material in Metal As Anything.”

“Drawing inspiration from his daily life, McBurnie’s work captures the weird and wonderful moments that illuminate the everyday suburban existence, and the anecdotes that have inspired each piece are often just as enthralling as the artwork itself.
One piece from 1988 called Toad Shooter is based on a Townsville private detective who, after coming home from busy days of insurance fraud and other such draining cases, would sit in his backyard director’s chair with a torch and his .22 rifle popping the toads off as they congregated around his sprinkler. His wife would later collect the carcasses and incinerate them."

McBurnie said his inspiration comes from his everyday experience of the world.

“Someone might tell me a story and then I meet the people involved and the whole thing morphs into an etching. If I hear an idiotic story about a corrupt politician, or I am playing a piece of music that takes me to an extraordinary place, then that is my inspiration. Sometimes ideas and inspiration come from the weirdest of sources,” he said.

As part of the exhibition program, McBurnie will be in Brisbane running a number of art and printmaking workshops, as well as sharing his insight as an artist at free public talks. For program details visit www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on

Metal As Anything: Ron McBurnie is a travelling exhibition developed by Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and toured by Museum and Gallery Services Queensland. This touring project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

Metal As Anything
22 Sep – 25 Nov, 10am-5pm daily | Free entry
Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery, level 4, State Library of Queensland

Media enquiries
Alexia Saeck, SLQ Communications alexia.saeck@slq.qld.gov.au | 07 3840 7784

18 Sep 2012

Remembering the protests of the ‘82 Games

Remembering the protests of the ‘82 Games

State Library of Queensland is marking the 30th anniversary of the 1982 Commonwealth Games with a social history exhibition of political protest.

Open from 30 September until 19 April, the State of Emergency exhibition will portray a time in Queensland history when Brisbane came alive with political demonstrations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander civil liberties, drawing attention on the world stage.

State Librarian Janette Wright said that after Indigenous activists threatened to interrupt the Commonwealth Games, Queensland’s then Premier, Joh Bjelke-Peterson, declared a ‘State of Emergency’ and proclaimed street marches to be illegal.

“The State of Emergency exhibition shows the heated political climate during this period in our history,” Ms Wright said.

“The lead-up to the Commonwealth Games was marked by condemnation as activists achieved their goal of international headlines to highlight policies of both Queensland and Federal governments.”

“The exhibition comprises original footage, photographs and personal stories from activists at the forefront of this revolutionary movement.”

“Visitors can reflect on the events that took place in Brisbane, the political climate of the time and the history of land rights for Indigenous Australians.”

A program of events will also be held featuring people involved in the 1982 protests.

Sam Cook, founder of the artist management and apparel company KISSmyBLAKarts, columnist for Tracker and founder of Australia’s Blak History Month will host A night by the fire on 6 November.

Tiga Bayles, a social activist and supporter of Aboriginal land rights, will talk about his life, experiences and views about Indigenous politics and protests at Yarnin’ time on 10 October. Descendent of the Wirri clan and the Birri Gubba Nation, Tiga was one of the original Aboriginal Tent Embassy members in 1972 and was involved in the Commonwealth Games protests in 1982.

Uncle Bob Weatherall, a Gumulray elder who works for Aboriginal and Islander Research Action, will host a second Yarnin’ time on 14 November. Uncle Bob had a lead role in establishing the Tent City in Musgrave Park in 1982 when Brisbane hosted the Commonwealth Games.

The Library Café is also hosting BL.INK: black ink, a night of performance each month as Indigenous creators share their stories. This Thursday, 20 September, the topic will be 82: a year of HINDERpendence, voicing the writings of a strong and political Black Australia fighting for equal rights.

Visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on for more information.

State of Emergency
Open daily 10am–5pm, 30 Sep 2012 – 19 Apr 2013
kuril dhagun, level 1, State Library of Queensland

Media enquiries: Amanda Edwards, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9803 | amanda.edwards@slq.qld.gov.au

11 Sep 2012

APDL side project

Side projects provide inspiration at State Library

State Library of Queensland’s Asia Pacific Design Library lecture series is taking a look outside the box to see what inspiration sparks when designers look beyond their day jobs.

The free fortnightly talks series, running from 19 September to 28 November, invites a diverse range of design practitioners and creative thinkers to share details of their ‘side projects’ and the influence it has on their day-to-day work.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the series was looking at designers’ passion projects – work done outside of the speakers primary work discipline and taken on for the love of it.

“Last year we invited global design leader Bruce Mau to speak at the annual Nielson Design Lecture, and one of his philosophies is that ‘it’s not about the world of design, it is about the design of the world’,” Ms Wright said.

“Bruce has a reputation for interdisciplinary and purpose-driven design innovation, and believes the power of design is boundless and has the capacity to bring positive change on a global scale."

Through the APDL lecture series, we are building on this trajectory by exploring the influence of projects, done by designers to fuel their creativity, driven by passion.

Some of the today’s top technology companies, like Google, offer employees a significant percent of their paid work time to create ideas un-related to their usual work. This freedom has resulted in the creation of some of the company’s best-selling products.

South African Architect Peter Rich (speaking on 3 October) researches social issues and construction technology as a side project to his architecture practice in South Africa; and renowned local Architect Timothy Hill (speaking on 17 October) designs furniture outside of his primary practice work at Donovan Hill architecture.

Through a Q&A discussion, facilitated by Shane Thompson, the 2012 Queensland Smart Design Fellow, we ask how these extra-curricular activities transfer across disciplines, and how they enrich all sides of life – both work and play,” said Ms Wright.

The audience will also have the opportunity to network with speakers and other design-minded guests at a post-talk function.

The APDL lecture series is supported by Arts Queensland in the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts and proudly endorsed by QUEENSLANDERSIGNTM, an initiative of the Queensland Design Council.

What     APDL lecture series: side project
When    Every Wed fortnight, 19 Sep – 28 Nov, 6pm
Where   State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, South Bank
Tickets   Free talk (optional networking event, tickets $15, incl refreshments)
Bookings slq.eventbrite.com 3840 7768

28 Aug 2012

Winner announced for the 2012 State Library Young Writers Award

Winner announced for the 2012 State Library Young Writers Award

Rebecca Jessen has been awarded the prestigious State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award 2012 for her short story Gap, announced State Librarian Janette Wright today.

“As we celebrate the National Year of Reading, the Young Writers Award is one of Queensland’s premier opportunities to nurture and showcase young writers,” Ms Wright said.

“Alongside State Library’s black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing program, the awards are key initiatives supporting Queensland’s writing talent,” she said.

Ms Jessen, 24, who recently graduated from Queensland University of Technology, was thrilled with the result after deciding to take a chance and enter.

“Winning has given me an incredible sense of validation as a writer”, said Ms Jessen.

“It lets me know I’m on the right track with my writing, and gives me the confidence to continue putting my writing out there."

“It took me a long time to gain enough confidence in myself as a writer to submit my work anywhere,” she said. “Fear of rejection is always very real but the feeling of satisfaction and knowing that someone read and enjoyed your writing far outweighs those initial negative feelings.”

Judge Sue Gough said the panel was impressed by Rebecca’s beautifully crafted story that illustrated the emotional impact of spare prose.

“The word 'original' is overused but it applies big-time to Gap,” Ms Gough said.

“Written in a series of short, poetic bursts, it echoes the rhythms of someone panting out their story as they run from the scene of a crime. This is a writer who knows how to engage the reader in a kind of a dance, giving just enough information for the reader, not just to pick up and follow the steps, but to also extrapolate."

“The concise, crystallised snapshots of the fugitive's life are there for the reader to build on. By the end of the story we understand exactly what has moulded and motivated the protagonist, and the real tragedy of the epiphany,” Ms Gough said.

The 2012 Young Writers Award Runner Up was given to Shastra Deo (Carseldine) for her story The Minutes Turn to Ours, a gently enigmatic story about the strong connection between two young men.

Highly-commended entries were Ashley Bell (Chinchilla) for New Eucalyptus Leaves, Erin Brumpton (Roma) for Towers of Babylon, James Kakanis (Gumdale) for State of Excitement, and Deanna Antoniolli (Graceville) for Heart is Where the Home is.

The Young Writers Award is open to Queensland residents aged between 18 and 25 years. Read the winning stories online at www.slq.qld.gov.au/youngwriters

Award recipients are available for interview upon request.

Media enquiries: Alexia Saeck, SLQ Communications
07 3840 7784 | alexia.saeck@slq.qld.gov.au

28 Aug 2012

Transforming the legacy of Tindale

Transforming the legacy of Tindale

Powerful portraits by Queensland artist Vernon Ah Kee capture the people behind the work of anthropologist Norman Tindale in a new exhibition at the State Library of Queensland.

State Librarian Janette Wright said Transforming Tindale [6 September – 9 December] combines Vernon Ah Kee’s work with photographs collected by Norman Tindale in the 1930s.

“Vernon Ah Kee has created evocative artworks to capture the unique personalities of his family members behind the scientific images,” Ms Wright said.

“Norman Tindale recorded vast amounts of genealogical information about Indigenous communities from all over Australia with more than 50 000 Indigenous people included in the genealogies, as well as thousands of named photographic portraits."

“This collection, held by the South Australian Museum, can be accessed through the State Library of Queensland through an online index and is an important resource in family history searches."

“However, it is also a source of contention surrounding the treatment of Aboriginal Australians,” Ms Wright said.

“The exhibition will contain large-scale photographs from the Tindale collection as well as Vernon’s sketch-based contemporary artworks."

“Vernon Ah Kee’s artworks create new meaning, transforming understanding of the treatment of Aboriginal people."

“The result is a stimulating journey into the collection, what it means to Aboriginal people and its place in our state’s history.”

A program of events will also be held during the exhibition including talks presented with Brisbane Writers Festival.

Visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on for more information about the Tindale collection, the full Transforming Tindale program of events and details about the exhibition, including learning notes for educators.

Transforming Tindale
Open daily 10am–5pm, 6 Sep – 9 Dec 2012
SLQ Gallery, level 2, State Library of Queensland

Media enquiries: Amanda Edwards, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9803 | amanda.edwards@slq.qld.gov.au

23 Aug 2012

Queensland’s top slam poets compete at State Library

Queensland’s top slam poets compete at State Library

Queensland’s hottest Slam poets will throw down their words at State Library of Queensland for the Australian Poetry Slam State Final on Friday 7 September.
After months of slam heats across the state, 18 finalists have been called on to battle it out for the Queensland Slam Championship, and a chance to compete with the best of the best at the national final in Sydney.

Finalists have been mustered from heats in Brisbane, Stanthorpe, Blackall, Mackay, Townsville, Logan, Cairns and Moreton Bay.

Poetry Slams are explosive live events where contestants have two minutes at the microphone to woo the audience with their verbal panache.

"State Library works with local public libraries and award-winning Slam poets to give communities a chance to engage in this unique fusion of spoken word performances and poetry," said State Librarian Janette Wright.

“As we celebrate National Year of Reading, it’s fantastic to see so many people from all walks of life embrace this unique form of self-expression,” Ms Wright said.

“Performers range from freestyle rappers to bush poets, cabaret singers, thespians, storytellers, beatboxers and first-time slammers,” said Ms Wright.

The evening will also feature guest performances by Mackay singer-songwriter Courtney Young and internationally renowned US Def Poet Mark Gonzales.

Gonzales brings to the stage a unique bridging of page, stage and social media with narrative to advance creativity and human rights.

Gonzales has had invitations to perform and speak at the first Middle East TED talks, the United Nations tribunal on social exclusion, the Institute for European Ethnology at Humboldt University in Germany, and Syria where he was the first US born writer of the hip hop generation to be invited to speak.

His methodology operates with the idea that collective dreams lay the foundation for a new form of tribe, and the scope of his work is testament to the global impact that can be achieved through the arts and spoken word.

For more details visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on

When:    Fri 7 Sep, 7pm
Where:   State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, South Bank
Tickets:  $17, bookings slq.eventbrite.com 3840 7768

Photos and interviews available on request.

Media enquiries
Alexia Saeck, SLQ Communications
alexia.saeck@slq.qld.gov | 3840 7784

21 Aug 2012

Reading love fest in Brisbane

Reading love fest in Brisbane

Readers don’t have to wait for Brisbane Writers Festival to enjoy their love of books.

State Library of Queensland is starting the celebrations early with loads of events and activities for readers of all ages.

State Librarian Janette Wright said this week (19 – 25 August) is the perfect time for readers to indulge in the written word.

Along with National Year of Reading and the lead-up to the Brisbane Writers Festival (5 – 9 September), Ms Wright said State Library’s The Library Shop will have the Books From Our Backyard catalogue, produced by Queensland Writers Centre, a collection of books published by Queensland authors in 2011 from 21 August.

“State Library will also have the Books From Our Backyard on display on level 2 in its Reference Library for visitors to browse,” Ms Wright said.

Another National Year of Reading event at State Library will be The Reading Hour: Love, lust & loathing on Saturday 25 August.

“The Reading Hour is an important initiative on the National Year of Reading calendar,” Ms Wright said.

“It’s all about encouraging everyone to read for at least one hour per week."

“Whether it is sharing a book with your child for 10 minutes per day, reading a book on your lunch break, starting a book club with friends or incorporating a reading hour in the school week, reading is a simple, enjoyable and highly beneficial thing to introduce into your routine,” Ms Wright said.

“State Library’s Reading Hour event will see Brisbane’s most amorous authors sharing their tales of love gained, love lost and those you love to hate."

“Sue McPherson, State Library’s kuril dhagun Indigenous Writing Fellowship 2011 winner, will be joined by fellow writers Krissy Kneen, Dr Venero Armanno and Phoebe Hart as they warm up the winter night with intimate readings and discussion.”

State Library will be raising funds for the Indigenous Literature Foundation via a gold coin donation at the door and an auction to win a “date” with author Anita Heiss.

Earlier in the day on Saturday 25 August, children and families are invited to A reading celebration!

“Kids can come along and join in free arts-based activities, bookmaking, storytelling and music to celebrate Children’s Book Week (18 – 24 August),” Ms Wright said.

A reading celebration! is presented by State Library and The Children’s Book Council of Australia (Qld Branch).

Visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on to find out more about State Library events or love2read.org.au for more information about the National Year of Reading.

The Reading Hour: Love, lust & loathing
Sat 25 Aug, 7.30pm–9pm
The Red Box, level 2, State Library of Queensland
Free, bookings slq.eventbrite.com

A reading celebration!
Sat 25 Aug, 10am–2pm
Knowledge Walk, level 1, State Library of Queensland

The Library Shop
Open Mon–Fri 8am–6pm, Sat & Sun 9.30am–5pm

Media enquiries: Amanda Edwards, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9803 | amanda.edwards@slq.qld.gov.au

8 Aug 2012

Celebrating the power of black writing

Celebrating the power of black writing

State Library of Queensland is celebrating Indigenous writers from Australia and around the globe in a new monthly performance series.

BL.INK: black ink, hosted by Brisbane artist Steven Oliver, takes audiences on an exploration of black words – introducing well known, emerging and sometimes anonymous Indigenous writers using the power of the pen to influence and inspire.

SLQ’s kuril dhagun Program Coordinator, Nadine McDonald-Dowd, said Indigenous creators will share their stories, new works and dealings of blackness in a deadly night of black ink at The Library Café.

The next BL.INK event – first and foremost – on Thursday 16 August, will feature the works of Maori poet Hone Tuawhane, Canadian writer Drew Hayden Taylor, Papua New Guinean poet Jeffrey Fiey and Native American performer songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Works from other first nations writers living in Australia will also feature, including Arigon Starr (USA), Hone Kouka (NZ), Albert Bellz (NZ) and Louyaya Toni (PNG).

"Selected writers are the storytellers of their country and their works tell tales of passion, hate, survival and honor,” Nadine said.

“There may be oceans between us as nations but our similarities can be heard in every word. “This BL.INK event is a night not to miss, with performances from local Indigenous artists Yvette Walker, Kaylah Tyson and Barbara Baugh.”

BL.INK: black ink events will be held on the third Thursday of each month until Christmas at The Library Café at SLQ. Entry is free. For details visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on or phone 3842 9061.

BL.INK: black ink
Thursday 16 August, 6.30pm
The Library Cafe, level 1
State Library of Queensland


For images and interviews, contact: Mel Geltch, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9832 | mel.geltch@slq.qld.gov.au

1 Jan 2012

Celebrate the power of black writing

State Library of Queensland is celebrating Indigenous writers from Australia and around the globe in a new monthly performance series.

BL.INK: black ink, hosted by Brisbane artist Steven Oliver, takes audiences on an exploration of black words – introducing well known, emerging and sometimes anonymous Indigenous writers using the power of the pen to influence and inspire.

3 Aug 2012

Six Queensland business legends join Hall of Fame

Six more business greats have been inducted into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame.

At a gala induction dinner last night, Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC, Governor of Queensland, announced this year’s Hall of Fame inductees: Campbell Brothers Limited, General (Rtd) Eva Burrows AC, RNA, Cyril Golding, William Knox D’Arcy and the McDonald Family.

State Librarian Janette Wright said that the inductees were recognised for their contribution to the reputation of Queensland and its economic and social development.

6 Jul 2012

Budding Indigenous literary stars get it black and write!

The publishing dreams of three Indigenous Queenslanders will be realised this year through the State Library of Queensland’s black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing program.

State Librarian Janette Wright has announced the winners of the 2nd annual kuril dhagun Indigenous Writing Fellowships during NAIDOC Week celebrations.

“The 2012 Fellows are young first-time author Teagan Chilcott, and the team of author Jillian Boyd and illustrator Tori-Jay Mordey,” Ms Wright said.

“Teagan is a young Aboriginal woman from Redcliffe, and Rise of the Fallen is the first in her series of dark fantasy novels based in South East Queensland.

“Brisbane-based Jillian is also a first-time writer, having penned the children’s story Bakir and Bi after a writing workshop at State Library last year,” Ms Wright said.

“She shares the fellowship with her 17-year-old niece Tori-Jay Mordey, from Hervey Bay, who illustrated the children’s picture book.”

8 Jun 2012

Flood survivor stories shared with State Library

A collection of stories recorded by Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley flood survivors and rescuers has been given to the State Library of Queensland.

The collection of broadcast quality recordings, telephone interviews, photographs and videos was compiled by local journalist Amanda Gearing.

State Librarian Janette Wright said that the Amanda Gearing Collection is extremely valuable to record this devastating moment in Queensland’s history.

“I am deeply moved by the determination of the survivors to share their experiences so that others can have the chance to learn and understand what they went through.”

Oral histories, photographs and videos were gathered from survivors in Spring Bluff, Murphys Creek, Toowoomba, Withcott, Postmans Ridge, Helidon, Carpendale and Grantham.

“These materials will be able to be accessed by all Queenslanders via State Library’s online catalogue, as well as other flood-related items in the State Library’s collection, including oral history recordings from the 1974 floods, digital stories relating to the 2011 floods and photographs of the 1890s floods, as showcased in the Floodlines exhibition,” Ms Wright said.

Floodlines is open until 19 August 2012.

Visit www.slq.qld.gov.au to search the State Library’s collections or www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on for more information about Floodlines.

2 Jun 2012

Awards shine a light on Queensland history

Arts Minister Ros Bates has announced Brisbane-based historian Don Watson as the winner of the 2012 John Oxley Library Fellowship.

Ms Bates said it’s one of three Queensland Memory Awards presented at the State Library as part of Queensland Week.

“Don Watson is an adjunct professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Queensland and an architect in the Queensland Government,” Ms Bates said

“He is researching Queensland’s early architects and how they adapted their skills to an unfamiliar climate.

“Professor Watson will receive $20,000 as part of the fellowship, along with his own work space within the State Library of Queensland’s John Oxley Library.

“Through the fellowship, he can extend his previously published research – Queensland Architects of the 19th Century: A Biographical Dictionary – into the 20th century and explore the impact of new technologies on architecture.

Filmmakers Sean Gilligan and Adrian Strong have won the John Oxley Library Award for their documentary Fantome Island.

“Their documentary has revealed an important part of our state’s history unknown to many Queenslanders,” she said.

“The film tells the tale of Joe Eggmolesse who in 1945, at the age of seven, was removed from his family and confined to an Indigenous leper colony off the coast of North Queensland.

The final award, the John Oxley Library Community History Award, was presented to Cardwell & District Historical Society for recording the events of Cyclone Yasi, despite their own museum being destroyed by the cyclone.

“I congratulate the Cardwell & District Historical Society on the great community spirit they displayed as they worked together to salvage their valuable collections in addition to collecting oral histories from the town’s inhabitants in the wake of Yasi,” she said.

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