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 to find out more about State Library events or 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

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

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