2013 media releases

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11 Dec 2013

black&write competition

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 invites published or unpublished Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander authors to submit novels, short stories, poetry or children’s books to the competition for the opportunity to win an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.”

Application forms 

Entries close 31 January 2014

Media enquiries: Nicole Mangelsdorf | 07 3842 9084 | Nicole.Mangelsdorf@slq.qld.gov.au

29 Nov 2013

Summer Reading Club

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

ALLtogether 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.

ALLtogether 2013

: 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.

Bookings slq.eventbrite.com

When: Fri 15 Nov, 7pm

Where: SLQ Gallery, level 2, State Library of Queensland

Tickets: $30, bookings slq.eventbrite.com

Media enquiries
Cinnamon Watson Publicity
0432 219 643 | cinn@cinnamonwatsonpublicity.com.au

10 Oct 2013

Children's voices

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

30 Sep 2013

Sustainable eco-tourism

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.

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

20 Sep 2013

Live! reaches 50000 visits

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.

Media enquiries:
Cinnamon Watson Publicity
0432 219 643 | cinn@cinnamonwatsonpublicity.com.au

5 Sep 2013

Winner announced for the 2013 State Library Young Writers Award

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


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

2 Sep 2013

Poetry Slam Final

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

Media enquiries:
Nicole Mangelsdorf, SLQ Communications
t. 07 3842 9084 | Nicole.Mangelsdorf@slq.qld.gov.au

26 Aug 2013

Think outside

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

Media enquiries

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

31 Jul 2013

All that Jazz

Live music, dancing and all that jazz

Jazz takes over State Library of Queensland at a mini music festival on Saturday 10 August as part of the Live! Queensland band culture program.

State Librarian Janette Wright said this was one event guaranteed to get people moving with All that jazz!

“Audiences will get to swing with performances by some very talented ‘cats’, The Con Artists, La Trav, Tropical Dance Orchestra, The Calibre Cats and the Mark Pradella Quintet,” Ms Wright said.

“Live! house band of the month, the Mark Pradella Quintet will entertain with a show full of popular standards for all tastes in jazz while The Con Artists, Queensland Conservatorium’s premier jazz orchestra will showcase Brisbane’s emerging jazz talent in this 18 piece big band under the direction of Steve Newcomb.

A motley crew of musicians and heavenly voices, La Trav will unleash original piano driven rock and pop. Then those who are tired of simply tapping their feet can jump up and learn the Charleston and swing in FREE dance classes before trying out their new moves to the old time jive of Tropicana Dance Orchestra and the high-energy Swing Nouveau musical stylings of The Calibre Cats.

Along with a fascinating look at Queensland’s jazz history with jazz critic and lecturer Dr Neville Meyers and his panel of aficionados, there will also be a white gloves experience with original band photographs, programs, sound recordings and newsletters, which tell the story of the lively jazz scene of our city,” said Ms Wright.

Classic jazz films Let’s Get Lost, about one of jazz history’s most acclaimed trumpet players and vocalists Chet Baker, and Chicago, the high-energy Broadway musical tale of two condemned murderesses on death row, will also be screened during the afternoon.

Other upcoming events include Live! Trivia night on Friday 23 August where music enthusiasts can put their knowledge to the test and the Composition Competition Gala Concert, the best and freshest locally written music played by the South Brisbane Federal Band, on Saturday 24 August.

Visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on for the full Live! program.

Live! Second Saturdays: All that jazz
Sat 10 Aug, 3pm–9pm | Free, bookings slq.eventbrite.com 3840 7768
Cash bar open from 5pm | State Library of Queensland
View the day’s timetable at slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on

Live! Trivia night
Friday 23 Aug, 6.30pm | $20 per team of 6, bookings slq.eventbrite.com 3840 7768
State Library of Queensland

Composition Competition Gala Concert
Sat 24 Aug, 6pm | $15 adult/$10 concession, bookings thefeds.org.au
State Library of Queensland

For further media information, interviews and images please contact:

Cinnamon Watson Publicity ~ 0432 219 643 ~ cinn@cinnamonwatsonpublicity.com.au

26 Jul 2013

Chauvel honoured

Chauvel honoured with screening at State Library

State Librarian Janette Wright congratulated Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame for inducting Australian film icon Charles Chauvel.

To honour Chauvel, State Library of Queensland will hold a screening of his influential film, Jedda, on Tuesday 20 August at 7pm.

Jedda (1955), filmed in central Australia, tells the story of Aboriginal teenage girl Jedda who is raised by a white squatter family and desperately wants to learn about her Aboriginal culture.
This notable film holds many firsts in the Australian film industry – first full colour Australian film, first Australian film to be screened at Cannes Film Festival, and the first Australian film to star two Indigenous Australian actors.

The screening at State Library, hosted by Chauvel scholar and QUT Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham, will give people the rare opportunity to see Jedda on the big screen and to learn more about Charles Chauvel.

Known for his ground-breaking film techniques, Darling Downs film-maker Charles Chauvel (1897 – 1959), was inducted into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame last night in recognition of his pioneering contributions to the Queensland and Australian film industry, along with his determination as a businessman.

Ms Wright said, “Chauvel contributed significantly to Queensland, discovering well-known talents such as Errol Flynn and comedian Chips Rafferty, while shooting Australia’s first colour film at a time when there were no processing facilities available.
Remembering, recognising and re-telling the stories of our state’s leaders, past and present, ensures we are co-creating Queensland’s memory for future generations.
The screening of Jedda at State Library allows people the opportunity to view this iconic movie, and learn more about one of our state’s memorable leaders.
Chauvel’s films are an important part of Australia’s history and State Library is dedicated to embracing and sharing Queensland’s contribution to Australia’s story.”

The Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame was established in 2009 by State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Library Foundation and QUT Business School to recognise and celebrate Queensland’s business leaders. The Hall of Fame is part of the John Oxley Library at State Library of Queensland. Visit www.halloffame.slq.qld.gov.au for the inductees’ digital stories and for more information.

Bookings: Free, www.slq.eventbrite.com or 07 3840 7768

Media enquiries: Kirri-Lee Huggett, SLQ Communications 07 3842 9803 | kirri-lee.huggett@slq.qld.gov.au

26 Jul 2013

Queensland Business History Award announced

Inaugural Queensland Business History Award announced

The Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame announced the winner of the inaugural 2013 Queensland Business History Award, Brisbane Markets Limited.

State Librarian Janette Wright said, “The Queensland Business History Award, presented by State Library of Queensland at the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame induction dinner, recognises leadership in collecting, preserving and sharing business history.”

A new addition to the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame initiative, founded in 2009 by State Library of Queensland, Queensland Library Foundation and QUT Business School, the annual award aims to reward businesses that cherish, protect, value and share their corporate story.

This year’s winner, Brisbane Markets Limited, has seen many challenging times over the years but remains to lead by example, receiving the award for their excellent approach to record keeping.

With historical records dating back over 150 years, Brisbane Markets Limited is proud of its past and preserves its unique and important historical documents and items. Since the organisation’s establishment in 1868, historical documents and memorabilia were stored in boxes by staff, unaware of their significance.

In 2010, a ‘Brisbane Markets History Task Force’ was created to catalogue and organise the company’s records and treasures.  The task force developed a Collection Room of photographs, memorabilia and film which is now available for public viewing at its Rocklea offices, Monday to Friday.

Preserving business records helps co-create Queensland’s memory for future generations and State Library of Queensland encourages all businesses to get on board. Ms Wright said, “Brisbane Markets Limited’s commitment and dedication to keeping all its unique records intact and sharing them with the community is outstanding.
Photographs, ephemera, film, correspondence, donated ledgers, minute books, annual reports and oral histories all play a part in telling Queensland’s narrative. The Queensland Business History Award encourages businesses and business leaders to elevate the importance of safeguarding their irreplaceable historical material.”

Media enquiries: Kirri-Lee Huggett, SLQ Communications 07 3842 9803 | kirri-lee.huggett@slq.qld.gov.au

8 Jul 2013

Pitch In! Become a digital volunteer

“Pitch In!” become a digital volunteer

State Library of Queensland is looking for digital volunteers to tag, text correct, or transcribe its significant collections of historic photographs, newspapers, and books.

It doesn’t matter if you’re from Thargomindah, Toowoomba, Toowong, or Taipei anyone can Pitch In!

State Librarian Janette Wright said digital volunteers were needed to add information about historic photographs, correct the text of old newspaper articles, and transcribe significant diaries.

She said, “We’re particularly keen to work on some of our World War I collections in the lead up to the centenary in 2014. Correctly transcribing old letters, diaries and newspapers makes it much easier for family members, researchers, writers, and the public to find and use these materials.”

As well as World War I, there are assignments involving Queensland band history, Australian South Sea Islanders and the Ekka. All assignments help State Library of Queensland make digital collections more visible and accessible. 

Pitch In! is an ongoing project that will present some of the most exciting and mysterious collections for volunteers to engage with and share their unique knowledge and stories online. For more information on how to get involved, find “Pitch In!” on www.slq.qld.gov.au or email: discovery@slq.qld.gov.au

Media enquiries:
Cathy Stacey, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9346 | cathy.stacey@slq.qld.gov.au


20 Jun 2013

Scratching the surface

Scratching the surface at State Library

Marsden State High School students are visiting State Library of Queensland this week to learn to use Scratch animation techniques and build their digital literacy.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the workshops would develop students’ confidence and interest in learning through digital mediums and text in a fun and playful environment.

“We have partnered with Queensland University of Technology, Logan City Council Libraries, and Marsden State High School to deliver Scratching the Surface, a three-stage project designed to build students’ capacity, skills, and knowledge,” said Ms Wright.

“Digital animation is an effective way to engage young people from diverse linguistic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds and has been shown to be instrumental in improving literacy outcomes in both traditional text and digital media,” she said.

Scratch is a free program produced by Massachusetts Institute of Technology that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music and art.

Following the workshops, participants will have the opportunity to train as peer leaders in Scratch software, and use their skills to help establish an ongoing series of Scratch workshops at Logan City Council Libraries.

Ms Wright said libraries had an important role to play in providing informal learning opportunities.

“Working with schools and communities, libraries can help vulnerable children develop language and cognitive skills from basic literacy through to problem solving and creative and critical thinking,” she said.

Photo op with Marsden SHS students attending workshop, Thu 20 June, 10am-10.30am at State Library of Queensland. Please confirm attendance.

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

20 Jun 2013

Young Writers Award

Last chance to enter Young Writers Award

Young wordsmiths have until 19 July to enter their short story in State Library of Queensland’s Young Writers Award for a chance to win $2000.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the prestigious competition, open to Queensland residents aged 18 to 25, is a great opportunity for aspiring writers to share their stories, and hopefully kick-start a literary career.

“The annual short story competition provides a chance for emerging and aspiring writers to gain exposure and receive invaluable professional development opportunities,” said Ms Wright.

“Queensland is a gold mine of young creative talent, and it’s competitions like this one that help reveal that hidden talent and provide the support and encouragement needed to further their careers,” Ms Wright said.

“Whether you’re a notepad scribbler, a creative writing student, or just have a great story to tell, I encourage you to let the words flow and see where it takes you,” said Ms Wright.

If you’re thinking of entering, here are some tips on how to get noticed.

  • Be confident in your writing, relax and don’t try too hard
  • Use language that comes naturally to you
  • The judges are looking for stories with distinctive and interesting characters and plots – so first get to know who your characters are and where your plot is going, and the language will follow.
  • They’re all good ideas, but don’t try to cram them all into one piece. Think about your core themes and characters and stick by them; your loyalty will pay off in the end.

The Young Writers Award closes at 5pm on Friday 19 July, 2013. For more details, and to read some of the past winning stories, visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on

Media enquiries
Alexia Saeck, Communications, State Library of Queensland alexia.saeck@slq.qld.gov.au | 07 3840 7784

17 Jun 2013

The search begins for Queensland’s best spoken word poet

The search begins for Queensland’s best spoken word poet

The annual Australian Poetry Slam competition will travel the state to draw out local talent in the search for Queensland’s best spoken word poet.

Poetry Slams are electric live events where contestants have two minutes on stage to impress the judges with a spoken word performance of an original poem. The Queensland leg of the national competition is coordinated by State Library of Queensland.

“Poetry Slam will see State Library working with public libraries and communities throughout Queensland to develop and showcase local talent through workshops and live performances,” said State Librarian Janette Wright.

Wordsmiths of all genres are encouraged to take to the stage and leave their mark at the mic, with the lure of $12,000 of cash and prizes on offer.

The competition will see heats and workshops take place in eight locations around the state: Blackall, Mackay, Rockhampton, Cairns, Goondiwindi, Logan, North Lakes and Brisbane. They will run from now until the end of August.

Two finalists from each heat will be flown in to compete in the State Finals at State Library in September. The State Champion and Runner Up will then travel to Sydney to compete for the Australian title.

Free workshops will also be held at each location prior to the heats. The workshops, run by experienced Poetry Slam mentors, will introduce newcomers to this unique form of performance poetry and help contestants sharpen their words before they hit the stage.

Now in its seventh year, Poetry Slam has unearthed local talent from around the country and seen a diverse range of performers and voices take to the stage.

“Poetry Slam events provide an exhilarating experience for both performer and audience and offer enormous opportunities for creative and professional development to participants,” Ms Wright said.

“Programs like Poetry Slam are great in that they attract people from all walks of life, right across Queensland, to participate in a creative experience and have their voices heard.”

The Queensland tour of the Australian Poetry Slam is coordinated by the State Library of Queensland in partnership with local public libraries and regional arts organisations.

Media enquiries: Nicole Mangelsdorf, SLQ Communications
t. 07 3842 9084 | Nicole.Mangelsdorf@slq.qld.gov.au

30 May 2013

Queensland Memory Awards

Queensland Memory Awards commemorate the state’s past, present and future

State Library of Queensland has announced the winners of the 2013 Queensland Memory Awards, including Brisbane author Matthew Condon.

State Librarian Janette Wright said that the Queensland Memory Awards, supported by Queensland Library Foundation, are presented annually by State Library of Queensland, to recognise new contributions to the state’s history and documentary heritage.

The 2013 Awards, including the John Oxley Library Fellowship, John Oxley Library Award, and John Oxley Library Community History Award, were announced tonight at an Awards Ceremony at State Library.

The prestigious $20,000 John Oxley Library Fellowship was awarded jointly to researchers Kathleen Fallon and Matthew Nagas for their proposed project A Commemorative Pilgrimage of Significant Sites: The Australian South Sea Islanders from Tweed Heads to Torres Strait.

“Kathleen and Matthew’s application caught the panel’s attention as their project coincides with commemorations of 150 years since the first South Sea Islanders were brought to Australia,” Ms Wright said.

“Kathleen and Matthew will research, document, compile, and photograph historic sites significant to Australian South Sea Islanders, with an aim to publishing a series of heritage tourism guides.
In addition to the cash component, Queensland Library Foundation also provides the Fellows with a dedicated work space within the John Oxley Library to use the Library’s collections in the completion of their project.”

The previous Fellow, architect Don Watson, has been using the collections of the John Oxley Library to create a biographical dictionary of pioneering Queensland architects over the past century.

The recipients of the John Oxley Library Award and John Oxley Library Community History Award were also announced at the ceremony last night.

Louise Denoon, Executive Manager Queensland Memory said that “Award winning journalist Matthew Condon is the recipient of this year’s John Oxley Library Award, for his ongoing contributions to the telling of Queensland stories both past and present, and his commitment to bringing pertinent issues to the forefront of our state’s social consciousness. Earlier this year, Matthew released an investigative work Three Crooked Kings, an in-depth examination of corruption in the era of former Police Commissioner Terry Lewis. In his investigation Matthew had unprecedented access to Terry Lewis’ official police diaries and personal papers. The result is a compelling work that brings new meaning to a pivotal and transformative era in Queensland’s history.”

The 2013 John Oxley Library Community History Award has been granted to Brisbane Open House, an annual event belonging to the Open House Worldwide family.

Ms Denoon said that since its inception in 2010, Brisbane Open House has unlocked more than 50 of Brisbane’s architecturally significant buildings to the public for guided tours and self-exploration, with buildings as diverse as the Masonic Memorial Temple, Old Government House, Riverside Centre, and State Library of Queensland itself.

“In this way, Brisbane Open House plays a crucial role in encouraging Queensland’s residents and tourists to engage actively with Brisbane’s history, and will continue to do so for years to come,” Ms Denoon said.

Interview opportunities:
2013 John Oxley Library Fellowship
Matthew Nagas
Kathleen Fallon

2013 John Oxley Library Award
Matthew Condon

2013 John Oxley Community History Award
Michelle Lee, founding member of Brisbane Open House and President of the Brisbane Development Association
Malcolm Middleton, Queensland Government Architect

Media enquiries:
Shahedah Sabdia, Communications, State Library of Queensland
shahedah.sabdia@slq.qld.gov.au | 07 3842 9847


27 May 2013

State Library gets active for reconciliation

State Library gets active for reconciliation

State Library will mark the end of National Reconciliation Week with ReconciliAction: an action-packed day of free entertainment and celebration for all ages.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the June 2nd event is an opportunity for all Queenslanders to show their support for reconciliation by celebrating together.

“This event encourages everyone, of all ages, to actively engage with the message of reconciliation. It is an opportunity for the community to come together in an event focussed on participation, and of course celebration.”

The festivities kick off at 10.30am with children’s storytelling and music including traditional language songs.

Acclaimed young Indigenous artist Chern’ee Sutton will, with the help of the public, create a collaborative artwork to celebrate the message of reconciliation.

Local hip hop troupes from Elements Collective will entertain the crowd, as well as musicians Linta J, Skotti Hunter, Alicia Mellor and Mark Lowndes. Celebrated electro sensation MC Kitch and headliners Classik Nawu will take to the stage later in the afternoon.

Deadly Choices will also be there to share their message of making healthy lifestyle choices through cooking demonstrations, information stalls and children’s games.

Also visiting State Library for Reconciliation Week is Logan State of Mind, an exhibition that uncovers and showcases the positive role models, success stories and fantastic creators that hail from Logan. The exhibition will take place in The Studio space from Tuesday 28 May; its final day will be Sunday June 2. Live performances will highlight Logan musical talent and bring the exhibition to life at 6pm each night.

“We’re excited to present such a diverse line-up of talented entertainers and activities as part of National Reconciliation Week,” Ms Wright said.

"Reconciliation is about diversity and togetherness. We hope to share that message and celebrate together, as one united community, through this event.”

Media enquiries: Nicole Mangelsdorf, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9084 | Nicole.Mangelsdorf@slq.qld.gov.au

27 May 2013

Tear it up

Tear it up at State Library

Tear it up with State Library of Queensland in June as we continue to celebrate our Live! Queensland band culture program.

June has been dedicated to our local punk trailblazers who are part of a long list of innovators who threw down the gauntlet to conformity and made their voices heard.

State Librarian Janette Wright said SLQ was thrilled with the response so far to Live! Queensland band culture and was keen to see the reaction to the next major instalment in the program, Tear It Up.

Tear It Up is an action-packed mini festival running from 3pm-9pm on Saturday 8 June, which looks at the independent, DIY voice of Brisbane, starting with punk band The Saints who first flung themselves onto the world stage, making our town’s voice heard,” said Ms Wright.

As well as panel discussions, free films, and market stalls, visitors to SLQ can indulge in free performances by local bands Last Chaos, Steve Towson, Impossible Odds and The Mouldy Lovers.

Ms Wright said, “Live! house band of the month The Mouldy Lovers with their blend of gypsy-ska-punk are sure to drive people off their seats while Steve Towson’s one man, one guitar act always delivers a passionate live show, mixing music and politics with his unorthodox solo, electric style.
Brisbane band Last Chaos will feature and Fred Leone and Kaylah Tyson of Impossible Odds will also take to the stage to drum their message of social justice.”

"Audiences will also get the chance to sit in on some great panel discussions. Kate Scott, Sean Sennett and Gavin Sawford, who have each carried the torch as editor of local street press magazines Rave and Time Off will discuss the history of independent music journalism in Brisbane.”

There are plenty of opportunities for musicians and music lovers throughout the whole the Live! Queensland band culture program, which runs until September.

QMusic’s professional development series is not only an opportunity to learn more about how the music industry functions through workshops but also a chance to network with music industry professionals (28 May and 4 June).

The Go-Betweens fans can join Robert Forster on 12 June as he reflects on the band dynamic, their UK exile and ongoing musical legacy.

For the full Live! program, visit slq.qld.gov.au or download the free SLQ Live! App.

Live! Second Saturdays: Tear It Up
Sat 8 Jun, 3pm–9pm (cash bar from 5pm)
Free, bookings slq.eventbrite.com 3840 7768
Visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on for the timetable

Fri 12 Jul, 9am-5pm
$33, groups 10+ receive 10% discount, bigsound.org.au

QMusic workshops & hook-up
Releasing your music & The business of music
Tue 28 May and 4 Jun, 6pm-8pm (hook-up networking opportunity from 8pm)
Free, bookings qmusic.com.au 3257 0013

Live! with Robert Forster
Wed 12 Jun, 6pm
Free, bookings slq.eventbrite.com 3840 7768

Media enquiries:
Cinnamon Watson Publicity
0432 219 643

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