2014 media releases

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12 Dec 2014

First World War Fellowships

First World War research fellowships announced

State Library of Queensland’s inaugural Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation fellowships, proudly supported by the Queensland Government, have been announced today.

Four Fellows from varied backgrounds will be awarded $15,000 each to fund their research project relating to Queensland’s experience of the First World War.

Fellows will use Queensland’s primary documentary heritage collections in the John Oxley Library, Queensland State Archives and Queensland Museum in the fulfilment of their fellowship.

The 2014 Fellows are: Elaine Acworth, multi-award winning playwright; Dr Neville Buch, historical consultant and author; Robert Hogg, published researcher and writer; and local Brisbane performer and composer, John Thompson.

State Librarian Janette Wright said a great response was received in the fellowship program’s first year.
“Many applications successfully outlined how their proposed project could contribute to new knowledge about Queensland and the First World War, although four applications in particular stood out as exciting, impressive proposals that State Library is proud to support,” Ms Wright said.

“The 2014 Fellows have presented projects that will uncover and interpret Queensland’s experience of the First World War in compelling ways, including the development of a dramatic work, a study of Queensland’s intellectual history, a musical composition and performance based on wartime censorship, and a research project exploring soldiers’ sense of identity and belonging.”

Elaine Acworth’s proposed dramatic work My Father’s Wars follows the story of her own father who fought in both world wars. Elaine’s story personalises the costs and rewards of massive continental conflict half a world away through the life of a Queensland man and his family, in an intimate and known context.

Dr Neville Buch’s project Queensland community thinkers and their social-political formations during World War I: passion and reason for war and peace 1914–19 will examine the diversity of opinion and shifting attitudes of Queenslanders during this tumultuous time.

John Thompson will bring new knowledge to light through a distinctly Queensland project entitled Censors, Conscripts & Queensland – J.J. Stable and the Battle for Hansard. Mr Thompson’s research will focus on the Stable collection which includes Hansard No. 37, a record of Premier T.J. Ryan’s controversial speech which was ordered to be destroyed by Prime Minister Billy Hughes. One of only three copies of Hansard No. 37 that survived the Prime Minister’s orders is held in the John Oxley Library.

Robert Hogg’s research project, Queensland’s soldiers: place, identity and stories of belonging in the First World War investigates the largely unexplored themes of identify, place and belonging. Using the diaries, photographs and personal letters of soldiers who went to Gallipoli and the Western front, Mr Hogg will explore soldiers’ attachment to their home state and how they identified themselves as Queenslanders.

Arts Minister Ian Walker congratulated the winning Fellows.

“I am impressed with the depth and range of these projects,” Mr Walker said. “They will give us new perspectives of Queensland’s experience of the First World War and its many impacts. It will be fascinating to see how the Fellows use Queensland’s key heritage collections, including the John Oxley Library, to
expand our understanding of the First World War and this important time in Queensland’s history.”

The annual fellowship program is part of Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation, a five year legacy project led by State Library and proudly supported by the Queensland Government, commemorating the centenary of the First World War and Anzac across Queensland.

For more information on the fellowships and Q ANZAC 100 visit www.qanzac100.slq.qld.gov.au.

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

8 Dec 2014

Queensland Literary Awards winners

Queensland Literary Awards announced at State Library

The Queensland Literary Awards winners were tonight announced at State Library of Queensland, honouring talented Australian writers.

The distinguished list of winners saw many of Australia’s renowned and much loved authors recognised alongside debut and up-and-coming writers.

Winners Richard Flanagan, Paul Ham, David Malouf, Joan Beaumont, Ceridwen Dovey, Jaclyn Moriarty, Shaun Tan, Jackie French, Kellee Slater, Cathy McLennan, and Lesley and Tammy Williams were presented with their awards at a ceremony held at State Library.
 
State Librarian Janette Wright said the Queensland Literary Awards were a testament to the passion for writing and literature in our community.

“The Awards have grown out of community support and a great love of literature,” said Ms Wright. “We are grateful for the continued goodwill for the Awards and would like to thank and acknowledge the exceptional support of our key award partners the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund, The Courier-Mail, The University of Queensland, Griffith University, the University of Southern Queensland, Claire Booth, the University of Queensland Press and the Queensland Writers Centre.”

Chair of the Queensland Literary Awards Dr Stuart Glover said this year the judges had narrowed down an impressive list of 450 books and manuscripts to just 11 winners across ten categories.

“These books, the winners, and the notable shortlists, remind us of the diverse things that books can do and the invention and creativity with which writers undertake their work.  The awards acknowledge the quality of contemporary writing and point readers towards works that might be of interest to them or important in helping us to think about who we are as a community,” said Dr Glover.

“For some books, like Paul Ham’s 1914: The Year the World Ended, winner of the non-fiction prize, the politics and ideas are on the surface. Ham tells the always relevant story about how political hubris dragged us into the Great War 100 years ago. In others, like Jaclyn Moriarty’s The Cracks in the Kingdom, which took out the Young Adult Prize, the writing is playful and literally fantastic. But underneath the fascinating tale of characters caught between a real and an imagined world is an exploration of our hopes for the unity of our families.  Among the winners we see a sweep of ideas. David Malouf’s poetry collection Earth Hour examines the planet and people and space at a precarious moment in its history. These are works of labour and imagination,” he said.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan, winner of the Fiction Book prize, is a novel of abundant range and depth that will undoubtedly become regarded as one of the great works of Australian literature. It has already been recognised internationally — winning the Booker prize earlier this year.
The strength of Australian writing for children is highlighted this year in the exceptional quality of the shortlist. In awarding joint winners the panel acknowledged that whilst very different books both Refuge by Jackie French and Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan are truly outstanding works offering children and adults alike a profound literary experience capable of changing hearts and minds,” said Dr Glover.


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Queensland Literary Award Winners 2014

University of Queensland Fiction Book Award:
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award:
1914: The Year the World Ended by Paul Ham

University of Southern Queensland History Book Award:
Broken Nation by Joan Beaumont

University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection - Steele Rudd Award:
Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey

State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection - Judith Wright Calanthe Award:
Earth Hour by David Malouf

Griffith University Young Adult Book Award:
The Cracks in the Kingdom by Jaclyn Moriarty

Griffith University Children's Book Award:
Joint winners:
Refuge by Jackie French
Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

Emerging Queensland Writer Manuscript Award:
We Come From Saltwater People by Cathy McLennan

Unpublished Indigenous Writer - David Unaipon Award:
It’s Not Just Black and White by Lesley & Tammy Williams

The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year
How to do a liver transplant: Stories from my surgical life by Kellee Slater

1 Dec 2014

Explore Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identities through portraiture

Explore Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identities through portraiture

Visit kuril dhagun at State Library of Queensland from Saturday 6 December to discover portraits of Queensland’s unique Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander personalities.

A Thousand Words is a free exhibition that launches this Saturday, and features the striking works of two Indigenous female artists: Cheryl Creed and Nickeema Williams.

Working in the contrasting mediums of paint and digital photography, Cheryl and Nickeema explore the vast diversity of individuals in their own and other Indigenous communities.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the artists’ thought provoking works remind us that identity can be fleeting and highly subjective.

“The subjects in Cheryl and Nickeema’s stunning portraits range from young to elderly, friends and family to community leaders, hailing from across the state in Brisbane, Cherbourg, Woorabinda, Cairns and beyond,” she said.

“Yet each portrait is alike in that the subject is captured in a single moment in time, reflecting who they are and what they represent in that instant.”

Cheryl’s and Nickeema’s works convey pride in culture; connection to Country and the environment; the closeness of family and community; and an intimacy not often experienced in the wider community.

Each of the faces looking back at us inA Thousand Wordsprompts questions of ‘who are you?’, ‘where are you from?’ and ‘who’s your mob?’, illustrating the common saying ‘a picture speaks a thousand words’.

Both Cheryl and Nickeema work predominantly out of Cairns, using their art to change the circumstances of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Queensland.

Cheryl believes her artwork can play a role in improving education in non-Indigenous communities and removing the negative stereotypes that surround Indigenous Australian communities today.

“Portraiture is a universal language that transcends most barriers, and reaches out to different audiences to tell the many and varied stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and describe the richness of our cultures and history,” she said.

Nickeema similarly uses her art to express culture and to address issues of identity, race, stereotypes, as well as personally finding her place as a young Indigenous woman in urbanised society.

“My art is my life; it is an extension of my very being,” she said.

“I hope to one day use art as a means of teaching, taking it into rural communities to show young women the difference they can make to the world around them.”

Over the six month exhibition period, kuril dhagun will also host a range of hands-on public programs including a weekly exhibition tour, A Thousand Footprints, and a monthly craft-based workshop series, A Thousand Fibres, where participants create a range of handmade arts and crafts under the direction of talented Indigenous arts-workers.

A Thousand Wordswill be on display in kuril dhagun at State Library from 6 December 2014 until 17 May 2015.

Visit www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on for more information and to book tours and workshops.

Media enquiries:
Shahedah Sabdia, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9084 |shahedah.sabdia@slq.qld.gov.au

1 Dec 2014

Summer Reading Club 2014-15

Choose your own reading adventure this summer

This summer young readers will be dodging danger, outwitting enemies and journeying beyond their wildest imagination with State Library of Queensland’s popular Summer Reading Club.

The Summer Reading Club is a free national literacy program developed by State Library and run online and in more than 1,000 public libraries across Australia.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the Summer Reading Club offered an exciting array of free adventure-inspired creative activities designed to stimulate an ongoing love of reading and literature and spark the library habit.

“From Indiana Jones to Bear Grylls and the Famous Five, adventure has a way of capturing the imagination of young readers,” said Ms Wright. “We’re tapping into that excitement to keep children reading all summer long.”

“Research has shown that children who read for pleasure are often the best readers. The Summer Reading Club promotes a love of books and encourages continued reading over the holiday period,” said Ms Wright.

Last year, nearly 35,000 Australian children joined the Summer Reading Club, and read more than 230,000 books over the summer period.

To join the club, visit your local public library or go online www.summerreadingclub.org.au to play games and competitions where you can win great prizes, read book raves, and to chat with other book lovers.

This year, club members can sample newly released titles of 21 Aussie authors and illustrators, search for answers in the Encyclopaedia Britannica online scavenger hunt,  craft adventuresome endings to a story started by Word Hunters Nick Earls and Terry Whidborne, and Australian National Children’s Laureate Jackie French, and write their own adventure short stories.

Information for parents and carers is also available to help make the most of the summer holidays.
Arts Minister Ian Walker said the State Library was encouraging an early love of reading through innovative programs that tapped into young imaginations.

“We can’t love something if we don’t know about it and by offering our youngest citizens a chance to explore a wide selection of books and authors, the annual Summer Reading Club helps children improve literacy skills,” Mr Walker said.

“The Queensland Government supports programs such as the Summer Reading Club and the recently announced Best Start Queensland: family literacy initiative, a $20 million program to give families the information and tools they need to help children develop early language and literacy.”

The Summer Reading Club is delivered in partnership with the Australian Library and Information Association, and public libraries across Australia.

Summer Reading Club
1 December 2014 – 31 January 2015
SummerReadingClub.org.au or at your local public library

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

24 Nov 2014

black&write 2015

State Library offers $10,000 Fellowships for Indigenous writing talent

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers are invited to apply for State Library of Queensland’s annual black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships.

Two successful applicants will each be awarded $10,000 prize money, professional manuscript development working with State Library’s black&write! Indigenous editors, and a valuable publishing deal with respected Indigenous publishing house Magabala Books.

The Fellowships are open to manuscript entries in the form of a novel, short story collection, poetry collection, or children’s book, from both published and unpublished Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers.

State Librarian Janette Wright said since 2010, the black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing project has already contributed significantly to fostering a strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing community in Australia.

“State Library’s national black&write! project has begun to have a real impact on contemporary Indigenous Australian literature — across all areas of writing, editing and publishing,” she said.

Arts Minister Ian Walker said black&write! has expanded the opportunities available to Australia’s Indigenous writers.

 “The black&write! Indigenous fellowships highlight the incredible depth and diversity of Indigenous literary talent in Australia,” Mr Walker said.

“It’s important to raise the profile of this talent so all Australians can share and celebrate the rich history of Australian storytelling, whatever the medium.”

The 2014 Fellows, first-time author Adrian Stanley and distinguished playwright Jane Harrison have been working on their manuscripts with the black&write! editors since May, with their works set to be published by Magabala Books next year.

Winners of the 2013 black&write! kuril dhagun Prize, former rugby player Scott Prince and Logan schoolteacher Dave Hartley, have just been awarded Book of the Year in the Indigenous children’s books category by Speech Pathology Australia.

They join a growing list of prize winning black&write! authors, including Ali Cobby Eckermann who won the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and the Book of the Year Award at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2013.

The 2015 winners will see their manuscripts developed and edited by the black&write! Indigenous editing team, including two new editing interns to be appointed later this year with support from Australia Council for the Arts.

Application forms are available at slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on. Entries close 30 January 2015.


Media enquiries:
Shahedah Sabdia, SLQ Communications
07 3841 9084 | shahedah.sabdia@slq.qld.gov.au


20 Nov 2014

Queensland’s First World War digital legacy launches

Queensland’s First World War digital legacy launches

State Library today launches a new online space to discover and share First World War stories from Queensland communities.
Using the innovative online space, Historypin, Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation enables people from different generations, cultures and places to explore and build on the stories of the Queensland experience of the First World War in the form of photos, video, audio clips and text.
State Librarian Janette Wright said that as part of State Library’s four-year First World War legacy project Q ANZAC 100, Historypin will globally connect Queensland’s First World War stories — before, during and after the war, including contemporary commemorations.
Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation has its own dedicated space within Historypin’s First World War Centenary hub, capturing, drawing together and sharing Queensland’s experiences and memories of the First World War. We encourage Queensland communities through their local libraries, RSLs, schools, academic institutions, historical and family history societies, community organisations, museums, heritage network, and groups interested in First World War history to get involved by exploring Queensland’s unique stories and creating their own project within the Q ANZAC 100 focus on Historypin,” Ms Wright said.
“This is a significant, long-term initiative as it enables communities, organisations and individuals to tell current and future generations Queensland’s stories, connecting our local history with the world’s experience of the First World War, as they come together in this online space. It’s easy to contribute by simply gathering together and uploading First World War or commemoration related images, video, audio clips, or documents, then link them to the relevant location by pinning the item on the map.”
Arts Minister Ian Walker was proud to include a poem from his own family history on Historypin.
“The poem Australia as a Nation was written by my great uncle Glanville Rolls, who died in the Battle of the Somme in 1916,” Mr Walker said.
“I’m proud to see this poem as part of Historypin and encourage other Queenslanders to contribute their
own stories and memories. We’ll keep the Queensland side of the ANZAC legend alive only if we share our stories. We owe that to the Queenslanders who didn’t come home, and to the future generations who are yet to be born.”
Queensland State Archives, Brisbane Grammar School and communities through their local libraries in
Quilpie, Hughenden, Mackay, Redlands and Sunshine Coast have already joined State Library in adding images and local stories to Q ANZAC 100 on Historypin.
“One such story is about World War One in the Redlands. ‘Our Soldiers, our stories’ tells the impact of the First World War on the Redlands through photographs, information and stories about local WWI soldiers and their families,” Ms Wright said.
“State Library’s ‘Egypt Experience’ reveals the 1st AIF departed Australia for Europe but arrived in Cairo instead, revealing the fascinating and varied insights of those young Australians throughout 1914–1918. The opportunities for communities to explore, capture and share their local First World War stories within Q ANZAC 100 on Historypin are endless.”

To find or contribute your First World War stories to Q ANZAC 100 Memories for a New Generation visit www.qanzac100.slq.qld.gov.au

Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation is a State Library of Queensland initiative, proudly supported by the Queensland Government, to commemorate our history, expand our understanding of the First World War and help current and future generations appreciate our state’s experience of the war and Anzac legacy.

Follow the conversation with @slqld @Historypin #qanzac100 and #ww1

Media enquiries:
Kirri-Lee Huggett | 07 3842 9803 | kirri-lee.huggett@slq.qld.gov.au State Library of Queensland Communications


About Historypin

Historypin brings people together from different generations and cultures to collaborate with their local community to share, explore and document their local history. Through a set of web and mobile tools, anyone can upload historical photographs, videos, audio clips, stories and memories. These can be explored through maps and timelines, enriched with stories and memories and overlaid over Google Street View to create windows into the past. So far 375,000 pieces of materials have been shared by 60,000 users and 2,000 institutions and community groups around the world. Historypin runs a series of projects around the world, running local activities and events to generate positive social impacts in communities.

Historypin is a not-for-profit and was created by the not-for-profit behaviour change company Shift.

For more information, visit www.historypin.org

20 Nov 2014

ALLtogether 2014

Celebrate International Day of People with Disability ‘ALLtogether’ at State Library

State Library will host a free festival on Sunday 30 November, inviting the community to join in celebrating International Day of People with Disability.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the ALLtogether celebration day is an important event in State Library’s calendar, as it lets people with disability know their contributions to Queensland are recognised and valued.

“State Library is a welcoming place for all Queenslanders. Each year, we take this special day to acknowledge the important contributions people with disability make every day, to celebrate their diverse stories and acknowledge how they enrich our community.”

Hosted in partnership with UnitingCare Community and sponsored by Multicap, ALLtogether will bring people with a disability, organisations and the wider community together to promote understanding of and respect for people with a disability.

This is the fourth year State Library has partnered with UnitingCare Community to celebrate International Day of People with Disability.

UnitingCare Community’s Director of Disability Services Lorna Sullivan said ALLtogether is one of many events worldwide that aim to raise community awareness, improve attitudes, and break down the barriers faced by people with disability.

“UnitingCare Community is proud to continue co-hosting ALLtogether, as it strengthens our commitment to engaging people with disabilities, their families and friends, and helping them to lead good lives,” she said.

At ALLtogether 2014 visitors can experience an even wider range of exciting performances and activities than in previous years.

There will be on-stage entertainment throughout the day, including performers with disabilities such as The Transformers Choir, Southside Singers and DJ Jammers.

Numerous organisations and community groups will also host art and craft stalls and information stands, including Brisbane City Council, Access Arts, the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and Life Without Barriers.

The event will be held at State Library, 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 2014
When: Sunday 30 November, 10am-4pm
Where: State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, Cultural Precinct, South Bank
See the full program at slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on, or contact Lyn Thompson on 07 3842 9058 for more information.

Media enquiries: Shahedah Sabdia, SLQ Communications
07 3842 9084 | shahedah.sabdia@slq.qld.gov.au

19 Nov 2014

Wild things

Wild things play at State Library these holidays

This summer, discover a place where wild things play through workshops, activities, stories and a monster film festival for all ages at State Library.

Kicking off on 5 January 2015, State Library’s summer holiday program will have little monsters’ imaginations running wild as they build lairs, discover hidden wild things, dress up, play out their favourite tales, and explore the art of storytelling in Story Lab workshops. State Librarian Janette Wright said SLQ’s holiday program sees thousands of families visit each year for its rich program of fun and affordable activities for everyone.

“Both children and adults will be engaged with the great range of creative learning experiences SLQ offers, giving families a fun way to spend quality time together,” Ms Wright said.

“Many of our holiday program visitors say the activities are ‘not just for kids!’ as they have such a wonderful time themselves with their children.”

Experiment with the properties of paint in Queensland monster manufactory workshops (for ages 4 to 12, bookings required); get crafty and bring out your inner monster at wild wardrobe workshops (for all ages); create a monster-worthy reading den in the monster build workshops (for all ages, bookings required); then snuggle in and get ready for some tall tales with terrifying tales story time (for all ages).

Enjoy some ferocious family favourites in the monster family film fest (for all ages); and don’t miss creative hands-on workshops for little designers in the APDL little designers workshops (for ages 4 to 8, bookings required).

Plus, Story Lab workshops (for ages 8 to 16, bookings required) are back for another jam packed program of hands-on, minds-on fun and creativity. Choose from workshops in Minecraft, animation, robotics, manga, comics, cartooning, or script writing and performance.

Bookings are required for some workshops. For more information and to book visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on

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

18 Nov 2014

2014 Queensland Literary Awards shortlists

2014 Queensland Literary Awards shortlists announcement

State Librarian Janette Wright today announced the shortlists for the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards.
In releasing the shortlists Ms Wright said, “The continued support for the Queensland Literary Awards from authors, publishers, sponsors and the literary community has been exceptional. 
We thank and acknowledge the support of our key award partners the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund, The Courier-Mail, the University of Queensland, Griffith University, and the University of Southern Queensland.
It has been inspiring and encouraging to see many of Australia’s distinguished and much loved authors represented alongside debut authors. The judges, across all categories, have had an extremely challenging task short listing from such a rich field of nominations and I thank them for their work."
 
The high calibre of entries has again highlighted the strength of Australian writing and publishing with a number of smaller independent presses/publishers alongside the major publishing houses.
In addition to the Queensland Literary Awards, three Queensland Writers Fellowships and the inaugural Queensland Premier’s Young Writers Fellowship will provide support for Queensland authors to develop their work for publication.
Arts Minister Ian Walker said the Queensland Government was supporting four fellowships to create opportunities for the next generation of writing heavyweights.

“The awards night will see three $15,000 Queensland Writers Fellowships presented, along with the Queensland Premier’s Young Writers Fellowship worth $10,000 for a Queensland writer under 30 years old,” Mr Walker said.
“These awards mean more Queensland writers can pursue a literary career, develop manuscripts for publication, and tell their stories to a national audience.”

The award winners and recipients of the fellowships will be announced at a special awards ceremony to be held on Monday 8 December 2014.

The shortlists can be found at www.qldliteraryawards.org.au

2014 Queensland Literary Award categories are:

  • University of Queensland Fiction Book Award
  • University of Queensland Non-fiction Book Award
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award
  • Griffith University Children’s Book Award
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award
  • University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer - David Unaipon Award (supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and University of Queensland Press)
  • Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award (supported by the University of Queensland Press)
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book for the Year

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

28 Oct 2014

Queensland Book of the Year

What’s your Queensland Book of the Year?

Voting is now open for The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year as part of the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards program.

State Librarian Janette Wright today announced the shortlist for the competition, which features popular local authors Frances Whiting, Matthew Condon and T. M. Clark, and opened voting to the public to decide who will take out the $5,000 prize.

“The People’s Choice award is a key category in the Queensland Literary Awards, celebrating great writing by local authors and giving readers the power to decide the winner,” said Ms Wright.

“The incredible diversity of Queensland writing talent is highlighted in the 2014 shortlist which includes romance, crime, outstanding journalistic enquiry, memoir and surprisingly, even instructions on how to do a liver transplant."

“Queenslanders are avid readers and writers, with 84% of people reading or engaging in some form of creative writing. It is wonderful to have the support of The Courier-Mail for this award where readers become the judging panel,” she said.

The Courier-Mail editor Christopher Dore said The Courier-Mail has a proud tradition of supporting literature in Queensland.

“I encourage all readers to go online and vote for their Queensland book of the year,” said Mr Dore.

Catherine Titasey won the Queensland Literary Awards Emerging Queensland Author in 2012 for her manuscript which has now been nominated for the People’s Choice award. This is testament to how important competitions like these are to supporting, nurturing and developing local writing talent.

Members of the public can vote for their favourite shortlisted book at the Queensland Literary Awards website http://qldliteraryawards.org.au until 21 November.

The winner will be announced at the Queensland Literary Awards ceremony in December.

The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award
Shortlist 2014

  • My Brother–But–One, T. M. Clark (Harlequin Mira)
  • Walking on Trampolines, Frances Whiting (Pan Macmillan)
  • My Island Homicide, Catherine Titasey (UQP)
  • Atomic City, Sally Breen (Harper Collins)
  • Jacks and Jokers, Matthew Condon (UQP)
  • Lingering Doubts: Going Inside Brisbane's Arcade Murder, Deb Drummond and Janice Teunis (Copyright Publishing)
  • How to do a liver transplant: Stories from my surgical life, Kellee Slater (NewSouth Books)
  • The Power of Bones, Keelen Mailman (Allen and Unwin)

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

24 Oct 2014

Last chance Q ANZAC 100 Fellowships

Last chance to apply for a Q ANZAC 100 Fellowship

There are only two weeks left to apply for State Library of Queensland’s inaugural Q ANZAC 100:
Memories for a New Generation
fellowship program.

Four fellowships valued at $15,000 each are on offer to fund research projects relating to Queensland’s
experience of the First World War, both on the home front and the warfront.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the fellowship program is a unique opportunity for researchers to
explore and create new knowledge about our state’s history and commemorate 100 years since the First
World War.

“We are calling for fellowship applications from across Queensland, particularly those that draw attention to
the untold stories of the First World War,” Ms Wright said.

“Following the key criteria — relevance to Queensland and the First World War, new knowledge, use of
collections, project outcomes and project viability — fellowship outcomes may include anything from a
publication, an online engagement activity, a cultural activity or product, a significant acquisition or a
curatorial contribution to the John Oxley Library collection. State Library is a leading collector of Queensland’s documentary heritage and the fellowship program aims to make these resources more visible and accessible to Queenslanders and the rest of the world,” she said.

The John Oxley Library is a key custodian of Queensland’s documentary heritage and presents a wealth of
opportunities for researchers or anyone fascinated by Queensland’s First World War experience to
contribute to our state’s history.

Together with the $15,000 stipend, each fellow is allocated a workspace for up to 12 months, access to the
John Oxley Library collection and support from State Library staff.

Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation is a five year legacy project led by State Library and
proudly supported by the Queensland Government, commemorating the centenary of the First World War
and Anzac across Queensland.

Fellowship applications close at 5pm on Friday 7 November 2014.

Visit slq.qld.gov.au for more information and to apply.

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

14 Oct 2014

CUSP

State Library takes design to the edge with new exhibition

One of the most significant contemporary Australian design exhibitions produced in the past 10 years opens at State Library of Queensland on 1 November.

CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade features the work of 12 visionary designers who are developing creative solutions to some of the big challenges we face today and into the future.

State Librarian and CEO Janette Wright said State Library was pleased to host the Brisbane show of this prestigious, nationally touring exhibition developed by Object: Australian Design Centre.

CUSP is a bold and stimulating exhibition, sure to ignite curiosity and spark the imagination of all our visitors — from inquisitive children through to professional designers,” said Ms Wright.

From data visualisation to social robotics, CUSP covers the full breadth of design, showcasing some of the most exciting ideas currently being explored by Australian designers.

Removing the stigma of personal medical devices to turn them into covetable objects, designing programs that help sick children deal with pain, and ideas for solving the global housing crisis are all challenges addressed by designers in CUSP

Visitors can explore the work of Chris Bosse, an architect who designs sustainable buildings and future cities by creating architectural technologies inspired by structures in nature such as soap bubbles, snowflakes and spider webs.

Test your strength and stamina at Floyd Mueller’s Hanging Off a Bar installation, which takes the computer game into a whole new realm, creating fun, physical experiences that may well be the future of exercise.

Connect yourself to George Khut’s body-focused artwork which becomes animated with colourful visuals and relaxing sounds as you consciously calm your body and mind.

An exhibition, a laboratory and an opportunity for learning and experiencing new ideas, CUSP takes us way beyond what we believe is possible when we think of design today.

CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade will be at State Library of Queensland from 1 November 2014 to 8 February 2015. Visit www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on for more details.

CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade is an Object: Australian Design Centre National Touring Program. Object: Australian Design Centre has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Object: Australian Design Centre is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

Interviews and images are available upon request.

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

26 Sep 2014

Q ANZAC 100 Fellowships

Fellowships explore untold stories of the First World War

State Library of Queensland’s inaugural Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation fellowships, proudly supported by the Queensland Government, open for applications today.

Four fellowships valued at $15,000 each will fund research projects relating to Queensland’s experience of the First World War, both on the home front and the warfront.

Minister Assisting the Premier for the Centenary of Anzac Glen Elmes said that Queenslanders have lived with memories of World War One for a century, and not all of them have been shared.

“Communities and families across the state possess a treasure trove of stories reflecting the courage, resilience, sacrifice and duty that immortalised the Anzac spirit,” Mr Elmes said.

“Our geographically diverse state meant that often many of our smaller towns and regions were dramatically impacted by the events of World War One. A hundred years on, there are still stories to be told, memories to be shared, and undiscovered treasures tucked away in family homes, personal collections and cultural institutions across Queensland. Uncovering and interpreting these memories and stories is important in helping us commemorate and understand Queensland’s World War One history, and its impact on our community.”

State Librarian Janette Wright said the fellowship program aims to foster new research and develop new knowledge about the Queensland experience of the First World War, and is part of State Library’s Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program.

Q ANZAC 100 is a five-year program of legacy initiatives that commemorates 100 years of World War One and Anzac history in Queensland,” Ms Wright said.

“The fellowship program aims to uncover and explore the lesser known or untold stories about our state and how Queensland experienced the First World War.”

Together with the $15,000 stipend, each fellow is allocated a workspace for up to 12 months, access to the John Oxley Library and expert advice from State Library staff for the duration of their project.

Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation commemorates our history, expands our understanding of the First World War and helps current and future generations appreciate our state’s experience of the First World War and Anzac legacy.

Fellowship applications close at 5pm on Friday 7 November 2014. Visit www.slq.qld.gov.au for more information and to apply.

Media enquiries:
Minister Elmes - Peter McCarthy (0408) 835 548
State Library - Kirri-Lee Huggett 07 3842 9803 | kirri-lee.huggett@slq.qld.gov.au

26 Sep 2014

Think Outside 2014

Designing an identity for a Brisbane of the future

State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is asking leading designers and design thinkers to imagine where the future of Brisbane might lead us.

Think Outside is an annual talk series hosted by SLQ’s Asia Pacific Design Library, in which local, national and international design thinkers are asked to contemplate a problem outside their area of expertise, offering new and unexpected solutions for discussion.
 
Taking inspiration from the G20 Summit, as well as the recently released Queensland Plan, the 2014 series looks to the future, challenging panellists to consider how we might celebrate and design Brisbane’s future identity.
 
Natalie Wright, Manager of the Asia Pacific Design Library, said design thinking was a creative, future-focussed problem-solving process that matched needs with opportunities.
 
“This way of approaching problems is becoming increasingly recognised as a powerful tool for creatively exploring the complex and intertwined challenges of the 21st century,” said Ms Wright.
 
“As the world turns its attention on Brisbane for the G20 Summit, we’re taking the opportunity to consider how we might approach the future of this city through a design lens — from community empowerment to economic prosperity.”
 
“By asking leading design thinkers these significant questions, we hope to ignite discussion that inspires new ideas and possibilities, leading to broader conversations and action on this issue,” she said.
 
Speakers for the first Think Outside event on 14 October include Professor Herman Pi’ikea Clark, Director of Tokorau Institute of Indigenous Innovation (New Zealand), Paul Pholeros , Architect and Director of Healthabitat (Sydney) and John Macdonald from Lightspace (Brisbane).
 
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.
 
Visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on for more details, and to book tickets.
 
The 2014 Think Outside series is presented by SLQ and sponsored by Griffith University Queensland College of Art. 
 
When: Tue 14 Oct and Wed 5 Nov, 6.30pm (networking drinks from 5.30pm)
Where: 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




18 Sep 2014

Hot Modernism

Hot modernism sparks conversations at State Library

State Library of Queensland partnering with The UQ School of Architecture, is sharing stories of Queensland’s architectural past through the hugely popular exhibition Hot Modernism.
State Librarian Janette Wright said the exhibition had been embraced by patrons and had opened up conversations about our city and its buildings.

Hot Modernism explores and showcases the changing face of Queensland from 1945–75, revealing not only stories of the architecture, but also stories about the people who created, worked and lived in the buildings,” said Ms Wright.

“It has been a nostalgic journey for many of our visitors, with the exhibition triggering memories of people’s own experience living in and around the featured buildings, as well as sparking curiosity about the history of their own childhood haunts.”

“For us, the sign of a great exhibition is one that sparks conversation, and gets people talking, sharing and exploring their own personal stories, and we’ve definitely seen that with Hot Modernism.”

“With only a few weeks remaining of the exhibition, I encourage anyone who hasn’t yet seen it to come along and explore Hot Modernism for themselves, before doors close on 12 October,” she said.

Visitors to the exhibition can walk through a full-scale re-creation of a 1957 house, take a seat in a 1960s living room and examine 3D architectural models, original drawings and historical photographs from the time.

Hot Modernism is on display at State Library of Queensland until 12 October. Visit www.slq.qld.gov.au/hot-modernism for more details.

The project is supported by the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Project funding scheme, and project partners BVN Donovan Hill, Conrad Gargett Riddel – Ancher Mortlock Woolley and Wilson Architects, along with principal sponsor dansk vintage.

Interviews and images available upon request.

Media enquiries

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

9 Sep 2014

Indigenous military service

Untold stories of Indigenous military service uncovered

State Library of Queensland explores the untold story of Indigenous service in the First World War with an online screening of the Serving Country Forum.

Tune in on 26 September to watch a full day of thought-provoking conversations unfold as the Indigenous experience of WWI, both on the homefront and the battlefront, is discussed. Organise a viewing at your workplace, community organisation or at home to share the interesting discoveries together.

State Librarian Janette Wright said screening the Serving Country Forum online via State Library’s website provides a rare opportunity for anyone to experience the stories uncovered by the Black Diggers project — a joint Queensland Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company production.

“When war was declared in 1914 many Indigenous men were the first to try to enlist, although it wasn’t until April 1917 that Indigenous enlistment was permitted,” Ms Wright said.

“As we uncover this hidden history, it’s clear that these men fought valiantly for their country. As they stood by their fellow Australians they hoped to bring equality to their communities. Until very recently, these stories and this important history were virtually unknown.”

Facilitated by Joshua Creamer, Native Title Barrister and Chairman of Titans 4 Tomorrow, the forum features a keynote address by Dr Jackie Huggins AM FAHA, Historian and Author. A range of guest speakers will discuss topics such as 100 years of Indigenous service, researching Indigenous service history and creative responses to commemorating the fallen.

Speakers and researchers from the Black Diggers production will present along with speakers from the Australian War Memorial, Cherbourg Historical Precinct and the Yugambeh Museum.

Minister Assisting the Premier on the Anzac Centenary, Glen Elmes, said the forum’s theme of Serving Country reflects this year’s NAIDOC Week theme which recognised the century of military service by Indigenous Australians.

Mr Elmes said that Indigenous Australians have served the country in conflicts going back to the Boer War, and many have died protecting Australian and Commonwealth interests.

“It’s amazing these young Australians even bothered to join up because they were not classed as citizens, had no right to vote, could not buy property or enter a public bar,” Mr Elmes said.

“Many of them were treated as equals for the first time in their lives as soldiers, but upon returning to civilian life they experienced the same discrimination and prejudice as before going into uniform. A century later, we continue to honour their memory and the memory of every Queenslander who gave their all during those four dark years and the re-building which followed.”

Arts Minister Ian Walker said State Library had led Queensland in helping us to commemorate our Anzac heritage.

“The Queensland Government supports State Library to deliver services for all Queenslanders, wherever they live,” Mr Walker said.

“Their special role in helping us to know authentic Anzac experiences not only informs this generation, but
keeps the Anzac story alive for future generations.”

The Serving Country Forum is part of Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation, a five year legacy
project led by State Library and proudly supported by the Queensland Government, commemorating the
centenary of World War One and Anzac across Queensland.

Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation, will commemorate and celebrate our history, capture living
memories, and help current and future generations understand Queensland’s experiences during and after
the First World War — renewing the First World War and Anzac legacy.

For more information on the Serving Country Forum online screening and Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a
New Generation visit State Library of Queensland’s website at slq.qld.gov.au.

Serving Country Forum live stream
Friday 26 September, 9am–3.30pm
slq.qld.gov.au/audio-video

Join the conversation on Twitter with #ww1 #qanzac100 and #servingcountry

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

8 Sep 2014

Thousands of images free from State Library

Thousands of images free from State Library

Immediate access to 60,000 high resolution historic and contemporary Queensland images is now available free from State Library of Queensland.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the images could be downloaded via the SLQ catalogue.

She said, “All our out-of-copyright and Creative Commons-licenced images are now available for direct download from our catalogue – at no charge.  We believe wholeheartedly in making our content available to all so we’re delighted to offer this new service. Images available cover Queensland people, places, and events. They are high resolution TIFF files and the images can be re-used for any purpose – all we ask is that you credit or attribute the images appropriately. Those images made available under a Creative Commons licence should be credited by identifying State Library, the creator, the title, and the licence the work is under. Out-of-copyright images can simply be credited to State Library of Queensland.”

Ms Wright said State Library of Queensland images were being used for a wide range of purposes.

She said, “Our images are already widely used – for websites and blogs, school work, academic research and more – and this new service makes these images even more accessible.”

Information about SLQ’s preferred attribution can be found at www.slq.qld.gov.au/home/copyright.

To download high resolution images go to www.slq.qld.gov.au and search the catalogue. When you find the image you want, select Display item on the right hand side and then click on the download icon top left (View Options). Select the download icon again and you will then be able to open or save the image.

Previously library clients had to pay to order copies which could take up to five working days for delivery.

State Library will continue to provide an image reproduction services offering clients a high resolution file or photographic print of items in the collections. Pricing depends on original format and delivery options. See www.slq.qld.gov.au/services/copies-loans for details.

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

Women running over a sand dune

Young women running over a sand dune on an unidentified beach, ca. 1935. Image courtesy of State Library of Queensland

Link to digital item

http://hdl.handle.net/10462/deriv/142233

John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg: 45726

Gardens Point in Brisbane, ca 1870

Gardens Point in Brisbane, ca 1870.  Image courtesy of State Library of Queensland

Link to digital item

http://hdl.handle.net/10462/deriv/110535

John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg: 156882

31 Aug 2014

Premier's Cultural Diversity Award

Cultural diversity award for State Library of Queensland

State Library was, on Saturday, announced as the winner of the Premier’s Cultural Diversity Award in the Public Sector category.

The Premier’s Cultural Diversity Awards recognise the valuable contributions of Queenslanders who support Queensland’s cultural diversity and help build an inclusive, harmonious community.

State Librarian Janette Wright said she was thrilled to win the prestigious award.

She said, “The State Library of Queensland serves all Queenslanders and we take that responsibility seriously.”

“We have an extensive collection in Languages Other Than English comprising over 90.000 items in 50 different languages including books, DVDs, and CDs. Items can be borrowed via your local public library”

The State Library’s Creative Community Computing program is run in conjunction with organisations like the Multicultural Development Association (MDA) and the Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma. The program teaches participants the skills they need for IT self-sufficiency – working with recycled computer hardware and free and open-source software.

Ms Wright said SLQ’s Mobile Media Lab was a program actively targeting young people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

“The media lab is a production hub and training resource enabling young people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities to develop skills in media production, create stories that are meaningful to their community, and distribute them to the wider community. At the moment we are working with diverse communities, including Muslim young people creating digital stories exploring their experiences in Australia.”

“We are also sharing stories from Queensland’s multicultural festivals by documenting the heritage of the Australian-Italian Festival, the Pacific Unity Festival, and the Africa Day celebrations."

“State Library is developing a Cultural Diversity Engagement Framework – replacing our Multicultural Action Plan – that will outline how we work with multicultural communities. Our Content Strategy also expresses our commitment to making sure Queensland’s multicultural heritage is represented in our collections.”

“We have a number of human resource initiatives in place including our very successful Work & Welcome program in partnership with MDA. The program, which is funded through staff donations, offers short-term paid work experience for recently arrived refugees and migrants to help them settle successfully into their new home country.”

We have hosted two Work & Welcome placements to date with both individuals going on to secure further work with SLQ on completion of their work experience.”

Arts Minister Ian Walker said the State Library's winning this award highlighted its role as a cultural leader within the community.
 
"State Library is there to serve all Queenslanders," Mr Walker said.

"Its programs are tailored to engage as many of us as possible, including multicultural communities. It delivers these programs in a variety of ways, both digitally and in person, which helps people get involved."

"This award highlights the State Library’s achievement of helping deliver the arts to all Queenslanders, wherever they live, wherever they were born.”

The awards were announced at the Premier’s Cultural Diversity Awards gala dinner on Saturday 30 August 2014.

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


22 Aug 2014

2014 Young Writers Award winners

Winner announced for the 2014 State Library Young Writers Award

Brisbane writer Michael Day has been awarded the prestigious State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award and $2,000 for his short story Zen Master.

Mr Day, a 22 year old writing and literature student at UQ, said he was thrilled to be acknowledged for his story, which captures the vulnerability and awkwardness of the transition into adulthood.

“It's amazing because this story feels like the closest I've come to figuring out how I like writing and what I like writing about,” he said.

Acting CEO Kathy Hayter said the Young Writers Award, which was established in 1995, continues to unearth and encourage young creative talent.

“This year the competition received a record number of entries, with stories coming in from right across Queensland,” said Ms Hayter.

“The Young Writers Award sits alongside State Library’s black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing program and the Queensland Literary Awards as key initiatives celebrating, showcasing and supporting the development of Queensland’s writing talent.

“It’s competitions such as these that give budding young writers the confidence, resources and connections to develop their writing further."

Arts Minister Ian Walker said it was exciting to see new Queensland talent like Mr Day launch on the literary scene.

“Michael now joins a prestigious list of young writers who started their writing careers by winning the Young Writers Award prize.”

“Most recently, past winner Rebecca Jessen this month published her first book Gap (UQP), which is a novelisation of the short story which won her the 2012 Young Writers Award,” Mr Walker said.

The Young Writers Award Runner-Up prize of $500 went to Lucinda Bopf from Kedron for Fish, a memorable story full of originality and ambition.

Judges also recognised four highly commended entries — Fog on the Highway by Regan Lynch (Paddington), Ziggy the Bagman by Tina Gaudry (St Lucia), The Beekeeper's Wife by Kimberley Smith (Annerley), and The Deep End by Molly Glassey (Paddington).

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.

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



19 Aug 2014

Queensland Literary Awards

A new chapter for Queensland Literary Awards

Entries are now open for the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) under a new arrangement which sees State Library of Queensland take leadership of the program.

QLA is a community driven awards program which nurtures and celebrates the talent and achievements of Australian writers.

State Librarian Janette Wright said that State Library will collaborate with the QLA Committee and supporting partners to continue the work of the awards program in its third year.

“Whilst State Library will take a leadership role in managing the QLA program, we will continue the collaborative model established through the hard work and dedication of the QLA Committee, volunteers, partners and supporting community members over the past two years.”

“We are excited to have the continued support of key QLA partners including the University of Queensland, Griffith University, the University of Southern Queensland, the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund and The Courier-Mail,” Ms Wright said.

“The Queensland Literary Awards complement our existing awards programs – the Young Writers Award and the black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships and Indigenous Editing Mentorships.”

“Queenslanders are avid readers and writers, with 84% of people reading or engaging in some form of creative writing. State Library is delighted to play a role in not only nurturing this interest throughout the state, but also applauding those who excel at writing through this prestigious awards program.”

“Programs such as the QLA are key in drawing out our most unique and captivating literary voices, and sharing them with the world. We’re excited to see what this year’s entries will produce,” Ms Wright said.

Arts Minister Ian Walker said aspiring Queensland writers could also apply for a new $10,000 Queensland Premier’s Young Writers Fellowship or one of three 2014 Queensland Writers Fellowships worth $15,000 each.

“The aim of these fellowships is to discover and encourage new writing talent,” Mr Walker said. “The Premier’s fellowship is specifically for young Queensland writers under 30, to help young talent find their feet.  We want to provide opportunities for talented Queensland writers who are looking for support to finish their manuscripts to get the help upfront when it is needed.”

Nominations for the Queensland Literary Awards and Fellowships close on 19 September 2014 and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in December.

Information about the awards, the Queensland Premier’s Young Writers Fellowship, Queensland Writers Fellowships and nomination forms are available at www.qldliteraryawards.org.au

2014 Queensland Literary Award categories are:

  • University of Queensland Fiction Book Award
  • University of Queensland Non-fiction Book Award
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award
  • Griffith University Children’s Book Award
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award
  • University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer - David Unaipon Award (supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and University of Queensland Press)
  • Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award (supported by the University of Queensland Press)
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book for the Year

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



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