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Mabo: 30 years on

Sat 28 May · 10am–3pm
State Library of Queensland invites members of the Torres Strait Islander community to celebrate the Legacy: Reflections on Mabo exhibition and acknowledge the remarkable life, politics, activism, and legacy of Eddie “Koiki” Mabo. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the landmark decision which recognized in Australian law for the first time the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to their lands.  Book now to join us for performances, conversations, exhibition viewing and more. The full event schedule is coming soon! Can't make it in person? If you can't make it to the State Library of Queensland, please join us online to watch the livestream. Register for the online event here.
Sovereign Stories celebration day Celebrating 10 years of blackwrite Crowd shot Ali Cobby Eckermann on screen

black&write Fellowship Announcement Ceremony

Tue 31 May · 3–4:30pm
Join us for a special award ceremony and afternoon tea to welcome our two newest black&write! Fellows. At the ceremony you will hear new work from First Nations writers and experience the Sovereign Stories: 10 years of black&write! exhibition. The black&write! Fellowships offer two Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers: $10,000 prize, manuscript development with State Library of Queensland’s black&write! editorial team and a publishing opportunity with Hachette Australia. We are pleased to have Tristan Michael Savage as our MC for this event. Tristan is a Brisbane based Writer-Performer, and was a winner of the black&write! fellowship in 2013. black&write! is made possible through generous support from the Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund, The Lionel & Yvonne Spencer Trust, The Brian J Sutton Charitable Trust and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. We are proud to work with Hachette Australia as the black&write! Fellowship publishing partner.   If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, feel free to contact the State Library of Queensland at  Subscribe to be the first to know about our program of events.   

Baby Play in The Corner

Mon & Fri · 10–10:45am
A special First 5 Forever session for babies 0-12months.  These sessions focus on baby-paced play, rhyme and shared story in a way that supports you as your baby’s most important educator – with plenty of opportunity to learn and grow together.  Baby Play takes place every Monday and Friday at 10am. No bookings required. First 5 Forever is an initiative of the Queensland Government and State Library of Queensland. It is delivered in The Corner and at public libraries across Queensland.

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