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State Library media releases

Media release • 9 February 2019

EXHIBITION TELLS STORY OF BLACKBIRDING IN QUEENSLAND

Tricked, kidnapped and enslaved; the history of the strength and resilience of Australian South Sea Islanders is explored in State Library of Queensland’s newest exhibition opening 16 February.

Media release • 8 February 2019

CRIME QUEEN LYNDA LA PLANTE TALKS REVENGE AT STATE LIBRARY

British crime queen, Lynda La Plante, will discuss her new book, Widows’ Revenge, at State Library of Queensland on 13 February.

Media release • 8 February 2019

$60,000 IN FELLOWSHIPS FOR QUEENSLAND RESEARCHERS

Applications for State Library of Queensland’s annual research fellowships are now open.

Media release • 17 December 2018

ROBOT RACES AND CARDBOARD CASTLES AT STATE LIBRARY THIS SUMMER

About 30,000 children and their families are expected to step into a world of art, stories and play with the State Library of Queensland’s Summer Festival from 31 December.

Media release • 3 December 2018

KIDS CAN BEAT ACADEMIC SLUMP WITH SUMMER READING CLUB

The national Summer Reading Club has kicked off, with Australian children expected to read half a million books in December and January, helping to stop the ‘summer slide’.

Media release • 26 November 2018

THE COUPLE, THE CADILLAC AND THE CAMERA

A husband and wife who cruised the streets in a pink Cadillac in the 1960s and ‘70s taking hundreds of thousands of photos of Queensland homes feature in a major new State Library of Queensland exhibition opening 7 December.

Media release • 21 November 2018​

​​​​​​QUEENSLAND CONSERVATOR WINS NATIONAL PRIZE

A State Library of Queensland conservator was crowned national Conservator of the Year at a special ceremony in Melbourne last night.

Media release • 7 November 2018​

AN ARSONIST AND AN ADMIRAL IN CONVERSATION IN STATE LIBRARY FIRST

A loner. A twisted mind. A devastating firestorm.

Media release • 23 October 2018

WINNERS OF THE 2018 QUEENSLAND LITERARY AWARDS ANNOUNCED

Real life events explored through both non-fiction and fiction have been revealed as winners at tonight’s 2018 Queensland Literary Awards ceremony at State Library of Queensland.

Media release • 22 September 2018

STATE LIBRARY COMMEMORATES 100 YEARS OF PALM ISLAND

The story of a Palm Island boat builder who saved his people’s language from extinction is revealed in a new State Library of Queensland showcase opening today.

Media release • 31 August 2018

EXCEPTIONAL AUSTRALIAN WRITERS REVEALED AS FINALISTS IN QUEENSLAND LITERARY AWARDS

Stories from Queensland’s most exciting young writers and new work from Australian publishing heavyweights are finalists in the prestigious Queensland Literary Awards for 2018.

Media release • 22 July 2018

STATE LIBRARY OF QUEENSLAND ANNOUNCES 2018 YOUNG WRITERS AWARD RECIPIENTS

Two gripping stories from Brisbane writers aged under 25 have won the State Library of Queensland’s 2018 Young Writers Award.

Media release • 28 June 2018

STATE LIBRARY UNCOVERS HIDDEN HISTORIES OF QUEENSLAND ISLANDS

A mother separated from her children and forced to live in a leper colony for over a decade is one of many compelling tales from State Library of Queensland’s newest exhibition, Islands.

Media release • 28 June 2018

2018 QUEENSLAND BUSINESS HISTORY AWARD

A Brisbane deconstruction and civil engineering company won the 2018 Queensland Business History Award at tonight’s Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame induction dinner.

Media release • 8 June 2018

FORGOTTEN LOTTERY UNCOVERED BY STATE LIBRARY FELLOWSHIP WINNER

A lottery system that saw millions of hectares of prime agricultural land given away to would-be farmers will be uncovered by the winner of a prestigious State Library of Queensland fellowship announced last night.

Media release • 26 April 2018

2018 BLACK&WRITE! FELLOWSHIP WINNERS REVEALED

A surfer who battled serious illness and a singer from the Stiff Gins are the two winners of the 2018 black&write! Fellowships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait writers.

Media release • 10 April 2018

PRIZE MONEY BOOST FOR 2018 QUEENSLAND LITERARY AWARDS

Entries are now open for the prestigious Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) and Queensland Writers Fellowships, with total prize money increasing from $205,000 to $240,000.

Media release • 20 March 2018

$2,000 FOR QUEENSLAND'S NEXT GREAT YOUNG WRITER

Entries are now open for the State Library of Queensland’s annual Young Writers Award, with $2,000 going to the winner of the popular short story competition.

Media release • 19 March 2018

STATE LIBRARY FELLOWS DOMINATE STELLA PRIZE SHORTLIST

Half the writers shortlisted for the national Stella Prize have won fellowships through the State Library of Queensland’s writing programs.

Media release • 12 March 2018

SPINIFEX PAPER AND RECLAIMED PLASTIC: THE QUEEN'S BATON AT SLQ

Discover the story behind the design of the GC2018 Queen’s Baton at State Library of Queensland (SLQ).

Media release • 2 March 2018

LIFESTYLES CHOICES - FINDING FULFILMENT UNDER THE QUEENSLAND SUN

What are the ingredients of a meaningful life?  A skipping rope, an artist’s paint box, forty winks under a Jacaranda tree, helping your neighbours in a tropical cyclone, or even, a bowl of prunes.

Ministerial statements

View the latest relevant media statements from Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister or the Arts, the Honourable Leanne Enouch.

Ministerial release • 12 December 2018

SUMMER SIZZLES AT THE CULTURAL CENTRE

The Queensland Cultural Centre is heating up for a summer holiday season of arts and cultural adventure with a sizzling program of exhibitions, performances and activities.

Ministerial release • 24 October 2018

2018 QUEENSLAND LITERARY AWARD WINNERS SHOW OFF LOCAL TALENT

The Palaszczuk Government has congratulated this year’s line-up of talented writers at the Queensland Literary Awards, including the winners of the prestigious Queensland Premier’s Awards.

Ministerial release • 1 August 2018

CULTURAL CENTRE ATTRACTS 7 MILLION VISITORS IN 2017–2018

Brisbane’s Cultural Centre continues to thrive, attracting a record 7 million visitors in 2017-18, Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said today.

Ministerial release • 24 September 2018

TOOWOOMBA'S ALIVE WITH SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ARTS AND LEARNING EXPERIENCES

When it comes to fun and engaging STEM and early literacy activities this school holidays, Toowoomba children and families are spoiled for choice.

Ministerial release • 9 July 2018

QUEENSLAND'S ART AND CULTURE TO HEADLINE NAIDOC WEEK 2018 CELEBRATIONS

NAIDOC Week will be front and centre of arts events being held across Queensland this week, and Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said it was a great opportunity for people to hear and learn stories dating back thousands of generations.

Ministerial release • 6 July 2018

BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL EXPLORES 'WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW'

Tens of thousands of people will descend on Queensland in September to embrace “what the world needs now” as part of the 2018 Brisbane Writers Festival.

Ministerial release • 12 June 2018

FIRST 5 FOREVER FUNDING SEES EARLY LITERARY FLOURISH

Promoting the joys of reading to young Queenslanders remains a priority for the Palaszczuk Government, with the state announcing an annual commitment of $5 million to continue popular learning initiative First 5 Forever.