View the latest media releases, media packs, and relevant Ministerial statements below.
State Library media releases
Media release • 31 May 2022
2022 BLACK&WRITE! FELLOWSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED
A modern coming-of-age tale and a story with a culturally significant moral lesson have elevated two First Nations writers to secure black&write! Fellowships for 2022.
Media release • 26 May 2022
CELEBRATING EDDIE MABO AT STATE LIBRARY
The man behind the game-changing Native Title Act, Eddie Koiki Mabo, will be celebrated in a travelling exhibition at State Library from 28 May.
Media release • 6 December 2021
SEND IN THE COWS ... AND THE ROBOTS: STATE LIBRARY GETS WACKY
Cows taller than giraffes and one-eyed creatures that shoot laser beams are some of the wacky cardboard creations on display in State Library of Queensland’s latest exhibition opening 11 December.
Media release • 19 October 2021
LANDMARK FIRST NATIONS PUBLISHING PROJECT CELEBRATES 10 YEARS
The rise of First Nations storytelling will be celebrated with a new showcase at State Library of Queensland that opens 23 October.
Media release • 9 September 2021
2021 QUEENSLAND LITERARY AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED
A book reclaiming the history of how Aboriginal workers were once paid in opium has won the richest prize at the 2021 Queensland Literary Awards this evening.
Media release • 27 August 2021
ASH BARTY'S ICONIC WIMBLEDON OUTFIT DONATED TO STATE LIBRARY OF QUEENSLAND
One of Ash Barty's Wimbledon outfits is now on display at State Library of Queensland.
Media release • 24 August 2021
FIRST NATIONS PHOTOGRAPHY THROUGH A NEW LENS
The work of three contemporary Aboriginal photographers will be contrasted with stark historical images of First Nations people in a new State Library of Queensland exhibition opening 28 August.
Media release • 16 August 2021
STATE LIBRARY ANNOUNCES 2021 YOUNG WRITERS AWARD WINNER
An evocative story about a road trip through mid-west America has won the State Library of Queensland’s 2021 Young Writers Award.
Media release • 4 August 2021
QUEENSLAND LITERARY AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
Crowd-pleasers, heartbreakers and truth-tellers have all secured places as finalists in the 2021 Queensland Literary Awards announced today.
Media release • 18 June 2021
TRUE CRIME HITS SPOTLIGHT AT STATE LIBRARY AWARD CEREMONY
Criminal networks from the Fitzgerald Inquiry era will be investigated by the winner of a prestigious State Library of Queensland fellowship announced this evening.
Media release • 8 June 2021
LOVE, TYRANNY, AND TERRARIUMS: EXHIBITION EXPLORES OUR OBSESSION WITH PLANTS
Plant fever is raising the temperature at State Library of Queensland with the opening of the latest must-see exhibition on 12 June.
Media release • 24 May 2021
2021 BLACK&WRITE! FELLOWSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED
A reclusive wombat and poems about land, memory, love, and art have helped secure black&write! Fellowships for two emerging Aboriginal writers.
Media release • 22 March 2021
FOOTY JERSEYS AND PROTESTS SHIRTS MAKE A STATEMENT IN NEW SHOWCASE
Sports jerseys and protest and commemorative shirts tell the story of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pride, artistry and defiance in a unique showcase that opens at State Library of Queensland on 27 March.
Media release • 26 Februrary 2021
ART GALLERY ARCHIVE RECOGNISED BY UNESCO WORLD REGISTER
A rare archive documenting one of the nation’s first commercial art galleries has today been added to the prestigious UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.
Media release • 7 December 2020
MISCHIEF-MAKING ANIMALS LEAP ONTO THE SHELVES AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES
The Stories for Little Queenslanders series, published by State Library of Queensland, has been created by 21 authors and illustrators as part of the Queensland Government funded First 5 Forever initiative.
Media release • 29 September 2020
DANGEROUS WOMEN AT STATE LIBRARY
Risk-takers and daredevils will be let loose at State Library of Queensland next week with the launch of its first podcast series.
Media release • 22 September 2020
UNDERGROUND ART — MUSIC AND BRISBANE'S YOUTH CULTURE
The poster art of Brisbane’s subversive youth culture of the late 1970s and ‘80s will be explored in a new exhibition at State Library of Queensland opening 28 September.
Media release • 4 September 2020
QUEENSLAND LITERARY AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED
A “superbly written” book with “compelling insight” into rugby league has won the richest prize at the 2020 Queensland Literary Awards this evening.
Media release • 5 August 2020
QUEENSLAND LITERARY AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
Ghosts, war, tenacity and a touch of footy can all be found on the 2020 Queensland Literary Awards shortlist announced today.
Media release • 9 June 2020
MYSTERIOUS ‘GIRL ROBINSON CRUSOE’ HONOURED THROUGH STATE LIBRARY AWARD
The environmental work of former typist turned ‘girl Robinson Crusoe’ in the 1960s will be explored by the winners of a prestigious State Library of Queensland award announced today.
Media release • 19 May 2020
2020 BLACK&WRITE! FELLOWS
Reconciliation and diversity were the resonant themes in the children and early reader stories selected for State Library of Queensland’s 2020 black&write! Fellowships.
Media release • 10 February 2020
$347,465 IN GRANTS FOR QUEENSLAND LIBRARIES
A rugby league star who champions literacy, a travelling pop-up library and singing sessions at a local pool are just some of the innovative public library initiatives to benefit from $347,465 in State Government grants.
Media release • 18 November 2019
THE ELDER, THE BROKEN SPEAR AND JAMES COOK: HISTORY FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE
James Cook’s Endeavour Journal (1768-71) and an Aboriginal oral history will provide a unique view of the British explorer’s historic voyage in a new State Library of Queensland exhibition opening this week.
Media release • 12 November 2019
WINNERS OF THE 2019 QUEENSLAND LITERARY AWARDS ANNOUNCED
Outstanding works of fiction and non-fiction were celebrated as winners of the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards were announced at a ceremony at State Library of Queensland.
Media release • 4 November 2019
QUEENSLAND SENIORS RECEIVE TECH SAVVY SUPPORT
Queensland seniors will benefit from $285,000 in funding in 2019-20 to beat social isolation through the Tech Savvy Seniors program.
Media release • 30 October 2019
STATE LIBRARY OF QUEENSLAND WINS TWO NATIONAL TRUST (QUEENSLAND) AWARDS
A popular exhibition about a married couple who cruised the streets in a Cadillac in the 1960s and ‘70s taking hundreds of thousands of photos of Queensland homes has won two 2019 Queensland Heritage Awards at a ceremony in Brisbane last night.
Media release • 14 October 2019
STATE LIBRARY ANNOUNCES 2019 YOUNG WRITERS AWARD WINNER
A poignant story about a son’s trip back to China to scatter his father’s ashes has won the State Library of Queensland’s 2019 Young Writers Award.
Media release • 30 September 2019
QUEENSLAND LITERARY AWARDS SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED
The 2019 Queensland Literary Awards has attracted a record number of entries, with the shortlist of literary hopefuls vying for $253,500 in prize money.
Media release • 16 September 2019
MILKSHAKES AND MEMORIES — STATE LIBRARY EXPLORES THE HISTORY OF GREEK CAFES
Banana splits and fish ‘n’ chips are on the menu at State Library of Queensland from 27 September with a new exhibition that explores the delicious history of Greek cafes.
Media release • 28 August 2019
$894,996 IN GRANTS FOR QUEENSLAND PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Projects that create inclusive spaces for people with disabilities, capture cultural capital or support new parents are some of the exciting Queensland public library initiatives to benefit from nearly $894,996 in State Government grants, administered by State Library of Queensland.
Media release • 5 August 2019
MAD HATTERS AND MERRY-GO-ROUNDS AT STATE LIBRARY
Discover the lighter side of politics with the Behind the Lines and Swings and Roundabouts exhibition at State Library of Queensland from 15 August.
Media release • 17 July 2019
BUDERIM GINGER WINS QUEENSLAND BUSINESS HISTORY AWARD
Buderim Ginger was awarded the prestigious 2019 Queensland Business History Award at Wednesday night’s Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame induction dinner in Brisbane.
Media release • 29 May 2019
ROYAL MENUS TO RAILWAY MAPS — STATE LIBRARY WINNERS TO TRACK PRINTING OFFICE HISTORY
The visual history of the Queensland Government Printing Office will be explored by the winners of a prestigious State Library of Queensland award.
Media release • 8 May 2019
COUNTRY, CULTURE AND NATURE INSPIRE 2019 BLACK&WRITE! FELLOWS
Connection to Country and the natural world is the inspiration for two stories aimed at young people and children, which will be developed as part of the 2019 black&write! Fellowships.
Media release • 23 April 2019
INDIGENOUS RADIO MAKES WAVES AT STATE LIBRARY
Stories of rebellion and reclamation will be explored in a new State Library of Queensland showcase opening 4 May that celebrates the first Indigenous radio station in an Australian capital city.
Media release • 23 April 2019
RARE BOOK THAT STARTED ANZAC DAY TRADITION RECOGNISED BY UNESCO WORLD REGISTER
A century-old book that established Anzac Day as an event of national remembrance has been added to the prestigious UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.
Media release • 21 March 2019
SAVING LOST LANGUAGES AT STATE LIBRARY
Century-old documents held at State Library of Queensland hold the key to the revival of near extinct Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders languages.
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.
View the latest relevant media statements from Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts, the Honourable Leeanne Enoch.
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.