State Librarian and Chief Executive Officer Vicki McDonald, shares a message about why we love books here at State Library.
Karen Foxlee reads from her children’s book, Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy.
Hear Ben Hobson read from his novel Snake Island.
Dr Anita Heiss reads from her novel, Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms.
Hear author Nick Earls read from one of his favourite books and learn why he is a big fan of reading.
Author Ellen Van Neerven reads a poem, written for Ellen's mother.
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From the blog
23 July 2020
What I’m Borrowing is a new blog series exploring our affection for libraries, loans, and sharing great reads. Each post we ask a Queensland writer and reader to tell us about their recent lending-loves.
25 June 2020
This month we welcome multidisciplinary author, screenwriter, raconteur, and absolute hero Benjamin Law. We remember Benjamin from 2006, when his short story “Simon Says” was runner up for the State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award.
10 July 2020
Reading and Writing enthusiasts Allanah Hunt, Jackie Ryan, Laura Elvery, and Shastra Deo have been curled up and cosy with books – some brand new and some familiar.
Ophelia and The Marvellous Boy
by Karen Foxlee
Eleven-year-old Ophelia might not be brave, but she certainly is curious. Her family are still reeling from her mother's death, and in a bid to cheer everyone up, her father has taken a job at a fantastically enormous and gothic museum.
by Ellen van Neerven
Throat is the explosive second poetry collection from award-winning Mununjali Yugambeh writer Ellen van Neerven. Exploring love, language and land.
Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms
A story about a love that transcends all boundaries, from one of Australia's best loved authors. 1944 over 1000 Japanese soldiers break out of the No.12 Prisoner of War compound on the fringes of Cowra.
by Ben Hobson
'Snake Island takes you to the limits of human emotion. A vivid, consuming dive into family loyalty, violence, and the hearts broken when the two collide.'
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