Reading, Writing & Ideas

State Library champions writers and fosters a vibrant and diverse reading culture. Browse through the innovative programs that State Library leads in collaboration with Queensland’s rich literary community. Find blog posts, opportunities for awards, prizes for young storytellers, writing fellowships, as well as videos of stimulating conversations with some of the country’s leading authors and thinkers.  

For readers and writers

Readers can find book recommendations from State Library's collections, as well as interviews with your favourite Queensland authors. For writers, State Library manages the Queensland Literary Awards and hosts a short story prize for Queenslanders aged 18–25.  

Talking Ideas

Talking Ideas entertains, inspires and fosters debate; addressing issues that inform our times and shape our lives. Revisit our recorded live events and conversations with some of the world’s best authors, thinkers and commentators.

Australian Reading Hour

Pick up a book at any time of the day or night each November and read for an hour! Held once a year, this event is for everyone – all ages, lapsed and committed readers alike – to escape, relax, learn and experience the wonderful world of books. 

Blogs and lectures

Catch up on past events and blog posts. Find interviews with wonderful contemporary writers and readers from around Australia and beyond. Watch lectures featuring some of the most remarkable voices and thinkers working today. 

Library Shop

Find your next favourite at the Library Shop in-store, or visit the online shop at