Staff picks and choice reads

State Library is a home for readers and writers, literature and storytelling. Want to search the latest issue of a journal or magazine? Desperate to find your next favourite book or essay? Need a podcast to listen to while you write? Here, staff from Reading, Writing & Ideas and black&write! share the stories they love each month. You’ll also find our latest interviews with local writers and creatives.

To listen to this month

The day is for the living

Beloved author Hilary Mantel died in London, in September. In June 2017, she delivered a lecture to an audience in Manchester. This is the first of five lectures as part of the Reith Lectures series. 

Listen to the inspirational Hilary Mantel talk expertly about historical fiction, imagination, myth, and collective memory. 

Via BBC Sounds.


Queensland Literary Awards

Explore the 2022 Queensland Literary Awards

What I'm Borrowing

A series exploring our affection for libraries, loans, and sharing great reads. 

What I’m Borrowing: Samantha Wheeler

What I’m Borrowing explores our affection for libraries, loans, and the books we love to share.

What I'm Borrowing: Amanda O'Callaghan

What I’m Borrowing explores our affection for libraries, loans, and the books we love to share.

More blog posts

State Significance: what's next for 2022 winner Quentin Beresford?

Quentin joined us to reflect on the tough journey to complete his prize-winning book, Wounded Country.

Where are they now: Allanah Hunt's incredible year

20 July 2022
Nearly a year on from 2021's big QLAs announcements, we checked back in with award-winning writer Allanah Hunt.

The Conversation: 30 years since Mabo

Listen to the reflections and insights of Eddie Synot, Professor Henry Reynolds, Hannah Duncan, and Charles Passi.

Library Shop

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Griffith Review

Griffith Review is a literary and current affairs journal that offers fresh takes on big ideas.

Meanjin Quarterly

Meanjin was founded in Brisbane by Clem Christesen (the name, pronounced Mee-an-jin, is the word in the Turrbal language for the finger of land on which central Brisbane sits) in 1940.


Overland – Australia’s only radical literary magazine – has been showcasing brilliant and progressive fiction, poetry, nonfiction and art since 1954. 

Australian Book Review

Australian Book Review (ABR), one of Australia’s major cultural magazines, presents high-quality journalism and new writing for the widest possible audience.