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A unique series of books are set to hit our bookshelves, and just like many of our collection items, they are available to borrow, to learn from and to enjoy. Except in this instance, the book will be a real person with a story to share.
The Human Library is a safe and welcoming space where people who may not normally meet can join in respectful conversation about difference and diversity; where difficult questions are expected, encouraged and answered.
Books currently on our bookshelf complement our exhibitions Meet me at the Paragon and Spoken: celebrating Queensland languages.
You can find out more about Human Library project within Australia here.
Anne: A life touched by sea
From unseen ties with my ancestral islands of Greece – Ithaca, Kythera and Nisyros – to growing up by the tropical waters of Far North Queensland. My grandparents were Anthony and Anastasia Freeleagus. In the early 1900s, ten brothers of the Freeleagus family migrated from Kythera, Greece, becoming what was one of the earliest Greek families of Brisbane. My grandparents resided for several decades on the bank of the Brisbane River in South Brisbane, where the Art Gallery is today. The house was resumed in 1972 for the development of the Cultural Centre precinct. I would be pleased to share some of my experiences of growing up Greek in Brisbane in the 1960s and 1970s.
Part of Meet me at the Paragon
Dylan: From CQ to QCA: my journey through art, culture, and identity
Dylan is black, proud and queer. Moving from Mackay to Brisbane to pursue his passion for art, Dylan has been on a journey of courage and resilience through art, culture, and identity. Dylan studies at Queensland College of Art and uses his creative work to respond to the discrimination and stereotypes he faces as a young South Sea Islander, Aboriginal, and Torres Strait Islander man. From travelling to remote communities to paint murals, honouring significant dates, and creating unforgettable portraits, Dylan offers a unique perspective of growing up in Queensland and what it means to call somewhere home.
Part of Spoken: celebrating Queensland languages