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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.
Human Books: celebrating International Woman's Day
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
Shelly: Everyone's got a story to tell
I am Yugerra Goenpul. My name is Shelly Moreton. I am an original First Nations women covering the areas of Brisbane and Moreton Bay. My First Nations language is Jandi (North Stradbroke Island). I want to share a part of my life through my eyes and what it is like to be a First Nations woman living in two worlds.
Part of Spoken: celebrating Queensland languages
Uraine: Stir-fry wombat trousers
Before she was ‘Nana Magic’, Uraine Roelofs lived a vibrant childhood of freedom and play on the Far West Coast of South Australia in an Aboriginal community called Koonibba. Uraine, the daughter of a funny woman and a fisherman, thrived surrounded by bush-tucker gatherings, home-grown produce and ABBA’s Dancing Queen. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing. There were barriers and many issues that Uraine’s family, and her community, had to overcome. All of this contributed to Uraine’s unique perspective, her passion for protecting and nurturing future generations and ensuring the vitality of the planet. Now, a mother, a wife, a sister, writer, performer and producer, Uraine shares her process and journey through life and how she came to create the character of Nana Magic.
Part of Jarjum Stories.