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Events for Friends of the Library

Enjoy exclusive Friends events including private exhibition viewings, film screenings, workshops and specialist talks across literature, art, photography, history and contemporary issues.

Forthcoming events for Friends 

The Reading Lounge Bookclub: Dorothy L Sayers, Gaudy Night

Just for Friends. With guest speaker, Dr Rachel Franks, and group discussion.  This month’s book is Gaudy Night by Dorothy L Sayers, originally published in 1935. Includes afternoon tea and reading notes. Booking essential.

Friday, 23 September, 3 – 4 pm, Friends Room  Book Online

 

Planting Dreams: 3-part Lecture Series in conjunction with the exhibitions Planting Dreams: Shaping Australian Gardens & Australian Grand Designs to explore Australia’s passion for gardens.

1. 18 Oct, Exploring NSW Contemporary Gardens with Howard Tanner AM, 12pm Metcalfe Auditorium  (click here for more)

Join Howard as he discusses some of NSW’s exceptional gardens that have formed part of the Planting Dreams: Grand Garden Designs photographic exhibition. 

2. 25 Oct, Planting Dreams: Public Gardens & Places- Then & Now, 12pm Metcalfe Auditorium  (click here for more) 

Join us for a fascinating conversation led by former director of the Historic Houses Trust NSW, Peter Watts AM in discussion with landscape heritage consultant Colleen Morris and landscape architect Anton James.

3. 1 Nov, History of Australian garden design through the Library’s collection, 12pm Gallery Room (click here for more)

Join Richard Aitken, garden historian, author and curator of the Planting Dreams: Shaping Australian Gardens exhibition and Sarah Morley, Curator Research & Discovery at the State Library, as they discuss the selection and design processes behind this landmark exhibition. 

Book for the full series

 

The Reading Lounge: Book Club: Magda Szubanski, Reckoning: A Memoir

Just for Friends. With a guest speaker and group discussion.  This month’s book is Reckoning: A Memoir by Magda Szubanski.  Includes refreshments and reading notes. Booking essential.

Friday 2 November 3 pm - 4 pm, Friends Room  Book online 

 

Most ticketed Library events attract a discounted price for Friends members.

You can book online, by phone on 02 9273 1593 / 02 9273 1770 or email Friends@sl.nsw.gov.au

 


 

Friends Events

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Literary Lunch, Wentworth Sofitel Hotel, September 2015 

Literary Lunch, Wentworth Sofitel Hotel, September 2015
Group of women sitting at a white clothed table in room full of guests

Literary Lunch, Wentworth Sofitel Hotel, September 2015 with Jennifer Byrne, Geraldine Doogue, Dr Alex Byrne and Andrew Tink

Literary Lunch, Wentworth Sofitel Hotel, September 2015 with Jennifer Byrne and Geraldine Doogue
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Taylors Wine Tasting event, June 2015

Taylors Wine Tasting event, June 2015
Two women holding up "Pulp" books

Friends Relaunch event April 2015

Friends Relaunch event April 2015
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Friends Relaunch event April 2015

Friends Relaunch event April 2015
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V&A Exhibition July 2015

V&A Exhibition July 2015
Friends at V&A exhibition

Contact the Friends Office