Wednesday, 11 April 2018
Well-known author, journalist and broadcaster Caroline Baum has just been announced as the State Library of NSW’s inaugural Reader in Residence.
The 12-month residency is supported by the State Library Foundation through the generous bequest of longstanding Library supporter Nancy Tuck.
As Reader in Residence, Caroline will be given special access to State Library resources to creatively explore and engage with lesser known areas of the Library’s collection, and bring their stories to light.
Caroline has interviewed some of the world’s most celebrated writers, but the passionate champion of books and reading says her new 12-month residency at the State Library — commencing Friday 20 April — is “my real idea of heaven.”
Caroline can’t wait to start “fossicking through the treasures in the Library and share them with the public in as many ways possible.
“I’m interested in discovering and uncovering forgotten stories and people who deserve to have a light shone on them as part of deepening our understanding of who we are today.”
As for Caroline’s personal enthusiasms, she plans to “rummage through the collections for original material on everything from birds to food to fashion, as well as take a closer look at the letters, diaries and images that are part of our rich literary and cultural heritage.”