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Bitesize Lunchtime Talk: Anthony Trollope’s Australian Adventures

Wednesday 18 October 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Prolific novelist and inveterate traveller Anthony Trollope explored Australia and New Zealand in the 1870s: the first celebrity to tour Australasia. His memoir inspired by those adventures was subsequently described by The Times as ‘the best account’ of those lands ‘yet published’. 

Walkley Documentary Award Longlist Screenings

Wednesday 18 October 2017 - 12pm to 8pm

Five of the six outstanding documentaries longlisted for the 2017 Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism will be screened at the State Library of NSW in Sydney, giving the public a free viewing of the finest work in the field over the past year.

Stories in Surprising Places

Wednesday 18 October 2017 - 10:30am to Wednesday 20 December 2017 - 11:30am

Explore our amazing building, discover wonderful books, make craft and enjoy the magic of shared stories.

Grattan Institute: Stuck in traffic? Road congestion in Sydney

Tuesday 17 October 2017 - 6pm to 7:15pm

Australians love their cars but hate congestion. Most commuters in Sydney drive to work, and one of the big conversation topics in Sydney is just how clogged the roads have become. Managing more congested roads is one of the most potent challenges of rapid population growth. Sydney is a very car-dependent city, even though it has higher patronage of public transport than any other Australia city.

Author talk: The Twentieth Man

Tuesday 17 October 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

The Twentieth Man. Jones’ debut novel is an exciting thriller that focuses on terrorism, politics and betrayal, taking the reader from the savage mountains of Yugoslavia to Canberra’s brutal yet covert power struggles. Join Tony and David as they talk about the book and writing fiction.

Silver Screen tribute to Laurel and Hardy: Way Out West

Sunday 15 October 2017 - 2pm to 3:15pm

'Way Out West' sees Stan and Ollie visiting the town of Brushwood Gulch to deliver the deed of a gold mine, only to be deceived by a villainous saloon-keeper.

Australian Poetry Slam: NSW Final

Saturday 14 October 2017 - 7pm to 9:30pm

After 16 explosive Australian Poetry Slam heats held all over NSW, from Moree to Sydney, from Byron Bay to Albury, we’ve gathered the best poets from each region to share their words with you in a mind-blowing state final! 

William Morris and the Legacy of the Small Press

Saturday 14 October 2017 - 2pm to 4pm

Join us for a presentation of rare books from the Library’s William Morris/Kelmscott Press collection.  In addition to a presentation and viewing, two contemporary independent publishers will discuss producing illustrated editions.