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A magazine about books, libraries, art and ideas.

Openbook is a lavish, award-winning magazine of new writing, fresh ideas and contemporary photography. 

This season’s edition is brimming with beautiful words, photography and artwork by some of Australia’s best writers and creatives, featured alongside fascinating discoveries made by our librarians and curators.

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Highlights from Openbook winter 2024

Who’s that in the corner?

by Kate Evans

Two women stand together in black and white photo

Harrower and Hazard

by Susan Wyndham

Illustration of a mice in a shed tidying and assorting tools.

The Micro-Tidy Method

by Chris Flynn

Modern bookcase lined with books and green chair

Fellowships at 50

by Rachel Franks

Openbook events

Tuesday 18 June at 6 pm Openbook Winter

Delve into the latest issue of Openbook and hear from a stellar panel of contributors. Editor Phillipa McGuinness hosts a lively panel discussion focusing on sport, speaking with broadcaster Kate Evans, novelist and screenwriter Jock Serong and photographer Louise Whelan.

The Library Bar

The library that made me

A black and white image of a man sitting in front of a bookshelf and smiling at camera.

The transformative places

Richard Glover

The library that made me.

Portrait of woman holding books and smiling

Space to be freer

Lee Kofman

The library that made me.

Reflections: Nicole Abadee in conversation with Anna Funder

Every book you could want and many more

Anna Funder

The libraries that made me

Photo of Suzie Miller in London’s West End, by John Davis

A land that encouraged me

Suzie Miller

The library that made me 

Portrait of Omar Sakr sitting in Casula Library

A second home

Omar Sakr

The libraries that made me.

Shankari Chandran at Vinayak Grocery Store, Killara.

One library that began a story

Shankari Chandran

The library that made me.

Before I get to the good bits

John Vallance

The library that made me.

Colour photograph of Shannon Burns

A boy’s devotion to books and love

Shannon Burns

The library that made me.

Man standing on beach with arms crossed.

An unforgettable teacher — not in a good way

Robert Drewe

The library that made me.

Tim Soutphommasane in Cabramatta

A nondescript building in Cabramatta

Tim Soutphommasane

The library that made me.

Kate Evans in her garden, photo by Joy Lai

See also

Kate Evans

The library that made me.


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