Patrick White on view at the National Library

To celebrate the acquisition in late 2006 of one of its greatest treasures, the papers of Patrick White (1912–1990), the National Library is dedicating Friday 30 March 2007 to revealing more about Australia’s only Nobel laureate for literature.

The day begins with a public viewing of items from the collection followed by a seminar and concludes with a three-course dinner using White’s recipes from the collection.

Public viewing of the White Collection

A unique opportunity to view many of the items from the Patrick White Collection. Staff will be on hand to provide additional information.

Friday 30 March, Grey Area, 10 am – 4 pm, free

Seminar—the journalist, the dealer, the scholar and Patrick White

White’s biographer David Marr, manuscripts and rare books dealer Nicholas Pounder, and Professor Elizabeth Webby of the University of Sydney share their personal recollections and responses to this treasure trove. Professor John Hay AC, Vice-Chancellor and President of Queensland University and National Library Council Member, introduces the seminar.

Friday 30 March, Theatre, 3.30 pm – 5 pm, free
Bookings essential: (02) 6262 1271

Dinner—Patrick at my table

Cooking was an important part of Patrick White’s life and contained in his personal papers is an eclectic collection of handwritten recipes. Chef Janet Jeffs has created a three-course meal, complete with accompanying wines, using White’s original recipes. The evening commences with canapés in King’s Hall at Old Parliament House and an address by David Marr, followed by dinner in The Ginger Room.

Friday 30 March, The Ginger Room,
Old Parliament House, 6.45 pm

Cost: $100 per person (includes 3 courses and drinks)

Bookings essential: (02) 6262 1271

Media contact: Yvonne Kennedy; 02 6262 1353; 0411 753 891; ykennedy@nla.gov.au