Events

The National Library hosts an ongoing program of events that highlight aspects of our collections and activities. The program includes books launches, celebrations of major acquisitions, talks and conference. Enjoy some of the Library’s recent events through the podcasts below

Peter-Robb

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Ray Mathew Lecture : Peter Robb - Two Exiles

Contributor: National Library Publications
Duration
1:03:24
Date published: Tue, 23 July 2013
Format: mp3 audio

Towards the end of the nineteenth century, a woman and a man were born at opposite ends of the earth. Each died in south-eastern Australia over 80 years later. Strangers to each other, they lived vastly different lives. Both were known to Peter Robb, who remembers them here and speaks about the forms that exile can take, the challenge and the cost.

Miles-Franklin-Awards-2013

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2013 Miles Franklin Literary Awards ceremony

Contributor: National Library Publications
Duration
31:39
Date published: Tue, 25 June 2013
Format: mp3 audio

Winner announcement for the Miles Franklin Literary awards. Shortlisted authors Carrie Tiffany - Mateship with Birds, Drusilla Modjeska - The Mountain, Annah Faulkner - The Beloved, Michelle de Kretser - Questions of Travel, Romy Ash - Floundering. Held in association with The Trust Company as Trustee of the Miles Franklin Literary Award

miles-franklin-2013

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2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award - meet the shortlisted authors

Contributor: National Library Publications
Duration
55:28
Date published: Tue, 11 June 2013
Format: mp3 audio

Join Melanie Tait from ABC 666 as she talks to three shortlisted authors Romy Ash, Annah Faulkner and Carrie Tiffany and judge Richard Neville at an evening to celebrate Australian writing. Held in association with The Trust Company as Trustee of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, as supporters of the 2013 Award, and the ACT Writers Centre.

Women

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Women & Power

Contributor: National Library Publications
Duration
1:09:50
Date published: Friday,17 May 2013
Format: mp3 audio

Join editor Julianne Schultz, Chris Wallace and Mary Delahunty as they discuss the unexpected tensions that come to the surface as women exercise more power—in politics, business, social enterprise and in the home. Is this the best of times, or the worst? What have we learnt and what might the future hold? Held in association with GriffithREVIEW

Peter-Sculthorpe

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Peter Sculthorpe Lecture

Contributor: National Library Publications
Duration
: 55:29
Date published: Wednesday,15 May 2013
Format: mp3 audio

Held in conjunction with the Canberra International Music Festival, festival director Chris Latham and Peter Tregear will join Robyn Holmes to discuss Peter Sculthorpe’s 1981 television opera, Quiros, and its reworking for the concert hall.

Capital-Women

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Capital-Women

Contributor: National Library Publications
Duration
: 51:58
Date published: Monday,11 Feb 2013
Format: mp3 audio

Hosted by 666 ABC's Genevieve Jacobs, Christine Gee, Judy Horacek, Karen Middleton, the Hon. Susan Ryan AO and Petria Thomas OAM reflect on what Canberra means to them.
Capital Women is being held in conjunction with the Centenary of Canberra.

NYRLE

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National Year of Reading legacy event

Contributor: National Library Publications
Duration
: Various
Date published: Monday,12 Nov 2012
Format: mp3 audio

We are grateful for the support of the Australian Government and our other partners who have helped make this initiative possible and will be celebrating the National Year of Reading at our legacy event.

Hilary-McPhee

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Hilary McPhee: A Celebration

Contributor: National Library Publications
Duration
: 1:16:16
Date published: Monday, 22 Oct 2012
Format: mp3 audio

Celebrate the contribution made to Australian literary culture by publisher, editor and writer Hilary McPhee, as journalist Caroline Baum leads her in conversation about her career.

AIM-Centenary

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Australian Inland Mission Centenary

Contributor: National Library Publications
Duration
: 0:48:35
Date published: Friday, 31 Aug 2012
Format: mp3 audio

Frontier Safety and the Australian Inland Mission

Rosemary Young, National Director of Frontier Services, Storry Walton, author of the Centenary Book At the Very Heart, and historian Rob Linn reflect on Australian Inland Mission's beginnings.

2012-Folk-Fellow-concert

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2012 Folk Fellow concert

Contributor: National Library Publications
Duration
: 1:04:01
Date published: Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012
Format: mp3 audio

The Scottish Fiddle
Emma Nixon and Chris Stone discuss what they have uncovered in the Library's oral history and manuscript collections.

PMLA-2012

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2012 Prime Minister's Literary Awards

Contributor: National Library Publications
Duration
: 1:07:24
Date published: Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012
Format: mp3 audio

The Prime Minister's Literary Awards recognise Australia's outstanding literary talent and acknowledge the valuable contribution authors and historians make to our nation's cultural identity.

Richard-Kingsford

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2012 Eric Rolls Lecture - by Richard Kingsford

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Thursday, 19 Jul 2012
Duration 1:16:22
Format:mp3 audio

Acclaimed environmental scientist, Professor Richard Kingsford, explores the challenges of managing our rivers in the second lecture in honour of author Eric Rolls.

Shaun-Tan

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An Evening with Shaun Tan

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Friday, 22 Jun 2012
Duration 0:43:57
Format:mp3 audio

Join Shaun Tan and Genevieve Jacobs for a conversation about writing, film-making and fame. Presented in association with the Australian Children's Literature Association for Research and the University of Canberra.

miles-franklin

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Miles Franklin Literary Awards - Meet the Shortlist Authors

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Friday, 1 Jun 2012
Duration 0:55:23
Format:mp3 audio

Established by writer Miles Franklin to support and encourage authors of Australian literature, the Miles Franklin Literary Award is Australia's oldest and most prestigious literary prize.

Shy-booklaunch

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Shy the Platypus Book Launch

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Monday, 26 Mar 2012
Duration 0:50:29
Format:mp3 audio

Join author Jackie French and Rees’ daughter, Dymphna Rees Peterson to celebrate the release of the National Library’s new heritage edition of the classic Australian tale, Shy the Platypus.

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Barry Jones: Collectors Art

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Friday, 16 Mar 2012
Duration 0:56:08
Format:mp3 audio

Dr Barry Owen Jones, writer, lawyer, quiz champion and former politician discusses the collector's art, the allure of the autograph and some of his favourite handwritten items and moments in history.

Speaker Notes

CooksTreasures

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Kenneth Binns Lecture and Perspectives on Cook mp3 72.0Mb (1:59:16)
Making Contact mp3 38.0Mb (1:02:51)
Life at Sea mp3 38.3Mb (1:02:37)

Cook's Treasures Seminar

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Thursday, 1 Mar 2012
Duration 4:04:44
Format:mp3 audio

Seminar Program

Join mariners, academics and curators for a seminar exploring the influence of James Cook on Australian and South Pacific history. Keynote speaker Professor Iain McCalman deliverd the 2012 Kenneth Binns Lecture, ‘Captain Cook’s Environmental Crisis on the Great Barrier Reef’.

Scissors-Paper-Pen

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Scissors Paper Pen
Handwritten: Special Event

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Monday, 20 Feb 2012
Duration 0:39:40
Format: mp3 audio

Female journalists, politicians, actors and authors present an evening of readings, music and discussion about the handwritten word.

Thomas Keneally

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Thomas Keneally
Australians: Eureka to the Diggers

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Friday, 2 Dec 2011
Duration 1:01:38
Format: mp3 audio

From the bestselling author of Schindler’s Ark, comes the second volume of a unique history of Australia. Australians: Eureka to the Diggers follows the story of the nation and it people, from the defining moment of Australian democracy on the goldfields to the hardship and bravery of First World War soldiers on the battlefields.

Robert Holden

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May Gibbs: More than a Fairytale

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011
Duration 1:05:03
Format: mp3 audio

Historian and author Robert Holden reveals his discoveries of the life of May Gibbs.

DiMorrissey

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Di Morrissey - Book Launch

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Monday, 7 Nov 2011
Duration 44:54
Format: mp3 audio

Di Morrissey returns to outback Australia with The Opal Desert. Following the story of three women from three different g enerations with unresolved issues in their lives, Kerrie, Shirley and Anna meet in the fictitious NSW town of Opal Lake.

RubyBlues

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Jessica Rudd - Ruby Blues

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011
Duration 48:43
Format: mp3 audio

Ruby Stanhope is back - with more cocktail sips, romantic thrills, political skewerings and laughs out loud. Jessica Rudd introduces her second Ruby Stanhope novel.

literary-winners

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Prime Ministers Literary Awards 2011

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Monday, 11 Jul 2011
Duration 1:06:02
Format:mp3 audio

The Prime Minister's Literary Awards recognize and reward excellence in Australian literature and acknowledge the valuable contribution authors make to our nation's cultural identity, Caroline Baum celebrates great Australian writing and hosts a conversation about the writing life.

Michael-Connelly

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Meet Michael Connelly in conversation with Jeff Popple

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Monday, 30 May 2011
Duration 1:04:00
Format:mp3 audio

Michael Connelly is in Australia as a guest of Sydney Writers' Festival. His visit follows the release of his latest international legal thriller and twenty fourth bestselling novel,The Fifth Witness, the fourth Connelly book to feature tough criminal defence attorney Mickey Haller.

Rick Gekoski

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An Hour with Rick Gekoski

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Duration 1:07:39
Format:mp3 audio

Rick Gekoski, described by Tatler as 'think Bill Bryson, only on books', is one of the most entertaining speakers in the book world and ranges across topics from the Man Booker Prizes, future of the book, his life and times in antiquarian book selling, and selections from his UK Guardian regular Blog.

rocking

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Rocking The Boat: Science versus the Humanities

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011
Duration 59:16
Format:mp3 audio

In a conversation with contributors to the GriffithREVIEW volume 31: Ways of Seeing, John Armstrong, Robyn Williams and Julianne Schultz explore the gaps in our thinking and argue for a new role for the humanities.

AWW

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Helen McCabe mp3 7.96Mb (11:15)

Just What a Woman Wants: The Australian Women's Weekly's First 50 years

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Monday, 7 Feb 2011
Duration 54:46
Format:mp3 audio

Join Di Morrissey, Pat McDermott, Helen McCabe and Deborah Thomas in conversation about their experiences working forThe Weekly.

Stephanie Dowrick

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Insight and Inspiration with Stephanie Dowrick

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Monday, 7 Feb 2011
Duration 54:46
Format:mp3 audio

Best-selling author and social commentator, Stephanie Dowrick, talks about her new book, Seeking the Sacred, which explores spiritual stories across a range of faiths.

Rodney Hall

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Popeye Never Told You by Rodney Hall

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Wednesday, 22 Sep 2010
Duration 1:03:10
Format:mp3 audio

Join Rodney Hall as he reflects on writing Popeye Never Told You. In this memoir of his childhood in England during the Second World War, Rodney uses a little boy's point of view to tell the story of a time that changed the world and put into train events that were to shape Rodney's life.

Jessica Rudd

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Campaign Ruby by Jessica Rudd

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Tuesday, 31 Aug 2010
Duration 44:20
Format: mp3 audio

Campaign Ruby by Jessica Rudd Presented in association with Text Publishing and Get Reading. Imagine Bridget Jones on the campaign trail: with its deft comic touch, Campaign Ruby is a hilarious combination of fashion, faux pas and federal politics.

Helen-Ennis

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Hurley’s Antarctica by Helen Ennis

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Duration 40:02
Format: mp3 audio

Photographic historian Helen Ennis discusses her new book on the acclaimed Australian photographer, Frank Hurley, and his remarkable images of the first expeditions to Antarctica.

FionaCapp

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My Blood’s Country by Fiona Capp

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Thursday, 15 Jul 2010
Duration 44:06
Format: mp3 audio

Fiona Capp in Conversation Presented in association with Allen and Unwin. Fiona Capp, author of That Oceanic Feeling, presents an intimate, lyrical and moving celebration of the life and work of one of Australia's premier poets, Judith Wright.

chloe-hooper

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Early Evening Book Talk with Chloe Hooper

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Wednesday, 24 Mar 2010
Duration 51:56
Format: mp3 audio

In association with Women's History Month
Author Chloe Hooper discusses her award-winning book, The Tall Man, and her experience of writing about the inquest into the death of Cameron Doomadgee.

another-country

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Memory is Another Country

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010
Duration 32:56
Format: mp3 audio

In Association with Women's History Month. For refugees, memory acquires a particular power and poignancy.
Dr Nathalie Nguyen explores the experiences of Vietnamese refugee women after the Vietnam War in her new book.

how-history

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How to Write History That People Want to Read

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Thursday, 11 Mar 2010
Duration 44:19
Format: mp3 audio

In Association with Women's History Month. Professor Ann Curthoys and Professor Ann McGrath discuss the influence of historical thinking, new narrative styles and digital research on writing on their new book, How to Write History that People Want to Read. Gain advice on improving your history project.

presages

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Les Présages

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Sunday, 30 Aug 2009
Duration 1:13:00
Format: mp3 audio

Anna Volkova, former dancer with the Ballets Russes, and Wendy Walker, ballet mistress at The Australian Ballet, discuss their experiences of performing the ballet Les Présages.

stokes

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Loan of rare maps to the Library
by Mr Kerry Stokes

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Tuesday, 25 Aug 2009
Duration: 23:34
Formats: mp3 audio

Visitors to the National Library of Australia now have the opportunity to view four rare Dutch navigational charts, thanks to a generous loan from businessman Mr Kerry Stokes.

jones

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2008 Prime Minister's Literary Awards

Contributor: Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
Date published: Friday, 15 May 2009
Duration: 34:01
Formats: mp3 audio

Philip Jones spoke at the National Library of Australia in February 2009 about his award-winning book Ochre and Rust. Watch a five-minute video of highlights (transcript below) or download the complete 45-minute audio or transcript.

dessaix

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Books and breakfast with Robert Dessaix

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Monday, 23 Mar 2009
Duration: 55:12
Format: mp3 audio

Writer and journalist Caroline Baum leads a discussion with acclaimed Australian author Robert Dessaix about the writing process.

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