Events & Talks
Throughout the year the State Library organises a range of exciting events, most of them free. For events at a glance, check out the events calendar.
From stimulating lectures and talks inspired by our exhibitions and collections to films and concerts - there is something to interest everyone. All venues at the library are wheelchair accessible.
PUBLIC TALK: 2015 J.S. BATTYE MEMORIAL FELLOW, PROFESSOR IAN REID
Wednesday 19 August 2015, 6:00pm
The James Sykes Battye Memorial Fellowship honours the legacy of librarian and historian James Sykes Battye, Chief Librarian of the State Library of Western Australia from 1894-1954. Established through the Leah Jane Cohen Bequest, the Fellowship aims to enhance understanding of Western Australia through research based on the State Library’s heritage collections, particularly the J.S. Battye Library.
The current (2015) recipient, Professor Ian Reid, is the fourth scholar to be awarded the J.S. Battye Memorial Fellowship since its inception in 2007. Previous Fellows have investigated topics as diverse as the history of the Swan River (Sue Graham Taylor), Western Australia’s 19th Century colonists (Jane Davis) and Noongar songs of the South-West (Clint Bracknell).
Join Ian Reid on Wednesday 19 August, as he talks about the processes and problems of writing serious historical fiction, with particular reference to the scope of the State Library’s J.S. Battye Library holdings.
History’s Grist and Fiction’s Mill: researching and amplifying stories of Western Australia
Venue: State Library Theatre
Following his presentation, Ian will chair a discussion by Winthrop Professor Jenny Gregory AM, Dr Amanda Curtin and Dr David Whish-Wilson on writing historical fiction.
Books by Amanda Curtin, Jenny Gregory, Ian Reid and David Whish-Wilson will be available at the event for sale and signing. The event is free, but please register to attend at eventbrite.com.au
For more information about the State Library’s collections or the James Sykes Battye fellowship please call 9427 3111.
SCIENCE WEEK FESTIVAL 15 - 16 August 2015
Weird and Wonderful WA
On WA Day, visitors were invited to explore the weird and wonderful past through photographs from the State Library of Western Australia's pictorial collection and to create a caption of their own.
To find out more about each of the photographs have a look at our Weird and Wonderful slideshow. Click on the caption and it will take you through to the State Library catalogue for more detailed information.
Page last updated: Thursday 23 July 2015