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Unusual Free Events at the State Library

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Published February 6th 2017
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When most people think of the State Library of Western Australia, chances are they are thinking about books. What is lesser known however, is that the State Library is a depository and exhibition space for music, poetry, art, video and photographic exhibitions plus opportunities to meet local writers in an intimate setting.

The State Library has a constantly changing line-up of free (and ticketed) events and performances what is listed below covers the beginning half of 2017.

When: Friday 24th February, at 1pm
What: Lana live@thelibrary head along to hear Perth-based electronic musician, Lana and her unique ambient chamber noise.

When: Tuesday 21st March , from 1pm-2pm
Where: The Nook
What: Three local poets, Josephine Clarke, Maureen Gibbons and Ross Jackson will be giving special readings in celebration of UNESCO World Poetry Day.

Travelling sketch books, image courtesy SLWA

When: Monday 27th March to 28th April
Where: The Nook
What: Travelling Sketch Books, an exhibition of sketch books by talented youth artists, considered to be the future writers, illustrators and designers of WA.

When: Friday 31st March at 1pm
What: Orphans live@thelibrary, be dazzled by the very unique sounds of this improvising trio orphans, consisting of trumpeter Dan O'Connor, percussionist Ben Stacy and guitarist Dom Barrett.

Her Mother's Secret by Natasha Lester, cover image courtesy SLWA

When: Thursday 6th April from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Where: Level 2
What: Natasha Lester, one of Perth's favourite authors will discuss her new book Her Mother's Secret as part of the BookCaffe Book Club. This is not a free event, and the $30 tickets include a light supper plus a copy of Natasha's new book. Book your ticket here.

When: Friday 21st April at 1pm
What: live@thelibrary Golden String, the emotive violin playing from Hayley-Jane Ayres and piano-playing and vocals of songwriter Mai Barnes.

Golden String, image courtesy SLWA

When: Monday 22nd to Friday 26th May
What: Discover a world beyond books at these behind-the-scenes tours of the library.

When: Saturday 27th May to 27th July
Where: Ground Floor gallery
What: 'Right Wrongs' an exhibition that celebrates and reimagines our understanding of the 1967 Referendum to make changes to the Australian Constitution.

Right Wrongs exhibition, image courtesy SLWA

When: Thursday 8th June from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Where: Level 2
What: Perth author Nicole Sinclair will discuss her newly published book Bloodlines as part of the BookCaffe Book Club. This will be a ticketed event with a light dinner and copies of the book included. Details to be released closer to the date. Check here for updates.
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Why? Great line up of Perth fascinating musicians, writers and exhibitions
When: February to June 2017
Where: State Library of Western Australia, Francis Street, Northbridge
Cost: Mostly FREE
Your Comment
That was a good article, nice work :)
by Former Writer (score: 3|1221) 2052 days ago
Amazing! Sounds like there is a lot going on. The travelling sketch books is such an amazing idea and something different to see in a Library.
by Jay Johnson (score: 3|1368) 2055 days ago
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