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Discover curiosities, treasures and the latest inspiring stories from our community and inside the Library

Drawing of a goldfish
01 April 2021

Goldfish and Water Weeds puzzle

Cure kids' boredom with this online puzzle of a 19th century watercolour painting.

A long-haired, smiling woman in overalls holds up a sign saying 'A good idea'
30 March 2021

Resources for new & emerging writers

New and emerging writers will want to check out these opportunities for further learning, publishing, prizes and fellowships, and other avenues to explore as you take your brave next steps.

Woman smiling directly at camera
29 March 2021

Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa on slam poetry: Teen writing boot camp

Poet Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa calls on teens to write from the heart in this blog post about her slam poetry workshop, held in March 2021 as part of the Teen writing boot camp.

Black and white portrait on a table
29 March 2021

The Library Files: Conserving a 19th century charcoal portrait

Get a behind the scenes look at how our conservation team brings collection items back to life.

Woman smiling at camera
26 March 2021

Nova Weetman on screenwriting: Teen writing boot camp

Screenwriter and author Nova Weetman shares screenwriting tips and reflections from her Teen writing boot camp.

Headshot of Gabrielle Wang next to a colourful book cover
25 March 2021

Q&A with author & illustrator Gabrielle Wang

Acclaimed children's author Gabrielle Wang answers some questions for young readers about stories, writing and ... ghosts.

Two women doing crafts together
24 March 2021

What’s on for International Women’s Day

Explore our range of talks, showcases, videos and blogs which celebrate the achievements of women throughout history.

A 19th century man and woman stand behind a large piece of farm equipment
23 March 2021

Scrappy prototypes & enterprising inventors

In today's startup culture, good ideas can come from anywhere and even rough and ready prototypes can succeed – which, as our patents collection shows, is nothing new.

The future of ... branding image
19 March 2021

The future of ...

Explore how we can all make positive changes to a post-pandemic world in our new video series.

Woman in football jersey holding a football
17 March 2021

Still kicking: a century of women in football

Watch a panel discussion celebrating the trail blazing women football players of the past and present.

Astrid edwards
10 March 2021

Afternoon Tea & Talk

Catch up on our series hosted by Astrid Edwards in conversation with writers and authors.

Two black and white photographs of women football teams
10 March 2021

The Lucas Girls: A match to remember Q&A

We spoke to Belinda Ensor and Joel Checkley about the story behind their short film.