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

Poster of a man blowing bubbles
01 April 2021

Magia Blanca puzzle

We've turned a magical image from our collection into a customisable puzzle!

Drawing of elephants and other creatures
01 April 2021

Weird and wonderful creatures puzzle

Explore this illustration of fantastical creatures from 1583 in puzzle form.

Drawing of a kangaroo
01 April 2021

The Kangooroo puzzle

We've turned this 18th century interpretation of a kangaroo into a puzzle!

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.

Woman in pink top smiling and holding a craft spaceship
01 April 2021

Crafternoon activities

Get creative these school holidays with our online arts and crafts tutorials!

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.

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 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.

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.