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11 May 2021

Writers on Writers: Stan Grant on Thomas Keneally

Acclaimed journalist Stan Grant and author and screenwriter Christos Tsiolkas came together to celebrate and discuss the launch of Stan's new book On Thomas Keneally.

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10 May 2021

The Library Files: preserving mid-century Chinese textiles

Go behind-the-scenes of the Preservation studio as they assess items from the Irene Watkins collection.

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07 May 2021

Alicia Sometimes on science writing: Teen writing boot camps

Poet, broadcaster and writer Alicia Sometimes shares her thoughts on the art of science writing.

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30 April 2021

Zoya Patel on putting creativity into non-fiction writing

Learn how to inject some creativity into your non-fiction writing with Teen writing boot camp host Zoya Patel.

30 April 2021

Webinar: Zero or net-zero, does it matter and why should we care?

Watch this recorded panel discussion about the future of Australia's energy market.

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26 April 2021

New nostalgia: the miniature Olympic Doughnuts Van, Footscray

Take a closer look at one of our most recent, and most miniature, additions to the Collection.

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23 April 2021

Building a bushranger: relocating Ned Kelly's armour

Follow the journey of State Library Victoria's most popular - and most controversial - collection item.

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23 April 2021

Zoya Patel on writing opinion that matters

Learn the basic principles of opinion writing from Teen writing boot camp host Zoya Patel.

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20 April 2021

What's on for Melbourne Knowledge Week

Explore what's happening at the Library for Melbourne’s annual festival of ideas.

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19 April 2021

The Library Files: conserving a historic theatrical poster

Step inside the Conservation lab as the team assesses a large theatrical poster from the Coppin collection.

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16 April 2021

Zoya Patel on how to write a compelling feature article

After her second Teen writing boot camp, writer and editor Zoya Patel reflects on one of her favourite types of non-fiction.

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16 April 2021

The Policy Pitch reading list: the future of the National Energy Market

Continue your learning after our seminar with this curated reading list from our librarians.