Tabletop Games Day

Meeting Room 1  |  Springwood Library and Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub  |  Saturday April 30th  | 10am to 3pm

A FREE family event

Blue Mountains City Library is teaming up with Katoomba-based games shop, Afternoonified, to bring  a jam-packed day of board game fun.

Come ready to play a game or learn to master one of the many exciting new games that Afternoonified will be teaching. There will be craft activities and games for sale too!

Held in conjunction with International Tabletop Day.

ITTG 2016 Poster No Details

Tabletop [Board Games] Day

ITTG 2016 Poster No Details

Blue Mountains City Library is teaming up with Katoomba-based games shop, Afternoonified, to bring  a jam-packed day of board game fun. Come ready to play a game or learn to master one of the many exciting new games that Afternoonified will be teaching. There will be craft activities, refreshments and games for sale too! Held in conjunction with International Tabletop Day this a FREE ALL AGES event.

Springwood Library and Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub Springwood. Saturday April 30. 10am to 3pm. 

 

Paragon Cafe 100 Years Display at Katoomba Library

The display is on from April to June 2016 at Katoomba Library

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Paragon Cafe’s cocktail bar ca 1980. From the image library of Blue Mountains City Library 

 

Katoomba’s renowned Art-Deco gem the Paragon Café reaches its 100th anniversary this year and, to celebrate this milestone, the Friends of the Paragon have set up a display of original artefacts and curiosities from the café at Katoomba Library along with a brochure outlining the history of the building and business.

There are many more photographs in the Gallery on the Friends of the Paragon website.

NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

The Kenneth Slessor Prize ($30,000) is offered to a poet for a book of collected poems or for a single poem of substantial length published in book form.

More can be read about each shortlisted collection here.

 

 

The Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature

The UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing

The UTS Glenda Adams Award ($5,000) looks for outstanding new literary talent and is for a published book of fiction written by an author who has not previously published a book-length work of narrative fiction or narrative non-fiction.  This award is sponsored wholly by the University of Technology, Sydney.

Winners for the 2016 Awards will be announced on Monday 16 May 2016.

ANZAC Day 2016

 

All Blue Mountains Library branches will be closed on ANZAC Day, Monday 25 April 2016.

Library branches will re-open on Tuesday April 26 with normal opening hours.

Click on this link for the library opening hours.

400 Years since Shakespeare’s death

The Droeshout Portrait of William Shakespeare, from the First Folio

The Droeshout Portrait of William Shakespeare, from the First Folio

The bane, or joy, of school children all over the English-speaking world and beyond, William Shakespeare died in Stratford-upon-Avon, England on 23 April 1616,  aged 52.

Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and his works which consist of possibly 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses (some of uncertain authorship) have caused him to be considered the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. His plays have been translated into every major living language in the world and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

The facts of Shakespeare’s life are a bit hazy but there are some excellent biographies and I recommend Shakespeare  and Shakespeare: the world as a stage by Bill Bryson and Shakespeare: the biography by Peter Ackroyd.

Have you got a favourite Shakespeare play or sonnet?  We studied at least one play each year in high school.  You probably did too. I particularly remember Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice and ‘the Scottish play‘.

There is a new series (The Hogarth Shakespeare) of retellings of the stories by prominent authors – Jeanette Winterson’s The gap of time (The Winter’s Tale),  Howard Jacobson’s Shylock is my name (The Merchant of Venice) have been published.  Still to come are Jo Nesbo (with Macbeth), Tracey Chevalier (Othello), Gillian Flynn (Hamlet), Margaret Atwood (The Tempest).

There is a list of all his known/attributed works here in Wikipedia.

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