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.
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.
The display is on from April to June 2016 at Katoomba 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.
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.
This award is sponsored wholly by Multicultural NSW ($20,000) and is offered to the writer of a book (fiction or non-fiction), play, poetry, music drama or script which is deemed by the judges to have both:
- made a significant contribution to Australian literature, theatre, film, radio or television in its portrayal of the interaction of Australia’s diverse cultures, and
- canvassed issues arising from the Australian immigration and migrant settlement experience.
Shining: The Story of a Lucky Man by Abdi Aden & Robert Hillman
The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop
The Principal, Episode 1 by Kristen Dunphy
Good Muslim Boy by Osamah Sami
We Are Here by Cat Thao Nguyen
Vera: My Story by Vera Wasowski & Robert Hillman
The Nick Enright Prize ($30,000) is offered for a play or a work of music drama given its first production in Australia between 1 October 2014 and 30 September 2015. The production may be given by a professional or amateur theatre company, but it must involve a season of several performances before a general audience.
Boys Will Be Boys by Melissa Bubnic
Broken by Mary Anne Butler
The Bleeding Tree by Angus Cerini
Battle of Waterloo by Kylie Coolwell
Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday by Roslyn Oades
More about these plays here.
The Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature
The Patricia Wrightson Prize ($30,000) is offered for a work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry written for children up to secondary school level. Books containing the work of more than four authors, including anthologies, are not eligible for nomination. AS with the Ethel Turner Prize, if books contain original illustrations which are integral to the success of the book, the judges may determine that the award be shared by the writer/s and the illustrator.
Tea and Sugar Christmas by Jane Jolly & Robert Ingpen
A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay
Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars by Martine Murray
The Greatest Gatsby: A Visual Book of Grammar by Tohby Riddle
Flight by Nadia Wheatley & Armin Greder
Teacup by Rebecca Young & Matt Ottley
Read more about these children’s books here.
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.
All Blue Mountains Library branches will be closed on ANZAC Day, Monday 25 April 2016.
Click on this link for the library opening hours.
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.