Katey Bulner | 26 May 2017

ABOUT THE WRITER: Katelyn likes to think of herself as a stereotypical writer in the movies; she wears glasses, her diet consists of English Breakfast tea’s, her dream flat is a studio apartment in London, and oh yes – one day she wants to publish her own book. You can find all of her musings here.

You all know me even if we haven’t met yet. I was that kid in your school who got picked last for school sporting teams, who would slowly retreat to the bedroom to read a book, and who continually spent her weekends at the State Library rather than going out like other sociable adults. 

The State Library of Queensland is a ‘knowledge bank’ and vital community resource that acts as both a physical and virtual place for sharing, learning, collaborating, and creation. Entering the winter season, SLQ will be presenting a range of community events for all ages and voices, ranging from art, writing, business, tech and political conversations. Lucky for you, we are here to provide a quick de-brief and Top 5 guide to the 2017 program.

Digital Futures Lab, SLQ Gallery
Thursday June 1 - Sunday November 5
Step inside SLQ Gallery as it transforms into a hybridized studio game space and exhibition. Immerse yourself in virtual worlds, learn mindfulness from a machine, and share your predictions and dreams for the future as you discover smart cities and digital bodies, real life robots and risky algorithms.
This is a free event.

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Freedom Then, Freedom Now, Phillip Bacon Heritage Gallery
Thursday June 1 - Sunday October 1
Exploring freedom in Queensland through the evolution of rights and restrictions, SLQ examines what happens when individual rights intersect with the collective good. In eight themes, this exhibition concentrates on life since the Second World War, ranging from voting and protesting, dress, drinking and smoking ‘n gambling, marriage, print and publication censorship, home and mortgages, motor vehicles and vaccinations.
This is a free event.

Brisbane Writers Festival, SLQ
Wednesday September 6 – Sunday September 10
Returning for the 55th time this September, the Brisbane Writers Festival will be host to leading writers and thinkers from around the world. The annual education program World Play, will also provide young readers, storytellers and illustrators the chance to explore, reflect and celebrate the best literature and stories, whilst also offering teachers with Professional Development sessions, education resources ad much more!
The full program and tickets will be released soon on the official Brisbane Writers Festival website here. Prices vary.

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Story Lab, SLQ
Monday June 26 – Friday July 7
Story Lab returns with another electrifying program of fully supervised workshops that will both inspire thinking and supercharge creativity. From ages 8 – 16, the younger ones are encouraged to express themselves through art, writing, design and technology, with all materials supplied and different age groups and learning styles catered for.
Bookings and prices can be made at the SLQ website here.

BrisMaker Fest, The Edge SLQ
Saturday June 3
The inaugural BrisMaker Fest explores Queensland’s advanced manufacturing and emerging technologies whilst opening discussions of ideas and techniques between the industry and makers. The program includes international and local speakers, a range of exhibitors and manufacturers, masterclasses, and workshops on wearable technology, robots, 3D printing, and furniture making.
Bookings and prices can be made at the SLQ website here

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