Read about this event on at the moment in Brisbane if there's a chance you can get along to the State Library between now and Sunday! Click here!!!!
from the program on Saturday afternoon....
Robert Forster writes what he sees around
him: Brisbane. Matthew Condon writes of
the city of his youth: Brisbane. The family
memoirs of William McInnes reflect his home
town: Brisbane. Matt Howard, especially
chosen for his self-described ignorance of all
things Brisbane, leads the debate on writing
Brisbane as character.
Tickets $16 qtix
Presented by ourbrisbane.com
from the Robert Forster Website.
Looking up the Festival program I found these wonderful images at the CITY OF SOUND blog of the venue for the Writers festival.... The Queensland State Library
|Looking form GoMA|
|interior: looking up|
|interior: looking across from the 4th floor|
|looking to river|
|typical queensland look...tree next to verandah|
|looking from river -there's the Glass Box reading room!|
|verandah looking across freeway|
|Glass box reading room|
|Reading room looking down river|
|4th floor...gallery area|
|verandah looking to river walkway|
|stone fire pit... leading out of indigenous knowledge centre|
looking across to GoMA - Gallery of Modern Art
|gigantic patterend screen|
|known to staff as "The shower curtain"|
|ground floor computer area|
|external section of cafe with overhanging roof and no walls - great in sub-tropical rain|
Please go to the website post for excellent text and more photos. This building won awards for its design... and each time I'm there it wins me over...
Principal Architect Timothy Hill of Donovan Hill is quoted here: SLQ website:
“‘The design is all about creating an open space which, unlike many public buildings of the past, is neither intimidating nor conventional. I want visitors to be able to look inside without having to go in. People are more comfortable if they can visit a few times and see what’s there without having to actually go in.’
“Hill says that the biggest compliment that could be made about his building is if people feel that it’s the kind of place they could meet for a date."‘The new State Library is deliberately ambiguous so that people can find in it something that they can recognise from their point of view. I didn’t want to make an icon. An icon is just a symbol. I hope that people can know before they come here that they are welcome, and that it is open-ended about what you do there. That will be the best way for it to become a favourite. Libraries are social, community and wmeeting places, as well as learning centres. I think we have achieved all this and more.’” [Timothy Hill, Donovan Hill]