To keep our staff and customers safe we will continue to follow the physical distancing, building capacity limits and increased hygiene practises outlined by the State Government in their roadmap to recovery. When entering the Library and the Friends bookshop please make sure you sanitise your hands at the sanitiser stations provided. Bookings are essential for events.
SLSA Friends Book Club Meets the second Tuesday of the month, 10am to 12pm Amazing reviews and discussions on a pre-chosen topic, such as Professions, Individual Writers, and Historical Periods Enquiries: 0415 052 174 - 0401 810 622
SLSA Friends Crime Book Club Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month, 2pm to 3pm Review of a pre-chosen book Enquiries: 08 8207 7255
SA's History Festival - Bookbinding Demonstration
Saturday 28 May 2022, 12pm to 4pm Circulating Library, Institute Building, State Library Cost: FREE - bookings NOT required - drop in any time Drop in any time to see traditional bookbinding and book repairing techniques demonstrated in the beautiful surrounds of the historic Circulating Library in the Institute Building on North Terrace. Stay as little or as long as you like. No need to book. This is a free event provided by the Friends of the State Library. Presented by the Friends’ Book Binders Group.
A Tuesday Talk - Stephen Carthew
Tuesday, 7 June 2022, 11am to 12pm Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building, State Library Cost: FREE Dr Stephen Carthew is the founder of The Wilkins Foundation. This talk will focus on the literature connected to his past interests and enthusiasms ... and ultimately will reveal some remarkable connections to his current research about the mysterious and enigmatic Australian explorer Sir George Hubert Wilkins (1888-1958) who was a Sensitive New Age Guy (SNAG) long before the term became fashionable.
Dr Stephen Carthew was born in Melbourne in 1947. From 1951 to 1955 he was with his family in London where he witnessed the Coronation, the first television commercial and early episodes of Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men.
A fortuitous meeting with a member of the South Australian Museum led Stephen to engaging with the story of Australian explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins. Stephen had been reading, even preaching, from the same book which Wilkins had studied for the last 17 years of his life. This connection with the Wilkins story was so strong that Stephen initiated a group interested in Wilkins; this led to his founding The Wilkins Foundation, and becoming a historian focused on the inner life of this fascinating and enigmatic Australian, who Stephen describes as ‘the most interesting Australian ever.’
Stephen will bring some books with him that align with his biography: ‘Certain books accompanied, and even led me to, this stage in my life’. These are indeed ‘the books of my life’.
A Friends of the State Library event in partnership with the State Library of South Australia.
Tuesday, 5 July 2022, 11am to 12pm Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building, State Library Cost: FREEDr. Tanya Lyons lives in the Adelaide Hills with her family and runs a small independent publishing house “Moonglow Publishing” which she set up during the 2020 global pandemic lockdowns.
In a previous life and career Dr. Tanya Lyons was Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Flinders University for 20 years, where she specialised in teaching and researching African Politics and History. She was the Managing Editor of the Australasian Review of African Studies (2009-2018) and a member of the executive committee of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific for over 25 years.
Dr. Tanya Lyons’ book Guns and Guerrilla Girls: Women in the Zimbabwean Liberation Struggle (University of Adelaide, 2004) was based on her PhD research conducted in Zimbabwe in the late 1990s.
Dr. Tanya Lyons has written many academic chapters including “Reflections on the Feminist Dilemmas of Fieldwork” (2019); “Post-Independence Africa: Challenges and opportunities” (with David Jolley, 2018); “Education in Australia’s Relationship With Africa” (2013); “Locating Australian Engagement with Africa” (with David Mickler, 2013); “Australian Foreign Policy Toward Africa” (2012) and “The State of African Studies in Australia” (with Elizabeth Dimock, 2007).
Dr. Tanya Lyons has co-edited a number of books including New Engagement: Contemporary Australian Foreign Policy Toward Africa (with David Mickler, 2013); South Sudanese Diaspora in Australia and New Zealand: Reconciling the Past with the Present (with Jay Marlowe and Anne Harris, 2013); and Africa on a Global Stage (with Gerry Pye, 2006).