Events & Talks

Throughout the year the State Library organises a range of exciting events, most of them free. For events at a glance, check out the events calendar.

From stimulating lectures and talks inspired by our exhibitions and collections to films and concerts – there is something to interest everyone. All venues at the library are wheelchair accessible.

Live @ the Library 2016 Performance Series

In conjunction with ECU/WAAPA and Tura New Music, the State Library of Western Australia presents the second series of lunchtime concerts promoting the Western Australian New Music Archive. Featuring performances from some of the State’s most promising emerging new music composers alongside new projects and collaborations from established practitioners, this series will showcase the boundary-pushing nature and complex diversity of new music practice in Western Australia. All performances are free and start at 1:00pm. For more details about the archive visit (As the site is in early release stages please enter the access code: LetMeContribute) or

Friday June 3 – iMprov Collective – multi-instrument improvisations

An Hour with Leigh Hobbs

An hour with Leigh Hobbs 

Meet Australia’s Children’s Laureate Leigh Hobbs in this fun, interactive drawing event. Create your own Old Tom and Mr Chicken and your own unforgettable characters. Bring a pencil, A4 paper, something to lean on and get ready to express your own creative talents.

Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event in the State Library foyer outside the theatre.

Leigh Hobbs is the Australian Children’s Laureate, 2016-17. He is best known for his children's books featuring his characters Old Tom, Horrible Harriet and Fiona the Pig and Mr Chicken, as well as the Freaks and their teachers in 4F for Freaks and Freaks Ahoy. Old Tom has been adapted into an extremely popular TV series. Leigh has three times been shortlisted for the CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award (for Mr Chicken Goes to Paris, Horrible Harriet and Old Tom's Holiday) and his books have won every major children’s choice award in Australia. Leigh’s books are published by Allen & Unwin.

An hour with Leigh Hobbs - For Librarians, teachers and educators 
Thursday 16 June 5pm, State Library Theatre, Bookings required

An hour with Leigh Hobbs - Especially for families (Children 6+) 
Saturday 18 June 10.30am, State Library Theatre, Bookings required

An hour with Leigh Hobbs - For authors and illustrators of all ages 
Saturday 18 June 1:00pm, State Library Theatre, Bookings required

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