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.

At Home with Heritage @ Perth Cultural Centre

Friday 6 May, 2016, from 9.30am

To celebrate National Heritage Month, the State Library WA, Art Gallery WA and State Records Office have teamed up to bring you a great day of events on Friday 6 May. Join these organisations in the Perth Cultural Centre for a selection of informative and entertaining guided tours, talks and exhibitions.

The experts at the State Library of Western Australia have put together a series of engaging talks and will uncover some secrets from our shelves. Hear about gems of mining history, collecting and conserving WA heritage, tracing queer history in WA, what the Pilbara Strike of ’46 was about, how our music heritage is in good hands and what the new history of the North West is. The first talk at the State Library starts at 10.30am.

More information here.

Download the program (PDF)

Live @ the Library: Western Australian New Music Archive Performance Series

As part of the ongoing Live @ the Library event series the State Library of Western Australia is delighted to announce the second series of performances promoting the Western Australian New Music Archive. The archive is a joint project between SLWA, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and Tura New Music, and aims to celebrate the history and heritage of new music in Western Australia through the development of an online web portal that connects to materials included in the state library’s catalogues.

From classical art music and avant-garde composition, including the fusion of jazz, rock, electronica and world music elements, to experimental noise and sound art, new music has a long-running history in Western Australia, often connected to the music departments at both the University of Western Australia and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and supported by Tura New Music as the state’s primary promoter and advocate for new music practice. This event series draws from these long-running institutional affiliations by presenting performances by WAAPA and UWA staff and students that capture the breadth and diversity of experimental music practice in the state. Featuring an array of different approaches to composition, the series will include a myriad of styles that all galvanise the listener through their boundary-pushing approach to sound creation and performance. Events in this series are:

Friday February 26 – Michael Terren – solo electronics
Friday March 18 – Bonetet – trombone quartet
Friday April 15 – Dane P. Yates – music for film, dance and spoken word
Friday May 13 – Greywing Trio – harp, saxophone and guitar
Friday June 3 – iMprov Collective – multi-instrument improvisations

All performances start at 1pm

Where: various spaces in the State Library

For more information about the archive visit:

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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