Read This and Be Smarter

The State Library of Western Australia promotes reading for all ages. Reading really does make you smarter, reduces stress and can even prolong your life. To this end the ‘Read this and be Smarter’ project kicked off on 2 September. Every day, Monday to Friday the Library will provide a link through our Facebook and Twitter feeds to a great piece of writing. The content will be provided by a range of quality publications including Granta, Westerly, Ted, NextDraft and a special series on young writers curated by a talented young Western Australian poet, Anthea Yang.


10 September 2019 A Nobel-Winning Economist Goes to Burning Man. Supplied by NextDraft.

9 September 2019 The Black Shoes by Tess Williams Supplied by Westerly Magazine.

6 September 2019 ‘The Water Tower and the Turtle’ by Kikuko Tsumura Supplied by Granta.

5 September 2019  'Moonless' Supplied by young Western Australian poet Anthea Yang.

4 September 2019 Remember people’s names once and for all — by using this technique from memory champs Supplied by TED Ideas

3 September 2019  The Commuting Principle That Shaped Urban History  Supplied by NextDraft. NextDraft is run by Dave Pell, and delivers each day 10 links to articles on the Internet that are handpicked as the most fascinating news items of the day.

2 September 2019 Read this and be Smarter Cat by Moonlight, by Ann Dombroski. Supplied by Westerly Magazine

27 August 2019 Nature can be as enganging as video games - how to help kids fall in love with the outdoors Supplied by TED Ideas

23 August 2019  Where is Kigali? This story is supplied by Granta – one of, if not the best publisher of contemporary writing in the World. It's reportage about the Rwandan genocide – originally published in 1995, shortly after the events themselves in 1994, and republished recently as part of Granta’s 40th-Birthday celebrations.

Last updated on: 10 Sep 2019