The Library runs an annual program of events for our Friends and the community. Join us and meet authors, listen to stimulating lectures and panel discussions, experience exhibitions, access behind-the-scenes tours, and participate in social events with other Friends and supporters of the Library.

2018 Program of Events

2018 Program of Events

Poetic Presence: John Forbes in the archive
Presentation by 2017 Fryer Fellow, Dr Duncan Hose.
Conservation from the distant to the recent past: Chatsworth to the Salk Institute
Presentation by architect Stephen Gee, whose work has ranged from Chatsworth in Derbyshire ('Pemberley'in the BBC's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice) to the Salk Institute, La Jolla, California, designed by Louis Kahn.
August: 2018 Fryer Lecture
The Annual Fryer Lecture is the premier event in the Friends of the Library Program and affirms the Library's ongoing support for Australian literary studies. Details coming soon.
September: In conversation
Event in conjunction with UPLIT/Brisbane Writers festival. Details coming soon.
November: Marginalia, Bibliography at the Margins
Event in conjunction with the Bibliographical Society of Australia. Details coming soon.
December: Awards & Acquisitions
An event to celebrate our award winners and showcase new acquisitions made possible through donations. Details coming soon.

Fryer Lecture in Australian Literature

The Fryer Lecture in Australian Literature is our premier event of the year. The annual Lecture was established to celebrate writers and writing. The event affirms the UQ Library's ongoing support for Australian literary studies. Every year, a prominent Australian writer or literary critic is invited to present the lecture. 

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Past events and photos


  • Beyond the Rockton Window: remembering author and painter Helen Haenke (Photos, Audio)
  • An Editor Regrets: R. G. Campbell and the Australian Journal (Photos)
  • Voices in the Archive (Photos, Audio)
  • An event to celebrate the life and legacy of Professor Dorothy Hill (Online Exhibition, Audio)
  • In conversation: Min Jin Lee (Audio)
  • Fifty Years of Friendship with Alumni Friends of UQ (Audio)
  • 2017 Fryer Lecture in Australian Literature: Crime Fiction in Australia (Photos, Audio)


  • Wikipedia turns 15
  • Shakespeare & Co: The Bard and his Peers in the Digital Age (photos, Audio file)
  • Nick Earls launches 'Wisdom Tree' (photos, Audio file)
  • Hidden in plain sight: walking tour of the Great Court (event information)
  • BWF at UQ: In Conversation with Tom and Meg Keneally (Audio file)
  • Vesalius' Fabrica of the Human Body - A Medical Milestone (photos)
  • Belvedere Woman (photos)
  • 2016 Fryer Lecture in Australian Literature: Thea Astley (photos)
  • Res Gestae - Things Done (Audio)