2017 Program of events

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.

2017 Program of events

Beyond the Rockton Window: remembering author and painter Helen Haenke
Panel discussion with Dr Bronwyn Levy, Margot Rayner and Helen Puller
Fryer Fellow Dr Roger Osborne will talk about his exploration of the short story market in Australia and the Australian Journal during the editorship of Ronald Campbell from 1926 to 1955
Refugees in Australia: letters in the Fryer Library
Panel discussion
Hidden in Plain Sight
Walking tour of the Great Court at UQ’s St Lucia Campus
Art in the Book: an exhibition of the works of Peter Lyssiotis
Panel discussion
An event to celebrate the life and legacy of Professor Dorothy Hill
Event to remember Australian geologist and palaeontologist, Dorothy Hill
Brisbane Writers Festival
Visiting writer
Alumni Friends of the University of Queensland turns 50
As Alumni Friends celebrates its Golden Jubilee, we recognise and celebrate the valuable contributions its members have made to the Library.
Celebrating 90 years of the Fryer Memorial Library of Australian Literature
This year we mark a milestone in the history of our Fryer Library, founded in 1927 in honour of UQ student John Denis (Jack) Fryer.
2017 Fryer Lecture in Australian Literature
Delivered by novelist, critic and academic Emeritus Professor Michael Wilding

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


  • 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)