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

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.
Poetics of Space: The influence of literary works on architectural design
Presentation by architects Kim and Monique Baber on the influence of Bachelard’s “The Poetics of Space” and other literature on their architectural practice and how it relates to a new Fryer Teaching space.
UQP Makes History: a personal reflection
In the 70th anniversary year of University of Queensland Press join author Nicholas Jose as he presents the annual Fryer Lecture in Australian Literature.
Research Excellence and Scholarly Publishing
The UQ Library hosted "Research Excellence and Scholarly Publishing" during Research Week 2018.
The Good Looking Bookseller and the Ugly Society: Bill Sutton and the People's Bookshop
Join Dr Phillip Edmonds as he shares some of Bill Sutton's relatively unknown story.
Tree Planting in memory of Ian Sinnamon
Please join us to remember and celebrate architect Ian Sinnamon with the planting of a Black Bean Tree (Castanospernum australe) on 12 October.
November: Marginalia, Bibliography at the Margins
Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand Conference (BSANZ) 2018. 28-30 November.
December: Awards & Acquisitions
Celebrate our award winners and showcase new acquisitions made possible through donations on Thursday 6 Dec. RSVP by 30 November.

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)
  • 2017 Library Awards and Acquistions Evening (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)
  • 2016 Library Awards and Acquisitions Evening (Photos