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 Bronwen Levy, Margot Rayner and Helen Puller
An Editor Regrets: R. G. Campbell and the Australian Journal
2016 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
Panel discussion about legal, educational and artistic responses to the plight of refugees and the role of libraries and archives in preserving their narratives. Image: Kate Durham, Panel from SIEV X artwork.
Art in the Book: an exhibition of the works of Peter Lyssiotis
Postponed until March 2018
An event to celebrate the life and legacy of Professor Dorothy Hill
Event to remember Australian geologist and palaeontologist, Dorothy Hill.
In conversation: Min Jin Lee
Korean-American author Min Jin Lee's Pachinko is an epic saga of a Korean family told over four generations.
Fifty Years of Friendship with Alumni Friends of UQ
As Alumni Friends celebrates its Golden Jubilee, we recognise and celebrate the valuable contributions its members have made to the Library.
2017 Fryer Lecture in Australian Literature: Crime Fiction in Australia
Novelist, literary scholar, critic and editor, Emeritus Professor Michael Wilding will deliver this year's lecture. Following the lecture, we celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Fryer Library.

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)