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.

2019 Program of Events

Kathleen McArthur: Wild/flower Woman
Lecture by 2018 Fryer Fellow Associate Professor Susan Davis
UQ Alumni Rare Book Auction
2019 Fryer Lecture in Australian Literature
Professor Anita Heiss presents Language, literacy and Aboriginal voices in Australian Literature.

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