Know a teen who dreams of being a writer? 

Book in now for our Teen Writing Bootcamps!

We’ve just released spaces for our Teen Writing Bootcamps, where budding teen writers can chase their passion and learn from some of Victoria’s best.

The bootcamps, which run over four sessions, offer 13- to 18-year-olds the chance to explore different writing styles, from contemporary fiction to slam poetry, own voices writing to journalism. See the full program here.

Kicking off next week we have the first two bootcamps:

Contemporary fiction with Emily Gale, covering everything from world-building to self-editing, and Own voices writing with Nevo Zisin, where marginalised writers can learn to tell their stories with authenticity and vulnerability.

Teen Writing Bootcamps
March to June

Stories from the Collection: Heard about the lion on the loose in Little Collins? 

Detail image from newspaper article with photograph of Wallace the African lion being prodded into the T & G building lobby with a stick. His handler James Pearson stands on steps within feet of Wallace. The Australasian, 18 February 1911

When conjuror and magician Gustave Fasola put on a show at Melbourne Opera House (later the Tivoli Theatre) in 1911, he hired Wallace the African lion from the Melbourne Zoological Gardens as his leading cat.

But this Saturday matinee turned thriller when Wallace found his way onto the city streets – fire brigades and mounted troopers were called in, though in the end it was a city butcher who saved the day.


Entertainment in the fresh air this weekend!

A woman wearing bright and colourful clothes is pictured with her arms waving in performance on the Library forecourt

Ready for another weekend of fun on the Library forecourt? Enjoy live music, comedy, drop-in workshops, hand painting and plenty of other free family-friendly outdoor events.

There’s slam poetry with Emilie Zoey Baker and teen slam poets, comedy with Josh Earl as well as Comma Sutra, literary game shows, DJ Andrew McClelland and much more.

Also, JUST ANNOUNCED! On the Road Again live music pop-up on the forecourt, Thursday 24 March at 12pm, featuring Hayley Mary, previously of the Jezabels! 

What’s on

A man in a suit stands in front of a group of students, smiling, with his arm raised toward writing on a series of whiteboards behind him

The Policy Pitch: making time for great teaching 

24 February, 5:30pm

A panel of experts discuss reform recommendations for teaching workloads in this State Library Victoria and Grattan Institute joint webinar.

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Copy of James Joyce's novel Ulysses, open to the frontispiece

Window on Collections: Ulysses

24 February, 6:30pm

Enjoy a thought-provoking discussion on one of the great novels of 20th-century modernist literature, James Joyce’s Ulysses.

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Text: 'Spark Adaptation'

Spark: Adaptation

16 March, 7:00pm – Tix $35

What’s the key to thriving in this constantly changing world? Learn about the hot topic of adaptability with Future Crunch

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Plan ahead before you visit

The Library is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Be sure to check in, wear a mask and be kind to our staff. Visit our website for more information on how to make the most of your visit. 


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