Month: July 2017

Leura – Megalong Books

On a cold wet winter’s day, there is nothing better to do than spend some time browsing in a cosy bookshop. A few months ago we spent some time in Megalong Books in Leura in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. Lot of nooks and crannies to investigate in this well-stocked shop.

Megalong Books Leura


Perth – State Library of WA – Kyle Hughes-Odgers

There is an interesting exhibition on at the moment at the State Library in Perth. Hidden away in the Story Place Gallery, which is in a corner of the children’s library, the exhibition celebrates the release of the latest children’s book by artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers, called “One Thousand Trees”.

One Thousand Trees 1


Sydney – State Library of NSW – Shakespeare

As well as taking special notice of the Tasman map in the foyer of the State Library (see previous post), we had a chance to look in the library’s Shakespeare Room. The room is open to the public every Tuesday from 10am to 4pm, when a volunteer guide explains the contents of the room.
The Tudor-style wood panelling, stained glass windows, a plaster ceiling with an intricate design, and a collection of books by or about Shakespeare, create an amazing atmosphere, not to be found anywhere else in Australia.

Shakespeare Room Library NSW

Sydney – State Library of NSW – Tasman

On a recent trip to Sydney, we were again impressed by the map on the floor of the entrance foyer of the State Library of NSW. The map shows the 17th century voyages of Dutch navigator, Abel Tasman, who discovered Tasmania long before Captain Cook ‘discovered’ Australia.
The original mapLibrary NSW Tasman Map from which the floor map is drawn is in the library’s collection.