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.
The Lane Bookshop is hidden away in Old Theatre Lane off Bayview Terrace in Claremont. It has an excellent selection of books and you could spend hours browsing.
Hayley Welsh is another Perth-based artist whose work is closely associated with books. Recently we spotted one of her little creatures on the wall of the Lane Bookshop in Claremont.
More original art by Kyle Hughes-Odgers from the “One Thousand Trees” exhibition at the State Library (see previous post). The book is published by Fremantle Press.
The “One Thousand Trees” exhibition at the State Library (see previous post) displays some of the original artwork for the book by Kyle Hughes-Odgers. The exhibition continues until 23 July.
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”.
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.
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 map from which the floor map is drawn is in the library’s collection.
Just finished reading a biography of Arthur Phillip, the founder of British settlement in Australia. Arthur Phillip: Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy by Michael Pembroke, is an interesting account of the life of the first governor of the colony of NSW. It details the many experiences he had in the British and Portuguese navies which led to him being the ideal person to lead the First Fleet.
The Museum of Sydney is now on the site of Sydney’s first government house. Located on the corner of Phillip and Bridge streets, you can see this memorial plaque on the side of the modern building.
Visited Diabolik Books, in Mt Hawthorn, for the first time on the weekend. Great selection of books including new releases of titles by now not so popular Australian authors such as Randolph Stow and Christina Stead.