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Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards 2015

Win up to $6000!

One of the most prestigious awards for emerging writers in Victoria, the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards celebrate Melbourne’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature.

The Awards open 1 May 2015 and close 31 August 2015.

There are five categories in the Awards:

  • Short story (no more than 3000 words)
  • The Dorothy Porter Award for Poetry (no more than 100 lines)
  • Novella (10,000 – 20,000 words)
  • Graphic short story (up to 8 A4 pages)
  • Narrative non-fiction (up to 10,000 words)

Each category winner receives $1000, with one of the five category winners chosen to receive the $5000 Lord Mayor’s Award.
This year one highly commended entry in each category will receive $200.


Please email with any queries about the competition. We will endeavour to respond as soon as possible.

2013 Lord Mayor’s Award winner, James Cristina with former City of Melbourne CEO, Kathy Alexander and Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle.

National Trust Heritage Festival

April - May 2015

Conflict and compassion: a series of WW1 historical walks around Melbourne

Pull on your walking boots and join us for these historic walks around Melbourne, including The Shrine of Remembrance Reserve, Canning Street North Melbourne, the wharfs of Victoria Harbour and streets around Carlton.

Take a look at the program

Anzac Centenary Celebrations:
World War I walk through North Melbourne

Take a walk along Canning Street and surrounds to hear about the people from the area that served in World War I.

Starting at Pleasance Gardens, Canning St, North Melbourne.

When: Sat 18 Apr, 2pm-3.3pm
Meet: Pleasance Gardens, Canning Street, North Melbourne, (Tram 57, stop 17)

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Image: Joseph Garnet Dangerfield,  Killed in action 8.5.1915 (courtesy St Mary’s Anglican Church) 

Woman War Doctor, The Life of Mary De Garis

Join us for author Dr Ruth Lee’s discussion of her book, Dr Mary De Garis, pioneering woman doctor.

After being rejected to serve for Australia - although nurses were accepted - Dr De Garis sailed for London to join her fiancé, who was sadly killed in action in France.
Indefatigable, De Garis signed up with the Scottish Women’s Hospitals, to serve in one of 14 all-women, medical units set up by UK suffrage societies. She managed the 200-bed Ostrovo Unit in Macedonia for 14 months.
She was the sole woman doctor in Geelong until 1941 and was the “go-to” obstetrician for generations of Geelong women until retiring in 1958. 
Barry Jones was delivered into the world by Dr De Garis in 1932.

I was inspired by her,” said Dr Lee. “I think others will be too. She is a beacon to others, for a whole range of reasons, including persistence, intellect, feminist beliefs, community service, profound self-confidence, fearlessness, energy and sheer resilience."

About the author:
Ruth Lee spent her formative years in Melbourne and moved to the Bellarine Peninsula in 1989. Since then she has taught Australian Studies and academic writing at Deakin University. An avid researcher, she has was awarded her PhD by Deakin in 2011. This is her first book which is based on 7 years of research into the fascinating life of Geelong’s first woman doctor, Dr Mary De Garis.

When: Mon 11 May, 6.45pm-8pm
Where: North Melbourne Library

Bookings essential.
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Outside the Lines: Third Biennial Youth unConference

Outside the Lines is a free unConference being held at Library at the Dock.
It is your chance to gain insight into what young adults are interested in, how libraries can support and collaborate with them and how we can broaden our thinking about young people into a more creative, flexible and innovative framework that will take libraries outside the lines.

By participating you will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear first-hand from young people and their experiences with the library and community organisations.
  • Gain knowledge from your library peers and experts in the field.
  • Have a forum to ask questions that aren’t often addressed at ‘normal’ conferences.
  • Leave inspired by how you can get young people engaged.
  • Play and get hands on with a mini hack or zine session.
  • And help shape the way that Australian libraries can get ‘Outside the Lines’.

There will be morning and afternoon tea provided.

When: Thu 28 May, 8.30am for a 9am start, until 4pm
Where: Library at The Dock

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Preserving memories

Join Anne Thoday a master preserver, artist, story collector and curator for a very special workshop in food preserving.

Preserving Memories is a fun and  educational cooking class for people of all skill levels who are interested in learning more about food preserving, meeting new people and sharing stories about food. Topics covered will include jam making, fermentation, pickling foods, bottling and sauce making. Participants will receive information about safe preserving, recipes, take home jars of produce and morning tea. All equipment, ingredients and jars will be provided.

When: Starts Tue 21 Apr, 10am-1pm
28 Apr, 5 May, 12 May, 19 May, 26 May, 2 Jun, 9 Jun
Where: North Melbourne Library, Meeting room

Book your place (book each session you would like to attend).

From page to pose

Relax and unwind at these special workshops which fuse yoga and books. The yoga session that follows reflects on the theme.  All poses are basic and suitable for beginners.

Bring a book that relates to the week’s theme and read aloud a passage that resonates with you. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your yoga mat.

Bookings for each session are essential.


10 March: Love
17 March: Courage
24 March: Surrender
31 March: Quiet 

Where: Library at The Dock
When: 10, 17, 24 and 31 March, from 5.30pm-6.30pm.

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Chinese Book Club Morning Tea

Come and join us for morning tea and see our new Chinese books at Library at The Dock.

Meet other readers, have a chat and find some new Chinese books, magazines or DVDs to borrow.

Where: Library at The Dock
When: First Thursday of the month, 9am to 11am.


Big Ideas in the Pub

If you love discussing meaty topics and like to see things from a different point of view, then this book club could be right up your alley.
Whether you like science, current affairs, history or psychology, ‘Big ideas in the pub’ allows you to meet fellow readers once a month at the Courthouse Hotel.

When: Every fourth Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm
28 April, 26 May and 23 June
Where: Courthouse Hotel, corner of Errol and Queensberry Streets, North Melbourne

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Story Lounge

Story Lounge is a storytime for adults. Hand-picked stories and poems read aloud in a relaxed setting. Slow down and enjoy the simple pleasure of listening.

Story Lounge happens twice a month. Each month, the stories read at East Melbourne Library will be repeated at Library at The Dock.
Free, no bookings required and all welcome!

East Melbourne Library
Second Monday of the month, 10.30-11.30am.
9 Feb, 13 Apr, 11 May, 13 Jul, 10 Aug, 14 Sep, 12 Oct, 9 Nov

Library at The Dock
Fourth Wednesday of the month, 12.30-1.30pm.
25 Feb, 25 Mar, 22 Apr, 27 May, 24 Jun, 22 Jul, 26 Aug, 23 Sep, 28 Oct, 25 Nov

Docklands History Group 

Travel back in time with local historians, collectors, guest speakers and meet other like-minded people at our monthly Docklands History Group. Share a cuppa and stories with other local history enthusiasts and learn about the people, places and industries from times gone by.  Everyone welcome.

21 April

The Call:
Melbourne Responds to the Great War

Join us for a special event as we launch our new exhibition to commemorate the centenary of ANZAC.

Our guest speaker is Dr Bart Ziino, Lecturer in History, Deakin University.

From the fanfare of departure to the sombre mood of injured men returning, join us in commemorating Melbourne’s ‘call to arms’.

Showcasing key images from the Australian War Memorial, these images record the pivotal connection between the home and warfront, as captured by local photographer Josiah Barnes.

Refreshments supplied.

When: Tuesday 21 April 6pm
Where: Library at the Dock Gallery Space

Bookings essential!
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