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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.

Come to the launch!

Hear what it’s like to win the Award and get insider tips from the experts.

Special guests:

  • Sam Twyford-Moore, Emerging Writers’ Festival Director
  • Kirsty Wilson, Sales and Marketing Director, Text Publishing
  • Kate Larsen, Writers Victoria Director
  • James Cristina, winner, Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Award 2013

When: Thursday 30 April, 6pm - 7.30pm
Where: Library at The Dock

Bookings essential

There are five categories in the Awards:

  • Short story (no more than 3000 words)
  • The Dorothy Porter Award for Emerging Poets (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 Commemerations:

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)

Book your place

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

City Library

World War 1 and ANZAC commemoration photographs will be displayed
on the projections screen. 
When: for the month of April.

East Melbourne Library

Self-guided poppy making activity.
When: 1 to 25 April.
Poppy making storytime.
When: Wednesday 15 April, 10.30am.

Library at The Dock

The Call: Melbourne Responds to the Great War.A Josiah Barnes photographic exhibition.
When: 21 April to 21 June.

Poppy window launch.
Poppy Display , driven by the Docklands community, as part of the 5000 Poppies project.
When: Tuesday 21 April, 6pm.

Poppy making storytime.
When: Friday 17 April, 10.30am.

North Melbourne Library with The Hotham History Project

Display in the foyer looking at North and West Melbourne during WWI,
featuring representatives from the area.
When: For the month of April.

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.
Book your place

La Trobe in the City Public Lecture:
'The Seven (or Eight or Nine) Wonders of the World'

Professor Kai Brodersen, University of Erfurt

We all know the Seven Wonders of the World: the Pyramids, the Walls of Babylon, the Hanging Gardens, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Artemision at Ephesus, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes and the Pharos at Alexandria - but these are eight "Seven Wonders"!
The lecture will explore how the list of wonders started, and study how it changed over time to accommodate new wonders, and new beliefs.

Kai Brodersen is Professor of Classics and President at the University of Erfurt in Germany and currently the inaugural Margaret Braine Fellow in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Western Australia. He has edited, and translated, both ancient works and modern classical studies.

His research focuses on Greek and Roman historiography and geography, on ancient inscriptions, oracles and wonder-texts, and on social and economic history. Amongst many other roles, he also is Editor-in-Chief of Historia, one of Germany’s most prestigious reviews and monograph series in ancient history.

When: Tuesday 28 April, 6 – 7.30 pm (approx.)
Where: Majorca Room, City Library

Cost: Free - Bookings essential

More information about Professor Kai Brodersen at:

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

Book your place

Preserving memories

Join Anne Thoday a master preserver, artist,
story collector and curator for 8 very special
workshops about writing.

Preserving Memories is for people of all
skill levels who are interested in learning
more about writing, meeting new people,
preserving lemons and sharing stories.

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 (you must attend all 8 workshops).

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.

7 May, 4 June, 2 July, 6 August, 3 September, 1 October


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

Book your place 

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!
Book your place

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