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Friends of the Library talk Tuesday 13th August 2019 with Peter Veth on "The Atlantis of the North: unique records from ‘drowned landscapes’ off northern Australia"
Wed, 24 Jul 2019

One of the defining attributes of modern humans is their ability to cross, navigate and systematically exploit maritime landscapes and resources. Some of the earliest indirect evidence for the maritime capabilities of people comes from the settling of the Wallacean Islands and Sahul (Australia, PNG, Tasmania).

Direct evidence includes early dated occupation sites in northern Australia, fishing technologies and marine dietary assemblages from Timor Leste and Borneo, and midden and shell artefacts from North West Australia dated from 50,000 years ago.

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Friends of the Library talk Tuesday 9th July 2019 with Terri-ann White on UWA Publishing
Mon, 17 Jun 2019

University press publishing is an unusual beast these days and very different to its twentieth century model. But universities have changed, too.

Book publishing on a broader scale is a complex business. At a time when library books, public and private, are relegated to landfill, and information once locked away is available to everyone in a matter of seconds, what is the future for books and reading?

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Friends of the Library talk Tuesday 11th June 2019 with Susan Midalia on “Politics and the Novel”
Mon, 3 Jun 2019

Susan Midalia presents “Politics and the Novel”

The nineteenth-century French writer Stendhal famously observed that “politics in a literary work is like a gun shot in the middle of a concert: it’s something vulgar and coarse, which is also impossible to ignore.” Stendhal’s analogy highlights the challenge for a creative writer intent on exploring overtly political issues: how to avoid being ideologically dogmatic or morally self-righteous; how not to insult the intelligence of the reader, regardless of their political beliefs.

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