Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Ned Kelly Awards honour Australian crime fiction and true crime writing. Known affectionately as 'The Neds' the awards began in 1995, with Peter Temple, Mark Dapin, Garry Disher, John Saffran, Peter Corris and Michael Robotham among previous winners. Categories for 2015  are Best Fiction, Best First Fiction, Best True Crime and the Sandra Harvey Short Story Award. The shortlist will be announced at the Byron Bay Writer's Festival on Saturday 8 August, followed by the Awards Ceremony on 22 August.

Many of the works submitted for consideration for this year's awards are held by our libraries. Click on the links below to access the catalogue records to place any of these items on hold or check which formats are available, or head into your local branch and browse the mystery and crime sections. You'll find plenty of previous winners on the shelves too!  

Best Fiction

The Snow Kimono by Mark Henshaw

Through the Cracks by Honey Brown

Best First Fiction

A Fatal Tide by Steve Sailah

Chasing the Ace by Nicholas J Johnson

Death on Danger Island by G.P. Field

King of the Road by Nigel Bartlett

Losing Kate by Kylie Kayden

Quota by Jock Serong

What Came Before by Anna George

Best True Crime

An Inconvenient Genocide by Geoffrey Robertson

At the Altar of the Road Gods: Stories of Motorcycles and Other Drugs by Boris Mihailovic

Australia's Hardest Prison: Inside the Walls of Long Bay Jail by James Phelps

He Who Must be Obeid: the Untold Story  by Kate McClymont & Linton Besser

In the Company of Cowards: Bush, Howard & Injustice at Guantanamo by Michael Mori

Khaki Crims and Desperados by Russell Robinson

Last Woman Hanged by Caroline Overington

Milat: Inside Australia's Biggest Manhunt: a Detective's Story by Clive Small & Tom Gilling

Once Upon a time in Melbourne by Liam Houlihan

 Silk Road:  the shocking true story of the world's most notorious online drug market by Eileen Ormsby

The Fall: How Simon Gittany Killed Lisa Harnum by Amy Dale

The Family Court Murders by Debi Marshall

The Feel-Good Hit of the Year: A Memoir by Liam Pieper

The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay by David Murray

The Real Chopper: the Man Behind the Legend, Inside & Out by Adam Shand

 This House of Grief: the Story of a Murder Trial by Helen Garner

Where is Daniel? by Bruce Marcombe

You're Just Too Good to be True by Sofija Stefanovic

Visit Newcastle Region Library's Catalogue and Website.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Applications open for NSW Youth Advisory

Newcastle Library encourages the youth in our community to read a lot, voice your opinions and get involved! We know we have a lot of exceptional young library patrons and we would love to see you on the NSW Youth Advisory Council.

Nominations are open for the 2015 NSW Youth Advisory Council (YAC)! Twelve young people will be selected; they will come from all over the State and are broadly representative of the diversity of young people living in New South Wales in terms of gender, Aboriginality, and cultural and linguistic background. This council is one of the most effective ways for young people to be involved in Government decision making.

“The Council meets regularly throughout the year to provide advice to the Government and the Advocate and to monitor and evaluate policies and legislation which affect young people”, Mr Andrew Johnson said. “The advice from the YAC has been instrumental in assisting the direction and set up of the Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People."

So do you or someone you know want to work on making New South Wales a better place for children and young people?

Information and application forms for membership of the Youth Advisory Council are available on the Advocate’s website at  from the Advocate  or (02) 9286 7231. Applications close at 5:00pm Monday 31st of August 2015.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Celebrate the Reading Hour in 2015

Any time is reading time, but you can join us on Tuesday 18th August from 6.00 - 7.30 pm.

Hamilton, City and New Lambton branch libraries will be hosting The Reading Hour. Come in your PJs and bring a torch to enjoy your favourite stories in the dark.

Book your free spot on Eventbrite today!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Good Reading August issue

Two things are known for certain about Elena Ferrante. One; she was born in Naples, Italy. Two; she's one of the greatest contemporary fiction writers alive. Everything else - her age, gender, appearance, location, - is a mystery, and her identity is the subject of fierce and frustrated speculation in the literary world.

Did we catch your attention?

Goodreading has come down with a bad case of #ferrantefever this month, as the last installment of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels, The Story of the Lost Child, is published. Select Good Reading in the e-Magazines resources page on the Library's website and it will take you straight to the entire issue for you to read on your computer or tablet. 

“I believe that books, once they are written, have no need of their authors. If they have something to say, they will sooner or later find readers; if not, they won’t.” - Ferrante in a letter to her editor. Read the cover story to find out more about the globally acclaimed author. 

Good Reading also check in with Philippa Gregory to find out which books inspire her brilliant historical novels. Then rev up your heart rate with our interview with ThrillerEdge, a fast-growing coterie of Australia's best action writers. Also find out the story behind Helen Macdonald's H is for Hawk, and how you can age gracefully with Growing Old Without Feeling Older. You'll also find articles from Kate Forsyth and Alice Hoffman, and a huge Fathers' Day Gift Guide in time for Dad's special day coming up in a few weeks' time. 

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Friday, July 10, 2015


FAIR and Newcastle Library are campaigning for copyright law reform – it’s long overdue – and right now we’re focused on one thing in particular, the fact that in Australia, while copyright is limited to 70 years after the death of the creator for published works, for unpublished works copyright lasts forever. 

Unpublished works include old diaries, letters, company records, theses – even recipes. The copyright rules as they currently stand mean that these manuscripts, valuable pieces of social history, are locked away – to no one’s benefit. We’d like the same copyright terms for unpublished works as for published works.

The impact is felt by our big collecting institutions, museums, historical societies, university libraries and by public libraries with local history collections. These items cannot legally be digitised and made accessible to the community, family historians, researchers, and others who would find them a useful and fascinating resource.

FAIR has dug into library and museum collections across Australia and found lots of handwritten recipes which, according to the current law,  shouldn’t be shared – but they have put them up on the FAIR website anyway. We’re asking you to cook up one of these recipes – or choose one of your old favourites – and send us a photo and post it on social media with the #cookingforcopyright. FAIR would love to see your family recipes from 1950 and earlier using classic Aussie recipes for lamingtons, pavlovas, canteen biscuits and soldier cake tins to drive the copyright reform agenda. Share your images on the FAIR Facebook page!

The images will be collected and shared via social media and then sent to Senator George Brandis, the Attorney General, who has the unenviable task of unravelling the current copyright regime. We’re hoping he just might be swayed by pictures of cakes, cookies and savouries from people who care passionately about FAIR – Freedom of Access to Information and Resources.
Orange Salad (from chef at Claridge’s London) - Lala Fisher diary, 1916-1917, from the State Library of NSW

Raspberry Shortcake - Recipe book by unknown contributors,1940-1960, from the State Library of NSW

Apple Cake - Papers of BessieSherrie, 1891-1935, from the State Library of NSW

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