Late Night Library

Late Night Library

Doors open for grown-up events

Let us entertain you at our libraries after dark, where we bring you the best in late night, adults only events and invite talented performers to question, challenge and experiment.

  • What’s on
  • Late Night Library: Sex in the Emerald City
    Thursday 7 June 2018
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    Join us for a Sydney-themed night of erotic musings featuring some of our most loved and emerging voices, and performance identities.

    The provocative and informative evening explores stories from Sydney. Featuring Jules Kim (CEO, Scarlet Alliance), Eliot Redelman (Polyamory Sydney), and a performance by Betty Grumble (surreal showgirl). Plus, don’t miss high tea with sex workers!

    Presented with Jenevieve Chang.

    This is an adults only event and bookings are recommended.

    Outrageous Library is the first Late Night Library series of 2018. Readers, writers and literary lovers will be transported into the erotic character of different cities around the world, with some help from the community.

    This event will be Auslan interpreted.

    Kings Cross Library
    Thursday 7 June 2018 from 7pm to 9pm
  • Late Night Library: Benjamin Law and his mum
    Thursday 21 June 2018
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    This is the first event of a 3-part series presented with Carnival of the Bold. Join an intimate and entertaining conversation between writer-raconteur Benjamin Law and his mother Jenny Phang, recounting his pursuit of a creative career.

    Benjamin Law

    Benjamin is a Sydney-based TV screenwriter, journalist and newspaper columnist, who has PhD in creative writing and cultural studies. He’s the author of 2 books, The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012) and the co-author of the comedy book Shit Asian Mothers Say (2014) with his sister Michelle Law. Both of his books have been nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards. Benjamin is a frequent contributor to the Good Weekend, frankie and The Monthly.

    About the series

    Every parent wants the best for their child, often placing high expectations on their future plans. It’s not uncommon for parents to discourage their kids from exploring their artistic side, instead encouraging them to pick ‘safer’ career options like medicine, law or business. Creative practices are often seen as just a hobby.

    These attitudes can be more prevalent in families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Many parents are concerned about steady employment. While the challenges of working in the creative industries are well known, many artists have excelled.

    In this engaging series, we meet 3 of these artists and explore their journeys. Sitting down with their mum for a chat, they’ll be sharing their ups and downs, and the role that their family and culture has played.

    How were their aspirations received and did they need to convince their parents to support their choice? How did they overcome any discouragement? Do they have any words of advice for aspiring artists or parents from diverse backgrounds?

    Other events in the series:

    Moreblessing Maturure and her mum
    Frida Deguise and her mum

    Customs House Library
    Thursday 21 June 2018 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Late Night Library: Moreblessing Maturure and her mum
    Thursday 19 July 2018
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    This is the second event of a 3-part series presented with Carnival of the Bold. Join an intimate and entertaining conversation between theatremaker Moreblessing Maturure and her mother Sibusisiwe Maturure, recounting her pursuit of a creative career.

    Moreblessing Maturure

    Moreblessing is a Zimbabwean/Australian stage and screen actor, with a wealth of experience in writing, devising, directing and producing. As a writer, she crosses from the poetic, dramatic and analytical, developing her work with Playwriting Australia, ATYP, and Sydney Theatre Company’s Emerging Writers Group. Moreblessing has also worked with Information and Cultural Exchange Centre to develop screen projects. She is the founding Creative Director of FOLK Magazine, a platform dedicated to showcasing artists of colour and their work.

    About the series

    Every parent wants the best for their child, often placing high expectations on their future plans. It’s not uncommon for parents to discourage their kids from exploring their artistic side, instead encouraging them to pick ‘safer’ career options like medicine, law or business. Creative practices are often seen as just a hobby.

    These attitudes can be more prevalent in families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, with many parents concerned about steady employment. While the challenges of working in the creative industries are well known, many artists have excelled.

    In this engaging series, we meet 3 of these artists and explore their journeys. Sitting down with their mum for a chat, they’ll be sharing their ups and downs, and the role that their family and culture has played.

    How were their aspirations received and did they need to convince their parents to support their choice? How did they overcome any discouragement? Do they have any words of advice for aspiring artists or parents from diverse backgrounds?

    Other events in the series:

    Benjamin Law and his mum
    Frida Deguise and her mum

    Customs House Library
    Thursday 19 July 2018 from 8pm to 9pm

Last updated: Wednesday, 16 November 2016