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: Vaginal Spray
    Thursday 9 March 2017
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    For our first Late Night Library series in 2017, we’re teaming up with Sydney-based storytellers Little Fictions. Over 6 nights, prepare to be entertained by a talented team of actors, artists and musicians who’ll bring local tales to life through a mix of original multimedia and live performance.

    Vaginal Spray: feminist tales brings you stories of women who break away, women who stand their ground and women who stand by each other. A guy struggles to understand his girlfriend’s head-shaving grief over the death of poet Dorothy Porter. A young woman’s life is derailed by her parish priest and a Newtown cyclist knits her pubic hair into a seat cover.

    Join MC Monique Schafter for feminist fiction by Miles Franklin winner, A.S. Patric and Patrick White Literary Award winner, Carmel Bird as well as Wollongong microfictionist, Susan McCreery and emerging Sydney writer, Emma Rose Smith. Performed by talented actors Eleni Schumacher, Adam Norris and Lauren Hamilton Neill.

    Plus special guest, performance artist Alli Sebastian Wolf, creator of Glitoris.

    This series of Late Night Library is produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Little Fictions.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 9 March 2017 from 9pm to 10pm
  • Off the Page: Kings Cross Library
    Thursday 30 March 2017
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    For our first Late Night Library series in 2017, we’re teaming up with Sydney-based storytellers Little Fictions. Over 6 nights, prepare to be entertained by a talented team of actors, artists and musicians who’ll bring local tales to life through a mix of original multimedia and live performance.

    Join composer and broadcaster, Julian Day, for a mesmerizing hour of multiplatform storytelling by actors, visual artists, filmmakers and musicians. Texts included are local Sydney stories straight out of Crown and Williams Street, Central and Circular Quay.

    In ‘The Most Beautiful Story In The World’, Oliver Mol tells of migraines, Sydney’s lockout laws, love and mental health. His performance will be accompanied by a slideshow of quirky images by Carla Uriarte and a haunting soundtrack.

    Emerging artist, Emily Twomey and emerging composers Thomas Ross and Vickie Tran have collaborated to produce a series of microlit videos. The premiere screening of these unique story-poem films at Off The Page will include actors Eleni Schumacher and Joel Horwood performing narrations accompanied by both pre-recorded and live sounds.

    This series of Late Night Library is produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Little Fictions.

    Kings Cross Library
    Thursday 30 March 2017 from 9pm to 10pm
  • Late Night Library: Oh Baby It's A Wild World
    Thursday 20 April 2017
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    For our first Late Night Library series in 2017, we’re teaming up with Sydney-based storytellers Little Fictions. Over 6 nights, prepare to be entertained by a talented team of actors, artists and musicians who’ll bring local tales to life through a mix of original multimedia and live performance.

    ‘It’s hard to get by, just upon a smile.’ Comedian Jack Gow is going to give Cat Stevens’ survival strategy a red hot go. Join Jack and the talented Little Fictions team for a night of stories about how to grow up.

    Got a deadbeat dad? Take Angela Argent’s advice: hire a hotted up car, find a dusty country road and challenge him to a game of ‘chicken’. Your teenager daughter doesn’t exactly fit in – she prefers her new soccer-dyke Barbie doll to watching Australia’s most eligible bachelor? Your son is an alien, totally out of step with his peers and you’re not really convinced the Safe Schools policy will fly? Relax. Shady Cosgrove and Patrick Lenton have hacks for the younger queer life. At Little Fictions’ Late Night Library, you’ll get study tips from Kirsten Tranter’s bot and hear about Jon Steiner’s Shady Oaks where Baby Boomers age disgracefully.

    This series of Late Night Library is produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Little Fictions.

    Newtown Library
    Thursday 20 April 2017 from 9pm to 10pm
  • Late Night Library: Crime Scenes
    Thursday 4 May 2017
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    For our first Late Night Library series in 2017, we’re teaming up with Sydney-based storytellers Little Fictions. Over 6 nights, prepare to be entertained by a talented team of actors, artists and musicians who’ll bring local tales to life through a mix of original multimedia and live performance.

    According to Cluedo, the library is an ideal place for a crime… Colonel Mustard with a candlestick blah blah blah. We agree. Only the Little Fictions’ crime stories you’ll hear won’t be cosy whodunits.

    Former prison teachers turned fictionists, Mark O’Flynn and Julie Chevalier, have written stories with a birds’ eye view of a restorative justice circle (‘A Lovely Outing’) and a prisoner’s first day of release (‘Meant’). Susan McCreery and Shady Cosgrove give bite-sized slices of crime in suburbia in ‘Call the Ambulance’, ‘Outlet’ and ‘Disturbance’ while Richard Holt’s ‘Bush Burial’ will send chills down your spine. We’ll play a few quick rounds of Exquisite Corpse to test our collective express-crime writing skills and then round off the evening with ‘I Hate Crime Fiction’, an old style radio play with a post-modern bent written by anti-realist Melbourne spoken word performer, Eddy Burger.

    Hosted by noir aficionado, Adam Norris and performed by Eleni Schumacher, Felix Johnson, Oscar Morphew and Lauren Hamilton Neill, this will be an engrossing and entertaining hour set in the mean streets of Haymarket.

    This series of Late Night Library is produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Little Fictions.

    Late Night Library usually books out, so to avoid disappointment be sure to book for this event.

    Haymarket Library
    Thursday 4 May 2017 from 9pm to 10pm
  • Late Night Library: Dire Straits
    Thursday 18 May 2017
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    For our first Late Night Library series in 2017, we’re teaming up with Sydney-based storytellers Little Fictions. Over 6 nights, prepare to be entertained by a talented team of actors, artists and musicians who’ll bring local tales to life through a mix of original multimedia and live performance.

    They really want this house but can they live with evicting the old lady? The professor’s politically incorrect emails have the university in spin. Her ex turns up at Bunnings with the new, younger wife. Euthanasia, peer pressure and the challenges of choosing anything from eggs to partners…. Little Fictions’ Dire Straits presents tales of people stuck on the horns of some very recognisable and awkward contemporary dilemmas. And we’ll be asking the audience to weigh in: Can you guess the outcome? What would you do…?

    Featuring short stories and microlit from five Australian authors including ‘Open for Inspection’ by Jon Steiner (The Last Wilkie’s and other stories), ‘Hardware’ by Susan McCreery (Loopholes), ‘Something from the Old School’ by Helen Richardson, ‘The Alternative Plan ‘ by Vivienne Plumb (small wonder) and ‘Salt’ by Pierz Newton-John (Fault Lines).

    Join MC Adam Norris and the talented actors Ella Watson-Russell, Joel Horwood and Lauren Hamilton Neill for this unique night of entertainment where you’ll be read to in the intimate atmosphere of the Glebe Library.

    This series of Late Night Library is produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Little Fictions.

    Glebe Library
    Thursday 18 May 2017 from 9pm to 10pm

Last updated: Wednesday, 16 November 2016