Shortlists announced for 2015 NSW Premier's Literary Awards

The works of today’s leading Australian writers have been recognised with the announcement of the shortlists for the 2015 NSW Premier's Literary Awards.

Twenty-four judges considered hundreds of entries across nine prize categories, with the winners to be announced on Monday 18 May 2015.

NSW Premier Mike Baird welcomed the announcement of the shortlists: “The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have a proud history of recognising and encouraging our nation’s community of authors, translators and writers for screen, stage and radio.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said: “The awards celebrate the cultural significance of our literary talent and this year’s shortlists include works by established authors as well as new writers who will strengthen Australian writing now and into the future.”

The winners will be announced at the State Library of NSW on Monday 18 May.

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Call for nominations: 2015 NSW Premier's History Awards

Call for nominations: NSW Premier’s History Awards 2015 The State Library of NSW has announced the opening  of nominations for the NSW Premier’s History Awards 2015.

A total of $75,000 in prize money will be presented to the winners at an  awards ceremony in September 2015.

Administered by the State Library of NSW, in association with Arts NSW, the NSW Premier’s History Awards offers prizes in six categories this year:

  • Australian History Prize ($15,000) 
    - Australian First World War History Prize (commemorative medallion) 
  • General History Prize ($15,000) 
  • New South Wales Community and Regional History Prize ($15,000) 
  • Young People’s History Prize ($15,000) 
  • Multimedia History Prize ($15,000) 

Entries close 5pm Friday 15 May 2015

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Secret photos of 1880s Sydney revealed in new exhibition

Some of the world’s earliest street photographs, capturing many previously unseen views of Sydney from the 1880s will go on public display for the first time in a new exhibition opening at the State Library of NSW, from Saturday 4 April.

Crowd Source presents over 50 rare snapshots of Sydneysiders and Sydney’s bustling streets secretly taken with the world’s first hand-held camera – branded the ‘Detective Camera’ – by amateur local photographer Arthur Syer.

“Arthur Syer took candid photographs of ordinary people in everyday situations which he supplied to illustrators to use as ‘source material’ to help them create a life-like quality and characters in their drawings,” says exhibition co-curator Margot Riley.

“Syer's distinctive low angle photographs evocatively capture the buzz of 1880s Sydney showing the shoe-shiners and fruit sellers, road workers, transport deliveries and barrow shopping, queues at Circular Quay, children playing, shipping and scenes at the horses races,” said Ms Riley.

Syer crossed into the publishing industry through his artist brother Walter, who introduced him to internationally renowned English cartoonist, Phil May. Invited to Sydney by The Bulletin in 1885, May often used Syer’s images to add authenticity to the backgrounds for his illustrations, for example drawings of people at the racecourse.

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