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Got the write stuff?

Since 1999, the Boroondara Literary Awards have been unearthing and celebrating talented writers of all ages.

The competition is a long-running partnership between the City of Boroondara and the Rotary Club of Balwyn. Entries for the 2019 version open on Monday 6 May 2019.

Young Boroondara writer, 14-year-old Lottie Dalton, was crowned last year’s winner of the Young Writers’ (Middle) Award for prose with her story Milky Ways.

Lottie says her love of writing stems from the enjoyment she gets in unleashing her creativity without any boundaries.

“I love it because it’s a place where you can come up with the weirdest things and nobody cares. I like to play around with poetic elements and imagery - I find treating the piece of writing like a painting is a really cool thing to be able to do.”

Boroondara Literary Award prizes are given for the Open Short Story category (for Australian residents of all ages) and the Young Writers’ category (for young people who live, work or study in Boroondara).

The Young Writers’ competition includes categories for poetry and prose and is open to students from Grade five to Year 12, and young people not in secondary school aged 15 to 18. One lucky winner will also receive the Keith Carroll Award, for the best entry from a Boroondara resident.

More information

Visit Boroondara Literary Awards for more information.

It’s all about the books

At Boroondara Library Service, we love books and we want you to love them just as much. So we’ve introduced a program called About the Books.

At Boroondara Library Service, we love books and we want you to love them just as much. So we’ve introduced a program called About the Books.

Come along and learn about new authors, new genres and maybe make some new friends. Simply visit one of our six libraries to choose from five fun and informative sessions:

  • Book Talks at Ashburton and Balwyn libraries, hosted by the staff of Boroondara Library Service, to talk about the books they’ve read and enjoyed from our collection.
  • Book Chats at Camberwell and Hawthorn libraries, where the community will join us and share their reading experiences with other like-minded book lovers. Please bring along your favourite book or the book you’re currently reading to get the conversation started.
  • Book Cafés exclusively at Balwyn Library where visitors can drop by and take part in a fun activity, like book bingo.
  • Adult Storytimes at Camberwell Library, where we encourage you to settle in with a coffee and enjoy the relaxing experience of hearing a story read out loud.
  • Book Group at Kew, which runs until November 2019 offering a new book every month.

More information

Visit Libraries for more details on events, session times and locations.

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