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Tuesday 1 February 2022
11am to 12pm
Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building (Ground floor)
Free, bookings essential

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About the presenter

Charles Gent, Writer and author

State Library Supports

Join us for this month's Books in My Life, a monthly talk given by various influential/intellectual provided by Friends of the State Library of South Australia.

Charles Gent

Charles Gent

Born in North Adelaide in 1960 and brought up in Clearview, Charles Gent attended schools in Walkerville and Hackney. While studying Arts and evading Law at the University of Adelaide, he wrote for the student newspaper On Dit. After extricating himself from public service employment, he went to Flinders University in 1988 to work as a writer and editor in the University’s publications office, remaining there until 2016. His long-standing interest in wine led to the publication of Mixed Dozen: the story of Australian winemaking from 1788 (Duffy and Snellgrove, 2003). He subsequently wrote columns on wine for the Adelaide Review until its demise in 2020. He continues to write for Winestate magazine and other publications and has contributed entries on Max Schubert and David Wynn to the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

This is a free event but bookings are essential.

To keep our staff and customers safe we continue to follow the physical distancing, building capacity limits and increased hygiene practises outlined by the State Government.
When entering the State Library check-in either by:
* scanning the QR code using the COVID-Safe Check-in app or 
* completing the contract tracing form and placing it in the box provided.
Please sanitise your hands at the sanitiser stations provided.

How do I get to the State Library by public transport?

The 'State Library, Art Gallery, Museum' tram-stop is just outside the State Library. There are bus stops close by near the War Memorial on North Terrace. The closest train station is the Adelaide city station on North Terrace.

You can plan your journey via Adelaide Metro.

Is there car parking near the State Library?

The nearest car park is Wilson's Adelaide Central car park, 225 North Terrace, next to David Jones.

There is paid metered street parking along Kintore Ave and Victoria Drive.

Where is the wheelchair and stroller access?

Access to the Spence Wing first floor and the Mortlock Chamber is via the lift in the glass foyer entrance of the library.

There is on-street disabled parking available in the nearby roads. View more information and maps of Adelaide City Council's Disability parking for permit holders.

How do I check if the Mortlock Chamber is open when I plan to visit?

You can visit the Mortlock Chamber on the ground floor to look at the exhibition bays.  The upper levels of the Mortlock Wing include quiet study areas.

Is there a cafe at the State Library?

The State Library Cafe, located on the ground floor in the glass foyer, will be reopening in 2022. Keep an eye on our website and social accounts for more details. 

A Tuesday Talk

Gouger Collection

A Tuesday Talk

Come and hear about the reading journeys of well known South Australians as part of this monthly series.

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