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Tuesday 18 June 2019
6.30 to 8pm
Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building (Ground floor)
Free, bookings essential

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About the presenter
Narelle Graham, presenter of Late Afternoons on ABC radio.
For any questions regarding the event, please reach out to the Events and Venue hire team:
Phone: (08) 8207 7258

Join Phil, in conservation with ABC’s Narelle Graham as she delves into Phil’s background, his journey as an author, his processes and inspirations. In a rare live performance, Phil will share some of his songs based on the stories behind the books, which have never been heard outside the four walls of his creative space.

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 Wing is via the lift in the glass foyer entrance of the library.

Access to the Institute Building is via the external ramp on the Kintore Ave entrance or via the internal ramp between the Institute Building and the Spence Wing (opposite the Treasures Wall).

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?

The Mortlock Wing and Treasures Wall are venues for hire and subject to occasional closures due to functions and special events, please check our Open Hours for any venue closures on the day of your tour to avoid disappointment.

Is there a cafe at the State Library?

There is a cafe located in the back of the glass foyer at the State Library. View more information about the cafe and tenants.


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Phil Cummings

Phil Cummings: Stories behind the books event series

Join Phil Cummings and friends as they share the secrets and stories behind the creative process of writing.

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Phil Cummings: Stories behind the books

Self managed experience for schools

Your State Library holds in its collection many of the secrets and stories of award-winning South Australian author, Phil Cummings which will be revealed in an interactive exhibition featuring his award-winning books through to copies of his original manuscripts. 

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Free, bookings essential

Danny Allen, Illustration courtesy of David Cox and Pan Macmillan Australia
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Phil Cummings

Stories behind the books

18 April to 21 July 2019

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Free entry