Wicked writers of Oz dazzle Emerald City by night

Wicked writers of Oz dazzle Emerald City by night

Famed for its controversial subject matter, 1960s publication Oz magazine will be in the spotlight when founding co-editor Richard Walsh discusses the magazine’s past at a free Late Night Library talk – Wicked Writers of Oz, 50 Years of Oz Magazine.

At a time of extreme censorship, Oz magazine pushed the social and political boundaries of the day, poking fun at prickly issues and broaching difficult topics others didn’t dare address, resulting in two legal trials for alleged obscenity.

Mr Walsh, who founded the magazine with author Richard Neville and artist Martin Sharpe, is excited about the prospect of sharing some humorous tales of working for a forward-thinking publication in turbulent times.

“The jailing of ‘the Oz boys’ for obscenity in 1964 was a great media circus,” Mr Walsh said.

“Jack Renshaw’s Government lost power in NSW because of a sex scandal, the Anglican Primate of Australia was hastily retired because of a sex scandal, and we made merry amid all the mayhem of these and other feverish events.”

Timed to coincide with the event will be an exhibition of Oz magazine covers – also famed for their controversial nature and shock value – at Customs House Library throughout March.

“We now have a world in which people are reading fewer magazines and newspapers, but they are reading more books,” Mr Walsh said.

“Reading is becoming a sociable activity and writers festivals and reading circles are thriving. The Late Night Library program is fulfilling this need in an exciting and innovative way.”

Wicked Writers of Oz, 50 Years of Oz Magazine

8pm-9pm Wednesday 20 March 8pm-9pm
Customs House Library 31 Alfred Street, Sydney.

Book online at latenightlibrary.eventbrite.com or call 02 9242 8555.

Following the success of the City’s Late Night Library program, Customs House and Ultimo libraries will be turned into hubs of entertainment and discussion throughout March and April with free events for everyone.

The Black View

8pm-9pm Wednesday 20 February

Take a little time to enjoy the sassy wit of the Aboriginal GLBT panel. This celebration of diversity and social commentary will include all the latest hot topics from serious health issues to predictions on this year’s Mardi Gras parade.

Customs House Library, 31 Alfred Street, Sydney.

Book online at latenightlibrary.eventbrite.com or call 02 9242 8555.

Inspirational Conversations – Finding Inspiration

6pm-7pm Wednesday 27 February

Travel writer and presenter Walter Mason is joined by Vogel Prize-winning author Belinda Castles, who reveals her inspiration and shares her thoughts about how we can all become more creative.

Ultimo Library, Level 1 Ultimo Community Centre, 40 William Henry Street, Ultimo.

Book online at coslibrary.eventbrite.com or call 02 9298 5688.

Geeks up Late

8pm-9pm Wednesday 6 March

Two of Australia’s most tech-savvy guys, Peter Blasina (The Gadget Guy) and Marc Fennell (ABC’s Download This Show) team up with resident library geeks to bring you an evening of the latest gadgets, gizmos and gaming and a debate of the tech world’s hottest topics.

Customs House Library, 31 Alfred St, Sydney.

Book online at latenightlibrary.eventbrite.com or call 02 9242 8555.

Inspirational Conversations – Where Creativity Comes From

6pm-7pm Wednesday 27 March

Gabrielle Lord, recipient of the Ned Kelly Award for lifetime achievement in crime writing, will join travel writer and presenter Walter Mason to discuss how she remains energised and creative.

Ultimo Library, Level 1 Ultimo Community Centre, 40 William Henry Street, Ultimo.

Book online at coslibrary.eventbrite.comor call 02 9298 5688.

Grimm Tales

8pm-9pm Wednesday 3 April

Sydney-based theatre company Gretel in Darkness explore the cruel undertones of our favourite fairy tales as they perform classic childhood stories with an adult twist.

Customs House Library, 31 Alfred Street, Sydney.

Book online at latenightlibrary.eventbrite.com or call 02 9242 8555.

The Dictionary of Sydney Reveals – Darkest Sydney

8pm-9pm Wednesday 17 April

Join writers from the Dictionary of Sydney as they shine a light on some of Sydney’s darkest corners.

Customs House Library, 31 Alfred Street, Sydney.

Book online at latenightlibrary.eventbrite.com or call 02 9242 8555.

Bookings are essential as places are limited.

For more information visit: cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/library

For media enquiries or images, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Jodie Minus phone 0467 803 815 or email jminus@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

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