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Programs - Pride Month

Pride Month: Penrith Pride Art Prize

Penrith Pride Art Prize
WHEN: Sunday 21 May - Friday 23 June 2023
WHERE: All Penrith City Libraries branches
WHO: 8 years +

Family Fun Art Drop-In
WHEN: Sunday 21 May 2023 | 11.00am-1.00pm
WHERE: Penrith City Library Theatrette – 601 High Street, Penrith
WHO: All ages welcome
COST: FREE – no booking needed

Penrith families, join us as we celebrate Pride Month with the Penrith Pride Art Prize. Drop into any Penrith City Libraries branch between Sunday 21 May and Friday 23 June 2023 and pick up your mini canvas (10x10cm) and entry form. Return your completed canvas and entry form by 5pm on Friday 23 June 2023. Prizes will be awarded in 3 age categories. Artworks will be added to the display at Penrith City Library as they come in. The display will be available to view for the month of June.

Need some ideas? Drop into Penrith City Library with the whole family on Sunday 21 May, 11am-1pm, for some fun family art time. All materials will be provided, and local artist Na’ama Atzmon-Simon will help you with your designs and ideas – no booking needed.

See Terms and Conditions here: Terms & Conditions

Pride Month: Community Collaborative Rainbow Art Project

WHEN: Monday 15 May - Monday 5 June 2023
WHERE: Kits available at all Penrith City Libraries branches. Display at Penrith City Library
WHO: 2-7 year olds

Hey kids! Become a part of the Community Collaborative Rainbow Art Project at Penrith City Libraries! We are creating a rainbow of colour to celebrate Pride Month! Collect a Colour Pack to get you started from any Penrith City Libraries branch and fill your page with your assigned colour using paints, pencils, crayons, collage, crepe paper, sequins, yarn, or glitter – get creative! Return your completed page to any Penrith City Libraries branch by Monday 5 June 2023. Visit your library between Monday 5 June 2023 and Friday 30 June 2023 to see your art become part of the community art piece.

Pride Month: Benjamin Law In Conversation with Michael Stoneburner

WHO: For adults
WHEN: Thursday 15 June at 6.30pm
WHERE: Penrith City Library

Celebrate Pride Month 2023 with acclaimed writer and journalist Benjamin Law. Local writer Michael Stoneburner will interview Ben about his books 'Gaysia', 'The Family Law' and 'Growing Up Queer in Australia', about his career to date and about his own experiences as a homosexual Asian-Australian.
Benjamin Law is the author of the memoir The Family Law, which he adapted for SBS TV, Gaysia, and a Quarterly Essay: Moral Panic 101. A columnist for Fairfax’s Good Weekend magazine, Law has also written for over 50 publications internationally and is a co-host on ABC Radio National’s Stop Everything.

QBD Books will be selling copies of Ben’s books. Tickets are $5 and can be booked via Eventbrite.

Tickets are $5 and include light refreshments.
A hearing loop is available, upon request. Just email, or phone 4732 7891 and we can make suitable arrangements to meet your needs.



Pride Month: Book Launch ‘Shorts’ by Michael Stoneburner

WHO: Adults
WHEN: Saturday 24 June, 2023 at 1.30pm
WHERE: Penrith City Library

Join local writer Michael Stoneburner as they discuss their latest book ‘Shorts’, a collection of short stories. Take a trip into a collection of tales that are woven together to create a sense of hope, laughter, tears, hard truths and imagination. Michael takes the readers through tales about people who connect with people, allows the readers to imagine their own conclusions, their own heroes and their own voices speak to them through beautifully written prose that will leave you wanting more.
Michael will read some excerpts from the book, answer some questions and will sell copies of the books at this FREE event.


Pride Month: Being Seen Writing Workshop

WHO: LGBTQ+ community plus their friends and allies - aged 15 years and above.
WHEN: Wednesday 28 June, 2023 at 6.00pm
WHERE: Penrith City Library

Celebrate Pride Month 2023 with a FREE writing workshop facilitated by local author Michael Stoneburner. This workshop will help writers to explore the importance of the LGBT+ Community. Michael will share their personal stories leading up to their advocacy in helping LGBT+ in the local area feel seen. Writers will be guided in ways to write their own authentic stories.

A hearing loop is available, upon request. Just email, or phone 4732 7891 and we can make suitable arrangements to meet your needs.


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