Hosted by The People’s Library
Sept 21–22

Revel in a sea of artists’ books, multiples and small press at this inaugural event. Browse, converse and collect at leisure. Brought to you by A Published Event and Outside the Box – Earth, Arts, Rights Inc. (more info)

A Published Event, 2018 Long Gallery. Salamanca Arts Centre, 77 Salamanca Pl, Hobart. 8–30 September, 2018


Salamanca Arts Centre
65-77 Salamanca Pl, Hobart
8–30 September, 2018


Acknowledgement of Country

As a reflection of our recognition of the deep history and culture of this island, A Published Event wishes to acknowledge the muwinina and palawa people, the traditional owners and custodians of the land upon which this library unfolds.

We acknowledge the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, who have survived invasion and dispossession, and continue to maintain their identity, culture and Aboriginal rights.

We also recognise the value of continuing Aboriginal knowledge and cultural practice, which informs our understandings of history, culture, science and environment, in supporting the development of the Tasmanian community.

We embrace the opportunity of The People’s Library to pester the waters of a social engagement-with lutruwita/ Tasmania – a land continuously inhabited by Aboriginal peoples for over 60 thousand years. For us non-indigenous peoples who have made this palawa land our home, it is imperative that any creative practice must acknowledge the ongoing affects of the colonial invasion of lutruwita by our European ancestors.

Unfolding the library

The People’s Library is an artwork by A Published Event and is presented by Salamanca Arts Centre in 2017. We are deeply appreciate SAC's ongoing support and collaboration in bringing this ambitious work to a public. Special thanks go to CEO, Joe Bugden, Creative Producer, Emma Porteus and Communications Manager, Natasha Newman. We would also like to acknowledge the support we have received from Frances Butler and Kath Melbourne.

The People’s Library is a holding of 113 new and original books, invited by A Published Event (Justy Phillips and Margaret Woodward) 2017–18. Presented in partnership with Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania.

The copyright © of individual books within the library remains in each case, with the author. Copyright of the concept, development and publishing of The People’s Library artwork concept, development and publication belongs to the artists © Justy Phillips & Margaret Woodward / A Published Event | Hobart. 2018. www.thepeopleslibrary.net

All rights reserved. No part of the individual publications that compose The People’s Library may be reproduced, copied or transmitted for commercial gain in any form whatsoever without the prior consent of the publisher: www.apublishedevent.net

Although the authors and publisher have made every effort to ensure that the information contained within the pages of this library was correct at press time, the author and publisher do not assume and hereby disclaim any liability to any party for any loss, damage, or disruption caused by errors or omissions, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause.


The People’s Library has been assisted through the generous support and vision of many individuals and creative networks across Tasmania, including over 180 writers and writing support networks. A Published Event acknowledge the vision and support of commissioning and presenting partner, Salamanca Arts Centre.

This project has been assisted by: the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia; creative Hobart and through generous support from the Allport Bequest. The Readers in Residence Program was assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts through Artsbridge.


The People’s Library would not have been possible without the generous support of the following dynamic organisations and dedicated and flamboyant individuals: With special thanks to Paul Mylechrane / Public Office for his conceptual design and incredible attention to detail. Public Office is a col­lab­o­ra­tive research, design & devel­op­ment prac­tise focus­ing on the inter­sec­tion of phys­i­cal and dig­i­tal pub­lish­ing. Without Paul’s knowledge, this living archive-catalogue-website would not exist in the from it does today. We thank Jason Gray at Documents on Call for his incredible dedication to the printing and production of 113 books of The People's Library; Stuart Loone, General Manager at Spring Bay Mill for the research visits, stunning hospitality and generosity, wood chips and loan of precious items from the Spring Bay site at Triabunna; University of the Third Age (U3A) Kingston; NaNoWriMo writers, Launceston and Deloraine; Huon Valley Writers; Launceston Writers Group; Women Writers Tasmania; Deloraine Writers Group; Youth ARC; Island Magazine; and many statewide branches of Libraries Tasmania, including Helena Demczuk in Queenstown. To Amanda Robson for her editorial leadership and deep friendship. We extend our deepest thanks to Lynne Fellowes, Tania Stadler, Karen Wheeler, Vern Field, Kate Harrison, Allan Russell and Owen Hughes and most of all to the writers of The People’s Library. To Jan Wilson, whose book carries forward the memories of a good life.