Archive for August, 2009

another good title for “Belonging”

rawblue_smlWhen looking for related texts for the theme of Belonging don’t forget to check out some new authors.  One book I recently read was “Raw Blue” by Kirsty Eagar.  In this book Carly is 19 and a uni drop out – she doesn’t feel that she belongs to a normal life as she was traumatised by an event that happened to her the year before at schoolies week.  She does though feel that she ‘belongs’ to the surfing scene.  Read more about “Raw Blue” at Kirsty’s web  site

Don’t forget to check out our great lists of Belonging related text ideas on this website.

Louise, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

NEW Legal Studies website

Are you studying Legal Studies? or are you studying a topic that involves find out about the law? 

 The State Library of NSW has just launched its new Legal Studies website at “find LEGAL answers”   Included on this site is a special HSC Legal Studies blog where you can keep up-to-date with recent news articles of relevance to your studies  HSC Legal Studies: News Watch blog .  The State Library LIAC service also has a new Hot Topics available on International Law.




Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

Norm and Ahmed – an HSC text in 2010

buzoavantcardfinallowAlex Buzo’s play Norm and Ahmed  is currently playing at the Seymour Centre until the end August 2009.   Here’s the review written by John McCallum  in the Australian  on August 11, 2009,25197,25910175-15089,00.html– “It is a late-night encounter between an old digger and a young Pakistani student in which racial tensions are explored and then appear to have been resolved before the explosive conclusion”.  Take a look at the Alex Buzo blog for the latest media and news on the show:

Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian Manly Library (courtesy of LindaB at Waverley Library)


Social inclusion – how does Australia fare?

Do you need some facts and figures about Social Inclusion in Australia and how Australia compares to other parts of the world?  In 2001 The European Union (EU) began measuring social exclusion.  The Australian Government now has a Social Inclusion website and published this year is a compendium of data that has been collected for Australia.  This compendium has pulled together information from a range of sources to help in understanding how Australia is faring in relation to social inclusion and who is missing out. Apart from assisting the Australian Social Inclusion Board in its deliberations, it is hoped that the Compendium will generate much interest and discussion about social inclusion and what it means to be excluded in a relatively prosperous country such as Australia.  The full report is at

Louise, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

“into the world” related texts

Have you been studying “Educating Rita” and do you need some realted texts?  Some suggestion on the theme of “into the world” are:-

Novels – “Raw Blue” by Kirsty Eagar, “Addition” by Toni Jordan, “Tarzan” by Edgar Rice Burroughs,

Plays – “Pygmalion” by George Bernard Shaw

Movies – “Greystoke the legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes”, “Nell” (starring Jodie Foster), My Fair Lady (starring Audrey Hepburn), The Piano (starring Holly Hunter)

Louise, Youth Librarian, Manly Library