Melbourne Rare Book Week runs from Friday 5 July to Sunday 14 July.

Entry to all events is free of charge, and it includes a wide variety of interesting topics on book-related themes.

Three Library staff are presenting this year:

• Jackie Waylen – Dancing the Alligator Hop – Wednesday 10 July 1pm -2pm.
Jackie is the Subject Librarian for Music, Theatre and Performance. She is presenting the great variety of illustrated sheet music from 19th and early 20th century, held in our Special Collections.

• Anne Holloway – The Medieval Darwin – Wednesday 10 July 2pm -3pm.
Anne, the Special Collections Librarian, will explore the works of author Charles Kingsley, who paved the way for twentieth-century fantasists such as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Anne will explore the way medieval ideals developed during the crusades were repurposed to frame and communicate Darwin’s ideals of evolution.

• Daniel Wee – The Art of Punishment – Wednesday 10 July 3pm -4pm.
Librarian Daniel Wee leads us an illustrated journey through the history of punishment. Through books, broadsides and pamphlets, the history of printed images has captured our fascination with macabre and brutal scenes of torture, execution, and punishment.

All three events will be held held at Tonic House, 386 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000.