Secrets of the library: ‘magic with livestock’ and Patrick White’s nanny’s trunk

From bespoke glue for repairing old books to multisensory projects and Twitter bots, the NSW state library reveals its treasures to its first ‘reader-in-residence’

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I’ve been reading for my entire professional life. As broadcaster, producer, journalist, author, curator and moderator, it’s what you do. But this is different.

For starters, I have to get dressed first. Until now, I’ve read mostly in bed, in the morning, my brain fresh and rested, instead of the way most people do: exhausted, at the end of the day, for barely 15 minutes before the book falls from their hand.

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