Thursday, 01 June 2017 13:08

ABR Cultural Tour to Germany 2018

Munich to Berlin: Art, music, & literature

Australian Book Review in Germany

June 2–15, 2018

ABR’s third international cultural tour, in partnership with Academy Travel, took us to Germany. Once again the tour was led by Peter Rose, ABR Editor and CEO, and Christopher Menz, ABR Development Consultant and former gallery director. The two week tour commenced in Munich at the beginning of June and then headed north, visiting Bayreuth, Weimar, Dresden, and Berlin where it concluded. It was a great success with a marvellous itinerary that included walking tours and visits to art galleries, museums, and libraries, as well as taking in opera and musical performances, capped off by major literary event at the Australian Embassy in Berlin. The highlights were many but included visits to the Glyptothek, Alte, and Neue Pinakotheks in Munich; Goethe’s House and the Duchess Anna Amalia Library in Weimar; and the magnificent collections and buildings of Dresden (including the rebuilt Frauenkirche) and Berlin. Among some great opera performances, we were fortunate hear Simone Young twice, first conducting Janáček’s From the House of the Dead in Munich and then a superlative Tosca, staring Elena Stikhina, in Berlin. Other musical highlights in Berlin were Offenbach’s Bluebeard at the Komische Opera and a concert by the Berlin Philharmonic in Simon Rattle’s final season, which included the world première of Notturno inquieto by Brett Dean. During the final week, the Australian Embassy in Berlin hosted a special literary event ‘Australians in Germany – A Cultural Exchange’ at which writer Anna Funder and artist Brook Andrew were in conversation with Peter Rose. Around one hundred guests enjoyed the stimulating exchange and the Embassy’s hospitality.

Ian Dickson and the official Australian Book Review bus.Ian Dickson and the official Australian Book Review bus.


The tour group outside the Bayreuth Festspielhaus.The tour group outside the Bayreuth Festspielhaus.


Peter Rose, Brook Andrew, ambassador Lynette Wood, and Anna Funder at the Berlin embassy.Peter Rose, Brook Andrew, ambassador Lynette Wood, and Anna Funder at the Berlin embassy.


A walking tour through Munich.A walking tour through Munich.


Peter McLennan sporting exclusive ABR merchandise in Dresden.Peter McLennan sporting exclusive ABR merchandise in Dresden.


A final shot of the group.A final shot of the group.

Friday, 06 January 2017 14:43

ABR Cultural Tour to the UK 2017

Shakespeare: Australian Book Review in England

June 14–25, 2017


The Globe TheatreThe Globe Theatre

Following the success of the 2016 tour to the United States, Australian Book Review is delighted to offer a 12-day tour to England for readers, ABR supporters and friends. Visit Stratford-upon-Avon, the Glyndebourne Opera Festival and London on this exclusive tour. Enjoy several great performances – and the English summer – in the company of enquiring and like-minded travellers.

There is a strong but not exclusive focus on Shakespeare and literature, with additional visits to writers' homes, major libraries and concert halls. As in the United States, ABR has used its extensive professional contacts to arrange special functions and access to sites not normally available to the public.

The tour is led by Australian Book Review's long-time Editor Peter Rose and Christopher Menz, a former gallery director who has much experience as a tour leader. Additional input is provided by local guides, librarians and art gallery lecturers. Accommodation is in centrally-located four-star hotels.

ABR has engaged Academy Travel, a leading Australian small-group cultural travel company, to manage the tour.

Enquiries and Bookings

For further information and to secure a place on this tour please contact Frederick Steyn at Academy Travel on (02) 9235 0023 or 1800 639 699 (outside Sydney) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information from Academy Travel about the ABR UK tour, including a detailed itinerary, please visit their website.


Endorsements from ABR’s 2016 US tour.

‘My recent experience travelling on the east coast of the United States with the inaugural ABR tour group was a truly exceptional one. The knowledge and expertise of the tour leaders meant our itinerary took us to places, and even introduced us to people, not usually accessible to ordinary travellers. In all, it was truly memorable!’

ABR’s small group tour to the United States in 2016 focused on literature, history, art and theatre. The program was well-thought-out, varied and balanced. The tour leaders were attuned to particular interests of individual group members and helped them where necessary to further explore those interests in the different venues we visited. One of the excellent features was the number of private viewings and guided tours specially tailored for our group.’

Monday, 04 January 2016 10:48

ABR Cultural Tour to the USA 2016

Australian Book Review in the United States

Australian Book Review’s sixteen-day US tour – led by Peter Rose and Christopher Menz – took us from Washington, DC to New York City. It was the first of its kind undertaken by the magazine. Our aim was to take ABR on the road with a party of keen readers and supporters. The tour began at the Australian Embassy in Washington, where the Editor was in conversation with Geraldine Brooks (newly gonged at the Ambassador’s residence an hour earlier) and Anna Funder, before a capacity audience.

Along the way we visited writers’ homes (Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, and Edith Wharton’s opulent The Mount), great libraries (Morgan, Beinecke, Library of Congress, the New York Public Library), and several new or reopened art museums, including the Met Breuer and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the magnificent Art Museums in Cambridge, as well as several museums that weren’t known to everyone in the group (Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Phillips Collection, Wadsworth Atheneum, Philip Johnson’s Glass House, Yale Center for British Art, and the Clark in Williamstown, with Tadao Ando’s superb new extension).

There was also much theatre and opera, all in a spirit of enquiring conviviality. We met writers, librarians, publishers, journalists, curators, and diplomats. Two highlights on our penultimate day in New York were visits to the offices of the New York Review of Books (where Peter Rose and Robert Silvers exchanged copies of their magazines) and Farrar, Straus and Giroux, whose president and publisher, Jonathan Galassi, spoke about his new books and his keen interest in Australian writers.

Buoyed by the response to the tour, ABR is planning a UK tour in June 2017. This Shakespeare-themed tour will take us to Lewes (for the world première of Brett Dean’s Hamlet at the vaunted Glyndebourne Opera Festival), Stratford-upon-Avon, then London. The tour (shorter than the US one) will combine literature, art and architecture, music and theatre – and there will be a major public literary event in the capital. Full details can be found here.

Photographs from ABR's US tour

The tour group in ConcordThe tour group in Concord

Geraldine Brooks AO, Ambassador Caroline Millar, and Anna FunderGeraldine Brooks AO, Ambassador Caroline Millar, and Anna Funder

At the Clark Institute in WilliamstownAt the Clark Institute in Williamstown

Peter Rose and Robert SilversPeter Rose and Robert Silvers

 The Dickinson family plot in AmherstThe Dickinson family plot in Amherst

The Mount LenoxThe Mount, Lenox