Events (7)

ABR Cultural Tour to Germany and the Netherlands 2020

28 March 2019 Written by Australian Book Review
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Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, Amsterdam

Australian Book Review in Germany and the Netherlands

September 16–29, 2020

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After the success of its sold-out tour in 2018, ABR will head back to Germany in 2020 for its next tour in association with Academy Travel. This time we’ll venture to western Germany, followed by four days in Amsterdam.

Highlights include some of Europe’s greatest art collections. In Germany, we visit the Städel Museum in Frankfurt and the Hamburg Kunsthalle as well as collections in Cologne, Bonn, and Düsseldorf. In the Netherlands, the tour includes the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and the Mauritshuis in The Hague. Along the way there will be opera and music – and the usual ABR conviviality.

Christopher Menz, former art gallery director and curator and a seasoned leader of European tours, will guide this fourteen-day tour (16–29 September 2020).

Enquiries and bookings: For more information about the 2020 ABR Germany and the Netherlands Tour please visit Academy Travel.

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ABR Cultural Tour to Germany 2018

01 June 2017 Written by Hidden Author
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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.

ABR Cultural Tour to the UK 2017

06 January 2017 Written by Hidden Author
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Shakespeare: Australian Book Review in England

June 14–25, 2017


The Globe TheatreThe Globe Theatre

ABR's second international tour, in partnership with Academy Travel, was a twelve-day Shakespeare-themed visit to England. We visited Stratford-upon-Avon, the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, and London. Highlights included performances of Antony and Cleopatra and Salome by the RSC in Stratford, Brett Dean's new opera Hamlet in its premiere season at Glyndebourne, and Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare's Globe in London. The tour included a fascinating walking tour of Stratford, as well as visits to Charleston, house of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, and to Middle Temple Hall, where Twelfth Night was performed in 1602. In London we also visited the National Portrait Gallery, The Wallace Collection, the Courtauld Institute and the British Library. The tour was led by Peter Rose and Christopher Menz.


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.’

ABR Cultural Tour to the USA 2016

04 January 2016 Written by Hidden Author
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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.

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

Proust and Montaigne

29 April 2013 Written by Amy Baillieu
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Proust and Montaigne – Writing the Self, May 15 at 6.p.m

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Francophiles, essayists, and Proustians will not want to miss a joint ABR and Melbourne Library Services event to be held in the East Melbourne Library  on Wednesday, 15 May (6 p.m.). Noted French scholars and enthusiasts Véronique Duché and Colin Nettelbeck (who reviews Camus’s Algerian Chronicles for us in the May issue) will be in discussion about Montaigne and Proust, with particular references to convergences in their remarkable works. This is a free event, but reservations are essential:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note this event is now booked out.

Seymour Biography Lecture

02 August 2012 Written by Amy Baillieu
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Investigative Reporter of the Spirit: The Search for Five Women

Presented by Jeffrey Meyers


Renowned biographer Professor Jeffrey Meyers delivered the eighth annual Seymour Biography Lecture – on the craft of biography, autobiography, and memoir. In his work on Joseph Conrad, Wyndham Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Robert Frost, Meyers was fascinated to learn that each of these married writers had an intriguing, but elusive, lover. He found that these mysterious lovers assume an independent existence and had extraordinary lives worthy of a full-length study. In this lecture, Meyers reveals what happens when minor characters take on lives of their own.

Jeffrey Meyers – one of twelve Americans who are Fellows of the Royal Society of Literature – is one of the most respected scholars in his field. He has published fifty books and 800 articles on modern American, English, and European literature, has edited two collections of essays on biography and has lectured at numerous universities across the world. His interests include bibliography, editing, literary criticism, art history, and film. Based in Berkeley, California, Meyers is the author of several works on T. E. Lawrence and George Orwell and has written about the lives of Katherine Mansfield, Robert Lowell, D.H. Lawrence, Edgar Allan Poe, Edmund Wilson, Humphrey Bogart, Errol and Sean Flynn, Somerset Maugham, Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe, Samuel Johnson, and John Huston.

Jeffrey Meyers delivered the lecture at Australian Book Review on 17 September 2012.




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 Seymour Biography Lecture 2012, recorded at the National Library of Australia on 13 September 2012.


Supported by John and Heather Seymour, Australian Book Review, the State Library of New South Wales, and the National Library of Australia.

The Seymour Biography Lecture was also presented in Canberra and Sydney at the National Library of Australia and the State Library of New South Wales respectively.




20 July 2012 Written by Australian Book Review
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Peter Porter Poetry Prize ceremony

Join us to announce the winner of the 2021 Peter Porter Poetry Prize by clicking the Zoom link below. The event starts tonight, January 27, at 5 pm (GMT+10:00). We look forward to you joining us tonight for readings by the shortlisted poets – Danielle Blau, Y.S. Lee, Jazz Money, Sara M. Saleh, and Raisa Tolchinsky – and the announcement of the overall winner.  

At 5pm, please click the link below to join the webinar:

Webinar ID: 867 2445 6661