August 2016, issue no. 383

Events (4)

Friday, 20 July 2012 12:50


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The 2016 Jolley Prize ceremony

ABR August 2016 Fiction issueThis year the prestigious ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize attracted almost 1,400 entries from thirty-eight countries. The 2016 Jolley Prize is worth a total of $12,500, with a first prize of $7,000 and supplementary prizes of $2,000 and $1,000. ABR is delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2016 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize:

'Ash' by Anthony Lawrence (NSW)
'Glisk' by Josephine Rowe (Vic)
'The Water Calligrapher's Women' by Jonathan Tel (UK)

Join us at the Melbourne Writers Festival at 4 pm on Saturday, August 27 to hear readings from the three shortlisted stories before a special guest announces the winner (who will receive $7,000) and formally launches the August Fiction Issue, in which the stories will appear.

When: 4pm, Saturday August 27, 2016
Where: ACMI The Cube
Bookings: This is a free event but please rsvp to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ABR gratefully acknowledges Mr Ian Dickson’s generous support for the Jolley Prize.


How do we live with ourselves? The Australian National Conscience

An evening with Professor Alan Atkinson, the inaugural ABR RAFT Fellow.

As a modern idea, national conscience dates back to the anti-slavery campaign of the late eighteenth century. Its origins were Christian, yet they arose from notions of national character. Alan Atkinson's suggests that, in an age of reviving nationalism, when several of the world's main problems depend on the will of governments, national conscience has a new relevance and a new urgency.

When: 6pm, Monday 5 September, 2016
Where: Law School Foyer, Sydney Law School, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney
Bookings: This is a free event but please book your seat via the Sydney Ideas Events Page.

Alan Atkinson Aug advancesAlan Atkinson is the inaugural Australian Book Review RAFT Fellow. This major public lecture is the culmination of his Fellowship. Funded by RAFT, the Fellowship is intended to produce a substantial article concerning the role and significance of religion in society and culture. The Religious Advancement Foundation Trust (RAFT) was established to promote religion in the broader community, in particular the three Abrahamic faiths, for the benefit of individuals and society.


Thursday, 02 August 2012 15:45

Seymour Biography Lecture

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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.



Monday, 29 April 2013 12:22

Proust and Montaigne

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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.

Monday, 04 January 2016 10:48

ABR Cultural Tour to the USA 2016

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Literature, art and history

September 15–October 1, 2016


Australian Book Review is delighted to offer a 17-day tour to the North East USA for its readers, supporters and their friends. The tour features long stays in Washington, Cambridge and New York, with excursions to Boston and a two-night stop at New Haven.

ABR Tour mapThere is a strong, but not exclusive, focus on literature in the itinerary, with visits to writers' homes, major libraries, rare book collections and major US publishers. ABR has used its deep professional contacts to arrange special events and access to sites not normally available to the public.

The tour is led by Australian Book Review's Peter Rose and Christopher Menz. 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.

pdfABR USA Tour Brochure

Enquiries and Bookings

For further information or to secure a place on this tour please contact Erin Laffin at Academy Travel, on 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.

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