May 2016, issue no. 381

Events (4)

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.



Friday, 20 July 2012 12:50


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States of Poetry NSW Launch

ABR's States of Poetry is a major new project intended to highlight the quality and diversity of contemporary Australian poetry. Funded by the Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund, this is one of the first federally arranged poetry anthologies published in this country. All states and territories will be covered with separate anthologies.

Gleebooks and ABR warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of an important contemporary anthology of work by six talented New South Wales poets.

Peter Rose and Elizabeth Allen will host the evening and there will be poetry readings by ABR laureate David Malouf, Susie Anderson, Fiona Wright, Toby Fitch, Pam Brown, Kate Middleton and ABR's first Laureate's Fellow Michael Aiken.

This is a free event but reservations are essential. To reserve your seat, visit the Gleebooks website.

When: 6 pm, Wednesday 4 May, 2016
Where: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney.
Bookings:This is a free public event but bookings are essential: visit the Gleebooks website or call o2 9660 2333


The Past Matters Festival

Celebrate Australian indigenous culture and literature at the Past Matters festival. Montsalvat and the Nillumbik Reconciliation Group again invite you to join a gathering of Australia's best writers, poets, historians, journalists and thinkers as they explore Australia's indigenous past and give voice to its present. Speakers include Alexis Wright, Alex Miller, Jack Waterford, Tom Griffiths, Campbell Thomson, Neika Lehman, and young scholars from the Australian Indigenous Studies program.

When: 7 pm for 7.30 pm on May 6 and 10.30 am - 7 pm on May 7 2016
Where: The Barn Gallery, Montsalvat, 7 Hillcrest Avenue Eltham
Bookings: Bookings are essential and must be made by Wednesday 4 May. To book, call Montsalvat on (03) 9439 7712. Cost of the full festival (six sessions) includes tea and coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and a glass of wine at the evening reception.
Festival ticket: Adults $45 Concession $30
Single session $15 Concession $10 (single session prices do not include lunch)

Montsalvat's the Past Matters Festival acknowledges the generous support of the Nillumbik Shire Council in mounting this year's festival, and Philip Morrissey, Head of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne, for his ongoing support and help with programming. The Festival is hosted by Montsalvat in conjunction with the Nillumbik Reconciliation Group, and is generously assisted by Australian Book Review, ELTHAMbookshop and the University of Melbourne's Australian Indigenous Studies Program.


SHORTS@45 - New Stories from Old Friends

In SHORTS@45's first event for the year, one of Melbourne’s favourite writers, Arnold Zable, will read from his newly-released work of non-fiction The Fighter and acclaimed novelist Rod Jones will read from his latest novel The Mothers.

Both releases showcase Melbourne in times gone by. The Fighter tells the true story of Henry Nissen, a champion boxer from working-class Carlton who fought his way up to the top in the 1970s.  In The Mothers, Rod Jones takes the reader back to Footscray in 1917, the conservative Victorian society of 1952 and student digs in 1975 Fitzroy.  Interweaving the lives of three generations of Australian women, The Mothers is a book about secrets

When: 6pm – 7.30pm, Monday 6 June,  2016
Where: fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, 3000
Admission: $20 (includes a glass of wine)
Bookings: 03 9662 9966 (Tuesday-Friday) or at the fortyfivedownstairs website

Each SHORTS@45 program  features excerpts of new releases of fiction and non-fiction, read by their authors. Curated by Dina Ross, readings are followed by a Question and Answer session hosted by fortyfivedownstairs’s Artistic Director Mary Lou Jelbart. SHORTS@45 aims to entertain, inform, and challenge.

SHORTS@45 is supported by Australian Book Review, Collins Booksellers and Hill of Content.

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

Proust and Montaigne bold

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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