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.
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.
MWF Session: The Politics and Pleasures of Walking *SOLD OUT*
Saturday, 29 August (2pm), Assembly Hall, Boyd
Literary giant Will Self says walking is a political act. Sophie Cunningham agrees: she won ABR's Calibre Prize for an essay on walking that meanders through Alzheimer’s, climate change, and New York’s streets. Together, they’ll meditate on what walking means. Join us for this special celebration featuring light afternoon tea. Hosted by MWF Chair Michael Webster.
For more information and to book tickets, visit the Melbourne Writers Festival website.
ABR Jolley Prize Ceremony (Brisbane Writers Festival)
Join Australian Book Review at the BWF for the Jolley Prize ceremony. This year the Jolley Prize – one of Australia’s most lucrative and prestigious awards for short fiction – attracted about 1,200 entries from around the world. ABR is delighted to announce the shortlist:
Michelle Cahill (Aus) ‘Borges and I’
Harriet McKnight (Aus) ‘Crest’
Rob Magnuson Smith (UK/US) ‘The Elector of Nossnearly’
Hear readings from the three shortlisted stories before Steven Carroll announces the winner and we formally launch the September Fiction issue! The 2015 Jolley Prize is worth a total of $8,000, with a first prize of $5,000 and supplementary prizes of $2,000 and $1,000. The Jolley Prize was judged by ABR Deputy Editor Amy Baillieu, poet and academic Sarah Holland-Batt, and author Paddy O’Reilly.
When: September 4 (5pm-6pm)
Where: The Edge, State Library of Queensland
Bookings: This is a free event but bookings are essential
In Conversation with the winner of the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize (Brisbane Writers Festival)
Join the winner of the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize as they read their winning story in full and discuss it with ABR Deputy Editor and Jolley Prize judge Amy Baillieu.
When: September 5 (9am - 10am)
Where: Auditorium 2, State Library of Queensland
Bookings: This is a free event. See the BWF website for more information.
ABR and BWF present: PoetryQ – Contemporary Queensland Poetry
Join ABR's Queensland 'States of Poetry' Editor Felicity Plunkett as she brings together a group of the strongest poetic voices publishing in Queensland today. Join them for a conversation about Australian poetics and hear readings from Queensland poets Stuart Barnes, Nathan Shepherdson, Sarah Holland-Batt and Lionel Fogarty. Please see the BWF website for more information.
Presented in partnership with Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).
When: September 5 (1pm-2pm)
Where: River Room, GOMA
Bookings: This is a free event but bookings are essential
Seymour Biography Lecture with Robert Drewe (ACT)
Robert Drewe, prolific Australian author of prize-winning memoirs The Shark Net and Montebello, explores the complexity of writing a memoir. Gain insight into the literary, personal, and public issues involved in this often misunderstood art form.
ABR Environment Issue Launch (Vic.)
Join us for the launch of ABR’s Environment issue at the Dahl Trust’s new home and hear Ashley Hay discuss her Fellowship essay.
When: Wednesday, 7 October (6 pm)
Where: The Royal Society of Victoria, 8 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
Ray Mathew Lecture, delivered by Andrea Goldsmith: 'Private Passions, Public Exposure'
In the 2015 Ray Mathew Lecture, first presented at the National Library in Canberra in May, and then repeated at an ABR event in August at Assembly Hall, Boyd, Andrea Goldsmith will explore the creative imagination in music, literature and landscape. She will consider its future in our digital age where the self has become the paramount creative project.
Supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust.
When: Friday, 9 October (5:30 pm - 7:30 pm)
Where: Flinders University, Victoria Square, 182 Victoria Square, Level 1, Room 1, Adelaide.
Bookings: This is a free event but bookings are essential. Light refreshments will be served.
Seymour Biography Lecture with Robert Drewe (Vic.)
Join us at Boyd for the repeat of Robert Drewe’s Seymour Biography Lecture.
When: Wednesday, 11 November (6 pm)
Where: Boyd, 207 City Road, Southbank, Melbourne
Proust and Montaigne – Writing the Self, May 15 at 6.p.m
Please note this event is now booked out.