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.

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