Events

May

Porter Prize ceremony

Tuesday, 12 May (6 pm), Collected Works Bookshop

The 2015 Peter Porter Poetry Prize shortlist has now been finalised. The six shortlisted poets are Judith Beveridge, Eileen Chong, Toby Fitch, John Kinsella, Kate Middleton and Alex Skovron. Read their shortlisted poems in the May issue of ABR (published May 1), then join us (if you can) for the Porter Prize ceremony at Collected Works. Our shortlisted poets will read their featured poems, then we will announce the overall winner.

This is a free event but bookings are required. To book please call ABR on (03) 9699 8822 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ray Mathew Lecture, delivered by Andrea Goldsmith: 'Private Passions, Public Exposure'

Thursday, 14 May (6 pm), Theatre, National Library of Australia (ACT)

Andrea Goldsmith has chosen the mysterious workings of the imagination as her subject for the 2015 Ray Mathew lecture, presented by the National Library of Australia. She has long been fascinated by the strange alchemy whereby the private and ephemeral meanderings of a freely-ranging, borderless mind transmogrify into tangible, observable behaviours - whether it be a decision to marry or move house, or an artwork such as a novel or a painting.

In her lecture, she shows how an imagination fuelled by reading can help a child through the bewildering thicket of childhood; how music can provide solace and respite from grief over the death of a beloved; how mental travelling can remove a person from a life grown too hard and lead to a new novel about memory. She takes a walk across the vast landscape of Kilauea, the longest continually active volcano on the face of the earth, a landscape that might well be a 3D version of the imagination. She explores how Brueghel's painting, The Fall of Icarus, inspired Auden's great poem, 'Musée des Beaux Arts', and how this poem in turn shaped a novel of her own.

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She believes that if the imagination is to range freely, in addition to solitude, privacy and contemplation, the demanding, look-at-me, like-me, connect-with-me self needs to be muted. She suggests that the self - promoting it, modifying it, pleasing it, sharing it - has become the paramount creative project in the modern world.

Andrea Goldsmith embraces the digital world but she also thrives on the imagination's power. In her lecture, 'Private Passions and Public Exposures', she reveals that if mindful and selective of what each of these two powerful human spheres can provide, we can have the best of both worlds.

This is a free National Library of Australia event, but registrations are necessary via the NLA's website. Registrations can be made here.

August

Andrea Goldsmith presents her Ray Mathew lecture 'Private Passions and Public Exposures' in Melbourne at Boyd.

Wednesday, August 5 (6 pm), Assembly Hall, Boyd

This is a free event but bookings are required. To book please call ABR on (03) 9699 8822 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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