The Ones

26 February 2018

45downstairs banner 200Peter Rose and Francesca Sasnaitis – members of The Highly Strung Players – will present three new works from Peter Rose’s The Ones, a series of duologues about a married couple who happen to be publishers.

When: Monday, 26 February 2018
6 pm for 6.30 pm
Where: fortyfivedownstairs
45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

The cost of $25 includes a glass of wine. Purchase your ticket at:

Porter Prize ceremony

19 March 2018

Please join us as we announce the winner of the 2018 Peter Porter Poetry Prize. After readings from the poetry of Peter Porter, the shortlisted poets will introduce and read their poems. Louis Klee, who won the 2017 Porter Prize, will announce the 2018 winner, who will be awarded $5,000 and Arthur Boyd’s etching and aquatint The unicorn and the angel, 1975 from the series The lady and the unicorn, 1975.

When: Monday, 19 March 2018
6 pm to 7.30 pm
Where: fortyfivedownstairs
45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

This is a free public event. Everyone is most welcome, but reservations are essential: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Munich to Berlin: Art, music, & literature

Australian Book Review in Germany

June 2–15, 2018 (Limited availability)

Braniborská brána 550The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin (Wikimedia Commons)


Australian Book Review is delighted to offer a fourteen-day tour to Germany for readers, ABR supporters, and friends. Explore some of the great German cities with like-minded ABR readers and supporters, enjoying outstanding performances of opera and orchestral music, visiting a selection of superb art galleries and exploring Germany's literary heritage from Goethe to Nietzsche and beyond.

The tour is led by Australian Book Review's long-time Editor Peter Rose and Christopher Menz, a former gallery director who has much experience as a tour leader. ABR has engaged Academy Travel, a leading Australian small-group cultural travel company, to manage the tour.

Enquiries and Bookings

An itinerary for the ABR Germany tour can be found pdfhere. For more information about the ABR Germany tour please visit the Academy Travel website or contact Frederick Steyn at Academy Travel on (02) 9235 0023 or 1800 639 699 (outside Sydney) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Endorsements from ABR’s 2016 US tour.

‘My recent experience travelling on the east coast of the United States with the inaugural ABR tour group was a truly exceptional one. The knowledge and expertise of the tour leaders meant our itinerary took us to places, and even introduced us to people, not usually accessible to ordinary travellers. In all, it was truly memorable!’

ABR’s small group tour to the United States in 2016 focused on literature, history, art and theatre. The program was well-thought-out, varied and balanced. The tour leaders were attuned to particular interests of individual group members and helped them where necessary to further explore those interests in the different venues we visited. One of the excellent features was the number of private viewings and guided tours specially tailored for our group.’

Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago

Australian Book Review in the USA

30 May to 11 June 2019

Chicago City Square

Australian Book Review is offering a cultural tour of the USA following the success of its first three tours. The tour will be led by Peter Rose, author and Editor of ABR, and Christopher Menz, an experienced cultural tour leader. Once again ABR is partnering with Academy Travel.

Join a like-minded group on a twelve-day tour that explores literature, art and architecture, theatre and music in three of America’s greatest cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago. All three cities have magnificent art collections, great music and theatre offerings, splendid architecture, and strong literary traditions. The tour will experience selected cultural highlights in each city. Australian Book Review will also hold a special literary/cultural event.

Enquiries: To register interest and to receive booking information please contact Christopher Menz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (03) 9699 8822.