Before she was a trauma cleaner, Sandra Pankhurst was many things: husband and father, drag queen, gender reassignment patient, sex worker, small businesswoman, trophy wife. Join Sarah Krasnostein, author of one of the most talked about books of 2017 in conversation with Muse's own Nikki Anderson. SOLD OUT
We’re back with our our first Long Table of the year and our first international luncheon guest joining us all the way from over the ditch! We’re delighted to welcome Lloyd Jones, author of the much-loved Mister Pip to the Long Table. Entry includes two-course lunch, a copy of latest novel The Cage, and an intimate afternoon with the author.
Why do we love our literature with literary characters and bookish narratives? Join two writers who use real and imagined literary characters to explore what it means to be a writer, a character, a reader: Sulari Gentil and 2017 Vogel Prize winner Marija Pericic.
Launching this Festival Muse we want the backstory on how these prominent locals got turned on to politics or passionate about their field of work. Was it a person, a book, an incident, or a moment? We're exploring the lightbulb moments and hidden drivers behind being personally and politically engaged with Zoya Patel, Michael Brissenden, Roland Peelman and more. Plus - join us for post event launch drinks and canapés!
Join us as, for the fist time in Canberra, formidable father and daughter winemakers Ken Helm (Helm Wines) and Stephanie Helm (The Vintner's Daughter) present a selection of their wines together for a six-course wine dinner worth writing about!
Want a different slant on the week that was? Look no further than our sassy panel of broads, ready to discuss recent happenings across the country and around the world of women. Think Good News Week meets the Women's March (pussy hats optional) as our host Rosanna Stevens is joined by Jennifer Wong, Laura Campbell and Jude Burger for an afternoon of outrage and irreverence.
Our Bipartisan series places a gentle spotlight on how couples, friends and partners nourish both their passions and their relationship. Join novelist Karen Viggers and scientist David Lindenmayer as they reveal how work, creative output, family, politics and friendship work for them.
Now that the same-sex marriage postal vote is done and dusted, what's next for Australia? What are the priorities for the public and for public policy? Religious freedom? Refugees? Aboriginal Recognition? Or something else? Our panel of expert observers will interrogate the national zeitgeist to find out what's next for Australia and why.
When Clementine Ford went to post one of her own #MeToo moments, she found herself feeling shame and self-doubt. Hear Clementine on the way women are silenced, and how when they speak out, they are questioned, cross-examined, and dismissed. This event will be held at The Street Theatre.
What do you get when you ask a prominent someone twenty rapid-fire, unrehearsed questions? Truth, dare, obfuscation or heartfelt honesty? We're hoping for a bit of everything when we welcome contemporary visual artist Patricia Piccinini for a ‘Hyper Real’ Question Time! SOLD OUT
Every life offers a unique story – but some lives stand out so distinctly they leave their mark on the world. How do some people make such a difference – and trigger change both at large and close to home? This is Griffith Review 58: Storied Lives - The Novella Project V
Join historians Dr Alexandra Dellios, Dr Jayne Persian and Dr Claire Higgins for a discussion of the hidden stories and behind-the-scenes decisions in Australian refugee history, chaired by Professor Frank Bongiorno, ANU. SOLD OUT
Sex, cyborgs and jellyfish – Krissy Kneen’s exhilarating new novel An Uncertain Grace explores the outer limits of gender, desire and mortality. One of Australia’s most insightful and provocative writers, Kneen joins us for a special SpringOUT Sunday Salon to probe the possibilities of queer fiction today.
What do you get when you ask a prominent someone twenty rapid-fire, unrehearsed questions? Truth, dare, obfuscation or heartfelt honesty? We’re hoping for a bit of all of these when we meet Andrew Barr, ACT Chief Minister for a special SpringOUT 'Question Time'.
Multi-award winning co-owners and partners Larry Jacobs and Marc Dobson from Hahndorf Hill Winery in the Adelaide Hills (SA) will be at Muse to showcase the very best selection of their sustainable Austrian varietal range with a special menu created by Head Chef Steven Sweeney.
Everyone's favourite "gaysian" author Benjamin Law returns to Muse for an intimate long lunch. The self-confessed cheap drunk, gay-, women's- & human rights crusader will be discussing everything from books, cult TV, naked art and his Quarterly Essay: 'Moral Panic 101' SOLD OUT
In Australian Gypsies, award-winning memoirist and novelist Mandy Sayer weaves together a vivid, wide-ranging history that begins with the roots of the Romani culture, tracing the first Gypsy people to arrive in Australia (including James Squire, the colony’s first brewer) through to Gypsy families today, who share the stories of their ancestors and their lives.
Over nearly 40 years as a journalist and foreign correspondent, Hugh Riminton has been shot at, blown up, threatened with deportation and thrown in jail. Join him to hear about his extraordinary life as he launches his memoir Minefields: A life in the news game. SOLD OUT
With 2017 the unofficial Year of the Nasty Woman, join us to discuss how expectations for women are changing, how we are challenging and rejecting gender roles, and learning to give up being so damn nice. Hear from three amazing creative women from different fields, about how they and their work have been politicised and criticised – but also applauded.
In this intensive workshop, author and editor Jessica Friedmann shares practical tips and personal advice about life-writing, memoir, and what it means to tell your own story. Draw on your personal experiences to create a well-honed narrative; discuss the personal and political act of writing while female; and explore the practicalities of finessing, editing and pitching personal writing.
In Danger Music, Eddie takes us through the bombs and chaos of Kabul, into the lives of the Afghan children who are transported by Bach, Abba, Beethoven and their own exhilarating Afghan music. Alongside these epic experiences, Emma determines to take the final steps to secure her own peace; she becomes the man always there inside - Eddie.
“Alice” has been read, enjoyed, and savored by generations of children and adults since first publication. It’s hallucinogenic, weird, imaginative and full of word play, mathematic puzzles, and political and social satire.
Join us as we celebrate the launch of The Legal Protection of Refugees with Disabilities, a ground-breaking book that focuses on the ‘forgotten refugees’ – people with disabilities who have crossed borders in search of protection from disaster or human conflict.
The private papers of Australia’s second prime minister reveal a solitary, religious character who found distasteful much of the business of politics. In The Enigmatic Mr Deakin, acclaimed political scientist Judith Brett scrutinises both Deakin’s public and inner life.