We're delighted to welcome Aloft back to Muse! Join us for some Intimate, accessible jazz with Mike Dooley (piano) and Richard Manderson (saxophone) and possibly a guest appearance by Eric Pozza (bass). Chill, live music, wine and cheese. That's the start of a weekend!
Just what goes on within the corridors of power? How do you disentangle politics from policy, let alone from personalities? And how do you sustain all of this while maintaining some semblance of a normal life? Two people who know the answers to these questions better than most are former Secretary of the Department of Finance Jane Halton and author and former ministerial chief of staff Allan Behm (No, Minister).
Our Bipartisan series places a gentle spotlight on how couples, friends and partners nourish both their creativity and their relationship. Join novelist Marion Halligan and poet John Stokes as they reveal how work, creative output, family, politics and friendship work for them.
To be launched by Professor Tom Griffiths, ANU
In this lively collection, renowned writers including Paul Daley, Mark McKenna, Peter Stanley, Carolyn Holbrook, Mark Dapin, Carmen Lawrence, Stuart Macintyre, Frank Bongiorno and Larissa Behrendt explore not only the militarisation of our history but the alternative narratives swamped under the khaki-wash – Indigenous history, frontier conflict, multiculturalism, the myth of egalitarianism, economics and the environment.
Join Jessica Friedmann, Lisa Fuller, Zoya Patel and Melinda Smith in this special event in collaboration with Feminartsy. Four of Canberra's most insightful women writers will share unravelling and producing on a page their experiences and lives through their writing.
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 Senator Katy Gallagher for Question Time.
The Permanent Resident is the debut novel by Roanna Gonsalves and a collection of short stories based on 18 years of observation which unearth the aspirations, ambivalence and guilt laced through the lives of 21st century immigrants.
Join us for a very special epilogue to Festival Muse! Monday 13th March come along to Palace Electric cinemas in New Acton for a Q&A, book signing and screening of Jasper Jones with author Craig Silvey.
We're getting out into the neighbourhood and taking Muse on the road! Join us at Telopea Park this Canberra Day for food, wine, music and great conversation. We'll be joined by chef Janet Jeffs, gardener and musician Simon Rickard and food writer Liz Posmyk to dish the dirt on food - growing it, making it and securing it for future generations. Later on we'll have food, drink and more besides, so grab a blanket and kick back for an a-Muse-ing afternoon.
What happens when you get two of Australia's most intriguing musical minds in the one room? Conductor and keyboardist Roland Peelman has electrified the capital's classical music scene since taking over as artistic director of the Canberra International Music Festival. Meanwhile, gardening expert and maker of the "Baroque Bassoon-osaurus" Simon Rickard is not only one of Australia's top early music practitioners, he's also an expert on the ins and outs of heirloom vegetables. Join Simon and Roland as they talk bassoons, broad beans and Buxtehüde.
Meet Ann McGrath, Frank Bongiorno and Meggie Hutchison - three of Canberra’s busiest historians, all adept at communicating to us the stories both grand and granular that together have shaped the Australia in which we live today. In this lively panel discussion, we’ll explore the craft and the joy of historical research, the role of history in a turbulent world, and discover just how cut-throat the deceptively peaceful groves of academe can be.
The Anchoress created a historical world tiny in scope, but intense and sensuous, touching on issues of faith, shame, grief and expectation. How does a writer get to a place of achieving this? This Question Time event will shed some light on the art and craft and life of The Anchoress’ creator Robyn Cadwallader, with Irma Goldleading the interrogation to dig deep and maybe find out a secret or two.
Our Bipartisan series places a gentle spotlight on how couples, friends and partners nourish both their creativity and their relationship. Join Virginia Haussegger and Mark Kenny as they reveal how work, creative output, family, politics and friendship work for them – what’s best combined, best kept separate and what’s the secret? SOLD OUT
Are there limitations to writing ourselves into pre-existing media forms? Join this live and online panel of some of Australia’s foremost LGBTQIA+ writing talent from television, magazine and literature discuss the ways we make and hold wriggle room for queer stories in predominantly straight, cisgender, white creative fields and frameworks.
If you missed out on the opening event panel discussion there's still a chance to come and join in the fun! A very limited number of party-only tickets are now on sale and once they're gone that'll be that. Don't dawdle because this is one party you want to be at!
We’re all consumers of the news – and in this town politics – but what goes into covering it? Find out about the highs and the lows, as well as the how-tos of political correspondence; get opinions of what will be op-ed worthy for the year ahead and find out if there’s anything special about being a woman in this political world. SOLD OUT
In her new book Acquacotta, Emiko Davies has compiled and adapted her Italian family’s best-loved recipes from the little-known Maremma region on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Join Emiko - described by one observer as a "renaissance woman for the internet era" - in conversation with Barbara Sweeney over a glass of local wine and something delicious from the new book.
In The Story Behind the Story, author Valerie Albrecht writes the life, work and world views of Elroy Begay, a Navajo Medicine Man. Join us as we launch this extraordinary new book from publisher Austin Macaulay.
Venturing into the lounge rooms of the nation, social researcher Rebecca Huntley explores the big questions facing Australia now: Why do we fear asylum seekers? Why are women still underpaid and overworked? Why do we over-parent? Why do we worry even though we are lucky?
Danger, intrigue, passion, politics and probably a lot of fun. National Gallery of Australia Director Gerard Vaughan comes to Muse to talk about the saucy life of the French court, plus tips on essential bedtime reading so you can fully appreciate the extraordinary exhibition that is Versailles: Treasures from the Palace. (Click on Madame du Barry for more info...)
As a hero, Nick is everything a romance reader could want. Sensitive, gorgeous and a keen animal lover. When Jordana Talbot arrives in town, however, their two personalities clash. The 'Bowral bodice-ripper' Diana Thompson returns to the steamy Southern Highlands with second romance book 'Unbridled Passion'. (Click image for more info...)
The ‘Engaging Executive’ Duncan Fish, C.Psychol AFBPsS, M.Sc, S.Sc. (Hons) is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), a Chartered Occupational Psychologist (BPS UK), and a Registered Practitioner Psychologist (HCPC UK). He has 20 years experience of helping people to develop their interpersonal skills. “Engage” discusses his six step process to that will allow people to make powerful and compelling points in a way that marks them as an Engaging Executive. (Click image for more info…)
Join Laurie Oakes, Michelle Grattan and Alex Sloan for a lively discussion of the year that was and what might follow in federal politics. This is also a launch for The Conversation’s 2016 Yearbook with 50 articles ranging through politics, health, education, science and the arts. SOLD OUT
Claudia Hyles, in a lifetime of journeys to the sub-continent, has never been deterred by someone saying ‘Don’t go, there’s nothing to see’. From paradise gardens to cautionary tales for children; cricket balls to carrots; solitary days in country buses to bathing in the Ganges with 30 million others, India’s colour, complexity and vitality is painted vividly. (Click image for more info...)
Set against the unsettling backdrop of the refugee crisis in Calais and rising tensions around racism and religion in the UK, Melina Marchetta’s stunning crime fiction debut delves deep into the psychology of the persecuted, the perpetrators and the prosecutors – none of whom can be so easily labelled. SOLD OUT
How would Australia respond to a series of devastating terrorist attacks? Would the blame automatically fall on the Muslim community? Are there other factors at play? Home Grown is a political-action thriller which delves into the dark shadows at the periphery of Australian society, and the political machinations that erupt after the attacks. (Click image for more info...)
As a young foreign correspondent in China in the 80s, Madeleine O’Dea witnessed great change. But her true love is art and The Phoenix Years details the role of visual art and its power to foment social change. (Click image for more info...)
POP UP FLOWER SHOP Join French florist Djiwo this Saturday. She'll be filling the bookshop with vibrant colours and fresh flowers from 10am - 1pm selling posies and made-to-order bouquets! Nothing says "I love you" like flowers. Except maybe money but that's so crass.
Rothwell’s chief subject is always the inland: the mystic Kurangara cult that flourished in the Kimberley; the story of the Western Desert artists, their works and their eventual fate; the tracks across the wilderness of Colonel Warburton and George Grey; the bush dreams and intuitions of DH Lawrence and the landscape word-portraits by the great biographer of nature Eric Rolls.
‘A caster of spells.’ (Australian Book Review)
His latest novel, Quicksilver begins on a quiet day in contemplation of a lizard deep in the heart of the outback, but quickly moves to the Russia of Tolstoy and Gorky, and on to other lands and times, bringing into play universal questions about the essential nature of the human condition. In Quicksilver Rothwell masterfully takes us in search of the sacred through place and time, in an enchanting reverie of calm wondering.
Join Nicolas for an ‘in conversation’ event with Professor Nicolas Peterson, Director of the Centre for Native Title Anthropology, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.
Nicolas Rothwell is the award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction including Belomor, Wings of the Kite-Hawk, The Red Highway and Journeys to the Interior, and Northern Australia correspondent for The Australian reporting predominantly on Indigenous and artistic affairs.
Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink)
“…a delightful, energetic and warm ride that’s brimming with charm…pure gold" (ArtsHub)
On the 23 August 2008, a young Australian athlete made Olympic history. Coming from 30 points behind, and on his final dive, he scored 112.10 to shock himself and the diving world and rob the Chinese of a full sweep of Olympic diving gold medals.
On that day Matthew Mitcham OAM became Australia's first male diving Olympic gold medallist since 1924, and the only diver ever in Olympic history, to produce a perfect 10 point score from all judges – winning the 2008 Beijing Olympics 10m platform title.
Grinning with pride from front pages around the world, there was no hint of the personal demons that had led this supremely talented young dynamo to quit diving less than two years before his famous win at Beijing.
Joyously out and proud as an openly gay man, Matthew was a role model for his courage both in and out of the pool. Yet the crippling self-doubt and shadow of depression that had plagued him all his life forced him into premature retirement, at one point reduced to circus diving to earn money.
Surprising audiences with actual talent and a lovely voice Matthew burst onto the cabaret scene in 2014 with Twists & Turns which in the same year won Best Cabaret (Perth Fringeworld).
“Matthew Mitcham…gives an audience plenty of crash-and-burn stories and leaves them cheering for him to succeed.” Kate Herbert (Herald Sun)
Based on his autobiography of the same name, and told with the honesty and courage he is admired for, this acoustic, live production of Twists & Turns is an inspiring story of a true champion – in and out of the pool. In it Mitcham shares stories about his unorthodox upbringing, his history of depression and addiction, and his perceived inability to “adult" with refreshing candour and his trademark effervescence.
Joining Matthew in this very special, intimate Canberra first performance is pianist Matthew Ogle. 25 year old Ogle is currently recording his first EP and has been teaching at the renowned Brent Street School since 2012. In addition to accompanying Mitcham he has played for his neighbours at 2am and had them yell at him to shut up from their window.
Twists & Turns was created by Matthew, award winning director Nigel Turner-Carroll and international cabaret sensation Spanky (aka Rhys Morgan) under the musical direction of Jeremy Brennan of Jersey Boys fame, guided by the expert team behind the Melbourne Cabaret Festival.
Tickets: $95 (includes a two course dinner, glass of wine and performance)
Doors open 6:30pm
Performance at 8pm (approximately 45minutes, no interval)
Owing to restaurant layout please note that some guests may be seated at a communal table. For groups of 6-10 please contact us directly. If booking separately from friends but you wish to be seated together, please contact us before the event. Tables will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Please contact us if you have any specific dietary requirements.
Join local author Dr L.J.M. Owen and Echo Publishing commissioning editor Angela Meyer as they demystify the process of writing and publishing a book.
In December 2014 L.J. posted Olmec Obituary, her first novel and the beginning of a Canberra-based crime fiction series, on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Five days later Angela spotted it online and the rest, as they say, is history. Echo published Olmec Obituary in November 2015 and has just released the second book in the series, Mayan Mendacity.
In this Muse Sunday Salon L.J. will describe her experience of writing a book, getting an offer from a publisher and the occasionally disorientating world of traditional publishing from an author’s point of view. Angela will discuss what catches her eye, how she signs new authors and what the process of publishing looks like from the inside.
There will be plenty of time for questions about the joys and challenges of bringing books to life.
Dr L.J.M. Owen, author of the 'Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth' series, escapes dark and shadowy days as a public servant by exploring the comparatively lighter side of life: murder, mystery and forgotten women’s history. Recipes in the series are tested under strict feline supervision. L.J. will sign copies of Olmec Obituary and Mayan Mendacity at the conclusion of the salon.
Angela Meyer is a commissioning editor for Echo Publishing, an imprint of Bonnier Publishing Australia. She is also the author of a book of flash fiction, Captives (Inkerman & Blunt), and has published short stories, essays and reviews in Best Australian Stories, Island, Crikey, The Australian, The Lifted Brow, Killings and many other publications.
Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink)
Beloved cook and food educator, Stephanie Alexander, shares some of her favourite menus, most precious memories, and decades of experience in the kitchen, with The Cook’s Table. In conversation with MasterChef’s Trent Harvey.
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 put Australian Financial Review Political Editor Laura Tingle in the hot seat for Question Time.
We know she’s a twice Walkley-winning journalist whose coverage of politics and economics over 30 years is second-to-none. But did you know that she’s also a passionate choral singer and a member of the Canberra Choral Society’s naughty alto corner?
We love her appearances on Insiders and Q&A, but what else is there to know? What’s her favourite book, drink, social media meme? Is she obsessed with 'The Americans' like the rest of us, or will nothing surpass 'Thunderbirds'? And why does she love to sing?
Muse’s own literary guru Nikki Anderson will have clipboard in hand for a gentle interrogation of this favourite of the press gallery, and is confident that when the tables are turned that she can promise a revelation or two!
The Australian Financial Review's political editor Laura Tingle has spent most of her 35 year career covering federal politics, writing on both economics and politics for The Australian, The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and the AFR. She is the author ofChasing the Future - a book about the recession of the early 1990s - and two Quarterly Essays: Great Expectations: Government, entitlement and an Angry Nation (2012) andPolitical Amnesia: How we forgot how to govern (2015). She has won two Walkley Awards and the Paul Lyneham Award for Press Gallery Journalism.
Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink)
Tradition meets innovation for our next Cellar Door Experience at Muse! Two of Australia's coolest cool-climate winemakers will be pouring a selection of their wines in bookshop accompanied by a range of Australian cheese at this very special event. At this informal wine tasting there is a start time and an end time but otherwise feel free to rock up when it suits you!
Winemaking at Mayford Tends Towards Tradition
High above the Ovens River, overlooking the sleepy township of Porepunkah, the family-owned Mayford Vineyard lies tucked away from view. Nestled in a hidden valley, with unsurpassed views of Mount Buffalo, the shaley hillside plantings give rise to low yielding vines and wines of intensity and finesse.
For winemaker-vigneron couple, Eleana Anderson and Bryan Nicholson, the small range of Mayford Wines is the culmination of many years of toil together, which accounts for a large number of lost weekends and fishing opportunities. Their preference is to let the naturally occurring yeasts dictate the timing and expression of the fermentation process. Eleana and Bryan try not to interfere unnecessarily with the wines, preferring them to be a natural expression of their unique site and region.
The Billy Button Philosophy
Jo Marsh is not a box ticker. Nor does she do things by halves. She embraces every task with great expectation and seeks out the path less travelled. So when you drink a Billy Button Wine, expect it to be unlike the others, possibly an alternative variety that’s balanced, complex and delicious. Jo is a Young Gun of Wine finalist for 2016.
Unlike the serious fat cats in this somewhat traditional industry, Jo has super fun making her wines and doesn’t like to create a barrier to entry – her wines make her laugh and smile, and her primary aspiration is to make drinkers of Billy Button Wines laugh and smile with her. They’re wines that impress the socks off serious enthusiasts and everyday drinkers alike.
In the winemaking rulebook, the standard path involves following a prescription of guidelines that result in perfectly acceptable drops. In the Billy Button rulebook, well, there is no rulebook. Jo believes in doing what’s best for the wine, polishing and perfecting, highlighting the fruit and sculpting the palate so the wine flows through the mouth with texture and interest. Jo has a technical approach, but also relies strongly on her gut instinct.
Tickets: $30 (includes tasting and food)
Complimentary drinks and nibbles will be provided
Please note the earlier start time of 2pm for this event
Having always considered herself a prose writer, poetry took over completely for Susan Varga after a stroke. There is nothing obscure in these poems. They have the pace and power of a short novel as they chart the confronting journey of recovery. The resulting Rupture is at times bold, dark, humorous, and ultimately outward-looking.
"Susan’s is not a dark book, it’s a book that thumbs its nose at death and disease, it cocks an undaunted snook at them…"
Hear Susan Varga read from and talk about the book with author of The Petrov Poems, Canberra’s Lesley Lebkowicz.
"The directness and simplicity of these poems, beautifully arranged as stages in a recovery, carry the urgency, honesty and celebration of a life reclaimed."
This book is about the Australian difference. It is about how in economic and social policy, Australia now diverges significantly from comparable countries.
This volume brings together economists, historians, and political scientists to delve into what makes Australia so different. The book suggests that the 'special path' that Australia has followed for over a century is the product ofphysical circumstances, historical accidents, fateful choices, and the unique personalities thrown up by an extraordinary land.
Contributors to Only in Australia include Geoffrey Blainey, Henry Ergas and John Nethercote.
Only in Australia will be launched at Muse by Senator David Leyonhjelm with contributors Phil Lewis and Nick Cater, and introduced by its editor Dr William Coleman from the ANU College of Business and Economics.