The Long Table - Robert Dessaix
May
30
12:00 pm12:00

The Long Table - Robert Dessaix

Join us at The Long Table with raconteur, memoirist and essayist Robert Dessaix for the release of his latest book, The Pleasures of Leisure. Take time out from the busy working day - over a beautiful two-course autumn-inspired Muse lunch - to explore how leisure can give us back our freedom. SOLD OUT

Book Launch - Life Rocks!
May
30
6:00 pm18:00

Book Launch - Life Rocks!

If you are ready to leave the constraints of the past this book is for you. Join Petra Jungmanova as she guides you through a journey to living a fully creative conscious life.

Book launch - Understory
Jun
6
5:30 pm17:30

Book launch - Understory

Join us as Kim Mahood (Position Doubtful) launches Inga Simpson's glorious new memoir of nature and the creative life, Understory.

World Gin Day Dinner
Jun
10
6:30 pm18:30

World Gin Day Dinner

Here at Muse we're a space where good food, great friends and quality Australian spirits come together. To celebrate this happy triumvirate we're thrilled to host a World Gin Day dinner. The evening will be hosted by the one and only Phillip A. Jones a.k.a. The Martini Whisperer, and we're delighted to welcome guest speaker distiller Max McHenry, joining us all the way from Port Arthur Tasmania the home of McHenry Distillery.

Kim Mahood - Postion Doubtful
Jun
11
3:00 pm15:00

Kim Mahood - Postion Doubtful

Kim Mahood has spent a lifetime exploring the fault lines between back and white relations in Australia - and contemplating them as a writer, artist, and performer. Join us for a special afternoon viewing some of Kim’s work and hearing her in conversation with ABC’s Louise Maher.

Stephanie Smee - No Place to Lay One's Head
Jun
25
3:00 pm15:00

Stephanie Smee - No Place to Lay One's Head

Recently rediscovered and published in France, Françoise Frenkel's No Place to Lay One's Head has been lovingly translated by Australian Stephanie Smee. Join us as Smee discusses literary translation, life in France and her love of books, words and history.


Griffith Review: Millennials Strike Back
May
21
3:00 pm15:00

Griffith Review: Millennials Strike Back

Millennials, those born in the final decades of the twentieth century, have come of age in an unsettled world – one that offers few clear or established pathways to a secure future. But what exactly are they up against, and how are they responding to the societies they've grown into? SOLD OUT

Book Launch - The Green Bell
May
17
5:30 pm17:30

Book Launch - The Green Bell

It’s 1972 in Canberra. Michael Dransfield is being treated for a drug addiction; Paula Keogh is delusional and grief-stricken. They meet in a psychiatric unit of the Canberra Hospital and instantly fall in love. FULL

Mother's Day Lunch
May
14
12:00 pm12:00

Mother's Day Lunch

We're opening up for lunch on Mother's Day! Join us for a two or three course set menu which includes a glass of prosecco. To reserve a table call us on (02) 6178 0024

The Permanent Resident - Roanna Gonsalves
May
7
3:00 pm15:00

The Permanent Resident - Roanna Gonsalves

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. 

Jenevieve Chang - The Good Girl of Chinatown
May
6
5:00 pm17:00

Jenevieve Chang - The Good Girl of Chinatown

Raised to be a ‘good girl’ in the claustrophobia of suburban Sydney, Jenevieve Chang has been running away for as long as she can remember. Join us for a special Saturday evening cabaret-style author talk - with a storytelling performance inspired by Jenevieve's new book, The Good Girl of Chinatown.

The Long Table - Meg and Tom Keneally
May
4
12:00 pm12:00

The Long Table - Meg and Tom Keneally

We’re very excited to present our new programming stream ‘The Long Table'. The Long Table is a new lunch series which we are thrilled to launch with father and daughter writing team Meg and Tom Keneally. *SOLD OUT*

The Russian Muse - Sonya Lifschitz plays Tchaikovsky
May
2
8:30 pm20:30

The Russian Muse - Sonya Lifschitz plays Tchaikovsky

Melbourne-based Ukranian-born pianist Sonya Lifschitz plays Tchaikovsky's 'The Seasons' in a late-night nostalgia filled concert to quieten your inner revolutionary. Presented in partnership with the Canberra International Music Festival. *SOLD OUT*

Question Time - Senator Katy Gallagher
Apr
30
3:00 pm15:00

Question Time - Senator Katy Gallagher

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. *SOLD OUT*

Writing While Female
Apr
23
3:30 pm15:30

Writing While Female

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.

Book Launch - The Honest History Book
Apr
6
5:30 pm17:30

Book Launch - The Honest History Book

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. SOLD OUT

Bipartisan - Marion Halligan & John Stokes
Apr
2
3:00 pm15:00

Bipartisan - Marion Halligan & John Stokes

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. 

Behind Closed Doors - Mandarins & the APS
Mar
26
3:00 pm15:00

Behind Closed Doors - Mandarins & the APS

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).

Live Music - Aloft
Mar
24
6:00 pm18:00

Live Music - Aloft

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!

Craig Silvey - Jasper Jones
Mar
13
6:50 pm18:50

Craig Silvey - Jasper Jones

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.

Picnic in the Park - FESTIVAL CLOSING
Mar
13
12:00 pm12:00

Picnic in the Park - FESTIVAL CLOSING

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.

Beetroot, Bassoons, Mulch & Music
Mar
12
6:00 pm18:00

Beetroot, Bassoons, Mulch & Music

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.

Historians in Dark Times
Mar
12
4:00 pm16:00

Historians in Dark Times

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.

Question Time - Robyn Cadwallader
Mar
12
2:00 pm14:00

Question Time - Robyn Cadwallader

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.

The Cupping Room Kitchen Takeover
Mar
11
6:30 pm18:30

The Cupping Room Kitchen Takeover

Just what can happen in the Muse kitchen when someone new steps in? Find out, as Jerome Felix, Head Chef of The Cupping Room takes the helm, serving up a suite of contemporary seasonal flavours matched with some smashing local wines.

Bipartisan - Virginia Haussegger & Mark Kenny
Mar
11
4:00 pm16:00

Bipartisan - Virginia Haussegger & Mark Kenny

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

Room to Move: Renovating A Nation’s Stories
Mar
11
1:00 pm13:00

Room to Move: Renovating A Nation’s Stories

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.

Festival Muse Opening Party
Mar
10
7:00 pm19:00

Festival Muse Opening Party

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! 

Women of the Press Gallery - FESTIVAL OPENING
Mar
10
6:00 pm18:00

Women of the Press Gallery - FESTIVAL OPENING

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

Emiko Davies - Acquacotta
Mar
5
3:00 pm15:00

Emiko Davies - Acquacotta

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.

Book Launch - The Story Behind the Story
Mar
4
3:00 pm15:00

Book Launch - The Story Behind the Story

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.

Rebecca Huntley - Still Lucky
Feb
26
3:00 pm15:00

Rebecca Huntley - Still Lucky

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? 

SOLD OUT

Love, Sex & Death at Versailles
Feb
12
3:00 pm15:00

Love, Sex & Death at Versailles

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...)

Diana Thompson - Unbridled Passion
Feb
5
3:00 pm15:00

Diana Thompson - Unbridled Passion

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...)

Book Launch - Engage
Feb
2
6:00 pm18:00

Book Launch - Engage

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…)

The Conversation Yearbook 2016
Dec
5
6:00 pm18:00

The Conversation Yearbook 2016

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