Hearing Maud is a work of creative non-fiction that details the author’s experiences of deafness after losing most of her hearing at age four. Described as “a book of wonder giving voice to silence”, meet author Jessica White in conversation with Muse favourite Inga Simpson. This event will be AUSLAN-interpreted.
In the First World War, thousands of boys across Australia and New Zealand lied about their age, forged a parent’s signature and left to fight on the other side of the world. The Lost Boys is military history made deeply personal, a powerful homage to youthful bravery and a poignant reminder of the sacrifice of war.
Compiled by celebrated author and journalist Benjamin Law, Growing Up Queer in Australia assembles voices from across the spectrum of LGBTIQA+ identity. Spanning diverse places, eras, ethnicities and experiences, these are the stories of growing up queer in Australia. Meet Ben in conversation with Canberra contributors Gemma Killen and Joo-Inn Chew. SOLD OUT
William Buckley was an English soldier who was transported to Australia in 1803, and within months escaped from the very first Port Phillip Bay penal colony. Presumed dead until one winter’s day in 1835 he reappeared, dressed in kangaroo skins, carrying a spear, and with a wild mane of long hair and a huge beard. Hear his extraordinary tale from author Garry Linnell.
John Bailey has a history of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The former war correspondent has been kidnapped and tortured – twice. Finally he’s living something that resembles a normal life. But all that changes when a terrorist murders a woman in front of Bailey in London. State of Fear is a gripping thriller – featuring an irresistible Aussie anti-hero – that couldn’t be more timely or terrifying.
Elliot Perlman’s Maybe the Horse Will Talk is a love story, a reflection on contemporary marriage, and on friendship. It is also an unflinching examination of sexual harassment in the workplace and an exposé of corporate corruption that taps directly into the pulse of our times. Join Elliot in conversation with Tom McIlroy.
Join Diana Plater in conversation with Canberra favourite Jack Waterford about Whale Rock: a novel about the world today and the serious issues we are all pondering - immigration, Indigenous sovereignty, the state of the media, politics, the environment - but also about love and friendship – and dancing.
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 recently departed director of the National Portrait Gallery, Angus Trumble for 'Question Time’.
The essays and analysis in Griffith Review 64: The New Disruptors take a wide-ranging look at some of the upheavals and interruptions that have come with our increasingly technological world. Meet two of the contributors, Ellen Broad and Tom Sear in conversation with Griffith Review editor, Ashley Hay.
What happens when historians take the leap from factual history writing to fiction? Do the skills of an historian help or hinder the imagination of an historical novelist? Can we be confident where fact ends and fiction begins? Join historians-turned-novelists Tessa Morris-Suzuki and Anthony Reid as they get to grips with these thorny questions.
Robert Macklin's latest work of history, Castaway, is the astonishing and little known story of Narcisse Pelletier - a French cabin boy cast away in 1858 on the coast of Far North Queensland. Join Robert in conversation with Andrew Pike OAM and learn more about Peletier's extraordinary life.
Alex Ellinghausen’s iconic shots often capture the nation’s attention as they capture pivotal moments in political life. Find out how he gets behind the scenes, who his favourite subjects are, and about his historic win as Press Gallery Journalist of the Year in 2018 with colleague and mate Mike Bowers in this special edition of Question Time. SOLD OUT
We've seen the #MeToo movement evolve and start to accuse itself - has it gone too far? Is it enough? What does it mean in this country? In #metoo: Stories from the Australian movement, thirty-five contributors share their own stories, analysis and commentary.
'Say Hello' is a forthright, honest and rousingly triumphant memoir from a woman who has to live with a highly visible different appearance due to a rare skin condition. This honest, outspoken and thought-provoking memoir by award-winning writer and appearance activist Carly Findlay will challenge all your assumptions and beliefs about what it is like to have a visibly different appearance. Presented in partnership with The Street Theatre
Melina Marchetta’s latest novel, The Place on Dalhousie, is an unforgettable story about losing love and finding love; about the interconnectedness of lives and the true nature of belonging, from one of our most acclaimed writers. Meet Melina Marchetta in conversation with Sean Costello at Muse. SOLD OUT
A collection of over 221 home remedies, advice and recommendations, My Grandma’s Health Secrets Revealed presents simple and easily affordable natural solutions for treating many common ailments without leaving your kitchen, your garden or vegetable patch and without leaving a hole in your pocket. Celebrate the launch of this fascinating and useful guide at Muse, where Natasha will provide demonstrations of some of the remedies in the book.
FESTIVAL MUSE 2019 Lucinda Holdforth uses examples from history, literature and her 25-year career as a speechwriter to present a compelling analysis of celebratory, rallying and explanatory speeches in Leading Lines — an ode to the enduring power and relevance of speeches and an argument for their vital role in our democracy. Meet Lucinda to talk about the words of power and leadership with Allan Gyngell.
FESTIVAL MUSE 2019 All stories need a sense of place, but in speculative fiction, boundaries are only set by the author’s imagination. Meet three Canberra writers creating fantastical words and spaces to hear about their favourite imaginary places, and how they bring their own worlds to life on the page.
FESTIVAL MUSE 2019 Our Bipartisan series places a gentle spotlight on how couples, friends and partners nourish both their creativity and their relationship. Join winemakers Wendy Killeen (Stanton & Killeen, Rutherglen VIC) and Nick Bulleid (Hatherleigh, Laggan NSW) for a tasty six course Festival Muse wine dinner where they’ll reveal how work, winemaking, family and friendship work for them. SOLD OUT