Sarah Krasnostein - The Trauma Cleaner
Feb
25
3:00 PM15:00

Sarah Krasnostein - The Trauma Cleaner

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

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The Long Table - Lloyd Jones
Feb
27
12:00 PM12:00

The Long Table - Lloyd Jones

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.

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Turn Me On - Festival Opening
Mar
9
6:00 PM18:00

Turn Me On - Festival Opening

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!

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The (Feminist) Week That Was
Mar
11
1:30 PM13:30

The (Feminist) Week That Was

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.

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The Burning Issues of Now
Mar
12
1:00 PM13:00

The Burning Issues of Now

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. 

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Krissy Kneen - An Uncertain Grace
Nov
19
3:00 PM15:00

Krissy Kneen - An Uncertain Grace

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.

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The Long Table - Benjamin Law
Nov
15
12:00 PM12:00

The Long Table - Benjamin Law

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

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Mandy Sayer - Australian Gypsies
Nov
5
3:00 PM15:00

Mandy Sayer - Australian Gypsies

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.

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Hugh Riminton - Minefields
Oct
29
3:00 PM15:00

Hugh Riminton - Minefields

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

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FWF - Giving Up the Good Girl
Oct
22
3:00 PM15:00

FWF - Giving Up the Good Girl

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.

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FWF Workshop - Writing Life, Writing Self
Oct
8
2:00 PM14:00

FWF Workshop - Writing Life, Writing Self

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.

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Eddie Ayres - Danger Music
Oct
4
6:00 PM18:00

Eddie Ayres - Danger Music

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.

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Taboo - Kim Scott
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Taboo - Kim Scott

From Kim Scott, two-times winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, comes a work charged with ambition and poetry, in equal parts brutal, mysterious and idealistic, about a young woman cast into a drama that has been playing for over two hundred years...

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