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.

Brodie Lancaster: No Way! Okay, Fine.
Jun
27
6:00 pm18:00

Brodie Lancaster: No Way! Okay, Fine.

From the small town in regional Australia where she was told that 'girls can't play the drums' to New York City and back again, Brodie Lancaster has spent her life searching screens, books, music and magazines for bodies like hers, girls who loved each other, and women who didn't follow the silent instructions to shrink or hide that they've received since literal birth. This is the story of life as a young woman through the lenses of feminism and pop culture.

Tony Kevin - Return to Moscow
Jul
2
3:00 pm15:00

Tony Kevin - Return to Moscow

In 1969, a young and apprehensive Tony Kevin set off on his first diplomatic posting to Moscow at the height of the Cold War. Nearly 50 years on, he returns alone, a private citizen aged 73. What will he find? How has Russia changed since those grim Soviet days?

The Long Table - Winemaker Dinner
Jul
5
6:30 pm18:30

The Long Table - Winemaker Dinner

We're very pleased to present winemaking team Charlie Svenson and son Ben from De Salis Wines for an exclusive Long Table bookshop dinner. Enjoy canapes and sparkling wine on arrival, followed by a four course dinner created by Head Chef Steven Sweeney, that showcases a selection of the extraordinary, minimal intervention cool climate wines from this much lauded winery.

Border Crossings: Language, Culture, Genre
Jul
23
3:00 pm15:00

Border Crossings: Language, Culture, Genre

How does the writer dream and survive across multiple languages, cultures and genres? Join poet, novelist, short story writer, and dramatist Merlinda Bobis and Subhash Jaireth in this conversation about the gift-and-scourge of a multiple and layered creative practice.


The Turning Point - A Thrive Sistas Event
Jun
21
5:00 pm17:00

The Turning Point - A Thrive Sistas Event

What if there was a community of women, on similar, brave paths as you who shared their experience, wisdom and expertise in the hope of seeing you and others rise? Welcome Thrive Sistas. We are kicking off a new series of events with two passionate women who are both exceptional and ordinary, sharing their personal Turning Point stories. Join us for bubbles, nibbles, inspiration and music to stir your soul.

The Art of the Scoop
Jun
18
3:00 pm15:00

The Art of the Scoop

Watergate. Utegate. Choppergate. Journalistic scoops reveal the underbelly of the political process and shape the national conversation. But what about the work that lies behind the exclusive? SOLD OUT

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.

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! SOLD OUT

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.

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.

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

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!