Lisa Portolan - Happy As!
Jun
24
3:00 PM15:00

Lisa Portolan - Happy As!

After a lifetime spent actively searching for happiness as well as studying it, communications executive and yogi Lisa Portolan shares valuable insights into how we made happiness a science and an industry, created products around it and supported it with a whole heap of advertising to ensure that works, but is ‘brand me’ just a recipe for unhappiness? SOLD OUT

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Hugh Mackay - Australia Reimagined
Jun
17
3:00 PM15:00

Hugh Mackay - Australia Reimagined

When it comes to our ecological, social, cultural and economic future, misplaced optimism is as dangerous as blind faith. Yet esteemed social researcher Hugh Mackay remains optimistic. Meet Hugh for the Canberra launch of this, his nineteenth book, and see if his optimism rubs off on you! SOLD OUT

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Kate Wild - Waiting for Elijah
Jun
10
3:00 PM15:00

Kate Wild - Waiting for Elijah

In 2009, in the NSW country town of Armidale, a mentally ill young man is shot dead by a police officer. Senior Constable Andrew Rich claims he ‘had no choice’ other than to shoot 24-year-old Elijah Holcombe. Written with clear-eyed compassion and a compelling narrative drive, Waiting for Elijah is an account of a tragedy that didn’t have to happen.

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Bri Lee - Eggshell Skull
May
27
3:00 PM15:00

Bri Lee - Eggshell Skull

Eggshell skull is a legal doctrine that a defendant must ‘take their victim as they find them.’ If a single punch kills someone because of their thin skull, that victim’s weakness cannot mitigate the seriousness of the crime. Bri Lee began her first day of work at the Queensland District Court as a bright-eyed judge’s associate. Two years later she was back as the complainant in her own case. This is the story of Bri’s journey through the Australian legal system.

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2018 Budget Lock-in
May
13
3:00 PM15:00

2018 Budget Lock-in

It won’t be Christmas in May, but the Turnbull government will be hoping their offerings are seen as presents under the tree by the Australian public when they hand down the budget on May 8. Join our panel of experts, including ex-Finance Secretary Jane Halton, ABC Federal political reporter Sabra Lane, and Fairfax’s Bevan Shields, to help us sort the trash from the treasure this budget 2018.

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Holly Ringland - The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart
Apr
18
5:30 PM17:30

Holly Ringland - The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart

Set between the sugar cane fields of northern Queensland, a native Australian wildflower farm and a celestial crater in the central Australian desert, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is a love letter to the Australian landscape that reminds us of the innate connection between self-identity and home. Meet debut novelist and publishing sensation Holly Ringland in conversation with Robyn Cadwallader.

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Kerri Sackville - Out There
Apr
15
3:00 PM15:00

Kerri Sackville - Out There

Out There: A survival guide for dating in midlife is the essential book for any woman jumping on the rollercoaster of midlife dating. Kerri may not be able to find you the man of your dreams, but she will help you survive the ride with your dignity and sanity intact. SOLD OUT

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Kaesler Cellar Door Experience
Apr
11
5:30 PM17:30

Kaesler Cellar Door Experience

Drop in to our travelling Cellar Door for a free taste of some extraordinary wines from one Barossa winery with some serious history! Pure Wine Co. rep Rod Parker will be in the bookshop to take you through six premium Kaesler wines including some made with grapes from vines dating back to the 1930s! 

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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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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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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 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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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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