Lee Kofman - Imperfect
Feb
17
3:00 PM15:00

Lee Kofman - Imperfect

By the age of eleven, Lee Kofman had undergone several surgeries on both a defective heart and injuries sustained in a bus accident. Imperfect is a captivating mix of memoir and cultural critique that questions the myths surrounding our conception of physical perfection, and what it’s like to live in a body that deviates from the norm.

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Festival Opening - Moments of Wonder
Mar
8
6:30 PM18:30

Festival Opening - Moments of Wonder

FESTIVAL MUSE 2019 Be inspired, astonished and amused as five intriguing Australian women – Sarah Avery, Aunty Matilda House, Kate Legge, Alice Pung and Annika Smethurst – relate their moments of wonder. Whether personal or observed, profound or just plain hilarious, this special storytelling session for International Women’s Day will remind us that despite the challenges that face us all moments of wonder abound.

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Bipartisan - Festival Muse Wine Dinner
Mar
9
6:30 PM18:30

Bipartisan - Festival Muse Wine Dinner

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.

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Lucinda Holdforth - Leading Lines
Mar
11
4:30 PM16:30

Lucinda Holdforth - Leading Lines

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.

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Carly Findlay - Say Hello
Apr
14
3:00 PM15:00

Carly Findlay - Say Hello

'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.

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Shaun Crowe - Whitlam's Children
Feb
10
3:00 PM15:00

Shaun Crowe - Whitlam's Children

Over the past three decades, progressive politics in Australia has undergone a gradual but unmistakable transformation. Based on over forty interviews with politicians and party figures, Whitlam's Children is the first study of the increasingly important relationship between Labor and the Greens in Australian politics.

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The Conversation Yearbook 2018
Nov
29
5:30 PM17:30

The Conversation Yearbook 2018

The Conversation Yearbook is fast becoming the go-to for the year that was in journalism and politics. Bringing together the best articles of 2018, this collection of 50 essays brings you the best of the authoritative journalism for which The Conversation is renowned. Immerse yourself in the insights of experts and navigate the key questions of our times. Meet some of the contributors to the Yearbook and reflect on a tumultuous 2018 at Muse.

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Nov
25
3:00 PM15:00

Rick Morton - 100 Years of Dirt

Rick Morton’s new memoir One Hundred Years of Dirt is a story of social mobility, class, childhood trauma, homophobia, mental illness and drug addiction. It is the story of Australia’s fringes: social and geographical. And it is un-put-downable. Meet Rick in conversation with Gabrielle Chan at Muse.

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Rainbow RAC Panel Discussion
Nov
24
4:00 PM16:00

Rainbow RAC Panel Discussion

What do you know about LGBTIQ refugees and Asylum Seekers in Canberra, in Australia and in our offshore detention centres? Rainbow Refugee Action has a diverse panel of speakers to talk about LGBTIQ refugees and asylum seekers and how our community can help asylum seekers, including those currently living in Canberra. Presented as part of the SpringOUT Pride Festival program

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Quinn Eades - Going Postal
Nov
11
3:00 PM15:00

Quinn Eades - Going Postal

Going Postal is two books in one: a celebration of the ‘Yes’ result, of the empowerment gained and joy felt by those directly and indirectly affected. It’s also however a protest book, one that is angry and sad due to the trauma enacted upon people. Meet one of the editors of Going PostalQuinn Eades, in conversation with  Dr Hannah McCann.

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The Long Table - Jane Harper
Nov
8
12:00 PM12:00

The Long Table - Jane Harper

Enjoy lunch with Jane Harper at Muse's Long Table to discuss her third book, The Lost Man, as well as writing, story and living with crime fiction in your mind. Not to mention dealing with the exceptional success of loads of awards and film rights conversations with Reese Witherspoon. SOLD OUT

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Clare Wright - You Daughters of Freedom
Nov
7
5:30 PM17:30

Clare Wright - You Daughters of Freedom

Clare Wright’s Stella Prize-winning The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka retold one of Australia’s foundation stories from a fresh new perspective. With You Daughters of Freedom she brings to life a time when Australian democracy was the envy of the world—and the standard bearer for progress in a shining new century.

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Dangerous Ideas About Mothers
Oct
28
3:00 PM15:00

Dangerous Ideas About Mothers

From divorce and over-burdened court systems, parenting children with a disability, to the big business of mummy-dom, to shifting ideas about fathers, to the increasing numbers of women who choose not to have children, Dangerous Ideas About Mothers, opens up a space where the taboo and unspoken can be voiced, and makes room for those marginalised by regular conversations around mothers and motherhood. Meet the editors of Dangerous Ideas About Mothers, Camilla Nelson and Rachel Robertson, for an exclusive Canberra event.

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Helen Lewis - The Dead Still Cry Out
Oct
20
4:00 PM16:00

Helen Lewis - The Dead Still Cry Out

Helen Lewis was just a child when she found an old suitcase hidden in a cupboard at home. Inside it were the most horrifying photographs she’d ever seen—a record of the atrocities committed at Bergen-Belsen. They belonged to her father, Mike, a British paratrooper and combat cameraman who had filmed the camp’s liberation…

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John Tesarsch - Dinner with the Dissidents
Oct
13
4:30 PM16:30

John Tesarsch - Dinner with the Dissidents

Dinner with the Dissidents is a brilliant literary spy thriller, which reimagines actual events surrounding Nobel laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn and the KGB’s extraordinary attempts to silence him. Set between 1970s Moscow and contemporary Canberra, this novel pulsates with intrigue and draws startling parallels between political machinations in the old Soviet Union and the West today.

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Gabrielle Chan - Rusted Off
Oct
6
3:59 PM15:59

Gabrielle Chan - Rusted Off

Telling the story of Australia as it is today, Gabrielle Chan has gone hyper-local. In Rusted Off: why country Australia is fed up, she looks to her own rural community’s main street for answers to the big questions driving voters. Why are we so fed up with politics? Why are formerly rusted-on country voters deserting major parties in greater numbers than their city cousins? Can ordinary people teach us more about the way forward for government?

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Zoya Patel: No Country Woman
Aug
19
2:30 PM14:30

Zoya Patel: No Country Woman

No Country Woman is a memoir about never knowing where you belong. It's about living in a multicultural society with a monocultural focus, but living with a determination to be heard. Join us for the launch of No Country Woman, the debut book from Canberra author Zoya Patel. SOLD OUT

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Motherhood Afternoon Tea with Jamila Rizvi
Jul
31
2:00 PM14:00

Motherhood Afternoon Tea with Jamila Rizvi

The Motherhood is a collection of letters from some of Australia’s favourite women, sharing what they wish they’d known about life with a newborn. Coming from writers with a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, no two stories are alike – but all are generous, compassionate and deeply honest. Join author and editor Jamila Rizvi for the ultimate mothers group - with excellent morning tea, banter and babes.

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Women, history, journey: Robyn Cadwallader & Eleanor Limprecht
Jul
29
3:00 PM15:00

Women, history, journey: Robyn Cadwallader & Eleanor Limprecht

From 1300s London to 1940s Sydney, Robyn Cadwallader and Eleanor Limprecht have written striking novels exploring the role of women in these significant, turbulent historical periods. Join Robyn and Eleanor in conversation with Angharad Lodwick (Tinted Edges) about the chances and choices we take in life and we we can learn from historical fiction.


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Book Launch - The Innings Biography
Jul
14
4:00 PM16:00

Book Launch - The Innings Biography

Inspired by the masters of suspense, Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, Don Aitkin's latest novel The Innings Biography brings together money, mystery and family in an explosive combination. Join us for drinks and nibbles at Muse as journalist and author Chris Uhlmann (Channel 9) launches The Innings Biography.

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