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.
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.
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
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 Postal, Quinn Eades, in conversation with Dr Hannah McCann.
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
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.
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.
Sex worker, fashion designer, anti-censorship activist, fierce campaigner, political lobbyist and Member of Parliament - Fiona Patten's journey to the top has been nothing if not eventful. Meet Fiona to discuss her book, Sex, Drugs and the Electoral Roll, in conversation with Michael Moore. SOLD 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…
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.
Join dynamic author/illustrator duo Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood, creators of beloved books such as Banjo and Ruby Red, Look, A book!, and the Cleo stories, to find out just how they make their beautiful books.
Jill Stark was living the dream. She had a coveted job as a senior journalist, she was dating a sports star, and her first book had just become a bestseller. After years of chasing the fairytale ending, she’d finally found it. And then it all fell apart. SOLD OUT
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?
Protests, letter-writing, campaigns, hacktivism - activism to bring about social, and by default, political change, comes in many different forms. Join us as Siv Parker, Biff Ward and Jacob White, three campaigners for change, gather to discuss what activism means to them.
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
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.
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.
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.
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