Oct
5
6:00 pm18:00

Holly Throsby: Goodwood

One of Australia's most acclaimed singer-songwriters has turned her hand to fiction, producing an exceptional debut novel. Holly Throsby's Goodwood is a compelling ride into a small community torn apart by dark rumour and mystery. 

Goodwood is a town where everyone knows everything about everyone. It’s a place where it’s impossible to keep a secret. In 1992 when Jean Brown is seventeen, a terrible thing happens. Two terrible things. Rosie White, the coolest girl in town, vanishes overnight. One week later, Goodwood’s most popular resident, Bart MacDonald, sets off on a fishing trip and never comes back. In Goodwood, people don’t just disappear...

As the intensity of speculation heightens, mystery, fear and suspicion grips the town. Jean, who is keeping secrets of her own, and the rest of Goodwood, are left reeling.

Join Holly Throsby for a special mid-week evening event at Muse in conversation with local author and writer Sam Vincent.

Sam Vincent is a freelance writer and author of Blood and Guts: Dispatches from the Whale Wars. His writing has been published in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Saturday Paper, Griffith REVIEW, the Monthly, the Australian and Monthly. 

Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink)

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Oct
8
3:30 pm15:30

Tim Winton: The Boy Behind the Curtain

In Tim Winton’s fiction, chaos waits in the wings and ordinary people are ambushed by events and emotions beyond their control.

Winton’s own life has also been shaped by havoc. The extraordinarily powerful true stories that make up his latest collection, The Boy Behind the Curtain, take us behind the scenes, revealing the accidents - both serendipitous and traumatic - that have influenced his view of life and fuelled his distinctive artistic vision.

Join us at Muse for a rare opportunity to hear from one of Australia's most beloved authors. In this intimate event, Winton will share from his new memoir and converse with the audience. A special Saturday salon that is not to be missed.

Tickets: $50 (includes a copy of The Boy Behind the Curtain (RRP $45) and a complimentary glass of WA wine or soft drink)

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Oct
17
5:30 pm17:30

Only in Australia – Book Launch

This book is about the Australian difference. It is about how in economic and social policy, Australia now diverges significantly from comparable countries. 

This volume brings together economists, historians, and political scientists to delve into what makes Australia so different. The book suggests that the 'special path' that Australia has followed for over a century is the product ofphysical circumstances, historical accidents, fateful choices, and the unique personalities thrown up by an extraordinary land.

Contributors to Only in Australia include Geoffrey Blainey, Nick Cater, Henry Ergas and John Nethercote.

Only in Australia will be launched at Muse by Senator David Leyonhjelm and introduced by its editor Dr William Coleman from the ANU College of Business and Economics.

FREE EVENT

Oct
30
3:00 pm15:00

Twenty Questions: Laura Tingle

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 put Australian Financial Review Political Editor Laura Tingle in the hot seat for Question Time. 

We know she’s a twice Walkley-winning journalist whose coverage of politics and economics over 30 years is second-to-none. But did you know that she’s also a passionate choral singer and a member of the Canberra Choral Society’s naughty alto corner?

We love her appearances on Insiders and Q&A, but what else is there to know? What’s her favourite book, drink, social media meme? Is she obsessed with The Americans like the rest of us, or will nothing surpass Thunderbirds? And why does she love to sing?

Muse’s own literary guru Nikki Anderson will have clipboard in hand for a gentle interrogation of this favourite of the press gallery, and is confident that when the tables are turned that she can promise a revelation or two!

The Australian Financial Review's political editor Laura Tingle has spent most of her 35 year career covering federal politics, writing on both economics and politics for The Australian, The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and the AFR. She is the author ofChasing the Future - a book about the recession of the early 1990s - and two Quarterly Essays: Great Expectations: Government, entitlement and an Angry Nation (2012) andPolitical Amnesia: How we forgot how to govern (2015). She has won two Walkley Awards and the Paul Lyneham Award for Press Gallery Journalism.

 

Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink)

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Nov
5
2:00 pm14:00

Stephanie Alexander: The Cook's Table

‘Sharing food experiences has always made me happier than anything else...I like to imagine that this book will lead to many wonderful parties around a table.’ 

She’s been in our kitchens for decades and now beloved cook and food educator, Stephanie Alexander, shares some of her favourite menus, most precious memories, and decades of experience in the kitchen, to make any dinner party you are planning a special occasion. 

The Cook’s Table is a milestone book featuring 25 menus ranging from far and wide to close at hand. Stephanie begins each menu with an introduction in which she shares moments from her life that inspired each one. From trips to Peru, Italy and Istanbul to memories such as creating a ground breaking Valentine’s Day menu at Stephanie’s Restaurant and remembering Elizabeth David.

For this very special Saturday afternoon event we’re thrilled to welcome Stephanie Alexander in conversation with Canberra’s own MasterChef Trent Harvey.

Growing up on the family apple orchard in Batlow, New South Wales and later moving to Canberra, Trent has truly experienced the wholesome country lifestyle. This lifestyle has led to his developing a passion and understanding of the importance of fresh and local produce in relation to cooking and community.

Through his genuine passion for food, culture and travel and a life changing experience on MasterChef, Trent grew into the avid foodie and personality he is today.

In The Cook’s Table each menu provides a meticulous timetable for the cook, starting days leading up to your dinner party, to the morning of, right up to minutes before your guests arrive. The essence of Stephanie’s planning is to be away from the table as little as possible, so as not to miss out on those valuable moments and stories shared with friends and family. 

Every dish in this book can be successfully made by a careful home cook. They are seasonally minded and cater to modern palates while respecting traditional methods and flavours.

Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink)

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Sep
25
3:00 pm15:00

Stranger than Fiction – Light in the Dark?

Authors Sulari Gentill, Kaaron Warren (picture by Art Atelier) & Sean Williams (picture by James Braund)

Authors Sulari Gentill, Kaaron Warren (picture by Art Atelier) & Sean Williams (picture by James Braund)

Fiction acts as a way of analysing the world, often addressing complex experiences, including grief, loss and fear. By exploring strong emotions we can work through them, and perhaps, lighten the load. Sometimes a bit of humour helps too. Meet three writers of fiction – with a focus on ‘genre’ – all unafraid of the dark as they explore the need for a light side to it all.

Not so long ago, Sulari Gentill was a corporate lawyer serving as a director on public boards, with only a vague disquiet that there was something else she was meant to do…other than turning off the iron. That feeling did not go away until she began to write. And so Sulari became the author of the Rowland Sinclair Mysteries: an award-winning series of, thus far, seven historical crime novels set in the politically tumultuous 1930s, and The Hero Trilogy, based on the myths and epics of the ancient world.

Kaaron Warren has been publishing horror and science fiction for more than 20 years. She’s won awards close to home (Canberra Critics Circle Award) and far away (the Shirley Jackson Award (USA)). She’s sold more than 200 short stories, four novels (the latest of which, The Grief Hole, was launched at the Canberra Writers Festival) and six short story collections including the multi-award-winning Through Splintered Walls. She recently completed a Fellowship at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, where she researched murder, politics and art.

Sean Williams is an award-winning, #1 New York Times best selling author of over forty novels and one hundred stories, including some set in the Star Wars and Doctor Who universes, and some written with Garth Nix. His latest is Twinmaker: Fall, the concluding volume of his Twinmaker trilogy. Sean Williams is the 2016 ACT Writer-in-Residence, an initiative of the ACT Writers Centre in collaboration with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. The initiative is funded by artsACT, ACT Government. Normally he lives up the road from the Australia’s finest chocolate factory with his family and a pet plastic fish.

Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink)

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Sep
21
6:30 pm18:30

Soul Grower's Wine Dinner

The Soul Growers: Tom, Leigh, Stuey & Paul

The Soul Growers: Tom, Leigh, Stuey & Paul

Traditional. Small Batch. Basket Pressed. Wine for the Soul.

Soul Growers wine grew from the friendship of four uncomplicated fellows. Paul, Tom, Leigh and Stu had, in a previous life, worked in the corporate world of suits, pens and rats. But their love of the grape and, more importantly, of the Barossa Valley as the soul of South Australian - possibly Australian - winemaking meant that the neon lights of office buildings eventually gave way to the flicker of starlight and the loam of the valley.

We’re very excited to be able to bring a selection of the sensational wines produced by the boys to Canberra. Presented in partnership with The Wine Crowd, we’ll be pairing four wines with four courses for a mid-week supper that celebrates the very soul of the Barossa Valley - the history of the vineyards, family growers, the handing down of knowledge from the generations and establishing a winemaking style for generations to come.

Featured Wine

2015 ‘Wild Iris’ Eden Valley Chardonnay

2014 'Cellar Dweller' Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 'Slow Grown' Shiraz

2006 ‘Black Cellar’ Sparkling Shiraz

We’ll be joined by some of the boys from the Barossa who will also show a range of their other wines for a mini-tasting throughout the evening.

Tickets are limited so gather other kindred souls together for an exclusive evening of wine, food, mates and fun!

Tickets: $95

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Sep
18
3:00 pm15:00

ACT Election Special

Jack Waterford, Kirsten Lawson, Charlotte Harper

Jack Waterford, Kirsten Lawson, Charlotte Harper

After 15 years in government have Canberrans fallen out of love with ACT Labor? Electoral boundaries have changed, the Legislative Assembly is expanding and, it seems looking at the pledges of both government and opposition, that local politics has been turned on its head.

We've invited Jack Waterford, Kirsten Lawson and Charlotte Harper, three of Canberra's top journalists and political thinkers, to discuss, debate and ask the questions that matter most to Canberrans this election.

Jack Waterford is former Editor-at-large at The Canberra Times, Kirsten Lawson is The Canberra Times chief ACT political reporter, and Participating Chair Charlotte Harper is a Walkley Award winning journalist, author and acting editor of the RiotACT.

Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink)

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Sep
11
3:00 pm15:00

Basically Beethoven - Open Mic

Musician Emma Griffiths joins Paul at the piano for some merry music making. (Image: Peter Hislop)

It's that time of the month again! We're very pleased to continue our Basically Beethoven classical music open mic series – Canberra's only classical and jazz open mic event!

Musicians one and all come and join us! Bring your fiddle or flugelhorn, choir and castanets, or sit down and play a tune on our gorgeous 1927 Schweighofer baby grand piano that used to belong to Australian composer Calvin Bowman, for an afternoon of acoustic music.

It's very (very) informal and we would encourage anyone to get up and have a go! No-one is here to judge but rather to congratulate you for having the courage to perform in public. Above all else it's just a bit of fun. So in the words of Cole Porter – anything goes!

FREE

Sep
3
3:00 pm15:00

Fred Smith: The Dust of Uruzgan

Fred Smith has been described as "Australia's secret weapon" in international diplomacy. As a career diplomat, he served for two years in southern Afghanistan. Working alongside Australian soldiers in Uruzgan Province, Fred's second career as a musician came to the fore, his guitar serving as a bridge not only to the troops, but also to the people and tribal leaders of that war-torn region. His song, "Dust of Uruzgan", captured the hearts of many serving in Afghanistan, and "Sapper's Lullaby" has become an anthem for soldiers and their families. His acclaimed album, Dust of Uruzgan, earned him comparisons to Eric Bogle, John Schumann and Don Walker.

Now, with Australian forces out of Uruzgan, Fred has written a book – The Dust of Uruzgan - the first comprehensive on-the-ground account of Australia’s involvement there. Part memoir, part history, part eyewitness reportage, it offers a sympathetic explanation of an obscure and impoverished province where tribal leaders conspire against one another in a society devastated by thirty-five years of warfare.

In conversation with Genevieve Jacobs, Fred Smith offers reflections from two years working as a diplomat, political officer and songwriter on the frontline of Australia’s mission in Afghanistan, recently distilled into his fascinating memoir, The Dust of Uruzgan.

 

Aug
21
3:00 pm15:00

Candice Fox – Crime & Collaboration

'A bright new star of crime fiction - Candice Fox's writing is inventive, thrilling and totally addictive. It has been such a pleasure to work with her on Never Never.' James Patterson

Award-winning crime writer Candice Fox has teamed up James Patterson,one of the world’s bestselling authors, to co-write a thriller set in the Australian outback.

Never, Never is set in WA mining country, where detective Harriet Blue has been sent to track down three missing young people. But this is no any ordinary case! Burdened with a secretive new partner and a deadly setting, things are further complicated by Harry distracted by her brother ’s arrest for series of murders back in Sydney.

Candice is joined by L.J.M. Owen, author of Canberra's own crime fiction series Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth, to talk about this stunning new book, the challenges of writing crime fiction, and just how one goes about co-writing with an über-famous colleague!

 

Aug
16
6:00 pm18:00

Peter Mares – Not Quite Australian

Permanent migration has long been vital to the story of Australia and today, there are more than one million temporary migrants living in Australia. They work, pay tax and abide by our laws, yet they remain unrecognised as citizens. All the while, this rise in temporary migration is redefining Australian society, from wage wars and healthcare benefits, to broader ideas of national identity and cultural diversity.

In Not Quite Australian, award-winning journalist Peter Mares draws on case studies, interviews and personal stories to investigate the complex realities of this new era of temporary migration.

Mares will discuss his insight and ideas for understanding Australia’s growing culture of temporary migration, including  the internationalisation of Australia’s education system and our highly politicised asylum-seeker policies with author and ANU associate professor of history, Frank Bongiorno.

Peter Mares is an independent writer and researcher, who has written about migration for many media outlets including The Age, The Australian Financial Review and Griffith Review. He was a broadcaster with the ABC for twenty-five years and is the author of Borderline: Australia’s Response to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Wake of the Tampa.

Aug
14
3:00 pm15:00

Incontro Opera – a special Basically Beethoven

Incontro Opera feat. ANU School of Music soprano Daphne Maddock(Picture by Peter Hislop)

Incontro Opera feat. ANU School of Music soprano Daphne Maddock(Picture by Peter Hislop)

For this special Basically Beethoven P&P Eventi presents an afternoon of Italian opera with young soprano Daphne Maddock.

From Mozart to Giordani Muse will be awash with music, aperitivo and stuzzichini, small Italian antipasto.

Daphne Maddock is a 16 year old soprano studying at the ANU School of Music. She has performed in the USA and in Australia including at the 2016 Italian Cultural Festival. She is currently taking lessons with Fleur Millar under whose supervision she has expanded her range and ability. Daphne has performed with choirs at the Hungarian Embassy and Parliament House. She is very thankful for this opportunity and is excited to be able to perform this repertoire at Muse.

Program

Caro mio ben Tommaso Giordani (c.1730 - 1803)
Amarilli, mia bella Giulio Caccini (1551 - 1618)
L'ho perduta, me meschina, 'Le Nozze di Figaro' W.A. Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Ombra mai fu, 'Serse' G.F. Handel (1685 - 1759)

 

This event is being organised by P&P Eventi. For more information please contact Paola Cerrato on 0402 475 819 or send an email to cerratopaola@gmail.com

Aug
7
2:00 pm14:00

Anita Heiss – Barbed Wire & Cherry Blossoms

On 5 August 1944 over 1,000 Japanese soldiers broke out of the Cowra POW camp. In this evocative retelling of events one soldier, Hiroshi, escapes and finds safety at Erambie Station, a nearby Aboriginal mission. Community elder Banjo Williams takes him in and Hiroshi is cared for by Banjo’s daughter Mary. Love blossoms against the backdrop of wartime Australia, the cruel policies of ‘protection' and assimilation and rural hardship.
 
Indigenous literature activist, chick-lit writer extraordinaire, Twitter tragic and ‘creative disruptor’ Anita Heiss has turned her attention to this little known point in Australian history - to dazzling effect.

Join Anita in conversation with Professor Peter Radoll, Dean of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership and Strategy at The University of Canberra.

Aug
6
2:00 pm14:00

Zoe Foster Blake - Amazinger Face

Amazinger Face is the fully revised and updated version of bestselling beauty bible, Amazing Face, by former beauty editor, the founder of Go-To, and one of the most respected and irreverent writers in Australia, Zoë Foster Blake.
 
To celebrate all things Amazinger Face, join Zoë for a wine and some nibbles at Canberra’s gorgeous Muse Bookshop, as she shares her fun and easy advice on all things beauty including tips and tricks such as:
 
• How to convincingly hide a big, angry blemish, or dirty hair
• The full, correct order of skin care application, from cleansing to primer
• The sneaky cheat for easy hair when you have a teeny newborn

Zoë Foster Blake is the founder and creative director of all-natural Australian skin care line Go-To. She has worked in print and online journalism for 15 years, writing for titles such as Cosmopolitan, Harper’s BAZAAR and Sunday Style; has written four novels: Air Kisses, Playing the Field, The Younger Man and The Wrong Girl, as well as a dating and relationship book, Textbook Romance, which was written in conjunction with Hamish Blake.

The Wrong Girl is currently being made into a TV series for Channel 10, airing late 2016.

 
Jul
31
3:00 pm15:00

BOOK LAUNCH: Ellen van Neerven - Comfort Food

We are delighted to launch the poetry debut of acclaimed Queensland author, Ellen van NeervenComfort Food. Using food as her inspiration, van Neerven offers a cross-cultural vision of the exotic and the familiar, moving between place and culture to explore identity, sovereignty and the restless quest for love.

Launcher Omar Musa says, ‘Ellen van Neerven is the real deal. This is nourishing, soulful tucker for the here and now.’

Van Neerven is an award-winning writer of Mununjali and Dutch heritage, whose first book, Heat and Light was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award and the Dobbie Literary Award, as well as being shortlisted for The Stella Prize and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. 

TICKETS: $10 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink)

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Jul
30
9:30 am09:30

BOOK SIGNING: Rodney Dunn - The Truffle Cookbook

Join us at Muse for a truffle-filled winter weekend morning! Founder of Tasmania’s Agrarian Kitchen and Australia’s foremost authority on all things truffle, Rodney Dunn will be in the bookshop from 9.30am-10.30am signing copies of his latest collection of recipes and truffle lore, The Truffle Cookbook.

Meanwhile, head chef Steven Sweeney will be celebrating the occasion with a dish inspired by Rodney’s visit: Baked eggs, roast Jerusalem artichoke, smoked cow’s curd, beetroot oil, brioche crumble, mushroom dust & shaved local black truffles.

FREE BOOK SIGNING EVENT

Bookings for breakfast can be made by calling 02 6178 0024.

Jul
24
12:30 pm12:30

Tongue & Cheek – Bryan Martin and David Reist

For around about a decade food writer and winemaker Bryan Martin has submitted a column on the Canberra food scene to The Canberra Times Food and Wine magazine.

During that time he was, is and continues to be, surprised by the wealth of produce that is available in the greater capital region. 

"Just about every week you can unearth another product that someone feels passionate about. The growth of the regional markets has also been a continuing source of inspiration.

"When you have great raw produce like grass-fed beef, fat lambs, Murray River cod, south coast oysters, sea urchins, truffles, seasonal fruits and vegetables, plus a huge range of wild game, well the rest is easy."

So it was that he and colleague, friend and photographer David Reist went on a journey getting snaps of all this wonderful produce being made. By combining Bryan's words, David's talents and both mens' passion, they have created a fabulous cookbook.

More than just a cookbook, however, Tongue & Cheek is a journal of life, of living and of all of us getting old together.

The book includes around 40 recipes that generally move through the seasons that was 2014. It's a journey of local produce, cooking and getting through life with a bit of humour and passion.

For this very special Sunday Salon we're inviting you to join Bryan and David in the restaurant for a four course set-lunch with dishes inspired by the book, and an optional wine pairing with wines selected by Bryan himself. We'll begin with a short pre-lunch talk where you can learn more about their food journey together, and at the end take home a signed copy of this instantly classic, Canberra cookbook.

Tickets (price per person)

Lunch $65
Lunch & matching wine $95
Lunch & signed book $105
Full package: lunch, wine & signed book $135

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When booking please select 'regular' (meat) or 'vegetarian'. All dishes are either gluten free or can be gluten free on request. Please contact us if you have any special dietary requirements. Please note that while every effort is taken to cater to those with allergies, nuts, dairy and gluten are used in the kitchen and, as such, trace amounts may be present in all dishes.

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David Reist is the sales and marketing manager at Clonakilla Wines and was more or less born with a camera in his hands. He provides all their photographic needs – covering everything from bottle shots of the latest vintage, the production process, to formal portraits of the winemakers. A passionate photographer he is "excited by the possibilities that photography offers – a way to see the world in front of me, to create and to share."

Bryan Martin makes wine under his own label Ravensworth with partner Jocelyn and brother David. He is also Operational Winemaker at Clonakilla where he manages the winemaking process. Bryan brings wisdom and intellect to the question of how to make better wine and is something of a food genius.

Jul
17
3:00 pm15:00

Chris Wallace, Paul Bongiorno, Bevan Shields – Election Wrap-Up

One Nation Divided

At the end of May journalist Chris Wallace told us here, in our very bookshop, that the election would end up with a hung parliament. Counting continues but that's exactly what it's looking like happening!

So our panel of experts is coming back to talk us through what happened. Labor is calling it a victory. The Coalition is saying they will form government (with, it looks like, the help of the member for Kennedy) and Pauline Hanson says 98% of Australians don't believe in Halal.

Did Malcolm Turnbull's gamble to call a double dissolution election work? Have the people become disillusioned with the political class and turned their backs on the Hill? What does the return of Pauline Hanson to the red chamber say about politics? 

So many questions and, no doubt, opinions! So after a mammoth eight week campaign Chris Wallace, Paul Bongiorno and Bevan Shields return to Muse to discuss these and much, much more. Hear! Hear!

Tickets: $10 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink)

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Paul Bongiorno is contributing editor for Ten News, a regular commentator on ABC Radio National Breakfast and a contributor to The Saturday Paper.

Bevan Shields is the Federal Editor and Canberra Bureau Chief for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Chris Wallace is a historian, biographer and journalist, an Australian Prime Ministers’ Centre fellow and a visiting fellow at the National Centre of Biography, School of History, The Australian National University.

Jul
3
3:00 pm15:00

Arnold Zable - The Fighter

Henry Nissen was a champion boxer, the boy from working-class Carlton who fought his way to beat some of the world’s best in the 1970s. Now, he works on Melbourne’s docks, taking shifts as they come up. But his real work is on the streets - giving character statements and providing support for the disaffected in his community.

The Fighter is Arnold Zable’s account of this true battler - a man who used his fists to forge a career, but also his wits to negotiate a childhood in a community of Holocaust survivors, immigrants and damaged souls.

Arnold Zable is an highly acclaimed novelist, storyteller, educator and human rights advocate, whose books include The Fig TreesScraps of Heaven and Cafe Scheherazade. Hear him in conversation with the ABC’s Louise Maher.

TICKETS: $10 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink)

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Jul
1
3:00 pm15:00

Revenge and Terror from Bali to Afghanistan

On the evening of 12 October 2002 two suicide bombers detonated bombs inside Paddy's Pub and in front of the Sari Club in Kuta, one of Bali's main tourist districts. Two hundred and two people were killed including eighty-eight Australians and thirty-eight Indonesians. The 'field coordinator' of this terrorist operation was Abdul Aziz alias Imam Samudra, who was later executed for his role in the attacks.

Angus McIntyre's Imam Samudra's Revenge explores the social and political context in which Samudra's plans took shape and the controversies that surrounded his actions within Islamic extremist networks in Indonesia and beyond.

McIntyre joins us at Muse, along with James Piscatori (Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, ANU) and journalist Karen Middleton (An Unwinnable War), to broaden the conversation around the global phenomenon of terrorism.

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

 

Angus McIntyre is an Honorary Associate at La Trobe University and a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Political and Social Change at ANU. 

James Piscatori is Professor at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, ANU and the author ofIslam in a World of Nation-States and co-author of Muslim Politics 

Karen Middleton is Chief Political Correspondent for The Saturday Paper and author of An Unwinnable War: Australia in Afghanistan.

Jun
22
6:00 pm18:00

Cellar Door Experience: Vinea Marson

We are very pleased to present another unique cellar door experience here at Muse!

Joining us from Heathcote, Victoria, owner-winemaker Mario Marson of Vinea Marson spent many years as the winemaker viticulturist the celebrated Mount Mary Vineyard (Yarra Valley, VIC). He purchased the Vinea Marson property in 1999 where he planted classic Australian varietals Shiraz and Viognier, plus Italian varieties Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera and Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, a grape that produces a deeply coloured wine leaning towards a full-body with high acidity and flavors of plum & almond notes. Sounds divine!

The Vinea Marson cellar door is open by appointment only, so this is an experience not to be missed! The tastings will be in 30 minute slots with a maximum of 10 participants for each time slot.

In keeping with Mario's own tasting practices at the cellar door, we'll also be offering a small selection of Italian style antipasti, and a special release, delicious 'drunken buffalo' cheese made with Vinea Marson Nebbiolo skins by award winning Melbourne cheesemaker Giorgio Linguanti.

Session 1 - 6:00 to 6:30pm LIMITED AVAILABILITY
Session 2 - 6:45 to 7:15pm SOLD OUT
Session 3 - 7:30 to 8:00pm SOLD OUT

Tickets: $30 (includes all wine and nibbles)

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Featured Wine

2012 "Grazia" Pinot bianco, Friulano, Malvasia d’Istria
This is a highly textural, highly aromatic style which delights in being different. Flavours of dried apricot, yeast, dried herbs and preserved citrus fruits. (93 points | James Halliday)

2012 Viognier
This is pure varietal in character and maintains a sense of control but, more importantly, sheer deliciousness. (95 points | James Halliday)

2011 Sangiovese
This wine is light garnet in colour and displays a savoury and bright cherry nose while the palate exhibits a balanced medium weight, with firm, elegant tannins and a clean finish.

2010 Nebbiolo
Aromas of blackcurrants and cherries, with a hint of rose petals and dried herbs are evident on the nose. The wine explodes on the palate with blackcurrant, raspberry and leather flavours and exhibits firm, integrated tannins with a long finish.

2010 Syrah
There are developed and savoury aromas on the bouquet, while the palate reveals prodigious tannins, fresh acidity and complex developed flavours. It was a picture perfect vintage in Heathcote and this off-the-book, extraordinary wine is sure to polarise opinion! (92 points | James Halliday)

Jun
19
3:00 pm15:00

Hugh Mackay - Beyond Belief

What do people actually mean when they say ‘God’?

Around two-thirds of us say we believe in God or some ‘higher power’, but fewer than one in ten Australians attend church weekly. In his new book, Beyond Belief, social researcher Hugh Mackay presents this discrepancy as one of the great unexamined topics of our time. He argues that while our attachment to a traditional idea of God may be waning, our desire for a life of meaning remains as strong as ever.

Hugh will be in conversation with ABC 666 Afternoon’s presenter, Alex Sloan.

SOLD OUT

Jun
5
3:00 pm15:00

From Victims to Suspects: Muslim Women Since 9/11

Explore the other side of the War on Terror

Once regarded as helpless victims waiting to be rescued, Muslim women are now regarded as a potential threat. Explore the lives of women negotiating the post-9/11 world - from volatile Afghan refugee camps and Pakistani weddings, to Australian suburbia and campaigns to ‘ban the burqa’.

Shakira Hussein is a regular commentator on issues of gender, Islam and multiculturalism in Australia. She will be joined by Canberra’s own Bianca 'Bam Bam’ Elmir, former EA to Greens MLA Amanda Bresnan and Australia's current Oceania Boxing Bantamweight Champion, as well as journalist, researcher and commentator Julie Posetti (Fairfax Media, University of Wollongong) as participating chair.

TICKETS: $10 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink)

SOLD OUT

May
29
3:00 pm15:00

2016 Election Special

'A New Way', 'Choose Real Change', 'Together: Let's Move Australia Forward', 'End the waste, pay back the debt, stop the big new taxes, stop the boats’

Slogans from the 2013 and 2010 elections from the ALP and LNP with some needing bigger boards than others.

Nearly 30 years since the last this looks likely to be the seventh double dissolution of the Australian parliament. With the exit of the Member for Fairfax, what will what's left of the Palmer United Party do next?

Doggy death threats and expense scandals. Negative gearing, housing affordability and the Pacific Solution, plus marriage equality and superannuation reform. What will be remembered and what will be forgotten? What do you know and what do you want to know?

Get behind the buzzwords, gaffes and zingers to find out just what this year's federal election is really about, with our expert commentators Paul Bongiorno and Bevan Shields in what promises to be a lively discussion chaired by Australian Prime Ministers' Centre fellow, author and journalist Chris Wallace.

Tickets: $10 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink)

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Paul Bongiorno is contributing editor for Ten News, a regular commentator on ABC Radio National Breakfast and a contributor to The Saturday Paper.

Bevan Shields is the Federal Editor and Canberra Bureau Chief for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Chris Wallace is a historian, biographer and journalist, an Australian Prime Ministers’ Centre fellow and a visiting fellow at the National Centre of Biography, School of History, The Australian National University.

May
25
6:00 pm18:00

Cellar Door Experience with Adam Castagna

2016 Gourmet Traveller Wine Awards

Winner

Best Tasting Experience Alpine Valleys/Beechworth

The Castagna Vineyard is situated outside the beautiful town of Beechworth in Northeast Victoria. Their soil consists mainly of decomposed granitic-loam on a base of clay and the climate distinctly Mediterranean, with hot days and cool nights during the important part of the growing season. The land is farmed biodynamically using Rudolf Steiner’s biodynamic principles in order to achieve optimum fruit quality that best expresses its terroir. Put simply they produce wine which is an expression of the place where it is grown.

As many of you will know our focus for the wine list at Muse is on boutique, independent and family owned wineries. There aren't many wineries that tick each box quite like the Castagna Vineyard!

When we visited the family home/cellar door we were met by next generation wine maker Adam Castagna who took us through their sensational range of wines: from Syrah and Sangiovese, to Chardonnay and an incredible Roussanne, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier blend which, incidentally, you can find on our fabulous all-Australian wine list.

We are very excited to welcome the effusive Adam Castagna to Muse to take you through an intimate cellar door experience!

Featured Wines

2010 "Genesis" Syrah
2012 "Un Segreto" Sangiovese
2013 "La Chiave"
2014 "Allegro" Shiraz rosé
2010 Sparkling "Allegro" Shiraz rosé
2008 "Sparkling Genesis" Syrah
2013 "Adam's Rib ‘The Red’" Nebbiolo, Shiraz
2014 "Growers Selection" Chardonnay

Space is strictly limited

Tickets: $45 (Includes all wine and snacks; cheese, bread, charcuterie, house made dukkah)

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May
22
3:00 pm15:00

Tom Dusevic - Whole Wild World

"A joy on every page. Beautifully written, vibrant and true"

Suburban Sydney in the 1970s is an adventure playground, especially for a busybody, free-range kid with energy, big appetites and ungodly urges. In such open space, backyards are arenas for daydreaming and free play, scars are marks of wisdom and school is an obstacle course between pleasure and pain.

Tom Dusevic is a veteran journalist and freshly minted author. Over the past three decades he has worked as a reporter and senior editor at The Australian Financial Review, The Australian, Good Weekend and TIME, mainly writing about politics, the economy, social issues and diplomacy.

Whole Wild World, Tom's first book, is a sensory tale of a glorious time to grow up in Australia. Composed by a visceral writer whose epiphanies are as startling as they are hilarious: from rowdy street protests and footy crowds, to the serenity of the Roselands Raindrop Fountain and storm-water canals. From the fevered set of a TV quiz show to the disco floor, Dusevic launches himself into the whole, wild world.

Join Tom for a reflective Sunday Salon in conversation with Katharine Murphy, Guardian Australia's deputy political editor.

TICKETS: $10 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink)

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May
15
3:00 pm15:00

Rosalie Ham - The Dressmaker

Seen the film? Now meet the writer! 

The Dressmaker is a modern Australian classic, and recently a major motion picture starring Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth. Set in the 1950s hamlet of Dungatar, we see those who drove protagonist Tilly Dunnage away, now dressed in her exquisite Parisian couture. But this is no ordinary homecoming - cue revenge, fire, death and brownies.

Rosalie Ham is joined by HerCanberra founder Amanda Whitley to talk creation, couture and movie-making.

UPDATE (10.05.2016): We have released additional tickets for this event. Please be advised that they will be the last and once they're gone that's it!

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May
13
5:30 pm17:30

Book Launch - Breaking the Boundaries

What makes an activist? What makes one person speak out against injustice while another will be content to get angry at the TV news? Breaking the Boundaries looks for answers in the personal stories of 46 Australians, young and old, fighting to be heard in a range of areas including human rights, gender issues, and the environment. Join Jack Waterford, Biff Ward and other special guests for the launch of this exciting new collection of Australian stories.

FREE EVENT

May
8
3:00 pm15:00

Toni Jordan - Our Tiny, Useless Hearts

‘...cutting and clever, and yet so very romantic, as though PG Wodehouse had satirised life in the suburbs.’ -Liane Moriarty

Toni Jordan is a writer of that wonderful thing - clever chicklit. Her latest novel is an old-fashioned farce, a comedy of errors, missteps and dodgy decisions, and features her trademark emotional intelligence, wit and storytelling prowess.

Our Tiny, Useless Hearts sees Janice holding things together for her nieces as their father runs off to Noosa with their teacher Martha. Their mother Caroline is close behind, but then next-door neighbour arrives (through the window) for a tryst with Caroline, only to find Janice in her bed; he is in turn followed closely behind by wife, Lesley, and we arrive in screwball  comedy territory. When Alec, Janice’s ex appears, hold it together she can no longer.

Along the way, themes of infertility, loyalty and the relevance of microbiology to the everyday are explored. Toni will be in conversation with Muse's own Nikki Anderson for this very special Mother's Day event.

TICKETS: $10 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink)

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May
3
8:30 pm20:30

An Evening with Rupert Boyd

“Beautifully refined, with gorgeous tone…musically and technically flawless”

The Canberra International Music Festival presents
An Evening with Rupert Boyd (guitar)


The Canberra International Music Festival and Muse host New York based Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd for an intimate concert and dining experience as part of the 2016 festival.

Described as “truly evocative” Boyd, a graduate of the ANU School of Music, returns to his old stomping grounds of Canberra to participate in Canberra’s premier music event, and to promote his new CD 'Fantasías'.

Join us in the restaurant for a two course late supper with live music performed by one of the most acclaimed musicians of his generation.

Tickets: $65 (includes a glass of wine & coffee or tea)
Space is strictly limited

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Note: When booking please select either ‘regular’ or ‘vegetarian’; please contact us directly for any special dietary requirements. Please note that diners may be seated at a communal table with other patrons. Please advise us if you wish to be seated with friends and are booked under separate names. While every effort is made to cater to those with allergies, gluten, dairy and nuts are used in the kitchen and, as such, trace amounts may be present in all dishes.

Rupert Boyd

“Remember the name Rupert Boyd. While there may never be another classical guitarist like Segovia, this young Australian left his Marlow Guitar Series audience with the impression that someday there may not be the likes of him again, either.” The Washington Post

Multi award winning artist Rupert Boyd has performed across the globe including appearances in the United States, France, Spain, China, the Philippines and all throughout Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) from the Australian National University School of Music, an Artist Diploma from the Yale University School of Music, and a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music where he also received the Andrés Segovia award.

Program (timings approximate)

Doors open 8pm
Dinner served at 8:30pm
Music at 8:50pm (20 minutes)
Dessert served at 9:15pm
Music at 9:30pm (30 minutes)
Event concludes at 10pm

Menu

Main Course

Spiced pulled lamb shoulder, red pepper puree, house made dukkah, roast vegetables GF
or
Eggplant ‘puck’, pine nuts, feta, red pepper puree, house made dukkah, roast vegetables V GF

includes a glass of either house red or white wine

Dessert

Sticky date cheesecake, dulce de leche, caramelised banana, shortbread crumble,
vanilla bean ice-cream GFR

Locally roasted Red Brick Espresso coffee or loose leaf Larsen & Thompson tea

Wine Selection
2012 Surveyor’s Hill Riesling, Canberra District
2012 Surveyor’s Hill Cabernet Franc, Canberra District

May
1
3:00 pm15:00

Jennifer Rayner - Generation Less

Today’s young Australians are the first generation since the Great Depression to be worse off than their parents. And so, just as we have seen the gap between rich and poor widen over recent decades, we’re beginning to see young and old pull apart in ways that will wear at our common bonds.

Urgent and convincing, Jennifer Rayner's Generation Less investigates the life prospects of young Australians, their emotional life, their access to credit, education and fulfilling jobs, and considers whether they will ever be able to buy a house. Generation Less offers a smart and funny blueprint for a fairer future.

In conversation with the Sydney Morning Herald's James Massola.

TICKETS: $10 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink)

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Apr
17
3:30 pm15:30

Death and Beauty: Aoife Clifford and Emily Maguire

What is the media’s obsession with pretty dead girls and is 'closure' a real thing? How do we understand women and crime, and can we ever let go of our secrets?

In their new novels All These Perfect Strangers and An Isolated Incident, UK Debut Dagger-winning author Aoife Clifford and novelist and social commentator Emily Maguire explore these issues and more, in conversation with Canberra’s own Mark Henshaw.

TICKETS: $10 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink)

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Apr
10
3:30 pm15:30

Boomer & Me: Jo Case and Melinda Smith

As a new mother, Jo Case tries to work out if accelerated reading skills and an aloofness with other kids mean her child is gifted or just different. A diagnosis of Asperger’s for son Leo turns her world upside down, but also sees her investigating what the similarities she and her family share with Leo might mean. 

Jo will be in conversation with Melinda Smith, PM Literary Award-winning poet, whose collection First… Then..., explores the world of autism - both from the point of view of autistic people, and also that of those who love and care for them.

Join these fearless mothers and writers at Muse as they riff on writing, kids, difference and even humour.

April is Autism Awareness Month

 

TICKETS: $10 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink)

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Apr
6
6:00 pm18:00

BOOK LAUNCH: Inga Simpson's Where the Trees Were

Award-winning author Inga Simpson returns to Muse to launch her third novel, Where the Trees Were. Set in Canberra and in the countryside around Young, NSW, Where the Trees Were touches on the same themes of childhood, guilt and the natural world that Simpson explored her first two novels, Mr Wigg and Nest, but in compelling new ways. 

Poignant and exquisitely rendered, Where the Trees Were will be launched by Canberra writer Rosanna Stevens and is set to be one of the year's most significant publishing events.

FREE EVENT