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.
Emiko Davies' third cookbook, Tortellini at Midnight is a book rich with nostalgia tracing generations of family recipes that span the length of Italy, from the Mediterranean port city of Taranto to far northern Turin, the city of aperitif and Italian cafe culture. SOLD OUT
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.
FESTIVAL MUSE 2019 Kindred: A Cradle Mountain Love Story traces the achievements of these unconventional adventurers and their fight to preserve the wilderness where they pioneered eco-tourism.
Meet the author of this wondrous story, Kate Legge.
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.
FESTIVAL MUSE 2019 All stories need a sense of place, but in speculative fiction, boundaries are only set by the author’s imagination. Meet three Canberra writers creating fantastical words and spaces to hear about their favourite imaginary places, and how they bring their own worlds to life on the page.
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.
'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.
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.
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.