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.
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.
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!
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?
For the young James Jeffrey, now parliamentary sketch writer for The Australian, the day his parents split was like the splitting of the atom. Life took on a seismic instability filled with madness and strain and vendetta and daftness and acts of love, both beautiful and misguided.
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.
The author of seven novels and two collections of stories, Gail Jones is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. Her mesmerising new novel The Death of Noah Glass tells a story about parents and children, and explores the overlapping patterns that life makes.
For the third year in a row we’re delighted to partner with the Canberra International Music Festival to present the CIMF Festival @ Muse! Join Claire Edwardes (percussion) and Ned McGowan (flutes - yes, plural) for a late night recital featuring two of the festival’s most avant-garde performers.
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.
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
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!
Join Canberra naturalist and conservationist Ian Fraser on a journey through four continents: from places as unfamiliar as the Chonos Archipelago of southern Chile and the arid Sahel woodlands of northern Cameroon, to those as familiar as a suburban backyard.
When Clementine Ford went to post one of her own #MeToo moments, she found herself feeling shame and self-doubt. Hear Clementine on the way women are silenced, and how when they speak out, they are questioned, cross-examined, and dismissed. This event will be held at The Street Theatre.
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.
Our Bipartisan series places a gentle spotlight on how couples, friends and partners nourish both their passions and their relationship. Join novelist Karen Viggers and scientist David Lindenmayer as they reveal how work, creative output, family, politics and friendship work for them.
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.
Join us as, for the fist time in Canberra, formidable father and daughter winemakers Ken Helm (Helm Wines) and Stephanie Helm (The Vintner's Daughter) present a selection of their wines together for a six-course wine dinner worth writing about!
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!
Why do we love our literature with literary characters and bookish narratives? Join two writers who use real and imagined literary characters to explore what it means to be a writer, a character, a reader: Sulari Gentil and 2017 Vogel Prize winner Marija Pericic.
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.
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
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 everything when we welcome contemporary visual artist Patricia Piccinini for a ‘Hyper Real’ Question Time! SOLD OUT
Every life offers a unique story – but some lives stand out so distinctly they leave their mark on the world. How do some people make such a difference – and trigger change both at large and close to home? This is Griffith Review 58: Storied Lives - The Novella Project V
Join historians Dr Alexandra Dellios, Dr Jayne Persian and Dr Claire Higgins for a discussion of the hidden stories and behind-the-scenes decisions in Australian refugee history, chaired by Professor Frank Bongiorno, ANU. SOLD OUT
Sex, cyborgs and jellyfish – Krissy Kneen’s exhilarating new novel An Uncertain Grace explores the outer limits of gender, desire and mortality. One of Australia’s most insightful and provocative writers, Kneen joins us for a special SpringOUT Sunday Salon to probe the possibilities of queer fiction today.