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Upcoming Events

Online Event

Michael Gawenda in conversation

The story of influential Australian figure Mark Leibler, Michael Gawenda’s The Powerbroker is a portrait of Jewish life in Australia, of the interaction between private wealth and politics, and of a man whose energy, formidable work habits and forcefulness that often tips into pugnacity have made him a highly effective player in Australian affairs. Join us online to hear Gawenda discuss the book and Leibler’s immense impact in Australia with journalist Sam Lipski.

Event postponed – more information available shortly

In Conversation

The Shelf Life of Zora Cross

The Shelf Life of Zora Cross by Cathy Perkins is getting rave reviews, and no wonder! It shines a light on the forgotten literary genius of Australian author Zora Cross in beguiling and illuminating fashion.

Sydney event: Cathy discusses Zora's life and work with Fiona Wright. Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown, 18 March 2020.

Melbourne event: Cathy Perkins in conversation with historian Yves Rees. Readings Bookshop, Carlton, 25 March 2020.

Past Events

Author conversation

Democratic Adventurer: Graham Berry and the Making of Australian Politics

Join Sean Scalmer in conversation with Frank Bongiorno on Monday 25 May for the free online Readings launch of Sean's new biography of the fascinating colonial-era politician Graham Berry, 'Democratic Adventurer'. Register via the Readings website.



Book Launch

'I Wonder': The Life and Work of Ken Inglis

To be launched by Tom Griffiths
6 for 6.30pm, Tuesday 10 March 2020
Readings, 309 Lygon Street, Carlton. RSVPs (appreciated) here.




Launches and Events

The Shelf Life of Zora Cross

To be launched by to be launched by Dr Vanessa Berry with an introduction by Dr John Vallance.

State Library of NSW Tuesday, 12 November 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (AEDT)

RSVP here

Other Zora Cross events:

  • Sydney, State Library of NSW, lunchtime talk with Sarah Morley (12.30 pm, Thursday 7 November 2019)
  • Sydney, Gleebooks, conversation with Kate Evans (6 pm, Monday 18 November 2019)
  • Brisbane, Avid Reader, conversation with Jackie Ryan (6 pm, Monday 2 December 2019)

Book Launch

Mallee Country:Land, People, History

  • To be launched by Emeritus Professor Tom Griffiths AO at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria on 16 November RSVP here.
  • To be launched in Ouyen, Victoria by Ali Cupper MP on Saturday, 14 December 2019. RSVP here.


Book Launch

Attending to the National Soul

To be launched by Tim Costello AO with Meredith Lake 12 December





Making Public Histories Seminars 2019

We are delighted to be sponsoring the Making Public Histories seminars in 2019. Each seminar aims to explore issues and approaches in making public histories. The seminars are open, free of charge, to anyone interested in the creation and impact of history in contemporary society. Further information.

Author conversations and signings

Unrequited Love events with author Dennis Altman

  • 17 September: Author conversation with the ABC’s Scott Stephens at Avid Reader. RSVP here.
  • 18 September: Author conversation with Anton Enus at Gleebooks on RSVP here.
  • 29 September: Author conversation with Frank Bongiorno at MUSE in Canberra. RSVP here.




Jean Blackburn: Education, Feminism and Social Justice to be launched in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide

Book Launches

Winning for Women: A Personal Story by Iola Mathews

Brisbane launch 22 May 2019. More information and RSVP here

Melbourne event: Iola Mathews and Maxine McKew at the John Caine Foundation seminar, 29 May 2019. More information and RSVP here

Adelaide launch 6 June 2019. More information and RSVP here

Sydney launch 13 June 2019. More information and RSVP here

25 June Iola Mathews in conversation with Margaret Simons, Readings Bookshop Hawthorn. More information and RSVP here

Book Launch

Seven Big Australians launched by Denise Scott

“I’m really, really proud and quite humbled to be here,” Australian comic actor Denise Scott said, launching Professor Anne Pender’s new book, Seven Big Australians: Adventures with Comic Actors at Armidale’s Reader’s Companion Bookstore on May 15.  

I think it’s a really brilliant book,” she enthused, before quipping, “Which is great, because it’s really hard to launch a sh*t book!”

Read more about Seven Big Australians.


Book Event

The Price of the Writing Life: Celebrating the Work of George Johnston and Charmian Clift - with Martin Flanagan

Charmian Clift and George Johnston were the power couple of Australian literature in the mid 20th century. He was a celebrated war correspondent who went on to become a great novelist. She was a pioneering feminist whose newspaper columns and books transformed the landscape for a generation of women.

On the idyllic Greek island of Hydra in the 1950s and 60s, in company with Leonard Cohen and other literary luminaries, they wrote some of their best work – before their world fell apart. Clift died from an overdose of sleeping pills in 1969. Johnston was dead a year later.

Johnston and Clift were devoted to their writing. It enriched their lives but, ultimately, was instrumental in their self-destruction. Was it worth it? And what is the cost for others dedicated to a life of writing?

Half a century after their deaths, join us to celebrate two brilliant careers with Paul Genoni and Tanya Dalziell – authors of Half the Perfect World: Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra, 1955-1964 – in conversation with Martin Flanagan. The event will also feature a digital exhibition of photos - and the brilliant Erica Bramham performing songs of Leonard Cohen.

Date & Time

Friday 24 May 2019, 12:15pm - 2:00pm


Mr Hive Kitchen & Bar
Level 1, Crown Metropol Hotel
8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, VIC
(entrance off Clarendon Street)


$65 for members; $85 for non-members; $45 for students
Includes two-course meal and a drink

Author Conversation

Bernard Keane and Clinton Fernandes

Investigating Power in Australia: Lessons from Domestic and Foreign Policy by Bernard Keane and Clinton Fernandes is in essence a conversation on how power is wielded in Australia. Here, they discuss the covert and overt influences of corporations, intelligence agencies and neoliberal ideology on domestic and foreign policymaking. Importantly, they discuss what we can do about it.

On Thursday 21 February 2019 at 6:30pm

Readings Carlton
309 Lygon Street, Carlton, Vic 3053

Book Launch

The Good University: What universities actually do and why it’s time for radical change by Raewyn Connell

To be launched on 6 March by Jeannie Rea at Readings Bookshop Carlton. Please book here.

To be launched on 8 March by Senator Mehreen Faruqi and chaired by Assoc Prof Kurt Iveson, at Gleebooks. Please book here.

Author Discussion

A Second Chance: The Making of Yiddish Melbourne

They came from an old world to a new land. The Yiddish speakers from Eastern Europe brought few material possessions but clung to a language and a culture that defined who they were, a way of life that had endured pogroms, persecution and a genocide that pushed them to the brink of extinction. Melbourne gave them a second chance at life, an opportunity to rebuild a secular Yiddish world that sat at the core of their existence.

Their arrival in Melbourne was not always welcomed. The Australian authorities only grudgingly accepted them as immigrants, in restricted numbers and under the sponsorship of Jews already living here. Yiddish speakers, with their boisterous demeanour and high visibility challenged the authority of the established Jewish community, which traced its origins to the first settlement and which believed that ‘blending in’ was the antidote to antisemitism.

Join Dr Margaret Taft and Professor Andrew Markus as they discuss their latest book at St Kilda Library.

Accessibility information for St Kilda Library.

Book Launch

From Roadside to Recovery: The Story of the Victorian State Trauma System

By Peter Bragge and Russell Gruen

Launched on 12 November at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Guests of Honour: Former Victorian Health Ministers Robert Knowles AO and John Thwaites.

More information and rsvp here.

Book Launch

Black Saturday: Not the end of the story

By Peg Fraser

Adrian Hyland, author of Kinglake-350,  will be in conversation with Peg. Special guest musician Cam Tapp.
Date: Thursday 15 November
Time: 6.30pm for 7.00pm start
Venue: Walter Withers Gallery, Eltham Community Reception Centre, 801 Main Road, Eltham

Book Launch

A Second Chance: The Making of Yiddish Melbourne

By Margaret Taft and Andrew Markus

This book will be launched by Ms Danielle Charak, a much loved leading identity of the Yiddish community. With MC Mr Joe Tigel and special guest Mr Michael Gawenda AM

They came from an old world to a new land. The Yiddish speakers from Eastern Europe brought few material possessions but clung to a language and culture that defined who they were. Melbourne gave them a second chance at life, an opportunity to rebuild a secular Yiddish world; one that came to change and reshape an entire community.

Sunday 16 September 2018, 3pm H1.16, Ground floor, Building H Monash Caulfield Campus, 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East

RSVPs (appreciated) by 12 September to

More information about A Second Chance

Book Launch

Square Eyes: Children, Screen Time and Fun by Emily Booker

Kathy Lette

To be launched by Kathy Lette

Troubled by what her daughter was watching, and by how this made her feel as a parent, Emily Booker set out to learn more about children and television: listening not only to scholars and experts in the field, but to children themselves. What she found was that the ‘problem’ of children’s addiction to screens is actually, in part, a grown-ups’ problem.

Emily BookerSpeaking to children about what they watch and why reveals a steadily consistent response: they love to seek out programs that are ‘fun’. But their choices are often a source of anxiety for parents, and appear to provoke a need to censure and control the child’s enjoyment.

At a time when children’s lives are increasingly regulated, and the pressures of parenting are felt ever more keenly, this important book teaches us much about the value of entertainment, not only for children but for adults.

Date and time: Tuesday 28th August, 6pm for 6.30pm start
Venue: Gleebooks. 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW 2037

Please RSVP here or phone 02 9660 2333

Author Event

Barry Hill and Richard Zachariah at the Words in Winter Festival

Acclaimed authors Barry Hill (Reason & Lovelessness) and Richard Zachariah (This Vanished Land) illuminate different perspectives in their passions regarding the settlement of Australia and its historical predicaments. Together they ask: can we draw hope from militant nostalgia?

3:30pm - 4:30pm Saturday, August 18
76 Vincent Street, Daylesford

Book Launch

Tell Me I'm Okay: A Doctor's Story

Book launch: The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG to launch, 12 July 2018 at Gleebooks. RSVP here

‘Throughout my years of practice, people have often asked me why I decided to specialise in sexual health. The question is not surprising given that sexual health doctors are not held in the same regard as those who work in other medical specialties ... We sexual health physicians don’t grow rich, but we have a wealth of stories – wry, funny, and sad – all illustrative of the human condition.’

‘A remarkable Australian story, and one that should be read widely.’ Dennis Altman

‘Honest, humane and at times deeply moving.’ The Hon Neal Blewett AC, Federal Minister for Health and Minister for Community Services and Health, 1983–1990

Find out more.

Book Launch

Antipodean Perspective: Selected Writings of Bernard Smith

Antipodean Perspective

To be launched by Greg Lehman
When: Thursday 26 July 2018
6.00 - 7.30pm
Where: Buxton Contemporary
Corner Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street, Southbank (map)
RSVP (appreciated) by 23 July 2018 to
Enquiries to; Tel: (03) 9905 0526

About the Editors and Launcher

Rex Butler is an art historian who writes on Australian art and teaches in the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture at Monash University.

Sheridan Palmer is an art historian, curator and author of the biography Hegel’s Owl: The Life of Bernard Smith.

Greg Lehman is a Tasmanian Indigenous scholar whose current work is an examination of the visual representation of Tasmanian Aborigines in colonial art.

Book Launches

Dunera Lives to be launched in Canberra and Melbourne

Dunera LivesIn July 1940, around 2000 refugees, most of whom were Jewish and from Germany or Austria, were sent from Britain to Australia on HMT Dunera. The injustice these men suffered in internment camps at Hay, Tatura and Orange is well known.  Less familiar is the tale of what happened to them afterwards.

To be launched by Frank Bongiorno at the National Library of Australia on 4 July, 2018. Please register in advance.

To be launched by Raimond Gaita at the Jewish Museum Australia on 8 July. FULLY BOOKED.

Second Melbourne launch announced! Book here.

Book Launch

The Fountain of Public Prosperity to be launched at Scots Church, Sydney

The Fountain of Public Prosperity

To be hosted by The Hon. Rob Stokes, Minister for Education, and will be launched jointly by John Anderson AO and Professor The Hon. Bob Carr
When: 3.30pm – 5.30pm, Wednesday 13 June 2018
Where: Scots Church (Dunmore Lang's Church),
Cnr Margaret and York Streets, Sydney

RSVP please to Dr Steve Chavura by 30 May 2018

The official religion brought to Australia with the First Fleet was Evangelical Christianity, the ‘vital religion’ then shaping public policy through William Wilberforce and his fellow evangelicals. That it has shaped Australian history ever since, making a substantial contribution to the public prosperity of the nation, is an untold story.

Book Launch: Making a Meal of It

Jason Steger will launch Brian McFarlane’s first-rate resource for film buffs, Making a Meal of It. This selection of McFarlane’s writings on film, taken as a whole, tells a story about what has brought us back to the cinema again and again, from recent times to a now more distant past. In his attuned but easy style the guide will bring back memories, as well as fills gaps in our knowledge.

Wed 11 Apr 2018 at 6:30pm
Readings Hawthorn — 701 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria, 3122
Free, no need to book

Mary Bennett: A White Hot Flame book launch and film screening

Please join Dr. Jackie Huggins AM for the official launch of A White Hot Flame, a biography of Mary Montgomery Bennett (1881–1961) written by historian Sue Taffe.

Happening at ACMI on Thursday March 1, this event will also feature the debut screening of Letters Across the Desert, a Victorian Women's Trust documentary film by Stu Mannion that captures the powerful advocacy partnership between Mary Bennett and Shirley Andrews.

Please register in advance via Eventbrite.

The Good Country: The Djadja Wurrung, the Settlers and the Protectors - book launch

Bain Attwood’s The Good Country was launched on 24 November 2017 in Castlemaine, Victoria. A packed crowed attended the event, which was held in the Phee Broadway Theatre. The book was launched by Rodney Carter, CEO of the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, and by Dr Rani Kerin, an independent historian who has held positions at the University of Otago and the Australian National University.




Bain Attwood at the launch of The Good Country
In conversation with Bain Attwood (second from left) at the launch.

Tinkering: Australians Reinvent DIY Culture - Book Launch

Katherine Wilson's book Tinkering was launched by Richard Denniss, accompanied to music by Amira, at the Hill of Content Bookshop on 11 November 2017.

Left, the crowd at the book launch, with Nathan Hollier just visible at the back. Right Katherine Wilson signs a copy of Tinkering.

From left: guests, Katherine Wilson, Richard Denniss and Nathan Hollier.

Jenny Hocking to discuss Making Modern Australia at Gleebooks, Sydney, Thursday 21st September

Panel Event with Jenny Hocking, John Faulkner and Michelle Arrow

The Whitlam government propelled Australia out of the presumptions and certainties of twenty-three years of conservative government and changed it irrevocably. It passed a record number of bills into law and became the most successful reformist government in Australia’s history. This book brings to light aspects of Whitlam’s ambitious reform agenda that have been neglected for too long. The Australian Assistance Plan generated networks of regional and community cooperation that remain today. Plans for energy infrastructure and self-sufficiency that would ensure the use of the nation’s resources for the common good, appear more and more visionary. The ground-breaking Royal Commission into Human Relationships is clearly a forerunner of the current royal commissions into institutionalised child abuse and family violence. New research shows the extent to which this reforming agenda continued the post-war reconstruction plans of Curtin and Chifley. The personal dimension of this agenda – how Whitlam’s approach to policy design and implementation was influenced by his childhood in Canberra – is also detailed. Finally this book reassesses the place of the Whitlam government, and its dismissal, in history, in light of new material that continues to emerge from the personal papers of Sir John Kerr, and new analyses that challenge previous assessments. Contributors include Michelle Arrow, Nicholas Brown, Erik Eklund, Murray Goot, Jenny Hocking.

Date and time: Thursday 21st September, 6pm for 6.30pm
$12/$9/gleeclub free. Book here or phone 02 9660 2333

A Naga Odyssey book launch

Initiatives of Change and Monash University Publishing are delighted to invite you to the launch of A Naga Odyssey: Visier’s Long Way Home by Visier Meyasetsu Sanyü with Richard Broome. To be launched by The Rev Tim Costello AO, Chief Advocate, World Vision Australia with a special performance by Kavisha Mazzella

When:  Saturday 23 September 2017 3.00 for 3.30pm

Where:  Armagh, Initiatives of Change 226 Kooyong Road Toorak Victoria Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP: (appreciated) by Wednesday 20 September to Monash University Publishing, / 03 9905 9238

About Visier Meyasetsu Sanyü and Richard Broome

Visier Sanyü is an Elder of the Meyasetsu clan of the Angami tribe, Khonoma, Nagaland, and was the inaugural Head of the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Nagaland. He is President of the Overseas Naga Association, an International Elder of Initiatives of Change, and is on the Board of the Melbourne Interfaith Centre.

Richard Broome is Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, has authored twelve books, including three on Indigenous Australians, including Aboriginal Australians (4th edition 2010). He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and a Fellow and Councillor of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, Melbourne.

About The Rev Tim Costello AO Rev Tim Costello is one of Australia’s best known community leaders and a sought after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics. 

For 13 years until October 2016, Tim was Chief Executive of World Vision Australia, placing the challenges of global poverty on the national agenda. In his current role as Chief Advocate, Tim continues to use his public profile to affect change. In 2006 Tim was named Victoria’s Australian of the Year, in June 2005 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); in 2004, was named Victorian of the Year; and in 1997 was named as one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures.

Read more about A Naga Odyssey.

Australian Lives: An Intimate History
Book Launches

Launcher: Lisa Murray, City Historian, with MC Clare Monagle
When: Saturday 17 June 2017, 4pm for 4.30pm start
Where: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW
Cost: Free event, but please RSVP to Gleebooks.

Launchers: Professor Peter Monteath, President of the History Council of SA and Dr David Sweet, Secretary of Oral History Australia
When: Sat, September 9, 2017 at 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM ACST
Where: Hetzel Lecture Theatre, State LIbrary of South Australia, Corner North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide, SA
Cost: Free event, but please RSVP.

Launcher: David Astle, columnist and crossword-maker
When: Monday 22 May 2017, 6pm–7.30pm
Where: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne
Cost: Free event, but please register via the National Library of Australia.

Launcher: Professor Frank Bongiorno at the National Library of Australia.
When: Wednesday 31 May 2017, 6pm
Where: Conference Room, National Library of Australia
Cost: Free event, but please RSVP via Eventbrite or by phoning (02) 6262 1424
Book signing to follow.

Australian Lives: An Intimate History illuminates Australian life across the 20th and into the 21st century: how Australian people have been shaped by the forces and expectations of contemporary history and how, in turn, they have made their lives and created Australian society. From oral history interviews with Australians born between 1920 and 1989, fifty narrators reflect on their diverse experiences as children and teenagers, in midlife and in old age, about faith, migration, work and play, aspiration and activism, memory and identity, pain and happiness. In Australian Lives you can read and in the e-version of the book listen to the comedy, heartache and drama of ordinary Australians’ extraordinary lives. As our interviewee Kim Bear (born 1959) explains, ‘Stories are a great way to inform people about what it is to be human. Even if you say one thing that resonates … there’s that connection made.’

Of Labour and LIberty: Distributism in Victoria 1891-1966
Book Launches

Public Conversation: Race Mathews and Bishop Vincent Long
When: Friday 16 June, morning
Where: Whitlam Institute, Western Sydney University
More details to follow.

To be launched by The Hon Steve Bracks AM
When: Wednesday 26 April, 6pm for 6.30pm
Where: National Union of Workers (NUW) Headquarters, 833 Bourket Street, Docklands
Cost: Free event, but please RSVP to Sarah Cannon.

Melbourne Symposium: Cooperative enterprise, democracy and liberty
When: Friday 28 April
Where: The Kelvin Club, 14-30 Melbourne Place, Melbourne
With speakers Race Mathews, Godfrey Moase (NUW) and Melina Morrison (CEO, BCCM) and more to be announced.

Race Mathews and Barry Jones in conversation
When: Wednesday 3 May, 6pm for 6.30pm
Where: Readings Bookshop, 701 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn

Co-operatives Research Group Symposium
When: Friday 5 May, 5pm-7pm
Where: The Refectory, The University of Sydney Business School, Darlington
Cost: Free event, but please register online by 2 May via the University of Sydney website.

Book Launch and Forum

The State of Being Equal: International Law in the Age of Trump

When: Tuesday 11 April 2017, 6:30pm
Where: Readings, 309 Lygon Street, Carlton, Victoria
Cost: Free event, but due to limited space please book

Readings is excited to introduce a new event series in 2017. The State of Being Equal is a forum intended to make sure we trump Trump politics by exploring how society can be more equitable and just, rather than divisive and bellicose. Each event in the series will examine a new title that is relevant to global and sexual politics.

In Who’s Afraid of International Law? noted authorities explore ways in which international law constitutes a certain way of talking and being – one that might have both ameliorative and malign effects. Editors Raimond Gaita and Gerry Simpson will discuss the ideas raised in the book with feminist international law scholar Hilary Charlesworth.

This is a free event, but please book for the State of Being Equal event.




Beyond Gallipoli launch

To be launched by Professor Annette Becker as part of a symposium to celebrate the work of Emeritus Professor Ken Inglis. Friday 25 November, 3.20pm. Enquiries to

Much of the scholarship on the Great War, and especially the Dardanelles/Çanakkale campaign, has been viewed through a narrow national prism and focused exclusively on military aspects of the engagement. This new collection of essays offers fresh perspectives from countries on both sides of the trenches of Gallipoli. Examined here are intersections of art and memory, and the role that material culture and museums play in the representation and commemoration of war. The ideas and writing draw on fiction, poetry and diaries, as well as new digital media, which together frame the memory of war. Our ongoing encounter with Gallipoli’s much-contested landscape here takes on new hues and reveals untold stories. Beyond Gallipoli takes an innovative approach to the varied and controversial cultural legacies of an event which continues to shape the identity of Australia, New Zealand and Turkey.

Women, War and Islamic Radicalisation in Maryam Mahboob’s Afghanistan launch

To be launched at the SADIRN/Diasporic Mediations Conference, 19 October 2016, 4.15pm. Japanese Studies Centre Auditorium, G17, Building 54, 12 Ancora Imparo Way, Monash University, Clayton Vic 3800 Enquiries to

Afghanistan is regarded as a classical patriarchal society, where social tradition, religious doctrine and socio-economic and cultural backwardness have made women second-class citizens. But what has been the nature of life for women in Afghanistan? How have they been treated, both in the private sphere and in public? How did they resist mistreatment during the war inside Afghanistan, in refugee camps or in diaspora? Who are the sponsors and perpetrators of violence against Afghanistani women? And what are the connections between Islam, local customs, the mistreatment of women, and women’s connectedness to revolution and jihad? This book provides answers to these questions through an innovative study of the life and short stories of one of the country’s leading female writers, Maryam Mahboob. It offers a different image of both the suffering and resistance of Afghanistani women than that which the ‘West’ has come to know.

Small Screens: Essays on Contemporary Australian Television – Book Launch

To be launched by Courtney Gibson, CEO of Screen NSW, at 107 Projects, Redfern, Sydney, Wednesday 26 October. RSVPs appreciated:

There has been a lot happening on Australia’s small screens. Neighbours turned 30. Struggle Street was accused of poverty porn. Pete evangelised Paleo. Gina got litigious. Netflix muscled in. The Bachelor spawned The Bachelorette. Peter Allen’s maraccas were exhumed. The Labor Party ate itself. Anzac was an anti-climax. And so much more...

Join us as we survey the Australian televisual landscape, and try to make sense of the myriad changes transforming what and how we watch. We’ve come a long way since Bruce Gyngell welcomed us to television in 1956. We now watch on demand and wherever we want, in our lounge rooms and on our devices. But some things stay the same. The small screen is still a place for imagining Australia, for better or for worse. Small Screens challenges and celebrates our contemporary TV worlds.

Making a Difference: Fifty Years of Indigenous Programs at Monash University – Book Launch

To be launched on 27 October 2016. For enquiries please contact Inala Cooper, Senior Advisor, Yulendj Indigenous Engagement Unit, via or on (03) 9902 4038.

Established in 1964, the Centre for Research into Aboriginal Affairs propelled Monash University into a position of academic leadership in the ongoing struggle for justice for Aboriginal people. Leading the way in research into the causes of Aboriginal disadvantage and the teaching of Aboriginal Studies, Monash has also been at the forefront of moves to widen educational and employment opportunities for Indigenous people. Focusing on the leaders who steered Monash’s Indigenous programs over half-a-century, Making a Difference tells the story of visionary and committed individuals, some newcomers to Australia, some Australian-born, some Indigenous, who sought to improve Aboriginal peoples’ lives in the face of enormous obstacles.

The Conscription Conflict and the Great War launches

  • Melbourne: Thursday 27 October by The Hon Bill Shorten, Leader of the Opposition Victorian Trades Hall at 6.00pm RSVP essential.
  • Sydney: Friday 28 October by Luke Foley, NSW Leader of the Opposition Parliament House, Jubilee Room at 4.00pm. RSVP to
  • Canberra: Saturday, 29 October by Professor Joan Beaumont at the conference ‘The Defeat of Conscription: A Centennial Retrospective’, ANU at 3-3.30pm. Enquiries to

While the Great War raged, Australians were twice asked to vote on the question of military conscription for overseas service. The recourse to popular referendum on such an issue at such a time was without precedent anywhere in the world. The campaigns precipitated mass mobilisation, bitter argument, a split in the Labor Party, and the fall of a government. The defeat of the proposals was hailed by some as a victory of democracy over militarism, mourned by others as an expression of political disloyalty or a symptom of failed self-government. Find out more.

The Vagabond Papers book launch and conversation

Handful of Sand: The Gurindji Struggle, After the Walk-off events


Dennis Altman in conversation with Bob Brown at Fullers Bookshop, 23 September

Traditionally, Australian progressives have supported the Australian Labor Party; increasingly, the Greens appeal. What are the key differences between the parties? Is greater collaboration desirable? Is it likely?

Some progressives remain strongly committed to Labor or the Greens. Others have abandoned one or other of the parties from bitter experience. Others still are genuinely undecided, or seek to promote greater understanding and cooperation.

Dennis Altman has edited this collection, drawing together essays by a diverse range of experts. Dennis will be in conversation with Bob Brown.

RSVPs appreciated to

Frank Vajda, author of Saved to Remember, appearing at the Sydney Jewish Writers' Festival

Frank VajdaFrank Vajda, author of Saved to Remember, is a guest at this year’s Sydney Jewish Writers’ Festival.

'This is a compelling book, telling the story of the nonpareil of rescuers, Wallenberg, and of his survivors, and one in particular, on an intimate and utterly convincing and riveting scale. I hope the world reads this book and absorbs the message.'
— Thomas Keneally

Frank Vajda, a major figure in Australian neurology, was a boy in Budapest, Hungary, during the Second World War. In the care of his courageous and ever-resourceful mother, he survived the attempt by Hitler’s Nazis and a fascist Hungarian militia to murder him, his family and the rest of the Jews of this nation. Find out more.

Tim Fischer Maestro John Monash public appearances

Tim Fischer will be discussing Maestro John Monash at the following events.


Public discussion and launch

How to Vote Progressive in Australia: Labor or Green?

6:30pm Wednesday, 15 June at Cinema Nova, Lygon Street, Carlton

The 2016 Federal Election campaign has included discussion, to a greater extent than ever before, of the relationship between the Greens and the Australian Labor Party. What kind of relationship between these two parties is possible, and likely? Can any accommodation be mutually satisfactory? If yes, or if no, what does this mean for Australian politics?

In How to Vote Progressive in Australia: Labor or Green? Dennis Altman and Sean Scalmer have brought together political insiders to explore and explain this question of what proper role there is for the Greens and the ALP on the progressive side of the political fence. Andrew Giles MP (ALP) and Ellen Sandell MP (Greens), two individuals important to the future of their respective parties, and contributors to this book, will speak on the future of progressive politics and relations between the Greens and the ALP, with the editors Altman and Scalmer and moderator Tracee Hutchison. This is an historic public occasion not to be missed.

Book online now | Facebook event link

Book Launch – Saved to Remember

Monash University Publishing is delighted to invite you to the launch of
Frank Vajda's Saved to Remember: Raoul Wallenberg, Budapest 1944 and After.

Date: Thursday 9 June, 2016
Time: 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start
Venue: Readings Bookshop, 701 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria

To be launched by The Hon. Josh Frydenberg, MP.

Light refreshments will be served.

For enquiries and to RSVP please email