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David Marr

Eat, drink and be political with David Marr and Laura Tingle

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David Marr will join Laura Tingle in conversation to discuss his latest Quarterly Essay: The White Queen, One Nation and the politics of race.

Pre-dinner book signings and a cash bar will be available in the Common Room from 6.15pm. Book signings will also take place after the dinner.

Dinner starts at 7pm. Tickets are $69 per person.

Date:   Tuesday 28 March

Time:   6:15pm

Venue: The Hall University House 1 Balmain Crescent, Australian National University Acton, ACT 2601

Price:   $69

David Marr

Writers @ Stanton: David Marr

In this timely Quarterly Essay, David Marr looks at Australia’s brand of the politics of resentment now sweeping the world. Pauline Hanson is not alone out there. A million votes are in play. Strategists in both Labor and the Coalition are asking, what can we give them?

Date:   Wednesday 29 March

Time:   1:00pm

Venue: Stanton Library 234 Miller Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060

Price:   This is a free event.

Kerrie Soraghan

Launch of The Mighty West

The Mighty West is the story of the 2016 fairytale Western Bulldogs premiership, written by a fan, and about the fans. It is based on the Bulldog Tragician blog, which has been chronicling our story for several years.

The book will be launched by Melbourne writer and founder of The Footy Almanac, John Harms.

Champagne on arrival, drinks at bar prices.

Dress code: I think we all know the drill!

Date:   Wednesday 29 March

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Railway Hotel 35 Anderson Street Yarraville, VIC 3013

Price:   This is a free event.

David Marr

David Marr on QE65 The White Queen

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In this timely Quarterly Essay, David Marr looks at Australia’s brand of the politics of resentment now sweeping the world. In conversation with Stan Grant.

Date:   Wednesday 29 March

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road Glebe NSW 2037 Sydney Australia

Price:   $12/$9/gleeclub free

Bates Gill

Launch of China Matters

In partnership with China Matters and PwC, La Trobe University Press is pleased to invite you to the launch of China Matters: Getting It Right For Australia by Bates Gill and Linda Jakobson.

Opening remarks by Andrew Parker, PwC and China Matters.

Featuring renowned journalist, Geraldine Doogue AO, in conversation with the authors.

Date:   Wednesday 29 March

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: PwC Level 17, One International Towers Watermans Quay Barangaroo, NSW

Price:   This is a free event.

Bates Gill

China Matters Launch

In partnership with China Matters and La Trobe Asia, La Trobe University Press is pleased to invite you to the launch of China Matters: Getting It Right For Australia by Bates Gill and Linda Jakobson.

To be launched by The Hon. Peter Costello AC.

Featuring veteran journalist Jim Middleton in conversation with the authors.

Date:   Thursday 30 March

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: The Courtyard, State Library Victoria, Entry 1, 328 Swanston Street Melbourne, Melbourne 3000

Price:   This is a free event.

Nicole Hayes

Footy Fan Club

Here’s a free kick for the school holidays: a morning of footy talk and fun at the Wheeler Centre.

Alicia Sometimes and Nicole Hayes are writers, broadcasters and mad football fans. They’re two voices from the cult Outer Sanctum Aussie Rules podcast and the authors of a new book for kids, The Footy Girl’s Guide to the Stars of 2017. The book is a must-read for young footballers, profiling some of the brightest stars in the new Women’s League.

They’ll be joined by Collingwood recruit Emma King who, at 22, is one of the club’s leading stars, a member of the AFL Players’ Association Women’s Advisory Committee – and, outside the game, a qualified architect.

What were the weirdest facts Alicia and Nicole learned when interviewing the players? Which female footballers will be the legends of the future? What’s it like to play in the Women’s League, and what were some of the best plays of its first season?

Sporty kids of all ages are welcome for this free hour of footy fandom.

Date:   Tuesday 4 April

Time:   11:00am

Venue: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Price:   This is a free event.

Linda Jakobson

China Matters - meet the authors

ANU / Canberra Times Meet the Authors in partnership with China Matters Ltd and the ANU Coral Bell School of Asia and Pacific Affairs

Bates Gill and Linda Jakobson will be in conversation with Paul Kelly, Editor-At-Large at The Australian on the new publication, China Matters: Getting It Right for Australia. The vote of thanks will be given by Professor Michael Wesley, Dean of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.

Date:   Tuesday 4 April

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: China in the World Building Auditorium 188 Fellows Lane, ANU Acton, ACT 2601

Price:   This is a free event.

David Marr

David Marr author talk

In this timely Quarterly Essay, David Marr looks at Australia’s brand of the politics of resentment now sweeping the world.

Date:   Tuesday 4 April

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Institute of Architects

Allan Gyngell

Fear of Abandonment

In Fear of Abandonment, expert and insider Allan Gyngell tells the story of how Australia has shaped the world and been shaped by it since it established an independent foreign policy during the dangerous days of 1942. Gyngell argues that the fear of being abandoned – originally by Britain, and later by our most powerful ally, the United States – has been an important driver of how Australia acts in the world.

Date:   Tuesday 4 April

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Riverbend, 193 Oxford St Bulimba, QLD

Price:   $5 / $8

Allan Gyngell

Fear of Abandonment Book Launch

La Trobe Asia invites you to the launch of a new book from La Trobe University Press.

Allan Gyngell was Director-General of ONA, the Australian government’s central intelligence assessment agency, from 2009 to 2013. That followed six years as founding executive director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy. He was foreign policy adviser to Paul Keating and worked as a diplomat, policy officer and analyst in several government departments.

Featuring Fairfax senior correspondent Daniel Flitton in conversation with the author.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date:   Wednesday 5 April

Time:   12:30pm

Venue: La Trobe University City Campus Collins Level 20 360 Collins Street Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Price:   This is a free event.

Allan Gyngell

Fear of Abandonment: Allan Gyngell in conversation with Michael Rowland

In Fear of Abandonment, expert and insider Allan Gyngell tells the story of how Australia has shaped the world and been shaped by it since it established an independent foreign policy during the dangerous days of 1942. Gyngell argues that the fear of being abandoned – originally by Britain, and later by our most powerful ally, the United States – has been an important driver of how Australia acts in the world.

Date:   Wednesday 5 April

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Readings, 701 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122

Price:   This is a free event.

David Marr

Event: David Marr on politics and prejudice

Join us at The Greek Club where ABC Radio National's Paul Barclay is in-conversation with David Marr discussing his latest Quarertly Essay The White Queen.

Date:   Thursday 6 April

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: The Greek Club, 29 Edmondstone St, West End QLD 4101

Price:   $32.95 / $15.00

Micheline Lee

Thursday night book club

Pull up a beanbag every Thursday evening this summer and autumn, and get comfy in Melbourne's 'home of books'. Enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles while listening to some of the best writers in the city talk about their work.

Each Thursday night book club will focus on one of 10 recently released books, all sharing one theme – they're all set in Melbourne. Each meeting will include a Q&A chaired by Readings bookshop, followed by a lively discussion with your fellow book club members.

Notes on the book will be posted online before each session and we'll keep the discussion going in the State Library's Tablo writing community.

Date:   Thursday 6 April

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Palmer Hall, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Price:   This is a free event.

Frank Bongiorno

Newcastle Writers Festival: Masterclass - From Research to Publication

Turning ideas into prize-winning history books.

For many early career historians, researchers and students, the thought of turning their research into a publication can be both exciting and daunting. Join the History Council of NSW with guest speakers including prize-winning historians, a publisher, and an awards judge, as they detail the process of submitting a book proposal, negotiating with publishers, promoting your work and achieving recognition.

After the guest speakers deliver their session, there will be time for questions and participants are invited to share their research ideas for feedback.

Speakers include Dr Tanya Evans, Associate Professor Frank Bongiorno, Emeritus Professor David Carment and Phillipa McGuinness.

Supported by the History Council of NSW.

Date:   Friday 7 April

Time:   11:00am

Venue: Hunter Room, Newcastle City Hall, 290 King Street Newcastle NSW 2300

Price:   $22

Alice Pung

Event: Coming of Age

The power of a young narrator with Peggy Frew, Alice Pung and Holly Throsby.

Hosted by Magdalena Ball.

Date:   Saturday 8 April

Time:   10:00am

Venue: Concert Hall, Newcastle City Hall 290 King Street Newcastle NSW 2300

Price:   This is a free event.

Ryan O’Neill

Newcastle Writers Festival: Trumped: Is this the end of satire?

With Charles Firth, Ryan O’Neill and Jonathan Biggins.

Hosted by Linda Jaivin.

Date:   Saturday 8 April

Time:   12:45pm

Venue: Concert Hall, Newcastle City Hall 290 King Street Newcastle NSW 2300

Price:   $22

Alice Pung

Newcastle Writers Festival: An Unpolished Gem

Alice Pung in conversation with Anneli Knight

Date:   Saturday 8 April

Time:   1:15pm

Venue: Newcastle City Hall 290 King Street Newcastle NSW 2300

Price:   $22

George Megalogenis

Where to Australia?

George Megalogenis in conversation with Scott Holmes.

Date:   Saturday 8 April

Time:   4:15pm

Venue: Civic Theatre, 375 Hunter Street Newcastle NSW 2300 Australia

Price:   This is a free event.

Tom Griffiths

Newcastle Writers Festival: Time Travellers

Historians on their craft.

With Tom Griffiths and Grace Karskens.

Hosted by Nancy Cushing.

Date:   Sunday 9 April

Time:   10:00am

Venue: Newcastle City Hall 290 King Street Newcastle NSW 2300

Price:   This is a free event.

David Hunt

Newcastle Writers Festival: The Unauthorised History of Australia

David Hunt in conversation with Matthew Bevan.

Date:   Sunday 9 April

Time:   10:00am

Venue: Civic Theatre Newcastle, 375 Hunter Street Newcastle NSW 2300

Price:   $22

Alice Pung

Newcastle Writers Festival: Two Worlds

The relationship between heritage and identity with Deng Adut, Roanna Gonsalves and Alice Pung.

Hosted by Ruby Hamad.

Date:   Sunday 9 April

Time:   11:30am

Venue: Concert Hall, Newcastle City Hall 290 King Street Newcastle NSW 2300

Price:   $22

George Megalogenis

Getting Even

The politics of resentment.

With Jonathan Biggins, Charles Firth, George Megalogenis and Chris Uhlmann.

Date:   Sunday 9 April

Time:   1:15pm

Venue: Newcastle City Hall 290 King Street Newcastle NSW 2300 Australia

Price:   $22.00

Linda Jakobson

Bates Gill & Linda Jakobson - China Matters

Australia and China face a new era, but are we ready?

Australia’s prosperity and security are linked to China as never before. But what kind of a country is China becoming? Will its demand for Australian goods and services increase? Can the Communist Party continue to keep the middle class satisfied while cracking down on political freedoms? How will China use its economic and military might, especially if challenged by President Trump?

Date:   Tuesday 11 April

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road Glebe NSW 2037 Sydney Australia

Price:   $12/$9/gleeclub free

James Boyce

Losing Streak by James Boyce

A jaw-dropping account of how one company came to own every poker machine in the state of Tasmania – and the cost to democracy, the public purse and problem gamblers and their families.

The story begins with the toppling of a premier, and ends with David Walsh taking an eccentric stand against pokie machines and the political status quo.

Join James Boyce and Rev. Tim Costello for the launch of Losing Streak at Fullers Bookshop.

Tickets are free but booking is essential as places may be limited.

Date:   Wednesday 12 April

Time:   5:30pm

Venue: Fullers Bookshop 131 Collins St HOBART TAS 7000

Price:   This is a free event.

David Marr

In conversation with David Marr

UWA Oceans Institute, the City of Perth Library & Boffins Books are pleased to present David Marr author of the latest Quarterly Essay #65 The White Queen

Date:   Wednesday 12 April

Time:   6:15pm

Venue: University Club of Western Australia – Auditorium Cnr Stirling Hwy and Hackett Drive Crawley WA 6009

Price:   $12 / $25 / $30

Jessa Crispin

Bad Women Book Club

Female characters are often labelled "unlikable" or "problematic"; purely for being three-dimensional. Bad Women Book Club celebrates female characters in all of their unlikable, off-putting glory! Each month, we'll dissect a different book with a woman deemed difficult at the centre. Join us for a bad, bad time. Everyone is welcome and the book club will be hosted by author Lauren Sams.

The April title is Why I Am Not A Feminist by Jessa Crispin.

Date:   Wednesday 19 April

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St Newtown NSW 2042

Price:   This is a free event.

Allan Gyngell

The History of Australian Foreign Affairs and Its Impact on our Place in the World Now

Allan Gyngell's new book Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the World since 1942 is a gripping and authoritative account of the way Australians and their governments have helped create the world we now inhabit. 

Join Allan Gyngell, former Executive Director of the Lowy Institute and former Prime Minister Paul Keating for a discussion of the history of Australian foreign affairs and its impact on our place in the world now.

Date:   Wednesday 26 April

Time:   12:45pm

Venue: Lowy Institute 3/1 Bligh Street Sydney NSW

Price:   This is a free event.

Allan Gyngell

Allan Gyngell - Fear of Abandonment

Everything Australia wants to achieve as a country depends on its capacity to understand the world outside and to respond effectively to it.

In Fear of Abandonment, expert and insider Allan Gyngell tells the story of how Australia has shaped the world and been shaped by it since it established an independent foreign policy during the dangerous days of 1942. Gyngell argues that the fear of being abandoned – originally by Britain, and later by our most powerful ally, the United States – has been an important driver of how Australia acts in the world. Spanning events as diverse as the Malayan Emergency, the White Australia Policy, the Vietnam War, Whitlam in China, apartheid in South Africa, East Timorese independence and the current South China Sea dispute, this vivid narrative history reveals how Australia has evolved as a nation on the world stage.

Fear of Abandonment is a gripping and authoritative account of the way Australians and their governments have helped create the world we now inhabit in the twenty-first century. In revealing the history of Australian foreign affairs, it lays the foundation for how it should change. 

Date:   Wednesday 26 April

Time:   6:00pm

Venue: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road Glebe NSW 2037 Sydney Australia

Price:   $12/$9/gleeclub free

Linda Jakobson

China Matters

Australia’s prosperity and security are linked to China as never before. But what kind of a country is China becoming? Will its demand for Australian goods and services increase? Can the Communist Party continue to keep the middle class satisfied while cracking down on political freedoms? How will China use its economic and military might, especially if challenged by President Trump?

Date:   Wednesday 10 May

Time:   6:30pm

Venue: Balmain Library, 370 Darling Street, Balmain NSW 2041

Price:   This is a free event.

Wendy Mak

Wendy Mak and The Capsule Wardrobe

Meet professional stylist Wendy Mak as she shows you how to streamline your wardrobe and curate a 1000-outfit wardrobe from just thirty-pieces. By sharing styling secrets from her new book The Capsule Wardrobe, Wendy will teach you how to have a clutter free wardrobe by maximising your fashion choices, flattering your body type and refining your personal style - no matter what your budget.

Date:   Saturday 20 May

Time:   1:00pm

Venue: Frankson Library, 60 Playne Street, Frankston VIC 3199

Price:   This is a free event.

Jenny Valentish

The Big Dry: Alcohol and Us

In our backyards, balconies and beer gardens – Australians get along famously with booze. Drinking is an entrenched part of our national identity: it’s a recurrent theme in our pop culture, a scene-setter for friendship, a supposedly inherent part of work and play.

Lately, though, as the personal, social and public health costs of drinking become clear, many Australians are reconsidering our indulgent traditions. Some have even suggested that alcohol will go the way of the cigarette once its connection to chronic or life-threatening illnesses is fully acknowledged.

Jill Stark is the author of High Sobriety: My Year Without Booze. As an Age reporter, she’s written extensively about the escalating toll of alcohol abuse in Australia. Writer Jenny Valentish’s book, Woman of Substances, tells her own story (as well as those found in rehab facilities, halfway houses and AA groups), as she explored the paths people take into and out of addiction. In the process, she’s discovered that women’s experiences of substance abuse and treatment differ greatly from those of men.

Along with Chris Raine – founder of Hello Sunday Morning, an online initiative aiming to refocus drinking behaviour on individual choice, rather than cultural expectation – and host Jacinta Parsons, we’ll open a fresh discussion about Australia’s changing relationship with alcohol, and how we can anticipate and deal with the side effects.

Date:   Tuesday 27 June

Time:   5:15pm

Venue: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Price:   This is a free event.