Events & Talks podcast

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The Search for R. H. Mathews, an Australian anthropologist

In this presentation Martin explains how the old card catalogue in the Mitchell Library, where hundreds of Mathews' publications are indexed, inspired a biographical journey into Mathews and the world that shaped him.

File size: 67.4 MB | Duration: 1:13:42
Tuesday 7 February 2012 | Permanent link ›

National Biography Award Lecture 2009: 'Truth' as applied to biography and autobiography

Raimond Gaita, Professor of Moral Philosophy at King's College London, discusses the issues surrounding biographical story and truth and explores the question of why this relationship constantly stimulates interest in biography and autobiography.

File size: 29 MB | Duration: 00:58:00
Monday 2 November 2009 | Permanent link ›

Miles Franklin's The Dead Must Not Return! - Act II

This powerful anti-war work is Miles Franklin's last play. It was written in 1951 and is set in suburban Sydney. Like so many of her plays, it remains unpublished, and has never before been presented. Performers: Annie Bilton, Lynden Jones, David Kerslake, Amanda Stephens Lee, Mikaela Martin, Brendan Miles, Caitlin Shaw.

File size: 22.8 MB | Duration: 49:49
Tuesday 8 September 2009 | Permanent link ›

Miles Franklin's The Dead Must Not Return! - Act I

This powerful anti-war work is Miles Franklin's last play. It was written in 1951 and is set in suburban Sydney. Like so many of her plays, it remains unpublished, and has never before been presented. Performers: Annie Bilton, Lynden Jones, David Kerslake, Amanda Stephens Lee, Mikaela Martin, Brendan Miles, Caitlin Shaw.

File size: 24.3 MB | Duration: 53:06
Tuesday 8 September 2009 | Permanent link ›

Schindler's List

Tom Keneally, award-winning novelist and social advocate, tells the story behind his influential novel Schindler's List and reflects on its significance today.

File size: 14.8 MB | Duration: 00:32:32
Wednesday 22 April 2009 | Permanent link ›

National Biography Award Lecture 2008: Biography, autobiography and memoir: presidential bests and worsts

Bob Carr, the former and longest continuously serving premier of NSW, and author of the recently published My reading life, delves into his personal library to talk about presidential biographies, autobiographies and memoirs ... from the best to the worst.

File size: 21.9 MB | Duration: 00:47:52
Wednesday 19 November 2008 | Permanent link ›

Wisdom gallery talk

Award-winning photographer and filmmaker Andrew Zuckerman talks candidly about his highly anticipated Wisdom book and exhibition. Andrew travelled the globe to interview and photograph 50 of the world’s most iconic figures over the age of 65, hand-picked by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

A video of this talk is available.

In association with Wisdom

File size: 21.7 MB | Duration: 00:47:24
Thursday 16 October 2008 | Permanent link ›

You can't always get what you want

Enjoy an exclusive live interview with author and tour manager Sam Cutler, who survived Altamont and has worked with the two largest grossing live acts in the world, the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead. Sam is interviewed by Jeff Apter, a leading writer of non-fiction. Jeff has contributed to Rolling Stone (where he spent five years as Music Editor), GQ and The Bulletin. His books include studies of the bands Silverchair, the Cure and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

File size: 32 MB | Duration: 01:10:02
Monday 13 October 2008 | Permanent link ›

Anne of Green Gables

Susannah Fullerton looks at the lasting appeal of Anne of Green Gables, now celebrating the 100th year of its publication, and analyses the life of its extraordinary Canadian author, Lucy Maud Montgomery.

File size: 29.28 MB | Duration: 01:03:58
Monday 29 September 2008 | Permanent link ›

Studio stories 2

Artists Wendy Sharpe and Angus Nivison invite you inside their amazing studios and talk candidly about their day-to-day life, travel and artistic influences. The talk is introduced by photographer R Ian Lloyd, who captured in extraordinary detail 61 Australian artists in their studio environment.

File size: 23.22 MB | Duration: 00:50:45
Thursday 18 September 2008 | Permanent link ›

Miles Franklin's first play: The Survivors - Part 2

Miles Franklin also wrote plays! Drawing on her experiences in Chicago, The Survivors examines issues close to Miles' heart: social justice and the rights of workers. This reading, presented by students of Macquarie University and professional actors, is a world premier of the play in its centenary year. Performers: Amy Crilley, Michael Cullen, Simon Dooley, Karina Hudson, James Shoobridge, Gavin Williams.

File size: 16.33 MB | Duration: 00:35:40
Thursday 11 September 2008 | Permanent link ›

Miles Franklin's first play: The Survivors - Part 1

Miles Franklin also wrote plays! Drawing on her experiences in Chicago, The Survivors examines issues close to Miles' heart: social justice and the rights of workers. This reading, presented by students of Macquarie University and professional actors, is a world premier of the play in its centenary year. Performers: Amy Crilley, Michael Cullen, Simon Dooley, Karina Hudson, James Shoobridge, Gavin Williams.

File size: 25.56 MB | Duration: 00:55:50
Thursday 11 September 2008 | Permanent link ›

The Dressmaker's Daughter

The Dressmaker's Daughter is an unforgettable and evocative account of a time when everything seemed possible. Kate Llewellyn chats about her life and reads from her book, which is written with a poet's touch. Kate reveals her darkest regrets and heart-warming triumphs - from her early days on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia through to nursing training, marriage, life in bohemian Adelaide and the beginning of her journey as a writer.

File size: 20.74 MB | Duration: 00:45:19
Thursday 4 September 2008 | Permanent link ›

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