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  • ASAL Patrons Lectures: Proposals from ASAL Members Welcome

    About Patrons Lectures:

    Patrons Lectures are hosted by ASAL with funding from the Copyright Agency. These lectures – of which there will be at least two per year – support emerging and distinguished Australian writers to travel to locations around Australia to present a public talk or lecture on a topic of his or her choosing for a broader public.

    One of the two lectures each year should be held in a regional location with the other in a major capital city. Patrons Lectures can be stand alone events, or coupled with other events and initiatives, such as regional writers festivals and the like. They should be free to the public (a condition of Copyright Agency funding). 

    By bringing Australian writers into a wide range of communities, Patrons Lectures aim to stimulate broad interest in Australian writing and facilitate deeper understanding between writers, the academy, secondary teachers and the reading public.

    How to apply for Patrons Lecture funding:

    Any ASAL member is eligible to apply for funding to run a Patrons Lecture. Proposals can be designed to connect in with adjacent or associated events, seminars or festivals, and can represent an opportunity for public outreach and impact. 

    Priority may be given to events proposed for regional locations. The costs associated with such an event are usually between $3000 and $6000. Approval of the proposal will depend on the amount of funds available (or remaining for a given year) and on the details of the proposal and the circumstances outlined.

    The proposal should contain:

    • A brief outline or proposal that addresses aims of Patrons Lectures described above.
    • Details of the planned event: identify which writer you will invite (indicating whether you have an informal agreement with the relevant writer at this stage); and provide your proposed date, time, and venue.
    • A proposed budget: the appropriate costs would normally include the honorarium for the writer (at the ASA rate of $1000), as well as 1-2 nights’ accommodation, travel and transfer costs, venue hire, catering, and any specific publicity. 

    Submit your proposal to the ASAL executive at any time of the year, but please do so well in advance of your proposed event. Applications will be considered in relation to the above aims and criteria and with respect to available Copyright Agency funding. 

  • ASAL Patrons Lecture: Kristina Olsson, 25 March 2015

    ASAL Patrons Lecture, Toowoomba March 25 ‘Memory and Amnesia: The Art of Forgetting in Australian Memoir’ delivered by Kristina Olsson

    5.30pm, March 25, 2015, Arts Theatre (A112) University of Southern Queensland, West Street, Toowoomba.

    Award-winning author Kristina Olsson will deliver this prestigious public lecture, followed by an open Q & A session. Having recently negotiated the fraught terrain of family secrets Kristina is intrigued by the nature of knowing. What do we know without knowing we do? How and why does the brain tuck certain kinds of knowledge away, and alchemise it into something that is safe for us to carry around? How was it that she and her siblings didn't know about their missing brother, yet knew him the moment he stepped through the door?

    More broadly Kristina ponders the Australian penchant for amnesia, and asks: how does the writer in Australia position herself in memoir, how does she make claims for the truth?

    Free admission. Please register your intention to attend by emailing:

    A PDF is available: Olsson flyer.pdf

  • ASAL Patrons Lecture: Omar Musa, 17 October 2017

    5 – 6pm, Tuesday 17 October, Law School Foyer, Level 2, Sydney Law School, Eastern Avenue, the University of Sydney

    In his ASAL Patron’s Lecture, Omar Musa will combine readings from his own work with his thoughts about his writing process, such key themes as migration, belonging and dreams, and reflections on Australian literature and culture at large.

    About the Speaker:

    Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian author, rapper and poet from Queanbeyan, Australia. He is the former winner of the Australian Poetry Slam and the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam. He has released three hip hop albums, three poetry books (including Parang and Millefiori), appeared on ABC's Q&A and received a standing ovation at TEDx Sydney at the Sydney Opera House.

    He has toured his poetry and music extensively internationally, in Asia, the USA, Europe, South America and Australia, including appearances at the Edinburgh Book Festival and the Jaipur Literature Festival. He has shared the stage with performers like Gil Scott-Heron, Kate Tempest, Saul Williams and Horrorshow.

    His debut novel Here Come the Dogs was published by Penguin Australia in 2014. Here Come the Dogs was long-listed for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and Musa was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Young Novelists of the Year in 2015. Here Come the Dogs came out in the USA through The New Press in January 2016.


    About the ASAL Patrons Lectures:

    This series of free public talks by writers is presented by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL). ASAL’s Patrons Lecture series is supported by funding from the Copyright Agency (CA) and aims to foster appreciation of contemporary Australian writers and writing. Omar Musa’s Patron's Lecture at the University of Sydney is supported by ASAL, CA and the Australian Literature Program in the Department of English.

    Please join us for refreshments after the lecture, and at 6.30pm a presentation by Beth Yahp for the 2017 Reading Australian Literature Series

    Free event with registration required. To register, please see the following link:

  • ASAL Patrons’ Lecture: Kate Forsyth, 2 November 2017

    Thursday 2 November 6.30 pm: ASAL Patrons’ Lecture, Kate Forsyth, followed by conversation with Kelly Gardiner, Donkey Wheelhouse, 673 Bourke St, Melbourne.

    Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and is now an internationally bestselling and award-winning author of almost forty books, ranging from picture books to poetry to novels for both adults and children. She was recently voted one of Australia's Favourite 15 Novelists, and has been called 'one of the finest writers of this generation'. She is also an accredited master storyteller with the Australian Guild of Storytellers, and has told stories to both children and adults all over the world. Her latest book is Beauty in Thorns, a novel based on the lives of the women of the Pre-Raphaelite circle. Kate will speak about her research and writing about neglected women in history, followed by a conversation with author Kelly Gardiner on the joys and challenges of writing historical fictions.

    A free event for readers and writers and all lovers of story. Please register here:

    About the ASAL Patrons’ Lectures:

    This series of free public talks by writers is presented by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL). ASAL’s Patrons’ Lecture series is supported by funding from the Copyright Agency (CA) and aims to foster appreciation of contemporary Australian writers and writing.


    This event is part of a two-day celebration of historical fiction presented by La Trobe University. Details of the program can be found here:

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