Special Events

Please note these events are all held in-person.

Writers at the LongHouse: An Evening in Conversation and Poetry

Venue: The LongHouse, 6 Evens Street Hobart

Date and Time: 6 – 9 pm, Tuesday 5 July

In association with the ASAL2022 Conference

Join us for an evening of conversation and poetry.  

Award-winning Tasmanian Aboriginal authors Nathan Maynard and Adam Thompson join Assoc. Prof. Jeanine Leane from the University of Melbourne for a conversation on the vibrancy of contemporary writing by Tasmanian Aboriginal writers, and their engagements with the themes of community, language, and empowerment.

Then seven of Australia’s most exciting poets, including Stella Award winning poet Evelyn Araluen, Jim Everett – puralia meenamatta, Ursula Robinson-Shaw, Meoldy Paloma, Jonathan Dunk, Ann Vickery, and Jeanine Leane will present readings of their work. Hosted by poet and academic Louis Klee

The evening will be held at The LongHouse, 6 Evans Street nipaluna / Hobart. Doors open at 6:15 pm. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Writing History After Mabo: Henry Reynolds and Nick Brodie in Conversation with Anna Johnston

Venue: The Sir Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, UTAS 

Date and Time: 1:30–2:30 pm, Thursday 7 July  

How has the writing of Australian history changed in the thirty years since the Mabo decision? How has the place of history—as a discipline and as a field of public discourse—been transformed in the decades since the recognition of native title? And how does history inform and interact with literature in Australia? Join historians Henry Reynolds and Nick Brodie in conversation with literary scholar Anna Johnston as they address the legacy of Mabo on the field of history in Australia. 

Henry Reynolds is one of Australia’s most influential historians. Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Tasmania, his work on colonial settler and Aboriginal relations, law, and frontier violence have shaped academic inquiry and public consciousness of the past in this country, since the publication of his first monograph The Other Side of the Frontier in 1981. The author and editor of nineteen works, Henry’s personal friendship with Eddie Koiki Mabo, and his scholarship on the legal basis of colonization in Australia were pivotal in laying the intellectual groundwork for the case for native title. Henry’s most recent work is Truth Telling: History, Sovereignty and the Uluru Statement (2021). 

Nick Brodie is a historian and author of eight works. He has a doctorate in late medieval vagrancy, worked as a field archaeologist, taught at university for a decade, and now writes a growing suite of acclaimed popular histories. Nick loves mysteries, lateral thinking, and books that are erudite and accessible. His works cover the broad sweep of Australian history and include 1787: The Lost Chapters of Australia’s Beginnings, Kin: A Real People’s History of Our Nation, Kosciuszko, and The Vandemonian War

Anna Johnston is Associate Professor in Literature and co-lead of the Australian Studies Research Node at The University of Queensland, with wide-ranging interests in colonial writing and its aftermath. Her most recent book is Eliza Hamilton Dunlop: Writing from the Colonial Frontier (coedited with Elizabeth Webby, 2021) and her book The Antipodean Laboratory: Making Colonial Knowledge, 1770-1870 will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2023.

We acknowledge the palawa/pakana and Gadigal people, the traditional custodians of the land upon which we live and work. We honour their enduring culture and knowledges as vital to the self-determination, wellbeing and resilience of their communities, and to shaping a just, inclusive and equitable Australian society.