Launch – Griffith Review 71: Remaking the Balance

Wherever you are, you’re invited! 


When: 6.30–7.30pm, Thursday 11 February 2021

Where: Hosted by  Avid Reader – limited places available in-store or join via Zoom

Tickets:  Free! Attend in-store or via Zoom. Registration details below.

Join Griffith Review editor Ashley Hay in conversation with featured authors from Remaking the Balance Jo Chandler, Bronwyn FredericksLesley-Anne Houghton and Robin E Roberts as they explore how we define our relationships with resources, from the tangible to the ephemeral.

The evening will commence with a poetry reading by Chloë Callistemon whose work also appears in Griffith Review 71: Remaking the Balance.

Griffith Review 71: Remaking the Balance explores our relationships with resources – all that’s animal, vegetable and mineral – as well as with so many less... Read more

The Whitlam Institute and Griffith Review – Closed Borders, Open Minds?


An online conversation from

Griffith Review 69: The European Exchange

6pm AEDT, Thursday 10 December 2020

Presented by the Whitlam Institute



COVID-19 has changed our world. Australia’s international border has been effectively closed since March and the continent seems more distant than ever from places and people that have long influenced and informed it – including Europe, with its dialogues and its diversity.

How do we keep global engagement alive in these challenging times? How can we stay open to ideas beyond our own national frame? Do closed borders inevitably lead to closed minds?

Join key contributors to... Read more

ABC RN Big Ideas and The Elemental Summer

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ABC RN Big Ideas and The Elemental Summer


When: 6:30–7:30 pm AEST, Tuesday 15 December 2020
Where: Zoom hosted by Avid Reader
Tickets: Free. Please register here


Are we on the brink of another unstable summer?


In anticipation of what the next summer might bring, Griffith Review is publishing The Elemental Summer, a new online initiative featuring writing from a selection of Australia’s most respected thinkers on climate.

Join Radio National Big Ideas presenter Paul Barclay as he explores the coming season with Elemental Summer contributors Joëlle Gergis, James Bradley and Susan Harris Rimmer.

The Elemental Summer will lead coverage of the season’s stories and contribute to a necessarily unpredictable conversation... Read more

Wollongong Writers Festival: Seventy is the new fifty


When: 6pm AEDT, Thursday 26 November 2020
Where: Zoom hosted by Wollongong Writers Festival
Tickets: $10 + booking fee. Purchase here.

In a world where seventy is the new fifty, old age isn’t what it used to be. By 2060, the ratio of Australians aged over sixty-five will have passed one in four. This unprecedented demographic transformation marks a quiet revolution with far-reaching consequences for both individuals and wider society. Join Griffith Review editor Ashley Hay and contributors to Griffith Review 68: Getting On Helen Garner and Vicki Laveau-Harvie as they discuss ageing in contemporary times.

About the panellists

Helen Garner’s first book, Monkey Grip, appeared in... Read more

Launch – Griffith Review 70: Generosities of Spirit

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Launch of Griffith Review 70: Generosities of Spirit . 


When: 6.30–7.30pm, Thursday 12 November 2020
Where: Zoom event hosted by Avid Reader
Tickets: Free! Register here

The end of this challenging year feels like a good time to be exploring and celebrating generosities of spirit with powerful short fiction, non-fiction and poetry from an exciting range of emerging and established voices.

Join Generosities of Spirit featured authors Allanah Hunt, Kate Veitch, Rhianna Boyle and Kristina Olsson in conversation with Griffith Review Managing Editor John Tague as they reflect on the year that was. This very special event celebrates the winners of Griffith Review’s latest Novella Project and showcases two of its featured... Read more

Rose Scott Women Writers Festival


Getting On: Ageing Successfully

Charlotte Wood and Therese Hall with Ashley Hay


Date:  Saturday 19 September 2020
Time: 11.30 – 12.30 AEST
Location: Zoom video conferencing app. To set up zoom download from

Now is the time to talk more broadly about the potential benefits – as well as the challenges – of growing old. Griffith Review 68: Getting On contributes to this necessary conversation, offering an insightful exploration of the many truths of ageing, and some causes for celebration.

Buy tickets here.


ABC RN Big Ideas – The cultural exchange between Australia and Europe


Inspired by Griffith Review 69: The European Exchange, published in partnership with the Australian National University, Dr Natasha Cica, Christos Tsiolkas and Irris Makler join ABC Radio National’s Paul Barclay to explore the deep and complex relationships between Europe and Australia – and show how Australians of many backgrounds have contributed to a longstanding dialogue that enriches both continents.

Broadcast: 8.05 pm, Wednesday 9 September 2020, ABC Radio National
Listen here

COVID 19 may have physically cut Australia off from Europe – for the time being – but we have a long and deep history of cultural exchange with the countries of the European continent. European migrants and refugees have helped shape modern Australia, and the... Read more

Griffith Review 69 national launch – via Zoom


When: 6:00pm, Tuesday 25 August
Where: Live stream via Zoom
RSVP: Please register here

Griffith Review invites you to the national launch of The European Exchange, hosted by our publishing partners for this edition, the Australian National University.


COVID-19 is profoundly changing our understanding of borders and freedom of movement – but the relationships between the world’s European north and its Australian south have always been a dynamic work in progress.

Join Natasha Cica, co-editor of Griffith Review 69: The European Exchange, as she explores the richness of the... Read more

Brisbane launch – Griffith Review 69: The European Exchange

Wherever you are, you’re invited!

Brisbane launch of Griffith Review 69: The European Exchange via Zoom.


When: 6:30–7:30pm, Thursday 13 August 2020
Where: Zoom hosted by Avid Reader
Tickets: Free. Please register here before 4pm 13 August in order to receive the Zoom link

So many aspects of the world have been transformed by COVID-19 during 2020, its regions and its countries reset as distinct and disconnected places. But while this crisis has profoundly challenged the idea of Europe and Australia as interconnected and accessible, the ongoing exchange between these two continents will continue to evolve and reshape.

Join The European Exchange co-editor Natasha Cica and contributors Robyn Archer and Mat Schulz... Read more

ABC RN Big Ideas – Aged care, dementia and assisted dying

Inspired by Griffith Review 68: Getting On, Melanie Cheng, writer and general practitioner; Associate Professor Sarah Holland-Batt, poet, editor, critic, witness at the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety; and Andrew Stafford, author and journalist, join ABC Radio National’s Paul Barclay to discuss aged care, dementia and assisted dying.

Neglect of the elderly is rife in Australia. An ageing population also means an increase in dementia, with many saying they would rather end their life than endure the disease. Our laws, however, prevent assisted dying. Paul Barclay talks to a panel of writers about restoring dignity and empathy to aged care, and the limits of euthanasia.

Broadcast: 8.05 pm, Wednesday 1 July 2020, ABC Radio... Read more

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