Events and appearances


  • Launch of The Pleasures of Leisure at Salamanca Inn, Hobart (8 May).
  • Avid Reader bookshop, Brisbane, in conversation (16 May).
  • Sydney Writers’ Festival (24–27 May).
  • ANU/Canberra Times in conversation with Nicholas Brown (29 May).
  • Muse Long Lunch, Canberra (30 May).
  • Bendigo Writers Festival (August).




  • Conversation with Ramona Koval, Wheeler Centre, Melbourne.
  • Interview at Travel Writing Symposium, University of Tasmania, Launceston.
  • Sydney Writers’ Festival (talking about travel, friendship).
  • Panel discussion on childhood reading at Reader’s Feast Bookshop, Melbourne.


  • Perth Writers’ Festival (interviewing Michelle de Kretser, talk on ageing).


  • Adelaide Writers’ Week: Seymour Biography Lecture ‘Pushing Against the Dark’; panels.
  • Melbourne Writers’ Festival (panels and an address on growing old well).
  • Brisbane Writers’ Festival (interviewing Drusilla Modjeska, being interviewed about my own writing).


  • Talks at Australian Literature conference, University of Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Ten Days on the Island festival, Hobart (interviewing writers, panels).
  • Seymour Biography Lecture, National Library, Canberra.
  • Address on beauty at Newcastle Art Gallery.


  • Adelaide Writers’ Week.
  • Paper on gay issues at Gerontology Conference, Hobart.
  • Keynote address to Australian Society of Travel Writers, Sydney.
  • Lecture on the personal essay at ABR Calibre prize event National Library, Canberra.


  • Address at Monash University campus, Prato, Italy.
  • Byron Bay Writers’ Festival (panels, keynote address).
  • Melbourne Writers’ Festival.
  • Perth Writers’ Festival (interviewing writers, breakfast address).
  • Graduation speech at Curtin University, Perth WA.
  • Address to Fine Arts students, University of Tasmania.


  • Addresses at Travel Conference, University of Melbourne.
  • Panel discussion on Suffering at State Library of NSW.
  • Melbourne Writers’ Festival.


  • Panel discussion at State Library of NSW on melancholy.
  • Address at Lyon literary festival (“Villa Gillet Assizes”), France (in French).
  • Byron Bay Writers’ Festival.
  • Talk on George Lambert at National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.


  • Talks on travel, beauty, at Newcastle Writers’ Festival, Ourimbah, NSW.


  • Appearance at Vancouver and Calgary literary festivals.


  • Participation in Montreal Literary Festival (in French).
  • Readings at the Woolloomooloo Hotel in Paris.
  • Appearances on French and Belgian television (in French).


  • Appearance on “Bouillon de culture”, French television (in French).