Considered a golden era for Labor politics, the eighties heralded never before seen changes including in women's and Aboriginal rights, health care, financial deregulation, the environment, and tariff and industry policy. It was the era of the Hawke government; there was also a Labor government in every state at some time during the decade. But were the eighties really as positive for Labor as we remember them? And what is the legacy of this controversial decade? 

Join Frank Bongiorno in conversation with Neal Blewett about this turbulent era in Labor politics.

Sunday 14 February
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Venue: Marconi Room, Sydney Town Hall, 483 George St, Sydney, NSW 2000.
Tickets: Free. Please RSVP online.

Sustainability Festival and Future Super presents Richard Denniss in conversation with Dr John Hewson.

Join us for an exclusive pre-launch discussion with Richard Denniss ahead of the highly anticipated release of his latest book, Econobabble.

More details are available online.

Sunday 14 February
Time: 1:30pm
Venue: The Greenhouse, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Please join us to hear David Kilcullen discuss his new book Blood Year: Islamic State and the Failures of the War on Terror with the Guardian Australia’s Gay Alcorn. This special launch event is held in conjunction with the Alfred Deakin Institute for Globalisation and Citizenship.

Wednesday 17 February
Time: 5:30pm for a 6:00pm start.
Venue: Deakin City Campus, Level 3, 550 Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC 3000.
Tickets: Free but booking essential, space is limited, please email or call 03 9486 0288

Celebrate Australian poetry and hear poets Michael Crane, Geoff Page, Peter Rose, Lisa Gorton, Jordie Albiston, Maria Takolander and many others from The Best Australian Poems 2015 read their poems.

Thursday 18 February
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Watsonia Library, 4-6 Ibbottson Street, Watsonia, VIC 3087
Tickets: Free event. Please book online.

Join the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs (ANU) and director Michael Wesley for lecture by David Kilcullen on his new book Blood Year.

Monday 22 February
Time: 2:30pm  – 3:00pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Centre (130), corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU
Tickets: Free event. Please book online.

Come along to hear Arabella Forge, nutritionist and food journalist, discuss her new book Nutrient-Dense Food on a Shoestring and share her hands-on, practical advice on how to develop a new way of living, proving that frugal eating can also be delicious and fun.

Tuesday 23 February
Time: 6:30pm  — 8:00pm
Venue: Fitzroy Town Hall Reading Room, 201 Napier Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065.
Tickets: Free event. Please book online.

Please join us for a conversation between David Kilcullen, author of Blood Year: Islamic State and the Failures of the War on Terror, and James Brown, director of Alliance 21 at United States Studies Centre and author of Anzac’s Long Shadow. This Blood Year launch event in Sydney will examine Australia and America’s strategies to counter ISIS as well as the implications for the wider world. Tickets include drinks reception following the discussion and a copy of the book (RRP $29.99).

Tuesday 23 February
Time: 5:45pm for a 6:00pm start.
Venue: Auditorium, Macquarie Building, Level 1, 50 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW 2000.
Tickets: $40 including drinks and a copy of David Kilcullen’s Blood Year. Please book online.

Lunch with David Kilcullen as he talks about his experience and insights into the war on terror and the rise of ISIS.

Wednesday 24 February
Time: 12:00pm.
Venue: Grand View Hotel, 49 North Street, Cleveland, QLD 4163.
Tickets: $40 with 2 course meal & glass of wine. Please book online.

David Kilcullen discusses his expanded and updated book Blood Year with ABC radio Brisbane's Steve Austin.

Wednesday 24 February
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Venue: Dymocks Brisbane, 177 Albert Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000.
Tickets: Free. Please book online.


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Erik Jensen has won the 2015 Waverley Library Award for Literature for his book Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen.

Acute Misfortune by Erik Jensen and Blood & Guts by Sam Vincent have both been longlisted for the 2015 Walkley Book Award.

Waiting for the Past by Les Murray has been shortlisted for the 2015 TS Eliot Poetry Prize

Acute Misfortune by Erik Jensen and Blood & Guts by Sam Vincent have both been shortlisted for the 2015 Nib Waverley Library Award for Literature.

The Professionals by Stephen Mills has won the Henry Mayer Book Prize for Australian Politics.

A Short History of Richard Kline by Amanda Lohrey, Net Needle by Robert Adamson and Waiting for the Past by Les Murray have been shortlisted in the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards.

A Short History of Richard Kline by Amanda Lohrey has been shortlisted for the Margaret Scott Prize in the 2015 Tasmanian Premier's Literary Prizes.

Laurinda by Alice Pung has been shortlisted for a 2015 Gold Inky Award.