Posted on 2 Aug 2023 under Arts and Literature
"In the past, books themselves were a sort of internet. Some bloke would write to me from California and say, ‘I found a second-hand copy of Landscape with Landscape in a bookshop in San Francisco. It’s an amazing book.’ And I thought, how did it get there? But he’s read it and he has written to me, so I knew this was happening."— Gerald Murnane
Posted on 19 Jul 2023 under Arts and Literature
Melbourne University Publishing has received two honours for its published titles.
The Brisbane Writers Festival has a slew of MUP authors this year dedicated to sharing their personal memories, discussing timely political issues, examining cultural abuse, disseminating government systems and demystifying gender. Scroll through our blog post to uncover all we have on offer at BWF this year.
Read our Q & A with authors of Barron Field in New South Wales, Justin Clemens and Thomas H. Ford. Explore the revelations uncovered about Barron field's life, the impact he had on Australia as a poet and Judge, and the importance of analysing Barron Field as a person through the analysis of his poetry.
In our latest Q & A, author of MUP: A CENTENARY HISTORY, Stuart Kells discusses the history of the press, the interesting stories he unearthed during his research and the most notable books published across 100 years of the press.
Dear friends, Shortly after I arrived at MUP in 2019 Professor Joy Damousi suggested that with the centenary of MUP coming up we should publish a press history. Perhaps not surprisingly I read many memoirs and histories about books and publishing, so I thought this a fine idea. But who to do it? Eventually the back part of my brain spat out the ideal candidate: Stuart Kells, a fellow book and publishing history enthusiast (some would say obsessive) who has written an award-winning account of Penguin, among other works on the subject. As Jason Steger put it, in an early notice of the book’s appearance: 'Stuart Kells knows his way around the book world like the back of his hand’.
' "Cannon Fire" instead reeks of ink and ingenuity, that so-rare combination in Australia, and this country's tradition of auto-didacticism, never scarcer. There's an old joke about the Australian who's asked whether he can play the violin. "I don't know," he replies. "I've never tried." I can pay "Cannon Fire" no greater tribute than that reading it makes you want to roll up your sleeves, get busy, have a go, and not be sorry should it not quite work out.'
Posted on 2 Nov 2022 under Arts and Literature
Read an extract from Cannon Fire: A Life in Print—Life Revisited by Michael Cannon
Posted on 8 Oct 2022 under Arts and Literature
Melbourne University Publishing announces Esther Anatolitis as the next Editor of 'Meanjin'
Tasmania’s Parliament House is a graceful Georgian sandstone building facing the Hobart waterfront. It is here, on the steps of the parliament, that Amanda Lohrey suggested we meet for the interview, so that I could see at firsthand the docks and backstreets of the waterfront that constituted the setting of her first novel, The Morality of Gentlemen. Lohrey has a frank, straightforward manner and a penetrating gaze. There is a steadiness about her, as though others can flap about all they like and she’ll wait until they have finished. She has a remarkable voice, deep and sonorous, which holds a calm authority but is very ready to register a wry humour.
Read our Q & A with author of Masked Histories Leah Lui-Chivizhe.
Posted on 30 Jun 2022 under Arts and Literature
Read our Q & A with authors of Happy Together David Walker and Li Yao. Uncover what sparked their relationship, what aspects of their culture and identity they hope to convey to readers and what has been the highlight of writing Happy Together.
Posted on 20 May 2022 under Arts and Literature
Read our Q & A with author of The Red Witch Nathan Hobby. Find out the surprising memories he uncovered while sifting through Katharine Susannah Prichard's letters, the images of Katharine he hopes to leave with readers and what has been the highlight for him during the writing process.
Sydney Writers' Festival has returned to Carriageworks for 2021 and we are very pleased to have three Melbourne University Publishing authors showcasing their expertise and literary talents this week.
Enter the world of William Guilfoyle: the intrepid ‘plant hunter’ responsible for the transformation of Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens into one of the world’s most spectacular botanical landscapes.
Mirka Mora is one of Melbourne's best known and loved artists. Join us for a night to celebrate the Mora's story at Tolarno's Eating House.
"The moment I realised my children were not just delightful, but that they had grown into excellent human beings." – James Jeffrey on his proudest moment as a father.
Posted on 16 May 2018 under Arts and Literature
To be constantly reading is truly a dream. MUP staff share what they're currently reading and the incredible books that are being worked on while the weather gets colder.
Are letters a dying art, foresaken in the digital era? These are the stories and books that originated from letters, journals and diaries. With these books, we show authors who have been able to pull out stories out of letters, including beloved books such as Dear Quentin, The Secret Ingredient, The Forgotten Notebook and Christina Stead's volumes of letters.
Leigh Sales on doubt, Sarah Ferguson on mothers, Joëlle Gergis on climate change ... a great selection of MUP authors will be speaking at Sydney Writers Festival this year, 30 April – 6 May.