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.'
Read our Q & A with author of Masked Histories Leah Lui-Chivizhe.
Posted on 1 Nov 2021 under Miegunyah Press
Before you uncover the Vandemonian’s fates, and the lives they lived and loved ones they valued; glimpse the most renown of Vandemonians to understand why Janet McCalman felt the need to discover their stories and individual places within Victoria’s convict history.
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.
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.
This beautiful hardback book, strewed with the illustrations of wood engravings carved by Helen Ogilvie, is a work of art. It is a testament to a man who contributed so generously to Australian art culture.
Read the prologue to Modern Love, a double biography by Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan, a co-publication from MUP’s Miegunyah Press, the State Library of Victoria and the Heide Museum of Modern Art.
Posted on 13 Sep 2017 under Miegunyah Press
Download biographies of Charles Conder, Robin Boyd and Russell Grimwade now
My Vice-Regal Life brings us Lady Cowen's diaries from her time as wife of Governor-General Sir Zelman Cowen.