In the late 1990s Barbara and Albert Tucker made the magnanimous and bold decision to donate a significant proportion of their personal collection to the nation. While this generous gesture included a select number of gifts to state institutions and the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, they determined to transfer the major part of the collection to Heide Museum of Modern Art in their hometown of Melbourne.
Posted on 5 Dec 2023 under News
Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Foong Ling Kong as its new Publisher.
"An exceptional work of historical scholarship by an exciting new voice in history-making (and unmaking)."
June Factor's SOLDIERS AND ALIENS has won a prestigious award for Australian military history.
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.
Posted on 16 Mar 2023 under Politics and Current Affairs
‘Avoiding catastrophe requires co-operation not mindless confrontation, dialogue not constant exploitation of unfounded fears. Fears spread by journalists in thrall to the national security state...steering the country towards a cataclysmic, but unnecessary, war.’ — Brian Toohey
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.
Even before the pandemic, I was becoming increasingly aware of and concerned about growing inequality in Australia. I wanted to understand what it was like to face poverty, to need assistance, and how today’s welfare system treats those most in need.
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’.
Posted on 14 Dec 2022 under Academic
Read our Q & A with author of Remote as Ever, David Scrimgeour. Discover what it is like to work in a remote Aboriginal community, the difficulties faced as a doctor out in the Western Desert and the government policies hindering Aboriginal health.
Posted on 2 Dec 2022 under Academic
In November 1915 he was granted a special degree – despite not completing his final year of studies – as he had enlisted (having earlier been rejected) in the AIF; he was also awarded the University of Western Australia’s first Rhodes Scholarship. Qualifying for the officers corps he was commissioned in January 1916, where he embarked on the Miltiades for the European theatre in February.
' "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 27 Oct 2022
Read our Q & A with author of Emperors in Lilliput, Jim Davidson. Find out how the publishing landscape has changed and what is required from a literary magazine to survive through the ages.
Posted on 21 Oct 2022 under Politics and Current Affairs
Read our Q & A with author of Subimperial Power, Clinton Fernandes. Find out the role of a subimperial power, and what it would mean for Australia if China became the pre-eminent power in Asia.
Posted on 11 Oct 2022
Told through the eyes of witnesses to the fall of Kabul, Walkley award-winning journalist Andrew Quilty's debut publication offers a remarkable record of this historic moment.
Posted on 8 Oct 2022 under Arts and Literature
Melbourne University Publishing announces Esther Anatolitis as the next Editor of 'Meanjin'