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David Malouf & David Marr

In Conversation with Sarah Kanowski

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse and Riverbend Books

David Malouf and David Marr share more than the same initials. The body of their work is vast and rich with treasure, their contribution to the cultural landscape of Australia beyond measure.

This event is a rare opportunity to hear the voices of two great men of the arts in conversation with ABC Radio’s Sarah Kanowski.

David Malouf is one of Australia’s most revered authors. He has published poetry, novels, short stories, essays, opera librettos and a play, and has been widely translated.

David Marr is one of Australia’s most recognisable contemporary public intellectuals. He has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Saturday Paper, The Guardian and The Monthly; been a reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch.

Riverbend Books will be selling copies of David Malouf and David Marr’s books on the night.

Writers+ Ideas is supported by EY and O’Neill Architecture.

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David Malouf was born in Brisbane in 1934. Since 'Interiors' in Four Poets, 1962, he has published poetry, novels and short stories, essays, opera librettos and a play, and has been widely translated. In 2000 he was the sixteenth Neustadt Laureate. His last volume of new poetry was Typewriter Music (UQP, 2007) and his selected poems, Revolving Days, was published in 2008. He lives in Sydney.

David Marr has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Saturday Paper, The Guardian and The Monthly, and has served as editor of the National Times, reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch. His books include Patrick White: A Life, The High Price of Heaven, Dark Victory (with Marian Wilkinson), Panic and six bestselling Quarterly Essays: His Master’s Voice, Power Trip, Political Animal, The Prince, Faction Man and The White Queen.

Sarah Kanowski studied English at the University of Oxford, where she wrote a thesis on the Mosley family.

Sarah then spent a year in South America before settling back in Australia. In Hobart she edited the literary magazine Island, until sun and grandparents beckoned her back to Brisbane where she now lives with her husband and three young children.

She presented Books and Arts on ABC RN and looked after Conversations when Richard Fidler was away.

In 2018 Sarah joined the Conversations team permanently, and presents the program on Thursdays and Fridays.

Riverbend Books opened its doors in 1998 on the corner of Oxford and Cambridge Streets. The name Riverbend harkens back to the early days in Bulimba when Indigenous Australians called the area Tugulawah, which translates as Riverbend.

The bookshop runs an extensive program of author events, poetry evenings, workshops for children and bookclubs.

In 2004 Riverbend launched a project within the local community that was aimed at raising funds to support literacy in remote Indigenous communities where literacy levels are very low. This project has grown enormously since then, becoming a national foundation that does important work in remote communities. You can find out all about it or make a donation at: www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au

Recognition by peers in the publishing industry has provided some highlights along the way. Riverbend has won Queensland Independent Bookshop of the Year 8 times and Australian Independent Bookshop of the Year twice. In 2014, the owner Suzy Wilson was recognised in the Australia Day Awards when she won the Queensland Local Hero Award. The annual Johnno Prize was awarded to Suzy in 2015, named after founding QWC Patron David Malouf, and in 2018 Suzy Wilson was honoured to be inducted into the Australian Book Industry Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Lloyd O'Neil award, which recognises a significant contribution to the Australian Book Industry.


About the Venue

Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
See our Getting Here page.

Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm on performance days.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

See more common questions and learn everything you need to know about your visit to Brisbane Powerhouse on our FAQ page.

Get the most out of your visit

See an exhibition
See the world for free with awe-inspiring visual art from just about everywhere. Make sure you don’t miss anything – explore all of the foyers on the main and bottom floors. See what's on.

Explore New Farm Park
Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to the beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s most popular and much loved recreational facilities. Pack a picnic, smell the roses in the garden, play a game of tennis, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a coffee, or just sit back and take in the sunshine.

Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp Hotel, and The Fantauzzo.