Previous Roderick Lectures

The Foundation for Australian Literary Studies runs an annual public lecture in memory of Professor Colin Roderick. The lecture is typically held in Winter each year and the public are encouraged to attend.


Previous speakers include:

  • 2017   Gail Jones, Bewilderment and Sticky Fingerprints: Our Other History
  • 2016   Anna Goldsworthy, The Lost Art of Listening: an evening of music and conversation
  • 2015   Joanna Murray-Smith, The Autobiographical Imagination: How whimsy, flights of fancy and fantasy are ignited by life
  • 2014   Drusilla Modjeska, The Informed Imagination – Writing PNG: Land of Unlikeness
  • 2012   Frank Moorhouse, Stories from the Archives:Creating the Edith Trilogy
  • 2011   David Williamson, Dead White Males Revisited
  • 2010   Peter Goldsworthy, The Film of theBook: Stories and their Mutations (included screening of a film of Goldsworthy’s short story,“The Kiss”)
  • 2009   Peter Steele, Past, Present and Future: Poetryas the Mind in Love
  • 2008   John Clanchy, Consolations of an AustralianWriting Life
  • 2007   Nicolas Rothwell, The language of nature and thelanguage of man
  • 2006   Graeme Blundell, Graeme on Graham (Kennedy)
  • 2005   Robert Manne, The Strange Case of Cornelia Rau
  • 2004   Alex Miller, Prophets of the Imagination, or,The Journey’s not over yet, old mate
  • 2003   Don Watson, Death Sentence: the decay ofpublic language
  • 2002   Peter Rose, The Consolations of Biography
  • 2001   Gabrielle Lord and Roger Johnson, PsychologicalThrillers
  • 2000   Raimond Gaita, Politics and Morality
  • 1999   Peter Conrad, The Second Discovery of Australia
  • 1998   Morag Fraser, Australia: Shadows and Substances
  • 1997   Helen Garner, The Art of the Dumb Question
  • 1996   Robert Jordan, Australia’s Early Convict Theatres
  • 1995   Graeme Turner, Literature, Journalism and The Media
  • 1994   Dennis Haskell, Australian Poetic Satire
  • 1993   Helen Thomson, Bio-Fictions: Brian Matthews, Drusilla Modjeska and Elizabeth Jolley
  • 1992   Michael Wilding, The Radical Tradition:  Lawson, Furphy, Stead
  • 1991   Dr Shirley Walker, Vanishing Edens … Mary Gilmore, Judith Wright and Dorothy Hewett
  • 1990   W H (Bill) Wilde, The Search for Identity in Australian Biography
  • 1989   Jennifer Strauss, 'Stop Laughing!  I'm Being Serious', ... Contemporary Australian Poetry
  • 1988   Julian Croft, The Federal and National Impulse in Australian Literature 1890-1958
  • 1987   Dr Val Vallis, Heart Reasons, these...: Commentaries on Five Australian Poets
  • 1986   Dr Brian Matthews, Romantics and Mavericks:  The Australian Short Story
  • 1985   Dorothy Green, The Writer, The Reader, and The Critic in a Monoculture
  • 1984   Bruce Bennett, Place, Region and Community
  • 1983   Professor A D Hope, Directions in Australian Poetry
  • 1982   Les A Murray, Reflections of an Australian Poet
  • 1981   Mark O'Connor, Modern Australian Styles
  • 1980   Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Three Absences in Australian Writing
  • 1979   Dr Stephen Murray-Smith, Books and the Man—A Literary Biography
  • 1978   Thea Astley, Three Australian Writers
  • 1977   Dr Elizabeth Perkins, Australian Drama Alive
  • 1976   Dr Clement Semmler, Four Modern Writers
  • 1975   Professor H P Heseltine, Acquainted with the Night
  • 1974   M Xavier Pons, The Australian Short Story
  • 1973   Dr L T Hergenhan, Australian Convict Literature
  • 1972   Dr N Macainsh, The New Australian Poetry
  • 1971   H G Kippax, Drama in Australia
  • 1970   Professor Leonie Kramer, The Modern Australian Novel
  • 1969   Doris Fitton, The Independent Theatre
  • 1968   Professor J McAuley, The Personal Element in Australian Poetry
  • 1967   Professor G A Wilkes, Novelists of Australia
  • 1966   Rohan Rivett, Writing About Australia