Festival Program


Readings Recommends: 50 Years of Australian Bookselling

Sun 8 Sep, 10am
SLV, Isabella Fraser Room

The simple gesture of putting a book in someone’s hands can change a life, and no one knows better than Readings managing director Mark Rubbo and veteran publisher Hilary McPhee. They discuss the joys of connecting readers with writers – and vice versa.

This session is free, no bookings are required. 


1 hour

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Session Artists

Hilary McPhee is a writer and editor. She founded McPhee Gribble Publishers with Diana Gribble in 1975, was Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts 1994–97, and inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at Melbourne University until 2004. Her books include Other People’s Words, Wordlines and Memoirs of a Young Bastard: The Diaries of Tim Burstall.

Mark Rubbo OAM is managing director of Readings. He is a past president of the Australian Booksellers Association and was founding chair of the Melbourne Writers Festival. In 2006 he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia 'for service to the community through fostering an awareness of Australian literature as a bookseller, literary critic, and promoter and supporter of Australian writers.'

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