The Ray Mathew Lecture was established in 2009 as a major annual event for the National Library of Australia. It is named in honour of the Australian poet and playwright, Ray Mathew (1929–2002), who left Australia in the late 1960s, never to return. Mathew spent most of the remainder of his life living in the New York apartment of his patrons, Eva and Paul Kollsman. The Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust is a generous bequest, made to the Library by Eva Kollsman, to support and promote Australian writing.

Ray Mathew Lectures

2016
Enter the Playwright: Pulling Drama From an Archive Box
Presented by Alana Valentine on Thursday 14 July 2016

2015
Private Passions, Public Exposure: The Creative Imagination in the Digital Age
Presented by Andrea Goldsmith on Thursday 14 May 2015

2014 
Gutenburg Fights On:A Survival Story
Presented by Thomas Keneally on Thursday 4 September 2014

2013
Two Exiles
Presented by Peter Robb on Thursday 13 June 2013

2011
Prodigal Daughter
Presented by Susan Johnson on Tuesday 23 August 2011

2010
Everywhere and Nowhere
Presented by Kate Jennings on Tuesday 29 June 2010

2009
The Opportunity of Distance
Presented by Geraldine Brooks on Thursday 22 October 2009