The Seymour Biography Lecture was established in 2005 and endowed by by Dr John and Dr Heather Seymour AO.

The annual Seymour Biography Lecture, with associated activities, including seminars and workshops, was hosted by the Biography Institute at the Humanities Research Centre between 2005–2009.

In 2010, the Lecture moved to the National Library of Australia, as part of the Seymours’ ongoing sponsorship/support program. The Seymours also sponsor a Summer Scholarship in Biography at the National Library for young postgraduate students.

The lecture provides eminent 'life writers', living in Australia and elsewhere, with an opportunity to explore the business and craft of biography, autobiography or memoir.

Seymour Biography Lectures

The audio and transcript for the 2016 Seymour Biography Lecture will be made publicly available on 1 December 2016.

Here I Stand
Presented by David Marr on Thursday 15 September 2016

Who Me?
Presented by Robert Drewe on Thursday 17 September 2015

How Can I Be a Logician Before I'm a Human Being? The Role of Biography in the Understanding of Intellectuals
Presented by Professor Ray Monk on Friday 19 September, 2014

The Informed Imagination
Presented by Drusilla Modjeska on Thursday 26 September 2013

Investigative Reporter of the Spirit: The Search for Five Women

Presented by Professor Jeffrey Meyers on Thursday 13 September 2012

Pushing Against the Dark: Writing about the Hidden Self
Presented by Robert Dessaix on Monday 24 October 2011

The Biographer’s Contract
Presented by Professor Frances Spalding, CBE on Thursday 16 September 2010

Writing Political Lives
Presented by Dr David Day on Wednesday 9 September 2009

Biography: The Past Has a Great Future
Presented by Richard Holmes on Wednesday 10 September 2008

Biography and the Struggle for the Soul of Australia
Presented by Professor Jill Roe on Wednesday 5 September 2007

Virtual Lives: History & Biography in an Electronic Age
Presented by Dr Lawrence Goldman on Tuesday 12 September 2006

Walking Upon Ashes: The Footsteps of a Modern Biographer
Presented by Dr Brenda Niall on Wednesday 2 November 2005