Supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust

The Ray Mathew Lecture commenced 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—he died in 2002—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

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