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.
The inaugural Ray Mathew Lecture was given by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Geraldine Brooks, on 22 October 2009.
The second Ray Mathew Lecture was delivered by Kate Jennings, award-winning author, resident of New York and friend of Ray Mathew, on 29 June 2010.
The third Ray Mathew Lecture was delivered by Susan Johnson, journalist and award-winning author, on 23 August 2011.