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.

Supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust

Ray Mathew Lectures

Gutenburg Fights On:A Survival Story

Presented by Thomas Keneally on Thursday 4 September 2014

Two Exiles
Presented by Peter Robb on Thursday 13 June 2013

Prodigal Daughter
Presented by Susan Johnson on Tuesday 23 August 2011

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

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