The Flight of the Mind:

Writing and the Creative Imagination
A major National Library of Australia conference, incorporating the Kenneth Binns Lecture. Supported by the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund, the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust and Alison Sanchez.

Saturday and Sunday 24–25 October 2009, National Library Theatre.

Join some of Australia’s finest writers as they explore the joys and challenges of the creative process. How does an author make the journey from inspiration to publication? Can a critic be creative? What are the challenges for biographers in recreating a creative life? And just what is the writer’s journey?

Keynote speaker, Geraldine Brooks, delivers the Kenneth Binns Lecture, which is generously supported by Alison Sanchez.

The outstanding program also includes: Steven Conte, Rodney Hall, Andrea Goldsmith, Brian Dibble, Mark McKenna, Michael Morton-Evans, Felicity Packard, Kevin Brophy, Claire Thomas, Judy Horacek, Lisa Gorton, James Bradley, Terri-ann White, Mabel Lee, Peter Goldsworthy, Sophie Cunningham, Aviva Tuffield, Peter Pierce and Alex Miller.

This is an exhilarating conference of ideas for writers, readers and anyone interested in the creative process. Bookings will be taken on a first-come-first served basis.

Conference Fees (including morning and afternoon tea but not lunch)

Two days (full rate): $110
($90 for Friends of the National Library / Concessions / Students)
Single day (full rate): $60
($50 for Friends of the National Library / Concessions / Students)

Pre-conference Dinner
Friday, 23 October 2009, 6.30 pm, The Great Hall, University House, The Australian National University, with after-dinner speaker.
Cost (including food and drink): $90

All conference bookings and enquiries: 02 6262 1122 or


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Le Moine, Rene Jean.
Chateau de la Muette [picture] : fete de ballons pour glorifier Montgolfier, 1783 [ca. 1783]
painting : oil on canvas ;
60.9 x 51 cm