The Seymour Biography Lecture was established in 2005 and endowed 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

Public life. Private man.
Presented by Emeritus Professor Judith Brett on 3 October 2019

Telling and Writing the Story
Presented by Richard Fidler on 28 September 2018

Truth. Truthfulness. Self. Voice
Presented by Raimond Gaita on 12 September 2017

Here I Stand
Presented by David Marr on 15 September 2016

Who Me?

Presented by Robert Drewe on 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 19 September 2014

The Informed Imagination

Presented by Drusilla Modjeska on 26 September 2013

Investigative Reporter of the Spirit: The Search for Five Women

Presented by Professor Jeffrey Meyers on 13 September 2012

Pushing Against the Dark: Writing about the Hidden Self

Presented by Robert Dessaix on 24 October 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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