The National Library is the proud home of several annual and bi-annual lectures, where leading creative minds and writers are given a platform to explore topics and projects that are close to their heart.
Our flagship lectures are made possible by the generous support of our donors.
Seymour Biography Lecture
The Seymour Biography Lecture celebrates eminent life writers – those who work in the realm of biography, autobiography and memoir.
Established in 2005 and endowed by Dr John and Dr Heather Seymour AO, the Seymour Biography Lecture has been an annual feature in the National Library's event calendar since 2010.
Previous Seymour Biography Lectures have been presented by Richard Fidler, David Marr and Judith Brett.
- Jaqueline Wilson, 2022
- Judith Brett, Private life, public man: Writing the biography of Alfred Deakin, 2019
- Richard Fidler, Telling and writing the story, 2018
- Raymond Gaita, Truth, truthfulness, self, voice, 2017
- David Marr, Here I stand, 2016
Kenneth Myer Lecture
The annual Kenneth Myer Lecture invites an eminent Australian to make a significant statement on a broad subject of interest to them.
Kenneth Baillieu Myer AC was Chair of the National Library Council from 1972 to 1982 and a long-time friend of the Library. The Lecture commenced in 1990.
Distinguished Australians who have delivered the Kenneth Myer Lecture include the Hon. E.G Whitlam, Dr H.C Coombs and Elizabeth Reid.